This mama-to-be has been taking a lot of baths lately, and it has the cats quite concerned. Tali is too afraid of the water to get much closer, but she stays close to monitor the situation.
The baths plus my Mother’s Day present from hubby is equaling better sleep, woohoo!
Hope you all had a great weekend. I’m always thankful for my mama (and soon-to-be grandmother) and Mother’s Day was especially fun this year. Cheers to all the mothers, mothers-to-be, hope-to-be-mothers, fur baby mothers, missing their mothers, mother figures, etc.!
The new doors are by far the biggest news in the cats’ world these days (just wait until October… they are in for a rude awakening, ha!) and both Cora and Tali have had their share of adventures so far.
Tali has finally started using the cat doors, but only if we refuse to help at all. If she knows we’ll hold the flaps open for her or open the back door, she’ll wait around for us to do that. If we ignore her crying, eventually she’ll go through on her own. She’s a smart one… in her own way. Once outside, she explores a lot further than Cora does (including houses still under construction), but hopefully she’ll start sticking closer to home once she figures out the territory.
Cora brought us “presents” the first couple nights she spent out hunting, which we promptly disposed of outside. On the third night, she brought in one that was still alive… a baby bunny. We heard it scratching around early in the morning and thought the worst case scenario was that Cora was playing with something dead… but we had no idea it was actually alive and well! Fortunately neither of the cats seemed to hurt the rabbit while it was in the house, they just chased it around the laundry room. After we figured out where (and what) it was, both of the cats seemed to lose interest… I guess one night of play was enough for them. I had to get to work that morning and Sam couldn’t lure it into a cat carrier, but a wildlife removal specialist was able to trap and release it. Whew!
The bunny adventure seemed to curtail Cora’s presents and hopefully that’s the last of the adventures for a while… crossing fingers and toes!
Who let the cats out? I did!
Cora has been using the cat door from the dining room to the screened porch regularly for a couple weeks now, and Tali is slowly but surely accepting the concept. One day Tali will get it… hopefully… it’s just going a bit slower than we hoped.
We wanted both cats to use the first door before showing them the second one that leads from the porch to the outside world, but this weekend we decided to go ahead and show Cora. She caught on right away and has been happy as a clam going in and out when she pleases. The first time we let her out, she stuck close to me and edged around the side of our house, then explored the neighbors’ yards out of my sight for a bit, but she didn’t stray far and came right back within a couple minutes. After that initial supervised trip, she’s been on her own and so far so good.
One of the best parts is that Cora’s so tired out from her adventures that she’s super sleepy when she’s back inside. Sleepy Cora is the best Cora, so we’re all happy with the new arrangement We also noticed an immediate difference in the litter box volume, which is awesome, since my main goal is to get rid of the litter boxes entirely.
Now if only Tali would get on board…
I didn’t take any pics this weekend, but here are a few from a snow day in January 2011, a few months before we moved to San Francisco when the cats became indoor-only for the new few years.
Welcome to the great outdoors again, cats!
We’re flying back home from the beach today, so here’s an Instagram update on your favorite felines. This batch is from January and February – those snow days feel like a million years ago already!
Last week we finally had two cats doors installed – one from the dining room to the screened porch, and one from the porch to the outside. I’m excited that we’re one step closer to the cats being indoor/outdoor again AND eliminating the litter boxes… but the cats have to learn how to use the doors first.
You would think it would be a piece of cake since they used a similar door to get to the porch in our last apartment for two years… but so far, no such luck. This is all Cora wanted to do at first:
By the end of the first day, Cora could go outside through the door but couldn’t figure out that it worked both ways. By the end of the second day, she would occasionally forget about the door (and whine to be let out) but mostly grasped the idea.
Tali refuses to even consider the cat door.
We’re only introducing one door at a time, and there will probably have to be food involved before Tali will get on board, so we’ll keep plugging away. If only they knew the freedom they could have if they would cooperate!
What’s that they say about old dogs and new tricks?
I took an unintentional blogging break last week… let’s just call it Spring Break! The weather got warm and all I wanted to do was soak up the sun. The first day of Spring yesterday was cold and rainy… go figure!
My parents are coming to visit for Easter, which is always great motivation to get some things done around the house. The main excitement was our new bed!
We graduated to a King size… and this thing is huge! Everything else in the room looks like doll furniture now. I’ve gotten used to it but we’re exchanging the box spring for a thinner one (5″ vs 9″) so hopefully that will help.
The cats approve their new napping location, although it’s a bit hard for Tali to climb up. You and me both, Tals!
With the new bed in our room, the old one got moved to the guest room.
Finally, after almost 7 years, my parents don’t have to sleep on an air mattress! I’m sure they’re relieved.
I don’t have any new pics of the cats, so here are a few past favorites. We left them alone for the first time this weekend while we traveled to a wedding. It was just one night, but I’m always a little nervous to find out if there will be any damage when we return… and happily, there was not!
Today a carpenter is coming by the house to help us figure out where to install some cat doors. We’re planning on one door from the living room to the screened porch, and another from the porch to the great outdoors.
I am so excited to get Operation: Outside Cats underway! Of course they’ll still be indoors for the most part, but I think they’ll be a lot happier with access to the outdoors too. Eventually the plan is to get rid of the litter boxes which will certainly make me (and our air quality) a lot happier.
I’m a little nervous about cars and construction equipment in our neighborhood (dogs are on leashes at least), but they’ve been outside cats before and I trust that they’re wary of loud noises, plus they have the safe haven of the screened porch if needed.
So that’s a little update on the cats… stay tuned for more exciting adventures, ha!
This weekend the sun appeared and temps in the high 60s felt glorious. Even though it’s supposed to rain again later this week and temps will dip back into the 50s, this weekend made me so excited for Spring.
Walks every day, snacking and reading outside, hanging out with the cats on the porch… I could get used to this! Now we just need to find some outdoor furniture so we have something other than one lone plastic folding chair… although the cats don’t seem to mind.
Just got back from the quilting retreat at Paris Landing with my Music City MQG peeps – lots of pics to come, don’t worry! But today it’s back to work… and an Instagram update on my two little #catsofinstagram. This batch sums up my fall and winter… packing and moving!