Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Play

Drugs…

Because the weather has been dipping down to freezing or lower at night, it won’t be long before the last of the summer supply of fresh catnip is gone for the long months of winter. Then the poor kitties will have to rely on the human to provide dry catnip, which doesn’t have quite the same joyous effect as the fresh, juicy stuff does. The dutiful human brought in a few bunches of the wildwood weed and stripped off leaves and tossed them here and there. Caesar Tiger Bear, normally the epitome of decorum, temporarily abandoned all dignity and enjoyed a great romp with the catnip. He rolled and thrashed and looked quite kittenish in a big scary sort of way.  He was anything but laid back and placid.  It’s always great to see the big guy have a bit of fun.  However, the wimpy human has learned the hard way not to go anywhere near those big, fast, wickedly sharp claws. Caesar only looks like he’s out of it. Dare to get close enough to touch that fluffy tummy or those soft paws and you’ll see what kind of hunting skills he has. 

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Cold Weather=Crazy Kitties

The weather has turned quite chilly all of a sudden and that’s brought out the crazy cats. They’ve been racing up and down the stairs chasing one another. They’ve carried a dozen or more toy mice upstairs from the toy boxes and left them scattered all over the floor each night. And several times in recent evenings, Fireball has hopped up onto the bed while the human was reading. He then dropped a toy mouse he was carrying in his mouth and he started to chase it all over the bed.  One night he did this after the human had fallen asleep. He banked the mouse off the side of the human’s leg as he chased it up and down the length of the bed. Eventually, he always manages to knock the mouse off the bed and then jumps down to continue his game elsewhere.If the human didn’t need a bit of sleep at night, this would be mighty entertaining for one and all.

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Temptations

The human covered a tradeshow last week and picked up an assortment of giveaways as she walked through the exhibits in between attending technical sessions. When she got home, she unloaded her bag to see just what she had accumulated. <<More pens, great news!>>  Of course, Pepe came out to join the human and see what she was up to at the table.  One of the giveaways was a nifty, environmentally-friendly pen in a box.  Since the Pepster was watching the goings-on with great interest, the tricksy human pushed the empty box over to the edge of the table. Not surprisingly, Pepe grabbed the box and pulled it over onto his chair. It was a bit unwieldy, but he cuffed it around anyway.  That entertainment was short-lived as he quickly knocked the lightweight box off the chair and onto the floor. For some reason, entropy usually sets in as soon as a new toy leaves the chair and hits the floor. With that, the Pepster turned around and looked expectantly at the human asking for another toy with which to entertain himself.

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Here’s the Best Toy Ever!

 

Corky and Pepe beg to differ about what is and what is not the world’s best toy.  In their personal opinion, it is hard to beat a sheet of crackly paper.  Fortunately, the human had some packages come in that were packed with stiff paper.  She indulged the kitties by putting both the too-small boxes on the floor (which, of course, were each checked out) as well as laying out the sheets of paper. The Corkster and the Pepster love to make a running leap onto the paper and slide on it all over the downstairs. The human finds the sheets of papers in the craziest places in the morning, showing that the kitties played with them all night long. Sometimes there even is a toy mouse or two tucked under the folds of the paper.  By encouraging the human to pull a sheet of paper along on the floor, the kitties get to chase it and try out their hunting skills, along with their sliding skills. Unfortunately, every now and then a piece of paper tears with the tussling. Ah well, there’s more where that came from.

 

 

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Another Favorite Mousey is Gone

The human found that another favorite toy of the penta pack had spent the night sitting in one of the soft-food bowls, so it had to go off to the great toy box in the sky.  The frequency of toys ending up in food bowls seems to be increasing.  What do you suppose this all means?

 

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Best…Toy…Ever

Fireball was feisty the other night.  He was in a playful mood and kept swatting at anything that moved, including human body parts shifting position under the blanket.  To distract him from puncturing her flesh, the wimpy human started swinging the cord attached to her phone’s case.  The Kitty Comet had a grand time chasing it.  Sometimes he dove with one paw out, sometimes he dove with both out.  Sometimes he just sat there watching the cord swishing back and forth while plotting how he’d catch it. A few times he really got hold of it and started biting a bobble on the end of the cord used to tighten the loop around a human hand. It’s so nice having cooler weather where our little Gingerbread Bear is more active.  Can we have a big awwww for the cute kitty?  <<Ooops, enough of playing with the human. There are much more interesting and pleasurable things to do off this bed.>>

 

 

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Morning Ballet

This is Pepe performing his morning ballet.  He loves to lay at the very edge of the bed and dangle not just limbs but also his head.  When he sees he has the human’s attention, he starts rolling around, making the human worry he’ll roll off at any moment.  Given that the human’s bed is quite tall — it requires an extra-deep bed skirt that is at least 44 inches/112 cm high, and then there is the added height of the mattress — the prospect that he’ll take a tumble while he’s being silly is no laughing matter.  The Pepster is not deterred and returns to dangling.

 

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Surprise Gift

Look at what the very thoughtful kitties left by the human’s shoes so early in the morn’.  I guess they figured she went off camping but forgot to pack a cat toy, so they made sure to put one of their favorites right by her shoes in case she made any more trips away from home.

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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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Pepe & the Pen

If cats got diagnosed with ADHD, Pepe would be a leading candidate.  He needs constant attention and affection from the human. Even with that, he gets bored very easily and needs lots of entertainment or he’s off to get into trouble. The silly human, after caring for and feeding the cats and tackling critical morning chores, finally sits down for her own breakfast and to plan out her day. She has to eat or write with one hand and pet or entertain Pepe with the other, or he’s head-butting her arm, tapping her shoulder or chin with his paws, climbing into her lap, and generally being a brat.  He doesn’t seem to have the will for self-entertainment most days.  One of the best ways to keep him entertained for a couple of minutes is to give him a pen.  Mind you, the human clamps the cap down very tightly before giving the pen to him. Fortunately, he’s never managed to get a cap off the pen. In truth, he doesn’t hang onto them for very long.
He starts by tossing and spinning them around for a bit.   Next, he stands up and cuffs them around the seat of his chair. Not surprisingly, the pens quickly find their way to the floor where he stares at them for a moment, then returns to his position and ask for another one. Jumping down from the chair and expending all that energy to chase a pen around the floor is just too much to ask of the Pepster most mornings. It’s nothing for him to go through one, then two, and finally three pens until the human has none to write with unless she picks them up off the floor. He’s such a Pepster!

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