October 16th 2014 2:15 pm
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I, Splat Cat, am a hugger. One thing I really cherish is hug time. I like to wrap my forelegs around Mom's neck and put my head under her chin and give her big kitty hugs. Woe to a ny other kitty who tries to disturb me during my hug time!
Today after Mom finished taking Destiny out (poor dog has to go outside to relieve herself...I pity her for not being smart enough to use a litter pan MOL) and sat down to rest, I was sitting by Mom's spot on the bed just waiting for my hug time. As soon as Mom sat down, I climbed up on her chest, wrapped my forepaws around her neck, and headbutted her to get her to stroke me.
For some reason, a few of the other cats just don't get it yet that when I want my hug time, I expect them to keep a respectful distance and not interfere with me. As soon as I settled down into my hug, here came Righty up beside me. To her credit, all I had to do was give her a stern dirty look and she took the hint and backed off. Uno was smarter, she wisely chose to lay down on Mom's lap behind me and not try to actually get in my way. However, Prince, an over-confident newcomer who either doesn't know my hug rules or blithely chooses to disregard them, came right up beside me thinking he was going to shove me out of his way! Like a kung fu master, I instantly shot my forepaw out and slapped him up the side of the head. Before anyone thinks I was being mean, let me add that I didn't use claws when I slapped him. I personally think I must have been too nice because he didn't get the hint. He decided to try to bulldoze me out of his way again. This time I hissed and spit air into his face and followed that up with another swat, right to the middle of his forehead. With this swat, I tapped his forehead with just one claw, my first claw-comparable to what you would call your index finger. This time he finally got the hint and backed down. I then glared at the other cats who were nearby, just to remind them not to try anything. Then I settled down again into my hug, snuggled my head back under Mom's chin, and started purring as she stroked the top of my head. Yes, I really cherish my hug time!
March 13th 2014 2:40 pm
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Does your cat like to watch TV? If so, what are his/her favorite things to watch?
Although I have several cats who enjoy watching TV and the computer screen, Splat Cat absolutely loves to watch TV. Her favorite things to watch are cartoons and ironically, the cartoons she seems to like watching most are Tom and Jerry cartoons! Buttons also likes to watch cartoons best but he isn't as avid a TV watcher as Splat Cat is.
Splat Cat's favorite thing to watch on the computer screen is to watch Russ or me play World of Warcraft. Perhaps it's this game's resemblance to cartoons that Splats likes.
Dova on the other hand, isn't interested in TV. He loves watching the computer screen. His two favorite things are to watch the cursor and sometimes try to chase it and the oddest thing of all: Dova is absolutely fascinated when he sees his own image on his Catster profile. The picture that is #1 on Dova's profile was taken when Dova was at my laptop, staring hard with fascination at the picture of his own self on the screen. If Dova is around and I pull up his profile and he sees it, he will come over to the laptop to stare at the screen. He doesn't do this for any other profile or for that matter, any other webpage except his own Catster profile. As for why Dova does this, well being a cat, he smugly keeps this secret all to himself!
July 21st 2013 12:04 pm
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Splat Cat and Carina have very similar personalities in many ways. Both tend to be dominant and stand-offish with the other cats. As a rule neither want the other cats to get too close to them. When another cat tries to come too close, both will voice a warning and swat at the other cat. Just as the other cats used to do with Hallie, they tend to get out of the way when Splats or Carina comes through.
Both Carina and Splat Cat like to come up on my chest, wrap their paws around my neck, nuzzle their heads under my chin, and hug me. The main difference between the two when hugging me is that Carina will also knead her paws "make bread" on my neck. When Carina kneads her paws in the right places on my neck, it feels like a nice little massage. If another cat comes close while one of them is hugging me, she will either give the cat a warning growly meow and if necessary, a swat; or else if she's had enough hugging to be fairly well satisfied she will leave in disgust.
In these ways, Splat Cat and Carina seem to be two of a kind.
One major exception to the above is the friendship between Splats and Lacey. When Lacey first came as a kitten, Splats formed a friendship with her and these two often play together. Another exception is Splat Cat's self-appointed role as "nanny" and disciplinarian to Uno when Uno oversteps her bounds.
Occasionally, if Carina's attention is really absorbed by hugging me and kneading my neck, she will allow another cat to lay near her or even touch her side at the rear. However, it's more clear now that Carina's interaction with Destiny the dog, that is described in Carina's and Destiny's diaries, is definitely a game.