Cat versus mouse

Never Ever

I once swore that I’ll never ever buy a fancy cat bed. For one, I saw way too many funny pictures of cats preferring shabby pizza boxes to expensive cat beds. Second, Tessa and Kajsa like most of my DIY cat beds, at least after I got the hang of it (they’re picky!). Third, I have hardly any money, and I’d rather spend it on high quality food than beds.

Well well. Unfortunately, humans have a tendency to do things they would never ever do, and I’m no exception. I fell in love with these cute cat beds at our local pet store. I was looking at them for months, and then, one day, they were on sale. I got very excited. Even though the reduced price was still pretty expensive to me, I just couldn’t resist.

cat ignores expensive cat bed

I was thrilled when I saw Kajsa using it. Frankly, it felt like winning the lottery – spending my last bucks on an expensive cat bed which at least one of my cats likes!!

Stupid cat uses cat bed once and destroys it

This could have been a sweet story, but you’ve probably already understood that this is not the end of it. I’m glad I got a picture of Kajsa in this bed because it was the only time I ever saw a cat in it. Weeks passed by. I tried the bed in different rooms, nothing happened.

After some months, a friend visited me with her newborn baby. She breastfed her baby boy on the sofa, and when he fell asleep, I had a wonderful idea: could we upgrade the cat bed to an infant bed? Oh yes, he liked it a lot and slept like an angel. Unfortunately, babies are much alike cats in many ways – suddenly, he yakked all the milk on the bed. Sigh.

His mother was very embarrassed, but living with cats means that barf on textiles feels normal, doesn’t it? OK, I probably shouldn’t have said “Oh, that’s great! The cats may actually now use the bed as it smells of milk puke”. My friend couldn’t hide her disturbed face, suggesting that I’m a freak (of course I am!). Well. Tessa showed indeed interest, but never put a paw into the bed.

Eventually, I gave up and sold the bed on Ebay. However, puke doesn’t really trigger Ebay bidders, so in the end I gave it away for free. I just couldn’t stand looking at the bed any more. If there’s any common sense left in my brain – please make that I never ever buy an expensive cat bed again!

 

Clothes Moths

User satisfaction studies suggest that opinions on cat-friendly rugs vary widely. Interestingly enough, results do not only show discrepancies on various kind of rugs, but also one specific rug may evoke contradictory experiences among different types of users.

cat scratches and destroys rug

Sigh. My contribution to the topic Back To School: practicing my academic English on saying “I think this rug is not cat-friendly, but my cats disagree.”

 

The Queen And The Pea

Feline friends! We all know that not humans but cats are the most advanced species on Earth. Let’s take insomnia as an example. Ever heard of a cat suffering from sleeping problems? Right. We thought so. Humans again often complain that they don’t get enough sleep.

Mom is a total wimp when she wakes in the middle of the night and can’t fall asleep again. Staying in bed for many restless hours makes her even more anxious, so she often tries to rest on the sofa when she’s having one of her sleepless nights. Well, her trash is my pleasure – I love the extra blankets!!

Pay attention to all the details on this picture! My curtains are underneath all blankets, and you can also see my perfect box!

Oh yes, kitties, life is good. I’ll stay here all day to catch up on my sleep: nursing whining humans is so exhausting!!

P.S. Mom said she was too tired to keep up with blogs and other social media – she’ll try to catch up asap. Her apologies.

 

Robbery In Plain Sight

You know how humans go crazy before they get visitors? When they’re obsessed with cleaning?

Why my cat loves when I clean

Kajsa is very afraid of vacuum cleaners. She’ll usually hide somewhere in a lair, mortally terrified. I again discovered the benefits of Mom’s cultural roots: nothing can stop her when she’s cleaning the German way; she’s completely lost in her own world, especially under time pressure.

The perfect opportunity to look out for my favorite toy, hehe. Mom’s so stressed that she doesn’t see me, and the vacuum cleaner is so noisy that she can’t hear me.

damn cat chews on phone chargers

Oh, and it’s not only for pleasure! I really did my best to prevent The Sister From Hell from invading our place: Mom run out of extra chargers, and her phone died when she was on her way to the terminal. Unfortunately, she spotted her sister without calling her. Bah. I thought I could count on Mom’s face blindness, but apparently she spend most of her life with this person.

 

Secrets Of Royal Sisterhood

Do you remember that we suddenly started hanging out with each other? Like some kind of cat sisterhood? When our silly human came home yesterday, she was surprised that we didn’t greet her at the door. She almost fainted when she entered the bedroom: Mom can’t remember when she’s last seen us so close to each other.

my cats become closer to each other

She had a big smile on her face for the rest of the day and checked upon us every so often – we were sleeping like that for many hours.

Now, we don’t want to say that it’s easy to make humans happy as it is hard work being so close to each other – we should get a lot of treats to recover! That being said, it is actually easy to keep humans wondering. Mom spent a lot of time finding a reason why we suddenly changed our behavior. Is it because we’re somehow “protected” by bumps? Will we eventually start snuggling with each other?

Today, she’s tried to build dens by arranging pillows and blankets under the bed-cover, and of course we’ve ignored her efforts so far. But who knows? Maybe we change our minds one day.

 

Help! Have you ever grown catnip plants?

Total number of catnip plants: 14
Total number of plants my cats find interesting: 0

Staged picture. I put treats on the table to get a picture of Tessa and Kajsa in the jungle.

Their ignorance drives me mad. Why are they not interested?? Any ideas? Does dried catnip smell more intensive than fresh?

Other random questions:

  1. Is it me or does catnip smell a bit like weed?? I thought my neighbors were smoking marijuana until I found out that the smell is actually coming from our apartment.
  2. What is the difference between Nepeta faassenii (blue flowers. Common names catmint / Faassen’s catnip) and Nepeta cataria (white flowers. Common names catnip / catmint)? We have the latter.
  3. Will I ever learn that my cats are spoiled rotten and will ignore most things I do for them?

 

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