Hiss and tell

The top photo shows Spot getting ready to prank her brother Slim.

Apparently Spot’s hiding place is effective, as Slim seems unsure as to his sister’s whereabouts.

Uh-oh. Slim didn’t think the joke was funny when Spot suddenly appeared. So he hissed like a cobra at Spot, who promptly replied in kind.

Typical behavior of human siblings; different for these two only in that they’re wearing fur coats. At least they don’t holler, “Mmmommmm!”


Color coded cats

Years ago, the cats were each assigned a particular color of bowl. This was with the thought if they got accustomed to thinking of that color bowl as theirs, maybe they wouldn’t snitch bits of food from whichever bowl was sitting there.

Alas, that was a futile thought. Grayson’s bowl color is turquoise, Spot’s red, Slim’s blue. Pete has either a yellow, recycled whipped topping bowl or a yellow bowl. (He’s been told that’s because it matches his fur.) Ocho has a pretty orange-sherbet-colored dish for broth and otherwise, she has kibble.

But if Spot’s red bowl is just sitting there, her brother Slim will eat from it and ignore his own blue bowl beside it. Same thing with Grayson.

And sometimes one cat gets annoyed with anyone else nibbling from their food but ‘usually’ doesn’t make a really big deal out of it.

They’re either the most tolerant cats in captivity, or the most inclined to share, or they really are reincarnated people in little fur suits.

I’m beginning to think maybe it’s the last option. However, proving it is quite a challenge. Any theories, folks?


The retirement that wasn’t

Well, plans were to ‘retire’ the original Three Wise Cats cast of mega-characters on or about December 27, but it seems the internet and Mother Nature had other plans. Between the bitter cold and fierce winds, the internet sank without a trace for quite a few days while running water froze in its tracks.

The above look likely would’ve been on Midnight’s face as she realized she couldn’t give her “I’m retiring – farewell to my friends and readers as I just appear in my favorite blog from time to time” speech …

but then, if I could recall more stories about her and her brother, Ira, and their cohort in crime, Kezia the Beautiful, she would’ve been happy to edit/correct/urge such stories on.

So they’re not ‘officially retired’ but just on an irregular schedule, ambling down Memory Lane.

However, you can still keep up with Spot and Slim, Seis and Ocho; the Kibble Kids v.2, GingerFred Boy and his upcoming Freditorials and Jamesie Momsie, intrepid kitten replicator. (Thank goodness the veterinarians were able to re-open their surgery and appointment book for spays and neuters in 2020. Otherwise cats and kittens might outnumber the hoomans in their newly-renamed Cat County.)

Happy New Year to all, and may your favorite feline have the time of its nine lives in 2023!


B n B

When it’s snowy and freezing outside, a cat needs to convince the human that:

A. It’s too cold to get out of bed to eat

B. The cat is too cold to get out of bed to eat

C. The cat is too weak from hunger to get out of bed to eat.

D. All of the above.

The cat, of course, will always choose “D”. And wonder why the human is laughing as breakfast gets delivered to the bedside.