This evening Licorice and Saffron had an unexpected visitor. My neighbour’s turtle got a little adventurous and escaped his/her pond into my back garden. After being rescued, she decided to introduce her pet to mine. I was a little apprehensive – will they hurt him? She assured me that turtles have good protective mechanisms and with us both watching it would be fine.
The girls were baffled! After the turtle left, the girls spent quite a few minutes looking for the intruder. However 5 minutes later, exhaustion set in and they returned to sleep!
Licorice seemed to be quite skilled at stealing the treats Saffron had so diligently retrieved from the treat ball. It is clear to me that Licorice has also been stealing some of Saffron’s dinner. However, I think Saffron has finally figured out how to outsmart Licorice! I took this video tonight and Saffron is certainly now getting the lions share. I love the way licorice (right) looks at me at one point with her sad face!
If the above video doesn’t load, go directly to the flickr page.
I want to stress that it’s 1/4 of their food allowance in the ‘treat ball’. They are overweight and don’t need treats. I’m putting it in the ball because Saffron has finally figured out how to get most of the treats for herself and stop Licorice stealing hem. This is a good thing because I’m positive that Licorice takes some of Saff’s breakfast each day! I also put it in the ball because it’s a bit of environmental enrichment and keeps them moving… however slow that may be!
Other videos from my furry family:
- More cat clicker training
- Laser pointer: the best toy for a deaf cat
- Our deaf cat’s wheelchair riding skills
- Gesso’s jumping ability
I took this brief video this morning.
I’d filled up the treatball. Saffron knows how to get the treats out but what I love is the way she gets them out and fatty Licorice comes along and steals them!
If the video doesn’t appear, use this link to the flickr page.
This painting was a rushed effort. I had problems with a certain cat who wanted to sit on me. I had images of her walking in the paint so I had to speed up. I think in the end the painting is better for it. Some of the colours got blended together as I wasn’t taking the time to clean my brush.
Not to be outdone, Licorice is inhibiting my blog writing. The laptop is not precariously balanced on my knee, pushed to this point my a fat 7 kilo furball.
Guess it’s going to be a limited words night.
Day one of holidays and I’m getting a taste of what my girls get up to while I’m at work.
The morning seems to have consisted of sleeping. Moving 1 metre. Re-establishing oneself in the sleep position. When approached, wake-up and perform belly roll.
Best of all sleep on the skirt that I was planning on repairing today. Good work Licorice and Saffron! They’ve been occupying the skirt for a couple of days. I had hoped that they would have found a new snoozing place by now. I shouldn’t complain. Fortunately my cats and my clothes are often the same colour. It makes the cat hair blend in somewhat.
Meanwhile, over at chateau de Andrew the boys are probably doing about as much as the girls. I dropped in to apply flea medication to the back of Pickle’s neck. On walking in the door I found Pickle asleep in the old wheelchair and Gesso spread out on top of the bookshelf. I’m pleased I’ve been able to witness this gargantuan level of athelticism. I don’t feel bad about going away for 9 days. It’s clear that they’ll sleep right through it.
This was Pickle last night. Alternating between sleep and mild attention on the chopping block. Thankfully, for Pickle’s sake, it isn’t presently being used as a chopping block.
Since I’ve included 3 of the ‘fur children’, I guess I’ll have to put in the fourth. This was his sleeping effort the night before last.
Layabouts! Nevermind. I have the perfect way of waking Licorice and Saffron up. I’m going to cut fabric. It works everytime. Even when they are in the other room, they have a ‘fabric’ radar. Cutting a pattern out wouldn’t be half as much fun without the feline assistance.
Gesso had other plans for me, blocking my access to the laptop in the only way he knew how.
Me being slightly peculiar, took a photo of him in situ, turfed him off, then wrote my presentation and included him in it! I’m sure my colleagues think I’m completely cracked but then again, they don’t tell me my presentations are boring, which I think is what many people expect from the data person. I met a new member of staff today. She said to me, ‘are you the IT person?’ I felt almost insulted. Am I that drab?
Through today, Gesso and Saffron must have had a conversation, for tonight, it is Miss Saff’s turn at stopping me from completing my homework. She has adopted a similar approach to gesso. She just happens to be twice the size and far more determined to stay where she is. My dressmaking teacher has 3 cats of her own. I’m sure she will accept my excuse for not cutting out the whole pattern… no?
I’m so excited! The little (and not so little) cats that I thought I’d have to keep separate are more than tolerating each other. They are sitting within a metre of each other peacefully!
You have got to be kidding me! The weekly photo challenge is ‘Peaceful’. There is not much peaceful about my life right now. I’m houseminding with four cats in a one bedroom unit! Peaceful is not the first word which comes to mind!
Saffron and Licorice have been assigned the bedroom and Gesso and Pickle the living room. Then today, for the first time, Gesso and Saffron met face to face.
Grrr. Hiss. Contempt on Saffron’s face. (Meanwhile Licorice, who was sitting next to Saffron sat as if nothing were going on).
Well perhaps if you were Gesso. At least he could not hear Saffron’s grumbles.
Supervised introduction over, they have been separated once more. I suppose that counts as relative peace.
I was ready for bed. I had done my blogging for today. Then Licorice did something which had me bursting to ask my blog friends about. She made a hideous noise cleaning her toenails. The question is not ‘does your cat do this?’ but ‘should a cat be able to do this while sleeping on your bed?’ Do I denounce Licorice as having failed cat etiquette 101?
However, first things first, I had to learn how to spell etiquette. Were there 4 t’s or 3?
So I googled ‘cat etiquette’. I was surprised to find results aplenty – all featuring 3 t’s. Many were serious; a few were downright funny; I particularly liked a page from “CatStuff: Cat Etiquette“, which left me nodding and smirking. One of my favourites being:
Get enough sleep during the daytime so that you are fresh for playing at night between 2 and 4 a.m.
As I’m spending tonight with 4 cats rather than my usual 2, I hope that there HASN’T been too much sleeping going on around here.
My hopes may be in vain as Pickle is certainly still awake. As I write this post he is making himself known on the other side of the door. First with what sounds distinctly like head-butting followed by some meowing. I do feel a little sad for him. He’s used to being able to climb into bed and Saffron and Licorice’s temporary accommodation arrangements have relegated him to sleeping on the couch. I only wish Pickle understood each time I find myself saying: ‘don’t complain to me. Your father’s the one who’s off galivanting in the Tasmania wilderness.’
So, now that I’ve got all that out of my system, I ask you – is chomping toenails in bed acceptable behaviour? (I’m referring to the cat of course, not me).