Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Sleep

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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Big & Small

Here’s Fireball catching a snooze by an open window where he can enjoy the early morning breeze. But do you see the second kitty in his picture? Yes, the Big Emperor is curled up in the small bed for Fireball-size kitties and Fireball is stretched out on the enormous bed for Caesar-size kitties. Go figure!

 

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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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Missing the Human is Not a Personal Failing

<<We’ve got her reasonably well trained after all these years.  And it’s nice to cuddle up against her on cool nights. Finding another human that we like might not be so easy.  That doesn’t make us pushovers!  P.S. Camping under the stars also is overrated. The least she could do is send us some postcards.>>

 

 

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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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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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Little Red Bee Takes a Nap

Sometimes, when the human is really lucky, the Little Red Bee will make a visit to the bed and stay for an extended time.  He likes to put his back or rump against the human and then stretch out his shoulders and forepaws and sing a song. Of course, mixing (kneading) soon ensues. That’s when the human needs a lot of blanket between her skin and his nails, which are sharp like little scimitars. However, make a sudden move or a strange sound and the dozing kitty is gone faster than you can say Shazam!

 

 

 

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Time for a Stretch

<<Despite what it looks like, sleeping is hard work. >> <<Every now and then it’s important to take a good stretch. Don’t forget to extend your chin and stretch your neck and throat. This is a good way to cool down your paws as well.>> <<You have to lift your shoulders high and open up your chest. Twisting helps ensure your intercostals get some action. Technique is so important here.>>

 

 

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