Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hunting

Not a One-Trick Pony!

Just for the record, Pepe is not a one-trick pony.   Let the critics be warned that he has mastered entertaining himself with more than just a pen.  Once in a while, he gets the human to share a rubber band with him for a few minutes.   First, he snags it from the edge of the table. <<Really, this is a form of entrapment by the human, who claims she doesn’t want me on the table but then tempts me with toys on the table! See what I go through?>>  Once it lands on the chair, it’s important to assess its probable level of aliveness.  That usually entails cuffing it around a few times to see if it will move on its own. Nope, seems like it’s dead.  That doesn’t mean it’s not cuffable of course.<<Okay, but after cuffing it for a few minutes, if it just sits there like a lump on a log, then it loses its entertainment value. Time to implore the human to give me another toy.>>  

 

 

 

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Alien Invaders

See that little tail? It belongs to a cute chipmunk who likes to hang out in the bird feeder eating seeds. Said chipmunk is darned lucky that there are 2 panes of glass between him/her and the cat who is watching this alien invader.  He or she runs up and down the screens, which happen to be on the outside of the windows in this house, coming and going from the feeder. Sometimes the chipmunk and a little red squirrel who does the same thing (although never at the same time) will go sprinting up or down the screen right in front of one of the cats.  You can just bet that Pepe is on the job monitoring the yard and alerting the human to this insulting behavior.  If Pepe could get through the glass panes and the screen, he’d make fast work of that little creature. How disappointing that the human doesn’t help him do so.

 

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Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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Proximity Does Not Equate to Guilt

Someone had a grand party on the stairs. Apparently, there was a very desirable toy at the bottom of one of the toy boxes. In order to find that toy, the kitty had to go digging in several of the toy boxes, scattering toys from the top of each box onto the stairs.  The human walked by and saw the aftermath. It just so happened that Pepe was sitting there at that moment. He claimed he had nothing to do with the mess, reminding the human that just because she found him near the scene of the crime didn’t mean he’d committed the crime. He decided to leave in case the human stop chuckling and decide to take some action. The human picked up the toys lest someone take a tumble going up or down the stairs (namely her!).

 

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New Motorized Toys

The human, ever in search of interesting toys to entertain and engage the felines, ran across 2 different motorized gadgets on clearance at her favorite pet-food store this weekend. The toys are supposed to keep cats mentally agile and give them some exercise. So far, so good! One is a motorized mouse (left) operated by a second “mouse” that works like a computer mouse and remotely moves the wheeled mouse back and forth and in circles. It also recharges the motorized mouse — a 3-minute recharge is supposed to give you 15 minutes of play time. The cats had a great time with it until it stopped recharging. The human must investigate the problem, which may well be that the NiCad battery in the motorized mouse has gone bad or the new battery in the remote control mouse has been drained. The other toy is egg-shaped (right) with a cap sporting felt pads that spin around (not shown). Much like a Weeble, the egg spins, rolls, and wobbles across the floor while the cap with felt pads also spins, stops, reverses, and so forth. At first the human had a hard time getting the cap with pads to stay on the egg, but once she did, the cats have been having a grand time with it.

 

 

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Score!

The silly human washed a dishpan she uses to soak her orchids each week in the dishwasher. When the load was done and the machine unloaded, the pan was still a bit damp, so she set it on its side against the cupboards. While she was around the corner working, one of the kitties found a crackly Mylar ball and knocked it into the dishpan just like a champion soccer player would knock a ball into a goal.

 

 

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Evil Human Hits the Meow

The human and the kitties have been having a fun activity first thing in the morning. Since their tiny tummies absolutely positively cannot wait the 7 minutes on average that it takes the human to select a can of soft food, open the can, spoon it out, mix in nutrients, add water, mix it up, and then spoon it out into multiple dishes that are then put on the floor, she has to give them a couple of raw freeze-dried meat snacks to tide them over until breakfast is served — it’s that or face lots of loud sassy commentary from the 4-leggeds who get under the human’s feet and try to get up on the counter to hurry the process along.At first, she just put a few treats in front of each cat, but what was the fun of that?  So to make things more interesting, and ensure everyone got a bit of fun and a bit of exercise, she started tossing the soft, crumbly little cubes around on the floor so the cats had to chase and capture the snack to eat it. Corky has really gotten into the action and barrels right over or through any cat that stands between the snack and his mouth.  A couple of weeks ago the human tossed around treats. They aren’t exactly aerodynamic shapes, so they don’t always land where the human expects and the cats hope they will land.  Unfortunately, she hit Fireball with one of the treats. Mind you, getting hit with one is like getting hit with small marshmallows. (They have to be tossed gently, not thrown with force or they could shatter all over the floor.) Nonetheless, that scared the Fraidy Cat who is so easily frightened by anything and everything. To make matters worse, the next time the game was played, the human tossed a snack over the top of Fireball and Caesar, who were eating their own treats. Of course, in his haste to get to the treat, Corky almost knocked Fireball over. Now the poor Baby Comet skips the treats game and either waits for the human to bring him special snacks in his little nest, or he visits the human in her office and hopes she’ll dispense treats there. <<Bad human!>>

 

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Toy Story: The Escape

The human was greeted by this cluster of toys the other morning when she walked downstairs.  She was unsure if the toys were making a run for it, or if one or more of the kitties decided to see if they could find better toys by dumping the top layer out of each of the toy boxes. Admittedly, it can be tricky navigating the stairs in the dark first thing in the morning with arms full and eyes not exactly open.

 

 

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New Toys

The silly human found cat toys on sale that were stuffed to the gill with organic catnip.  This particular brand is very potent and the kitties have enjoyed many of those toys in the past.  They get nuzzled and kicked until the catnip is nothing but powder and the toys are limp and bedraggled.  As you can see from these pictures, Big Caesar had a grand time with one of the toys when the human brought them home and presented them to her overlords. Usually, the Emperor is the epitome of calm and dignified behavior.  However, when he cuts loose and gets silly, he’s a force to be reckoned with and oh so funny. Heaven forbid the human giggle while he plays, as that is an almost immediate show stopper. He gets up and participates in some gratuitous grooming to hide his embarrassment that the human found him being silly. <<Who me? I was NOT being undignified!>>  <<Oh, but this toy smells soooo good! And it makes me positively dizzy!>>  After Caesar had a turn with the toy, Fireball stepped in to check it out.  He never feels he needs to apologize for being silly.  In fact, he rather enjoys the experience of being high as a kite.  Meantime, the Mer Kitty was looking on at all the silliness…and the poor orange mouse (also stuffed with the same potent catnip), sat all by its lonesome. <<Silly Tiger Boys. They’re just encouraging the human to use the evil camera.>>  Fireball didn’t even finish his “trip” before Caesar was back to have a play. The Big Guy tackled the Little Red Bee, who was considerably out of it thanks to the potency of the catnip. It hardly was fair to wrestle him, since he was already three-quarters of the way to submission. That didn’t stop Caesar, who seemed to be interested in taking control of the toy again.  (Meanwhile, the equally potent orange mouse sat unappreciated and all alone. And the Merkitty continued to look on with mild amusement.) Several days later, the human no longer knows where either of the new toys have gone. The cats may have kicked them under some furniture or carried them off to a special little corner to be retrieved when they want to have some fun. Cats!

 

 

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Pepe was Not Sent to Stand in the Corner

Pepe found something fascinating on the baseboard this morning. He stared at it just like this for minutes. It looks like he was sent to stand in the corner for bad behavior — which he definitely had been doing just before something caught his attention. The human looked but didn’t see anything. However, the cuffy foot came out and explored.  He seemed to follow something along the top of the baseboard and then back again.At least while he was exploring the human had a few minutes when she didn’t have to entertain him.

 

 

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