October 16th 2013 3:59 pm
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As you may have heard, our house has been invaded by three little monsters called kittens. It seems like they are either in perpetual motion or else they're all piled up asleep on the highest shelf of the biggest cat tree. They only seem to have one speed when they're awake, lightning fast. They have very little respect for most of us grownup cats, except for Buddha who somehow charms them into being nice to him and Aurora their mother.
Until recently, the little monsters were either caged or else they were only allowed to play in the front room. Then Carina had to go and open the door to the front room and let the monsters out to run the entire house! Since they weren't doing anything unsafe and they were going to the litter ok, Mom followed Carina's lead and let the kittens continue having the run of the house. Most of us cats aren't too pleased with this situation, me included. Carina you should NEVER have opened that door!
Since Mom won't do anything about the three little terrorists, I found my own solution to the problem. I found myself a place where I can nap, listen to TV, and enjoy peace and quiet. The kittens won't dare come up here!
"Where is my refuge?" you may ask.
It's on top of Destiny's crate! Most of the time, Destiny likes to stay in her crate indulging in her favorite pasttime-gnawing on her chew toys. And I just now realized...by keeping the kittens away from my refuge, that dog is actually useful for something!
July 17th 2013 12:08 pm
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One thing cats do that is really sweet is when they hold hands with you. Just now I'm sitting at my laptop trying to catch up on pawmails between DCs. Lefty is lying on the pillow behind me catnapping. While waiting on my internet connection to come back, I reached back to pet Lefty. She promptly put her forepaw into my hand and pressed against it, doing her kitty best to hold hands with me. When I moved my hand a little bit away, she reached out, grabbed it, and put her paw in it again.
Kitties holding hands with humans is something I've not yet seen anybody mention.
How many of you have kitties who like to hold hands with you?
June 20th 2013 4:57 pm
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As some of you may already know, with no vision in her left eye and only partial vision in her right eye, Lefty is mostly blind. However, proving that even a kitty with a disability can be useful, Lefty has herself a new career.
Lefty along with Lucy Liu have become the newest recruits for Buddha's fellow kitty washing service. Under Buddha's supervision, Buttons has been teaching Lefty and Lucy the art of washing other kitties. Both Lefty and Lucy seem to really enjoy washing other kitties too. Most of the other cats now regularly come to Buddha, Buttons, Lefty, or Lucy to get their necks, their heads, faces, chins, and throats washed.
It's fascinating to watch this. Buddha will come sit on the bed. Buttons, Lefty, and Lucy Liu will join him. First they start off by washing each other. Then other cats who want washed will come and join them. Since Lefty and Lucy both are now participating in the washing operations, Buddha often just sits and watches Buttons, Lefty, and Lucy much like an instructor watches his students demonstrate their skills.
Another interesting thing about this is the fact that sometimes when Buddha, Buttons, Lefty, and Lucy convene for washing, there are no other cats in the room. Yet as soon as the washing starts, cats start showing up. It can't be that they are hearing the sounds of washing, because they never react this way when a cat is self-grooming. My guess is that Buddha and crew send out a telepathic message to the other cats that their washing service is open. I think both animals and humans are capable of telepathic communication, including interspecies telepathic communication. I cannot count the number of times a thought has suddenly urgently popped into my mind to "check so&so's water" or "refill the feeders, they're probably getting low about now," and sure enough when I've gone and checked, I will find that the animal in question needs more water or the feeders need refilled. I have a few snakes and this often happens with my snakes when one of them gets low on water. I would have never thought a snake could communicate telepathically with a human but this has happened so many times now when the snakes needed something, that telepathy seems to be the only logical answer.
I am glad to see Buddha now has a little group of kitties helping him with his kitty washing service. He's the most easygoing, friendly, peaceful cat I've ever seen, living up to his name. But his noticeable aging changes are a subtle reminder that he won't live on earth forever. It's also good that Buttons is no longer Buddha's only helper. My son and his girlfriend are hoping that when the time comes that they have a place of their own and can have pets, that I'll let them take Velcro, Buttons, and Skittles with them. Now if that time comes, Buddha will still have Lefty and Lucy to help him. The other kitties would sure miss Buddha & Crew's Kitty Washing Service if it ever ended!