Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Paws

Thou Shalt Not Disturb!

Caesar was cuddled up in one of the small cat beds the other day.  The human walked in to do something in that room. Of course, she couldn’t resist a quick visit with the Emperor.  He gave her that look. Undissuaded, the human started snapping pictures and petting a dangling paw.  He gave her another look. Still she persisted in pestering him. This time she photographed his tummy too.  The Big Guy was not amused. <<Really, could anyone who loves cats resist those paws and that tummy?>>



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You Need a Bath!

Caesar was in one of the kitty beds reclining next to the human. The Little Red Bee came up for some hugs. After getting a brushing and some toothpaste treat, he hopped over and joined his big brother. Problem is his Big Brother always thinks he needs a bath. Out came one of those big Caesar paws and held poor Fireball in place.  <<What are you chuckling at, human?>>


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He’s Got My Back!

Here are the Big Boys, Caesar and Pepe sleeping back-to-back, numb to the world. Since the human was quiet and no one woke up during the photo opp, there was no pouty face from the Emperor and no calisthenics from Pepe.


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Are You Paying Attention Yet?

Pepe likes to get on top of the human and lay very, very, very close to her face. Cat breath aside, when he’s that close, his spikey whiskers tickle her face. And then every few minutes he leans over and licks her neck or chin…or pokes some part of her face with a soft forepaw.  <<I guess you guys missed me after all.>>


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Woken from a Sound Sleep

Caesar was lounging in a kitty bed right next to the window, enjoying the cool breeze that wafted through.  The evil human approached with her annoying camera.   He knew what this meant:  the 2-legged was going to disturb his sleep. If giving her a funny look didn’t keep her from touching his paws and his soft tummy, then he would meet her eye-to-eye and give her the “Go away!” stare.    <<Miraculously, it worked!>>


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Tiger Boy Sphinxes

The human walked by and saw the two Tiger Boys lying like sphinxes on the rug.  She told herself they were posing for the camera, so she ran and got it and started snapping pics.  <<Sometimes the safest strategy is to not move a muscle. Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact! If you ignore the human completely, sometimes she just walks away and you can go back to enjoying a great conversation without being interrupted by the silly 2-legged.>>  They looked so cute that the human left them be.


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Big Boys Goof Around

Caesar and Pepe are the big boys in this house. Each comes close to tipping the scale at 20 lb/9 kg. And they can often be found sleeping at the bottom of the bed right next to each other.  Neither is shy about sprawling out and taking up a lot of space — proportionately speaking, far more than the much bigger human does when she’s in bed with them.  Pepe is fond of dangling body parts — head, legs, tail, it doesn’t really matter — off the edge of the bed. Caesar is a bit more restrained, as an Emperor should be. They will lie like that for hours and then one or the other of them will take offense at the other cat’s presence and a scuffle will ensue. Sometimes Pepe gets silly and starts rolling around.  That means he inadvertently flings a body part at Caesar, who says “No more!” Or sometimes it’s just a funny look that will set one or the other of them off. Of course, sometimes Caesar is overcome with maternal affection and decides to groom Pepe, who, after all, cannot be counted on to wash his own fur properly.  Pepe takes exception to having his self-mastery overruled by the Emperor kitty and that leads to a wrestling match. Either way, it’s entertaining for the human to watch.



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Bowl Patrol

It’s the afternoon. The human is cranking away on her keyboard and Bowl Patrol members are on duty.First, they visit the human in ones and twos to encourage her to take a break and give them a snack (or a full-blown meal).  If that doesn’t work, they intensify the pressure on the human by standing up and putting their paws on her desk or sinking their claws into her leg, scratching on items they know they shouldn’t, or jumping up and landing next to the keyboard.  The longer the human ignores them, the more intensely they act out. Finally, the silly human takes a break. There is great rejoicing right outside the office door. Of course, it’s important not to act smug like you think you’ve won the battle, so they quickly look away and participate in a bit of personal gratuitous grooming followed by a bit of community grooming.  It’s important to follow the human and make sure she is guided to the snack container or to the crunchy jar.  She often is distracted and completely forgets what you’ve worked hours to get her to do.  Such a silly human.


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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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Emperor vs. Human

The Emperor Kitty was doing his “Kilroy is Here” impression on top of one of the kitty condos. Because the human has really lousy personal boundaries, she got up close and really personal with him.  So, okay, he sniffed the finger she put right in front of his face. Big deal!Let’s talk about important issues like violation of personal space.


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