Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Verboten!

We’ve had a heat wave, after months and months of cool, wet weather. It’s so been so hot, it’s been hard to sleep at night.  The other morning, as the human vaguely began to regain consciousness she realized first that she had a kitty nestled against her hip (not unusual) and second that she was holding a kitty paw in her hand and was touching soft sweaty toe pads (VERY unusual).  She was so curious about this strange turn of events that she cracked open her eyes to see who was laying against her hip. It was Pepe.  How in the world did he come to let her hold a paw? Usually, all paw petting is verboten in this house except for Fireball. The only thing the human can figure is that he was so hot, tired, and miserable with the heat that he just gave up fighting when the human touched his foot. How long cat and human lay like that is anyone’s guess.

 

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Waiting for Godot

The human peeked in to the “stove” room the other evening as she got home and saw Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni clustered up together while Corky walked past the pile of new cat toys the silly human had so proudly trotted home the day before. <<Fat chance we’re going to play with toys that you bought on clearance.  And forget about rolling them in catnip as that’s not going to make them attractive either.>>  For some reason, it just struck the 2-legged funny that with all the space in that room that members of the trio were clumped up in one small area. Fortunately, the human is easily entertained and the cats are long-suffering but reasonably tolerant with respect to the camera.

 

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THIS is NOT Kitty Grass!

For weeks, the human’s favorite grocery store had tons of pots of organic wheat grass, so she stopped buying two pots at a time to ensure the kitties had their grass. Now that the weather has turned hot and the indoor plants are back outside for the summer and fall <<Hallelujah!>>, there are no spider plant babies on which to nibble. That means the kitties are alternately grumpy and trying to gnaw on the pathetic-looking kitty grass that’s left — and it’s not looking very good, let me tell you.Last evening the human made her second trip in two days to that store and came home empty handed (as far as kitty grass is concerned).  However, she did find a dandy pot of rosemary for a very good price and picked it up. When the kitties sauntered out to the kitchen to see what the 2-legged was up to and saw her holding a green plant, they got excited and ran over. She set the pot of rosemary down in front of them and all 5 came over and gave it a sniff. Two immediately departed with a disgusted look. <<That’s NOT kitty grass, idiot human. We thought you were a master gardener. Can’t you tell rosemary and wheat grass apart?>> The other 3 were a tad more interested or forgiving and spent more time checking out the greenery. In the end, they all concluded this was not acceptable table fare and walked away. The human will make another visit today, as otherwise punishment of some sort cannot be far away.

 

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What have we here?

The human was picking up the other morning and noticed that something was sticking out of the track on the side of the upstairs scratching disc. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious that one of the cats had pushed a relatively new catnip-stuffed toy, which hadn’t seen much action, into the track. (Those are Corky’s cute toes in both photos, by the way.)Now why do you suppose they did that? It actually must have taken some work to stuff the toy into the track. And why? They love chasing the ball around the track.  Cats…they truly are such mysteries.

 

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Merkitty and Catnip

The Merkitty has a very interesting relationship with catnip.  Like the rest of the kitty-drug-addled crowed, she’s a big fan of cat mint.  However, unlike the boys, she never actually seems to eat it. She just rolls all over dried or fresh plant and then sprawls in kitty bliss.Presumably she gets high just from the odors and doesn’t actually need to ingest the plant to take a trip without leaving the farm. However, lest a silly human think she is so blissed out that she will allow that soft tummy to be petted or kissed, think again!  Suddenly, the claws and teeth snap shut around the offending limb or head. <<Gotchya!>>  Such a Merkitty!

 

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

This is a genuine un-posed shot of Fireball (left) and Macaroni (right). They just flopped down on the floor and their tails ended up in these interesting positions. (Fireball’s tail always curls up like that.) Honestly, the silly human could never put the cats in such interesting positions. First, they’d immediately move elsewhere, and second the human just isn’t that creative.

 

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Meditating with Pepe

The human sets her alarm to go off early in the morning. That gives her time to wake up, catch up on email and news, and then meditate for 30-40 minutes before she has to get up and attend to morning duties. It’s a nice way to start the day.However, some mornings Pepe has other ideas. First he climbs up the human and alternately licks her chin and touches her face with his paws. <<Focus on the breath, focus on the breath…>>If that doesn’t catch her attention, then he begins digging vigorously on the blankets she’s wrapped in searching for….what? This is Pepe in full brat mode.If she manages not to laugh and break her focus, he then hops off her and starts burrowing like a mole under the blankets by her side.  If she wiggles her fingers while trying to remove a hand to pet him, he pounces for all he’s worth and attacks the menace under the blankets.  By then, the human has wisely concluded that meditation is over for the day.

 

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Waking up the Lazy Human

The lazy human plays snooze alarm way too many mornings!  She grabs her alarm clock and puts it under her blankets or pillow, then curls up and goes back to sleep.  When the alarm continues to go off, she just keeps hitting that annoying button.  Fear not, for we’ve found a way to make her get up and stay up.  It’s well worth the effort to wake her as not only does that get us food and fresh water, but it gets our litter boxes cleaned as well. We even take turns and split up the duties.If the human is laying on her back, then Mac saunters over, sits on her chest and rolls around making sure to dig her nails into every surface possible.  Her sharp claws can penetrate through 4 layers of blankets. If that doesn’t work, then Pepe leaps and lands on her bladder with his 18 pounds. <<OOOFFFF!>> If she anticipates his arrival by tenting her knees, he scales her limbs and hangs off or he climbs onto her chest and sticks his furry face and whiskers really close to her face.  Caesar shortly arrives and head bumps her arm and shoulder.  Sometimes he licks her hands because he knows it tickles. (That’s his revenge for all the times she touches is paws!)If the human is laying on her side curled up in a pathetic little ball, then Corky or Pepe hops onto her hip and stretches out on her until her leg cramps.  Meantime, Mac attacks her on her pillow by wrapping her furry tummy around the human’s head and face. It’s important to bury the human’s nose and mouth in cat fur, as that usually gets her sniffling and sneezing. Imagine, she’s allergic to us!  Sometimes Fireball balances on her shoulder while all this is going on or brings her a toy mouse. And Caesar does the arm-licking thing on any exposed skin.  Mornings are so much fun in this house!

 

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Tiger Boys Take a Snooze

Our Human has been Gone & We’ve Felt Abandoned!

Poor little kitties.  Their human was out the door early and back late for four days last week.  Clearly, the kitties felt abandoned (or like they didn’t get enough human torture sessions in during those days). The last day the human got back early and climbed into bed with them for a cuddle.It wasn’t long before she had 2 cats on her chest, 1 next to her head on the pillow (who soon moved down by one of her arms), and 2 more in nearby kitty beds. All were singing up a storm and she even got her fingers licked by Pepe.Ahhhh, so good to be home. The formerly globe-trotting human has become a homebody with the help of her furry friends.

 

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