This is what happens when I put vodka in the cats’ drinking fountain! A sad sight indeed…
Update: For those of you who might be concerned, this is merely a joke!
We all have our own unique ideas of comfort. Some like to be in the middle of everything. Others might prefer to be tucked away in a private space on their own.
Apparently, Freddie was in the mood to be where the action was. As if my desk wasn’t already cluttered enough and difficult for me to find anything, the Giant Cat came along and made everything impossible. Okay Freddie, now you have my attention…
On the other end of the scale, Frankie was looking for a solitary spot where nobody would bother him.
It seems Frankie orders items from Amazon based on the size of the box they are shipped in… he doesn’t much care what the items are as long as the box is agreeable.
Even better is when the item is packed in brown paper… so much nicer than that awful plastic bubble wrap. Such a lovely way to pass the afternoon hidden away from prying eyes.
Hmmm, you’better be good, Frankie, or I might be tempted to return you to Amazon!
Cats love high places, that’s for sure. And the more precarious those places are, the more they like it.
One of their favorite locations is on the loft wall. See upper left corner of photo above. It’s a great view into the living room downstairs. Upstairs they can watch me in my office and keep an eye on what is going on out on the roof deck.
Heights scare me so I was definitely not a cat in a previous life. Maybe an elephant with my feet planted firmly on the ground.
What bothers me about this idyllic photo is that at any moment Frankie the Bully could take a poke at Freddie the Gentle Giant who could lose his balance and fall into the living room. But I can’t be supervising them every minute so I have to let it go.
It’s been getting more and more difficult for me to work on the computer. As soon as I sit down Frankie comes flying across the room and lands on my desk, keyboard or my lap and interrupts everything. He inserts unintelligible sentences into my emails. He changes the settings on my computer and then I can’t reset to my defaults because I don’t know what keys he used to make the changes!
He also climbs all over me, digging his claws into my arms and chest and shoulders, wanting to be as close to me as possible.
Something had to be done.
I found the above sling carrier on Amazon and out of desperation I decided to order it. I really didn’t think he would use it as attempting to stuff him into his cat carrier is next to impossible.
The first time I attempted to get Frankie in the sling was a bit of a struggle, but once in he seemed to like it.
The bag is reversible. The outside is a nice grey and white zigzag design and the interior is black with pink stars. Maybe when he’s inside the sling he thinks it’s night time!
The first couple of days when I stood up with him in the carrier he jumped out. But yesterday he stayed in all the way down the stairs to the kitchen. I was able to let go of the sling and let it hang at my hips which gave me two hands free to get a cup of coffee. Then he stayed in all the way upstairs. A little while later I went down to the kitchen again and he stayed curled up inside the bag!
I am totally amazed that this works but now I can type on my keyboard, send emails and work on my photos with no interference from Frankie! He weighs 12lbs (5.4kg) so the sling that holds a 13lb animal is perfect for him and gives him room to move around. Thank goodness this isn’t Freddie as he is my giant cat weighing in at 17lbs. No way I am putting him in a sling to carry around!
Tonight when I put the sling around my neck Frankie came over and crawled in on his own with no help from me. He put his head in first, then his front legs went in, then his back legs and tail. Wow, this is a total success beyond what I would have imagined.
As I am sitting here typing he is curled up in the sling (on my lap) dead to the world! I could not be happier!
Frankie is contemplating his next big project. Perhaps photographing elephants in Africa or bears in Alaska… or hummingbirds on the balcony? A nap always helps to rejuvenate the creative juices!
And in news from the Santa Monica Mountains, mountain lion P-55 sadly passed away recently at three years old. His claim to fame was crossing the 101 freeway at least twice. The cause of death can’t be determined because he was too badly decomposed by the time he was found.
Freddie, Frankie and I are too busy killing fleas to take time out for photos today. We haven’t had fleas here for at least five years. This year the fleas have organized their armies and invaded the house.
I applied a couple of half doses to the cats earlier on but it’s time to get serious. It’s extremely humid here and those fleas are in heaven.
I ordered a bunch of flea supplies on Amazon so this seems like a good excuse to spread the word about AmazonSmile. Maybe everybody already knows about this, but maybe not…
Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. I chose SPCALA, a Los Angeles based animal rescue organization. So far I haven’t met a product that wasn’t eligible.
AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices and service as Amazon. So why not take advantage of it? You just have to remember to start out each time at AmazonSmile instead of Amazon. I still forget sometimes.
Happy Friday! Be cool, be dry, be flea-free!
(Just in case somebody out there is wondering, NO I am not getting compensated in any way for this plug for AmazonSmile!)
It’s a law. Both cats are looking straight ahead into the camera. But as soon as the human clicks the shutter, one cat has to look away. Of course it would have to be Frankie The Monster.
I ordered a few things from Amazon this week. I placed all the boxes on the floor in a cat condo arrangement so they could take their pick. As you will note, there are two good size boxes available. Frankie has to cram himself into the least size-appropriate box. Nobody can accuse me of not providing him with adequately sized boxes.
Freddie curls up in one of the boxes but as soon as I run for the camera he decides to investigate my shoes while Frankie feigns indifference (as usual).
I rearrange the boxes and Frankie shows his versatility by choosing a larger box, even though there are two smaller boxes at hand (although out of the frame of the camera). It was probably because Freddie was in the box and Frankie decided to appropriate it… that is normal. Wherever Freddie is sitting or whatever he is doing, Frankie The Bully (aka The Monster) has to take over. And Gentle Giant Freddie lets him.
It was hot today in little old Culver City. 102° F (39° C). So the boys spent most of the day out on the front balcony catching whatever breezes they could.
I am quite the farmer these days, growing micro greens in pots on the balcony. My crops include kale, mustard, endive, basil, buckwheat. Also parsley and cilantro. The little plants grow to about an inch to two inches tall. Every day I harvest some for my salad.
I soak the seeds before planting in the soil. Here mustard and kale are soaking. I also make my own sprouted seeds (such as alfalfa, broccoli, radish) and a variety of beans. In the third jar are mung beans. Of course, sprouted seeds and beans don’t go into the soil, they are sprouted in their respective jars.
Both the micro greens and the sprouts are a lot of work… even more work than cats, believe it or not! But it’s fun watching everything grow. I’ve had some disasters and disappointments but I’ve learned from my mistakes and like everything else it’s a matter of getting a system down that works for you.
This is an article on the benefits of micro greens: https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120831/tiny-microgreens-packed-nutrients#1
Too bad I can’t get the cats to eat micro greens but Freddie eats the second growth of the wheatgrass/barley grass that I grow for my vitamin drink. My late cat Pharoah loved to eat the grass too. Click here for a post about Pharaoh with a photo of his pots of grass.
In 2007 my friend KJ and I took a cruise of the Greek islands on the Perla, a small-ish ship (1095 passengers, 395 cabins). We started out in Athens and visited Crete, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini.
I encountered quite a few cats along the way and took photos of some of them. The photo above was taken at the Roman Agora in Athens. The cat took a shine to us and followed us around for a while, then jumped up on the map to help us plan our visit.
This photogenic gentleman was well known and I was told collecting money from tourists for his cats padded his ouzo budget, but that was okay with me. One for the cats, one for the ouzo sounded fair and I was happy to contribute!
We spent a considerable amount of time in the Plaka area of Athens. KJ was and is still a souvenir store junkie so what could I do? As we were leaving one evening I turned around and saw this Tuxedo cat sitting outside this pottery store.
It turned out to be one of those serendipity moments as when I returned home I painted a ceramic tile of the scene.
In my travels in other countries, outside of the US or the UK, I have to admit I am troubled by the number of cats and dogs in the streets, seemingly without a home. But they all seem well fed and taken care of. Certainly there is horrendous abuse of pet cats and dogs in the US, so I can’t point fingers. It’s just a different attitude towards animals as pets.
Frankie and Freddie, the official welcoming committee for any hummingbirds who might drop by.
So what time do you think the hummingbirds will be arriving exactly?
That was hard work. Time for a snooze in the latest Amazon box.
And a link to a hopeful story about a litter of four mountain lion kittens discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains. All four kittens are females and are now known as P-66, P-67, P-68, and P-69.
If that link is unavailable in you area, try this one. In fact, this might be the better link as there is a good video.
I’m tired of dog owners boasting that one of the benefits of a canine companion over a cat is that you can take the dog hiking. So I am advocating: take your cat hiking!
Several years ago I was on a hiking trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA. This is the image I created for my Christmas card that year.
The feline is my late, great cat Friday who passed away in 2013. You will note the sign requiring hiking boots, therefore he is wearing them. Also the sign specifies no dogs. Doesn’t say anything about cats!