Well. It’s been a while since I’ve given a cat update but Ben has had some behavior as of late that warrants one. Ben has been acting like an acrobatic cat, or acrocat as I like to call him. Last night I heard a ruckus and got out of bed to find him hanging by his claws in the doorway between our living room and dining room. Hanging. From the top of the door trim. My cat, dangling 7 feet in the air.
This evening, while sitting at home, he surprised me with another acrobatic feat. He just discovered he can jump from our table to the bookcase (the bookcase was the last place in the apartment he couldn’t reach) and tonight he felt like taking things a bit further. I tried to snap this video before he quit, so it’s not the best.
Well, it’s been a while and an update on the cats is long overdue! I’ve gathered a little collection of photos from my phone to share here…
From the top left: Stu snuggling in our bed in the morning, the cats peeking out the bathroom window, the boys snuggling together, Stu in our hotel room on the way home from Oregon, Ben with cornbread batter on his face, and one more of the two brothers snuggling. Goofballs, the two of them!
Well, I feel like a bad mom–the cats’ founders day slipped right by us without any celebration! For those of you who are newer to the blog, we don’t know when the cats were actually born since they were found, but we do know the date that we found them, so in lieu of a birthday celebration every year, we celebrate founders day.
Anyway, once I realized that I had neglected their special day, I quickly went online and saw that my favorite kitty blog, ModernCat, had a lovely fall/halloween toy limited edition package available and I snapped one right up. The package arrived a few days later and boy oh boy were they excited.
Those two couldn’t, and still can’t get enough, of the toys! Stuart enjoys gnawing on the felt rollers, and both boys bunny kicked the crap out of their modkickers.
Stu also earned the nickname “Sparklehorse” because he took quite a liking to an extra little treat that was included in their package–an orange sparkley ball.
Both cats love carrying the sparkle ball around, growling and hissing at each other to protect their loot.
When I glance at this next photo, it almost looks like it’s one cat and a mirror
I highly recommend the ModernCat Studio toys for the kitty in your life–they’ve been quite the hit at our household! Also, if you’re curious what is with those blocks of color on our wall, stay tuned. I’m going to blog about those sometime soon…
I’ll send you off to enjoy your weekend with a little hello from Stuart (aka Stevie, as we’ve taken to calling him lately. “Oh Stevie…“). Just a sampling of what we deal with over at our house…
These next shots came right after I finished changing the sheets on the bed (his favorite activity):
“You’re done changing the sheets already?”
“Are you suuuuuuuure?”
Such a little stinker, but so hard to resist! Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a lovely weekend ahead!
Got my second batch of film photos today…it’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Enjoy!
Over the past couple days I have tried to capture some of Ben’s stranger sitting habits. First, we have the sphinx…
Next up? The “I will sit on any surface on top of a surface.”
We’re currently conducting an experiment in our apartment–will the cat sit on a post-it if we put it on a table? Only time will tell…
**update: Stuart is currently sprawled across the post-it. Does that count?**
This last weekend, Brandon was in Portland with his parents and I was here with the kitties…many, many kitties. Seven to be exact. I was watching Edyta’s cats and Lindsay’s cats and how sweet they all were! I also was in amazement that I could, you know, set a bag down without worrying the contents would be spilled out and the strap chewed in half in less that 30 seconds. I’m not used to cats, I’m accustomed to troublemakers.
Anyway, I managed to snap some photos of the precious kitties, although some cooperated more than others. Desher posed as the model she is, Boris was more interested in rubbing his face on my leg, Weezer couldn’t be bothered to move (sure, take a picture if you must), Vail wouldn’t stop rolling on her back and Puma almost gave me a black eye, head-butting the camera into my face. Multiple times.
And that, my friends, was my kitty-filled weekend!
I hope my silence on the matter didn’t lead you to believe my cats have suddenly turned into angels. The reality is I just haven’t had my camera as handy lately, but a discovery on Sunday warranted a new episode of bad cat behavior. I went to print and, well, noticed the printer wasn’t going to work very well.
Before I get claims of being a bad cat parent by allowing my cat to do this, I will tell you the precautions we have made at our house: 1) we have NO (and I literally mean not one) plug-in lamps, 2) we created this charging station to hide our cords, 3) I have tried various “cord deterrents” with no success, 4) I charge all other things that aren’t in the charging station in the bathroom or closet. We knew we were in trouble when, as kittens, we discovered a phone charger suddenly in two pieces. Next to fall victim? A pair of headphones. Then my laptop cord. Now, the printer cable.
Lucky for us, we had another printer cable on hand and I was able to print what I needed, but that didn’t lessen the frustration. Brandon and I took a chunk of the afternoon re-arranging our charging station and now have a strict “no printer cord left behind” policy. Printer cords are to be put away after each use. What did the cats have to say about all this?
“What did I do?”
Of course they had to recover from their mischief with a good old-fashioned nap.
No, that’s not a seal, it’s just Stuart…
I know I haven’t been posting about the cats as much lately, and I apologize! Poor fellas, haven’t gotten as much camera time lately.
So, quick Stuart story. On Sunday I rounded up all the cat toys and put them in a basket so I could vacuum the floor, and then put the basket on the chair. If you look at the pictures you will notice a growing pile of toys on the floor. Stuart took it upon himself to stand on the chair and drop the toys one by one. Thanks, Stu.
So, I don’t normally talk about products, etc., but I thought I’d share today about a happy kitty litter customer experience. We started using World’s Best Cat Litter when the boys were little (when they were old enough to get clumping litter). It’s corn-based, natural, and overall we’re happy with it. Recently they changed their packaging and suddenly we were having kitty tracks ALL over the house (I call them “poo paws”). I contacted the company via twitter and asked if they changed their formula with the packaging, because we were having difficulties. Not only did they respond immediately letting me know it was only the packaging that changed, but they asked for the batch number AND sent us a new package of litter from a new batch to compare. I was quite impressed and pleased with the customer service–thanks, World’s Best! You’re still the best at our house. Stuart agrees…well, either that or he’s trying to tell us he is World’s Best Cat…