Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

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Salt Lamp Gymnastics

IMG_3109Yes, that glowing block of light beneath the cat is a Himalayan salt lamp. The human loves them and has many scattered throughout the house. Of course, the kitties must investigate. Mac is constantly head-butting the one on the floor upstairs in the half-bath.  And lately Pepe has been standing up on the one in the office. That’s his final cue that he’s about to jump on the keyboard, so the human had best vacate the work cave and go feed him.  See how well they have her trained?

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(c) Copyright 2016, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.

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Snow Sillies

IMG_2210It’s been cold and snowy for days, so of course the 4-leggeds have had the snow sillies.  They’re far better forecasters than the pros on the weather channel.  The other night, Mac hopped into one of her kitty beds on my bed while Caesar snoozed and I read.  At one point goofy girl was actually playing with 3 toys at the same time, flipping them around and tossing them in the air.  Remarkably, as I lay reading, a small pink mouse Mac was tossing around suddenly and quite literally went whizzing by my ear to land in the pocket of one of those bed pillow chairs next to my pillow.  Nice shot!

And the other morning, not only did the Mac and Fireball have a grand time chasing the red dot (from the laser pointer), but even the Big Guy got involved chasing it.  That was a first.  While he definitely watches the red dot as it moves around on the floor and occasionally will stoop to sniff it as it trundles by his front feet, he has always been way too sophisticated to chase such a silly thing…but not that day. He got as silly as the little ones do chasing it around and attacking the rug on which the dot momentarily took rest. Even more remarkable, he puffed up his tail — something I’ve never seen from him before.

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Mac has developed a new technique for chasing the laser pointer dot.  She makes big dramatic moves and literally throws herself on top of the spot where the dot was moments before, as though trying to trap it via belly flop.  Fireball, on the other hand, has perfected the art of hitting the dot repeatedly with both front paws (a la whack-a-mole).  He gets fairly incensed when the dot lands on his tail and starts working its way up his back. He rolls halfway over like a harbor seal and literally tries to attack his own tail or hip.

And Caesar gets a fairly menacing look when that ragged piece of denim cloth at the end of the kitty fishing pole starts hovering over him in the air. You can almost see him clench his jaws as he makes remarkably graceful leaps in the air trying to attack it.  The ultimate insult is, of course, when the darned thing lands on his back and he can’t reach it.  He gets his revenge when he does catch the silly thing by trying to chew through the thick black string that holds it to the pole.  Hence, the human has to pay attention to what she’s doing when the kitties have their morning constitutional.

 

(c) Copyright 2015, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.

Charity Mews: D.E.L.T.A – Animal sanctuary asks animal lovers to fund special Holiday stockings for rescued dogs and cats

Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni made a donation. Maybe your furry friend will too?

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Hi everyone,

Today we have a special appeal from D.E.L.T.A. the world’s largest no-kill, care-for-life animal sanctuary, continues its holiday tradition of making sure that each of the 1500 animals gets a special stocking each year.

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There may be countless ways to spend your holiday shopping dollar, but few that can directly make the day special for an animal. D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is asking people to give a special present to a rescued dog or cat. Every one of the over 1500 animals at D.E.L.T.A. will receive a personalized stocking full of his favorite treat, thanks to donations earmarked for this special cause.
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Leo Grillo, founder of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue has been filling stockings for the animals at the 115 acre animal sanctuary for 29-years. “Christmas is for kids, and animals are our children too. The joy of seeing a dog smile and then run off with his treat is what giving…

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What Dignity?

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This is the comedy cat. She hopped into a kitty bed last night, flipped around and around chasing a cord that Caesar had been playing with, then laid spread-eagle on her back for 20 minutes.

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Clearly, this is a cat with no body-image hangups.  Would that I could say the same!

 

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Green Mouse Visits the Ficus Tree

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I’ve previously mentioned that the kitties have definitely preferences in their toy mice.  The little cats like the shakey mice in wild colors, although they’ve recently become converts to the “sheeple” mice.  Caesar likes the quiet mice with the fake fur in more natural white and grey and black.  Unfortunately, to date the cats for the most part have totally ignored the toy mice that the human thinks are adorable:  the “fish” with their little metallic scales, the long rainbow-colored something-or-others with tails, and the bright-green spotted mice.  I guess I assume they’ll love anything stuffed with catnip and I guess they guess I’ll only buy them ones that are stuffed to the gills (or ears) with the super-potent strains of cat mint.  Nothing else seems to do.

Given their strong toy preferences, and their general refusal to play with the unappealing toys even when they’ve managed to lose all of the ones they like, I was quite intrigued last week to find that one of the adorable-to-me green mice had found its way downstairs and ended upside down in the potted ficus tree.  This is a sizable and tall pot that is a bit out of the way, so some skillful mouse-flipping skills had to have been employed to get the toy into this particular potted plant.  Hmm, does this mean they are becoming more open minded about what constitutes an acceptable toy?  Or does it mean they’ve given up on having any toy they like available to play with again? Apparently only the Shadow (and the kitties) knows.

 

(c) Copyright 2014, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.