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Meow Monday: Kneady Kitties

Here’s a blast from the past… I dug up this video clip from deep in my drafts folder… and I have no idea why it was sitting there all by its lonesome!

I wrote this in 2012 when we were still in San Francisco:

Cora has mellowed quite a bit over the past couple years, but she’s not always very affectionate.  She doesn’t like a lot of touching, and she’s only recently (within the past couple months) started purring.  She rarely starts kneading and preparing to nap beside us, so… that’s why I felt it was worthy of video.  Yep, I’m that kind of cat lady.

She tenses up in the first few seconds because Tali comes into the room.  Don’t worry, Tali gets a cameo!

I love how big Cora’s paws get when she flexes her nails!  I think it’s so cute!

And here’s Tali getting cozy and kneady, too.

Meow Monday: Lazy Weekend

The cats had a pretty lazy weekend.  While my parents visited and the humans visited the farmer’s market, browsed antiques at The Factory, hiked around Radnor Lake, and listened to music at Third and Lindsley, the cats mostly sat around.

In exciting cat news, Tali has a new bed:

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And Cora likes to watch us leave for work from the window each morning.

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Exciting stuff!

There wasn’t much time for taking pictures of the cats, but I have plenty to share of our weekend adventures… coming tomorrow!

 

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fourteen

I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week.  Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit!  I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.

 

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

 

My cross stitching companion is back!

My cross stitching companion is back!

 

 

My favorite cross stitch

My favorite cross stitch

 

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

 

Sweet Tali

Sweet Tali

 

Tali loves the sunshine!

Tali loves the sunshine!

 

So does Cora.

So does Cora.

 

A dog!

A dog!

 

Learning to use the new cat door

Learning to use the new cat door

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Thirteen

Nothing new to report on the cat front, so here’s another batch of Instagram pics!  These go back a few months to our move, when we shipped the cats by airplane to MS and brought them to our new home a couple weeks later.  It’s crazy how time flies!

Cora's very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Cora’s very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Valentines

Valentines

Exploring the new boxes.

Exploring the new boxes.

Cora is so helpful packing

Cora is so helpful packing

On the way to the airport... so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

On the way to the airport… so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Exploring the new apartment!

Exploring the new apartment!

 

Meow Monday: Lounging

We had a nice lazy weekend… the humans kept themselves busy with fun errands to a variety of stores… the farmers market, antique store, book store, grocery store, and a healthy dose of cleaning and laundry.

The cats… lounged.

On the window sill.

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On the couch in the living room.

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On the bed (or in the laundry basket).

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In the guest room.

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On the window sill again.

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The usual!

Meow Monday: The Great Migration (of the Litter Box)

Remember the cat door?  Cora mastered it in one night, and now she’s in and out half a million times a day.  Tali took longer to be convinced that it wasn’t an elaborate trap.  She was very suspicious of the door for the first couple weeks, and I had to let her outside through the sliding door and make her come back through the cat door by herself quite a few times (thus enforcing her suspicion that we were attempting to trap her in some way).  But finally, it clicked!  And now she goes in and out by herself all the time, and loves sleeping in the sun or watching the local wildlife (aka children) walk by.
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Of course we’re glad the door has given the kitties freedom to go in and out without our help, but the main reason we wanted the door was to initiate the great migration of the litter box… from inside to outside.  And I’m glad to report it’s been a success!
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It’s so nice to have the box outside… I’m not constantly vacuuming up little bits from the floor and with the buffer of going through the door flap, the cats aren’t tracking dust everywhere nearly as much. We had so many problems with Cora not using the box in San Francisco, but she hasn’t made a single mess since we’ve moved here – they even share a box with no problems.  I think having more square footage and access to the outside porch makes them happier cats in general, which makes me happier too!

Meow Monday: In the Harness Again

The harness is out again, and we’ve brought Cora outside a couple times in the last week or so.  It’s funny that she’ll let us put it on her easily enough, but then the thrashing and rolling about begins as soon as she realizes what’s just happened.  In San Francisco we thought she should get used to it inside first before we tried taking her out on the street… and she hated it so much that we never made it past the indoor stairs of our apartment building.
I think our mistake was that she didn’t know what the end result would be… that she would actually get to spend some time outside if she endured the harness. So this time we brought her straight outside, and she was so distracted that she stopped trying to escape the harness and actually walked around.
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It’s a miracle, her legs still work!  Each time we’ve gone out, Cora happily creeps along for half an hour chomping on grass… only to throw it all up as soon as we were back inside.  Baby steps!
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I’m not sure if we’ll ever try the harness on Tali – as much as she loves us, the poor sweet thing is already suspicious – she would probably think we were trying to murder her!

Meow Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve enjoyed a beautiful long weekend, especially with my brother and his girlfriend visiting!  The cats don’t quite know what to do with the extra visitors, but they survived.

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Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

 

 

Meow Monday: Just Another Manic Monday

Cora has this strange fixation on nuzzling her whole body on corners of furniture… her favorite is the kitchen counter, but this morning she was obsessed with rolling all over the top of the dresser.  It’s pretty amusing, so I started snapping pics.  We like to think she’s smart, but sometimes I wonder… at least she’s cute!

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Just another (manic) Monday with Cora the explorer….

Meow Monday: Tali’s Terrifying Adventure

I honestly couldn’t think of anything to say about the cats for today’s post… so I went digging through my drafts folder and found something I’d written but never published way back in July 2012, although the story is even older… from May 2011!  So I edited it a bit (sometimes stories about your cats don’t have to be quite so verbose, you know?) and dug up some old pics… here we go!

One story that I’ve never told on the blog in detail is about Tali’s Grand Adventure–but for poor sweet Tali it was more of a Terrifying Adventure.

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May 2011 was a stressful time for the humans—Sam had just left MS to start his first job in SF, I was finishing up the school year teaching, I was sick, and also trying to pack everything and settle all the details of moving in one month.  The cats were not adjusting well to the absence of their beloved Sam or the presence of all the boxes.  Especially Cora (of course) who took an especial dislike to the Master of Packing, also known as my mother.  Cora even expressed her displeasure one day while I was at work, and Mom had travelled from Alabama to help me pack, by glaring at my Mama straight in the eye and simultaneously urinating in a box full of unused packing paper.

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Basically, I knew the cats couldn’t stay in the house as we continued to pack and they continued to act out.  Sam’s family agreed to take both the cats while we finished up the process of moving, and ended up keeping them for the first six months until we could fly them to San Fran.  I felt like a terrible cat parent, but it was for the best.  Well… if I felt bad shipping them off, you can imagine how I felt when I found out that Tali had run away from her new home!

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Tali took the first opportunity of an open door, darted out, and Sam’s family spent the next few hours trying to corner her.  I came by after work and tried to help, but she had scooted away somehow.  I thought for sure she would stick close to the house and come back.  But she didn’t.

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She was gone ten days before she was captured and brought to the Humane Society, just two weeks from our moving date.  Sam’s Grandmother had been calling the shelter faithfully every single day since Tali’s disappearance, and had even gone out to inspect a different black cat that had been found, but finally it was really her.  When I drove out to the shelter with Sam’s grandmother, we peered hopefully into the cages of found animals.  The room was darkened, Tali had lost weight and was scuffed up from her days on the lam.  I had a panicky feeling that I couldn’t tell if this was my own cat, my own sweet Tali.  I had to look on my iPhone at recent pictures to compare them to her little face.  Again, I felt like a terrible cat parent.  But it was her!

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And that’s the story of Tali’s Terrifyingly Grand Adventure!

Of course, Tali’s troubles weren’t over yet.  We took her back to Sam’s family, and she lived peacefully but fearfully among all the other cats for six more months (Cora was not quite as peaceful or quiet).

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At Christmastime Sam and I arrived to bring her and Cora to California.  As soon as she heard our voices in the house, Tali recognized us and raced into the room.  She didn’t leave our sides all night, and I was so pleased that she remembered us.  She never forgot us, never wavered in her loyalty.  Sweet, sweet Tali!

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