Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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Big and Small

Little cat, giant kitty bed. <<Actually, a repurposed doggie bed — shhh, don’t tell them! — because the meows often pile 2 or 3 cats into a bed at a time, so extra space is needed.>> Huge kitty, tiny kitty bed. Body parts hanging out. Go figure!

 

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Belly Scratch

Pepe likes attention.  He really likes to have his belly scratched or petted or kissed or pretty much anything at all…until he doesn’t. If the human walks in and he’s laying on the bed — remarkably often flat on his back with his legs in the air — then he wiggles around as the human walks by begging for attention.  Let’s be honest, it’s really hard to resist.  And when the human does manage to resist for a few minutes to get some pics, Pepe seems puzzled that his best efforts to be cute and attract attention are failing him.  Fortunately, he doesn’t hold a grudge, and the human usually is unable to resist petting him or kissing his tummy for long. 

 

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How to Tell if Your Human is Evil

You’re asleep. You’re vulnerable. The human approaches, camera clicking. You know that the human shortly will be petting your paws and tummy and sticking her face in your fur.  <<Heaven forbid!>>   The 2-legged shows no pity. She knows you hate being woken from a sound sleep but she messes with you anyway — even after you make ugly faces.No doubt about it, your human is evil. It’s not fixable. Get rid of that human and find another slave.

 

 

 

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Afternoon Delight

Pepe and Mac were catching a bit of afternoon sunshine.  A yawn caught the Pepster by surprise. Mac was not impressed.  <<Your breath smells. You need to brush your teeth with enzymatic toothpaste more often. >> The Pepster didn’t let Mac’s criticism steal his chill.

 

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Proximity Does Not Equate to Guilt

Someone had a grand party on the stairs. Apparently, there was a very desirable toy at the bottom of one of the toy boxes. In order to find that toy, the kitty had to go digging in several of the toy boxes, scattering toys from the top of each box onto the stairs.  The human walked by and saw the aftermath. It just so happened that Pepe was sitting there at that moment. He claimed he had nothing to do with the mess, reminding the human that just because she found him near the scene of the crime didn’t mean he’d committed the crime. He decided to leave in case the human stop chuckling and decide to take some action. The human picked up the toys lest someone take a tumble going up or down the stairs (namely her!).

 

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No Box Too Small…

Funny how it is. The human can offer the kitties a nice big box to play in and it gets ignored.  However, let the human put down a small box and the kitties have to check it out. Pepe, of course, jumps right in after walking across and cuffing the crackly craft paper that had filled the box. <<Yep, it’s a tight fit. That’s my favorite kind of box!>> Corky arrives and snifts the crackly paper. Later in the evening, he would make running leaps onto the paper pile and slide the sheets all over the floor in two rooms. <<So much fun from items that humans would otherwise prematurely recycle.>>  Mac arrived and checked out the paper, so Corky turned his attention to the box, which had since been vacated by his brother Pepe.  Corky too thought the box was great fun. Mac sniffed the paper but was not amused. She walked away and entertained herself by laying down and watching the other two.

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Cats’ Life

The human’s 2-legged friends used to say they wanted to be reincarnated as her pets. (It’s an unfair rumor that the human spoils her furry friends.) In actuality, the 4-leggeds do have a pretty good life here, even if they don’t think so themselves. (What cat is totally satisfied with his/her surroundings?) They have cushy furniture to sprawl on and all the fleece blankets they could ever want or need.  They have the love and adoration of the human. They have the company of good friends, plus the eats here are pretty primo too.  For now, they’ll keep their human and their house.

 

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Pepperoni

The little kids next door got confused about the names of the kitties.  They combined Pepe + Macaroni and came up with Pepperoni.  Given that both Pepe and Mac are B&W tuxedos, frequently hang out together, are the official household greeters, are always up to mischief, never get enough attention, and impose themselves on the other cats and the human at will, this name blending seems kind of appropriate.

 

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Boxed in…

The “oh so funny” human put a big box on the floor. The cats ignored it. The human picked up the wobbly egg toy, turned it on, and put it in the box.  Mac came over to check out the noise, at which point the helpful human picked her up and put her in the box with the egg. Mac was not amused. Neither was she entertained. She stared away ignoring her surroundings and plotting new methods to wake the human from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. The human has since been punished 3 nights running for her insolence.

 

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