Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Sleep

Spooning

Caesar and Mac enjoying some quality cuddle time in one of the kitty beds.  (Good thing the human buys extra-large beds.)

 

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What is that Lump?

The other morning, the human spied a lump under the furry blanket on the bed.  Notice the tail tip sticking out? Now who could that be?Ah, wouldn’t you know it’s Pepe!

 

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How to Help a Sick Human Recover

Ah, your human is waylaid with influenza? That’s bad luck on your part as that means she’ll be focused on her own survival and not on your whims and desires.  The trick is to help your human recover so quickly that she once again returns to her role of faithful servant.  Here are some pointers.

  1. Do settle your 18 lb bulk on the human’s ribs and chest — all the better if you’re pressing down on one lung. The human will thank you later for helping strengthen her breathing.
  2. Push your face up really close to the human’s. Make sure your whiskers tickle her face.  Breathe on her (even if it means she breathes on you too). Reach out and lick her chin.  If she still doesn’t respond, step on her chin with one of your paws and press down. Guaranteed that will make her sit up.
  3. If she’s whimpering in a fetal curl, walk up and down her achy hips and legs. That may help ease some of her joint pain. Or not.
  4. If you can get her to lift the covers so you can slide under, fall asleep in her arms. When you wake up, make sure to reach up and poke her in the face. You want to make sure she’s still breathing.
  5. Human not doling out snacks and pets? Jump up on her and push your fluffy fur into her face.  That will help her breathe better.  Try clawing the pillows around her face to see if she responds.
  6. Yowl every 3 hours for food even if there are 3 kinds of food already laid out on the floor. (You can’t seriously be expected to have to eat old food from dirty bowls.) This way she doesn’t fall into a coma (or get much sleep).  If she cusses and snarls from her deathbed about all the food that’s out on the floor, jump up on her in bed and sing a song.  She’ll relax and stop the bad behavior. Just as she’s about to fall asleep, jump on her bladder or walk on her head. The latter is always helpful with influenza, since her head feel like it’s caught in a giant pair of vice grips anyway. Yelling will make her headache worse and will intensify the pain in every corner of her skull, including her teeth.  You’ve done your job. She’s still alive!
  7. Tag team her with your best pals.  Make sure she is surrounded and that everyone is singing songs to help her feel better.  Lull her back to sleep…for the moment.  Then repeat the above.

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Red in Bed

Need we say more?

 

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Finally, a New Cat Bed Gets a Lodger

Remember the two new kitty beds the human dragged home after Thanksgiving? Well, it would be an understatement to say they have not gotten a lot of love. Despite their incredibly plush interior and the opportunities each offers for a kitty person to hide in plain sight, they have had little use as proper beds.  (The human got them on clearance, so therein may lie the problem.)Pepe does love to attack the pompoms on the blue one that looks like a jewelry pouch. In fact, he batted the decorations so hard that he split the thread holding one of the poms together, then had a grand time chasing the fibrous ball of fluff that had been inside. (It’s since been lost, so no go on the human fixing it unless she wants to buy a big bag of fiberfill just to fix a single pompom.)However, the triangular/teepee-shaped bed finally got a visitor. The human spied the inhabitant, flipped on the light, and edged ever closer with the camera, much to the annoyance of the feline in question. It’s behavior like this that earns the human scowls!

Happy New Year, one and all. Thanks for following the antics of the meows over the last 12 months.

 

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Crazy Kitties

Let’s be honest. Cats hate change even more than humans do. And when they have a lot of change in their environment over a short period of time, it can sometimes lead to interesting forms of acting out.  So the human brought this on herself.  She decided to flip the furniture in her bedroom on Thanksgiving Day. What had been on the west wall is now on the east, and vice versa.  Of course, while this was all going on, the evil vacuum cleaner was busy sucking up all kinds of things, so the cats stayed far away. Later, after the noise quieted down, things were put to right, and the far-infrared mattress pad was turned back on on the freshly made bed, the cats appeared and began to check things out.  Talk about curious!  One after another they jumped up on the bed, sniffed and looked around, then jumped down only to jump up on a different piece of furniture to explore. Clearly they were quite at a loss as to why the human would do such a radical thing without asking their permission. To further intensify things, the human had washed a bunch of their fleece blankets and hung them out to dry, then brought them inside (smelling of the great outdoors) and put them back in their kitty beds. They love it when they have clean, fresh-smelling blankets!  That evening, there were some mighty interesting and noisy goings on in the house. Fireball ran around chirping loudly and even tried shredding the mattress foundation under the human’s head.  Caesar alternated whacking the ball around on the scratching disc and chasing other cats around playing tag.  Mac tried out 3 different kitty beds in their new locations much like Goldilocks visiting the three bears.  And Pepe and Corky chased each other quite loudly. It was a regular circus that went on until about 2 am. Fortunately, the cats have settled down now and seem to enjoy the slightly modified sleeping arrangements. Still, what was the human doing making a change like that without asking?

 

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An Unlikely Pairing

The cats never cease to amaze the human.  Certain personalities that don’t get along most of the time can suddenly be found cuddled together.  Take this sequence of shots of Pepe and Fireball on the back of the couch. (And note that Corky is sitting nearby in the bottom left of the frame.)  Pepe often chases Fireball. While I don’t believe he means any harm by this — he chases anything that moves and half the things that don’t some days — still he scares Fireball because he’s so big and aggressive. Yet here they sit quite close without any concerns whatsoever…at least none that they showed. (Fireball would have been out of there if he felt the least bit threatened.) Go figure!

 

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Dangle Buddies

Because it’s been really cold of late, the human put the much beloved far-infrared heating pad back on the bed.  Both two-legged and four-legged people love that device! The pad has a 10-hour heating cycle before it automatically shuts off. That’s perfect as the human turns it on a little while before she plans to dive into bed so everything is toasty when she arrives. And she turns it back on in the morning when she gets up so the cats have the benefit of the penetrating warmth during the day when they’re snoozing upstairs. (Keeping them happy helps ensure the human gets work done on the lower floor.) Between the fleece blankets, the soft padded kitty beds, and the far-infrared heat, some of the cats are loathe to leave the bed even for their breakfast — meaning the human has to hand deliver food right to their “nest.”  The human saw Caesar and Mac lounging with paws dangling the other morning and just had to snap a few pics. Caesar looked like he was recovering from a night of indulgence, and Mac acted like she was standing guard over here big pal.

 

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The Paw Dangle Variations

Here are the kitties trying out some new variations on the paw-dangling phenomenon that is so prevalent in this house.First you have the “twoferone” variation, which Caesar and Mac are demonstrating with grace. And then you have Caesar and Fireball showing us how to do the paw stack with double-swept reverse paw positioning.  It’s a very sweet options for best buddies — especially when you have a younger kitty who mimics everything the older kitty does.Of course, here’s the Trio demonstrating the triple stack with the top two layers somewhat rearward of the lowest. Mac is contributing two paws to Caesar’s one (although he’s spreading his toes and extending his claws).  Fireball is just ignoring the whole thing.  This position is also a variation of the puppy pile with three kitties. Caesar was there first, later joined by Fireball.  Mac had to mash herself between both of them as she always wants to be in the middle of all the action.

In all the decades the human has cohabited with cats, she doesn’t remember any group of felines who did this amount of paw dangling.  They do it at any and all times of year, so it’s not just because it’s been hot and their feet are toasty.

 

 

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Between a Pillow and a Pillow

At the foot of the human’s bed, the kitties have a wide swath of fake-fur fabric that they adore.  There also are 2 small pillows strategically placed to cushion little kitty heads and faces as they sprawl across that fabric. They love those little pillows.  During bed-making duties, the human apparently did not properly distribute the pillows one day recently. When she came back upstairs, she found Corky literally wedged between the two pillows. (Perhaps having pillows on the front and back of Corky’s body felt comforting — like lying in one of the kitty beds.) It looked so cute that the human had to shoot a few photos. Miraculously, Corky sat still and posed for 3 shots.  Notice the nice new green collar?  He too is now wearing a sparkly adornment, which helps Fireball know when either he or his brother Corky are trying to sneak up on the Little Red Bee.

 

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