Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Other animals

The Joys of Crackly Paper

Of course, the last 4 or 5 sets of toys the human has brought home for the meows have been given short shrift.  Adorable felt mice, little stuffed toys that looks like beetles (completely with crackly Mylar film to simulate insect carapaces), and several knitted pull toys have proven to be unacceptable fare for the fussy felines. Surprisingly, two items the human has presented the cats have gone over really well:  2 large handled paper bags and a large sheet of craft paper that was included as packing material in a boxed shipment. As you can see here, Pepe claimed the sheet of crackly paper and had a grand time with it, rolling, flipping around from one side to another, and defending his territory when his brother Corky entered the room. While the human’s not sure that Corky actually wanted to get onto the paper, he did settle nearby and watch his brother’s goofy actions. Fortunately, Corky respected Pepe’s boundaries and no kerfuffles ensued. Eventually Corky grew bored and left, and the human stopped taking photos. That meant Pepe was left to his own devices. Without an audience to entertain, he called it a day as well. He’s such a ham!

 

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Double Trouble

The two tuxedo kitties were found sitting together on the top level of the downstairs kitty condo the other day. Clearly, something interesting must have happening out on the deck.  You just never know what nefarious creature might show up.  There are frequently squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. Less often there’ll be a woodchuck or a raccoon or even an opossum looking for something edible in the potted plants (or just being plain old destructive for the fun of it).  And it’s not unheard of for the herd of deer that wander through the yard each day to have a member stick a head over the railing and eat some tasty flowers or vegetables. Fortunately for the human, there are 4-legged guards on patrol at all hours. <<It’s handled, human. Be off and let us do our job!>>

 

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Happy 2nd Anniversary Duo!

(The human was unable to post this update on March 9th because power and internet were knocked out for a significant portion of her state during storms last week. This is day 6 with no internet and no estimate on when it will be back online. Harumph!)

Last Friday was the second anniversary of Corky’s and Pepe’s arrival. And today marks the second anniversary of the Duo’s former human caretaker moving across country to start a new life of her own. We all miss her!While those first few weeks were pretty rough for all involved, both members of the Duo have settled in very nicely and become proper members of the kitty colony.

Pepe has replaced Mac as the official household greeter and class clown.  Corky has replaced Fireball as the source of continuous chatter and complaints.  Such a lucky human to her these five kitty pals!

 

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GooGoo Girl goes Gaga

Who knew that round disc with a ball on its side and a scratching surface on top would offer so much fun?The GooGoo Girl has made it her own. While most of the others will climb on for a scratch and to imbibe in some catnip, Mac has mastered the art of knocking that ball around alone or with company. She favors two techniques.In the first, she lays on her side close to the disc and alternately kicks the ball with her back feet and swats it with her front.That way she can can have a good extended play, although the ball really only rolls around on about half the track before she bats or kicks it in the other direction again.As you can see from that face, she’s having a really good time.  Here’s betting she imbibed before she started kicking.In the second technique, she will play opposite another kitty (often Corky) or while another kitty is sitting on top of the disc.She dives forward with forepaws out and knocks the ball forward. In fact, she tends to put both forepaws inside the track so she can stop the ball regardless of which direction it’s traveling, then sends it back in the opposite direction.When the ball returns to her other paw, she swats it again, unless the other cat redirects it.Nice to know that at least one cat toy in the last year has met with (limited) feline approval.

 

 

 

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Fluffernutter

juno2The human has been overly busy with work, which is why there haven’t been posts in 10 days. It’s definitely not that the furry people aren’t having fun and being exceptionally silly. While you wait for the 2-legged to get her act together, here are 2 recent photos of little Juno (aka Juni-purr). She’s a cousin of sorts to the penta pack.juno1Remember when she was just a tiny kitten taking her first steps out of her carrier into her new home after being adopted from a rescue organization? She’s all grown up now and quite adorable. Of course, anyone who has adopted a “rescue” animal knows that the rescuing goes both ways. What would we do without these furry people in our lives?

 

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Basket Baby…

juniper-nov-2016And here is no longer little Juniper (Junipurr) playing hide ‘n seek in a clothes basket.  Gotta love those big eyes. Wonder if she’s considering pouncing?

 

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Corky the Quark

IMG_3583Since Corky’s urinary tract infection cleared up, he’s not Cranky Corky anymore. He’s more like Corky the Quark. His unique and sweet personality is back and he’s become quite playful. He now canters through the house many times a day playing butt tag with his brother and his adopted brothers, chases the red laser dot energetically, and tries to hump his adopted sister every chance he gets. (She wants nothing to do with this, and that does make him mad.) He’s also a lot more cuddly with the human and has rediscovered the pure joy of toys. He wakes the human up at all hours of the night chasing little fabric mice through the bedroom while squeaking excitedly. Of course, the human gets her revenge by waking him up and kissing him when he’s trying to get a wee bit of shut eye.IMG_3584

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An Interim Attempt to Keep Stones in the Fountain

IMG_3237The Merkitty had been ever so pleased with herself that she had found a new way to annoy the human while the latter slaved away in the work cave.  The non-working fountain filled with river stones was just the perfect entertainment for a late afternoon when she really wanted the 2-legged to walk her lazy butt upstairs and dispense crunchies. However, after having the stones she’d so carefully lobbed out on the floor returned to the big copper bowl, and seeing the whole device covered with a bright blanket, the Merkitty had to find new methods of being devious. It took some work, but with the help of Pepe Monster, they both found ways to pull back the blanket and expose the stones. Soon the human was jarred out of her work trance with the sound of stones hitting the wood floor again.  The fountain is fairly large, and the old farm house they all inhabit isn’t so big and suffers from a paucity of closets and other storage spaces.  The human was therefore hoping to find a way to keep the stones in the bowl and the bowl in the bay window. Sure enough, the blanket was rolled back and the stones were flying out thanks to cute little scoupy paws.IMG_3240Covering the fountain back up (this time with only the base blanketed) proved a very short-lived victory, as the Merkitty quickly pulled back the fleece and started tossing rocks again. <<Gee, this is fun!>> Next the human re-covered the stones, but this time put some heavy mineral specimens on top of the blanket hoping they would prove too heavy to move and thus keep the smaller stones underneath hidden from view. Alas, it wasn’t very long before the Merkitty managed to uncover a corner of the bowl and started lobbing stones again. You see where this is headed, don’t you?

 

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Taylor & Ng Kitties Redux

IMG_1469Let’s hear it for the snuggle kitties.  It’s a rare sight to see only one of the kitties sleeping alone somewhere. There usually are two close together and often three.  I guess it’s nice to share!Snuggle Kitties

 

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Tiny Junipurr is Tiny No More

JuniperMy niece’s new kitten, Juniper (aka Junipurr) is not so tiny anymore. She’s growing up fast. Above is a photo of her taken about 6 weeks ago.  And below is a picture of her from about 2 weeks ago. She’s really starting to fill out and reportedly is quite the love bug.  Awwww.  Good thing the city kitties can’t meet their country cousin face to face, as I’m sure at least the tuxedo twins would immediately teach her how to flood the water bowl and walk on table and counter. Junipurr_Nov16_15_lr(c) Copyright 2015, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos M.Ray.