Catio Hijinks

Catio hijinks features a rare photo of all four of my cats in the catio in one photograph.  The cats took it upon themselves to set the scene themselves.

Scooby Marigold Zeke

Scooby having a scratch

Marigold Scooby Zeke

Zeke says Opie has arrived!

Opie attacks Scooby in catio

Opie attacks Scooby when he is not looking! Whaaaaaaaa?

4 cats in caatio

Opie took Scooby’s spot on the shelf. Notice how they are watching each other. Another rare 4 cats in one photo! Clockwise from the top Opie Scooby Zeke Marigold

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Opie Fireside Chat

Opie cat fireplace

Watch the ear!

It is me–Opie.  You don’t seem to see me around as much as some of the other cats. I won’t mention any names. In fact, most of you think I am a boy, when I am actually a girl!  It’s all because of that stupid boy living in Mayberry on TV.  How sad is that?  I used to be the boss around here before Scooby arrived.  You see that is because I am the smartest and the meanest.  I am still the smartest and the meanest.  The problem is Scooby just blunders about without any thought of others, and expects to get first dibs on everything!  When he wants something, he just complains until he gets it!

He thinks he is a dog!  He even wears dog clothes.  We all have seen them.  The rest of us have proper manners, and NONE of us wear dog clothes!   Next he will be thinking he can fight monsters and solve mysteries!  He watches too much television!  Scooby turns out to be allergic to fish, and gets big red scabs on his face and neck if he eats it.  So what happens?  No more food with fish in it FOR ANYBODY!  How fair is that?  Anyway, thankfully he is not allergic to turkey, as we are all looking forward to getting our share of the big bird on the upcoming holiday.  Next post you will get to see me in action putting Scooby in his place.  The problem is he is just too dumb to stay in it!  That’s all from me today.

Use Earth Friendly Shopping Bags

Use earth friendly bags and not disposable plastic bags.  July 12 Tacoma passed a law–no more flimsy plastic bags.  (I’m a little late on this post, but we get there in the end!)  They endanger marine wildlife and clutter the landscape. If you need a bag, you have to pay 5 cents for a recyclable paper bag or reusable bags will also be available for purchase. Grocery produce bags, dry cleaning bags, and newspaper bags are still allowed and free.  Low income people receiving certain benefits get bags for free. That is good news for the cats as they like paper bags. I have quite a few reusable shopping bags of my own.  Marigold is more of a “box cat” than a “bag cat” so she does not appear today.  Let’s see the cats being earth-friendly.

Opie on paperbag

Opie

Zeke in paper bag

Zeke

Scooby in shopping bags

Scooby

Opie in shopping bag

Opie

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Life in the catio then and now

This post is about life in the catio then and now.

THEN: I rummaged around my external hard drive, and pulled out some old catio pre-digital photographs. The catio photos are taken at my previous house, where I originally built the thing. Aside from a few repairs, it is still the same catio. The cats shown are Peep (Maine Coon), Data–long hair orange and white, and Verty–a tabby like Scooby. All crossed over the bridge quite a while back. They can be read about on my In Remembrance page. Interestingly enough in both locations, the catio faces East. My next door neighbors had cats, rabbits, and geese. When coyotes killed them all, I decided my cats were going to be indoor cats from then on. I could not bear losing them. And thus, the catio, or catrun, as I called it then was created.

me cats and catio

Old Polaroid of me and cats checking out the new catio for the first time 2001

The above featured photo is a polaroid from 2001, which I repost today as it is the only one I have like this.

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Vintage cat food mat / MT Rainier in a hat / Guest cats / Opie / Colouring the Past (cats!)

This post is about an unusual vintage cat food mat, Mt. Rainier, some guest cats, Opie and her new toy from the tooth fairy, and an interesting blog called “Colouring the Past” featuring some cats.

Cat Mat

I used this mat almost 20 years ago, I reckon. I was looking for photos of cats eating at the time, but those were few and I did not see the mat. It surfaced the other day when I was cleaning out cabinets. I was surprised and remembered it instantly. What I notice about it of course is the cup of hot chocolate the cat has! Today we all know chocolate is bad, and would not conceive of drawing a cat with chocolate. At any rate, I am using it again, at least for a while. When Zeke first saw it on the floor, he creeped up to it and slowly extended his paw to touch it, in order to see if it moved, I guess. As usual, no camera handy.

cat food mat

cat food mat


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