Saturday, December 31, 2005

Beowulf and Arthur Play with Tape Measure

I was just minding my own business, taking some measurements to determine whether we can fit a new wall unit in our living room. Little did I know that the tape measure is such a tempting toy.

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Arthur Asks for Attention

Arthur often comes and meows behind my chair when I'm working at the computer. If I ignore him for even a moment or I pet him and then stop before he's ready, he'll tap at the chair and tap at me as if to say "hey, I want your undivided attention." Sometimes, he'll even go back and forth between Liz's chair and mine while we both work on the computer, alternating bellyrubs from each of us.

Here, Liz caught a small glimpse of Arthur's nagging on tape:

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Here's the photo version for those of you who have a hard time viewing the video:

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Arthur Watches Himself on TV

So last night I was playing back some of the boys' most exciting moments on the TV when Arthur became enraptured with the show. He camped under the set and stared up at the picture, occasionally standing on his hind legs and batting at the screen at the most exciting moments.

Here he is caught on tape:

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Cat Fight!

When I first adopted the boys, I was concerned that they would hurt each other because they like to wrestle, but the truth is that, as weird as it looks, this is just how they play with each other. They never try to hurt each other and, while in this video it looks like Beowulf is the dominant cat, at other times it's Arthur who jumps on top of his brother.

Usually, the boys stop wrestling or chasing each other when I whip out the camera, but not this time. Their cat fight has been caught on tape:

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

My Evening with Arthur

Last night was one of those times when I wish I had someone around with a camera, but I was alone with the boys so I can only describe what happened. My fiancee Liz was away for the evening and I was feeling a little lonely.

After I came back from holiday shopping with a friend, I sat down at the computer and figured I'd do some work, but Arthur had other plans.

When Arthur wants attention (as he often does when I am working on the computer), he will come up behind my chair and start meowing. If I don't turn around immediately, bend over, and give him a belly rub, he will get on his hind legs and start tapping me with his paws or clawing at the back of my chair. If I start petting him and then turn back to my work before he's bored of me, he will tap at me again.

Last night, he came by my chair and he just wouldn't leave me alone. I figured this was a good sign that I should go lie down on the couch and watch a movie so maybe Arthur and Beowulf could come sit with me.

I picked out a movie to watch and lied down on the couch to watch it. Arthur climbed into my chair and fell asleep while Beowulf climbed into the kitty bed and slept there. I saw Arthur sleeping and rolled the chair over to the couch so I could stroke him while I watched the movie.

I stuck out on my hand and Arthur lay his head on top of my palm and slept wrapped around my arm for an hour. This is nothing new for him, but what happened later was a first. He got up out of the chair and came to lie down on my chest and curled up right on top of my heart. I could feel the vibration of his purr was stronger than my own pulse and I've never felt so relaxed. Only a cat can make a person feel that way.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Collar Questions

You may have noticed that Arthur does not have a collar on in any of his recent pictures or videos. He has gotten so good at removing his safety collar that we stopped bothering to put it back on him. However, I am very concerned about the fact that he has no ID.

What if there were an emergency and he and his brother were evacuated? He has a microchip under his skin, but no tags b/c he can't wear the collar. Can I use a traditional buckle collar on him, rather than the breakaway collar I was using? Or are traditional collars dangerous? I don't want him to get caught on something and choke, but I don't want him going collarless and tagless either. Can anyone recommend a collar that is safe for the cat, but can't be removed so easily?

Monday, December 12, 2005

New Video Format

I've been using to post my videos, but some people have complained that the videos don't always display so I'm trying another site called Let me know if this is any better.

Here's a great clip of Arthur rubbing against Liz's feet.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

They Know What Cameras Are!

We recently got a camcorder (all the videos I posted here up until last week were shot with the 30-second video feature of a digital camera not a real camcorder) and the boys seem to know what it is and dislike being filmed.

Why do I say this? If they are doing something exciting and we point the camcorder at them, they will stop what they are doing and sit still. If we have the camcorder out and we try to entice them to do something tapeworthy, they won't go for it. However, the second we put the camera away, they will chase the rattling ball or carry a sock in their mouths. Could they really have a concept of cameras and a dislike of them? The camcorder doesn't shine in their eyes like the still camera does, but they still dislike it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Arthur and Beowulf Play with Stuffed Cat

It's interesting to me that one of Arthur's favorite toys is a tiny stuffed cat. Can he really tell it's a cat? It's the only toy he actually licks. I've had two of these and he took to both of them, wrapping his arms around them, and licking them.

Loss of a Purrfect Inspiration

Before I decided to adopt my boys, I did a lot of reading and one of the sites I read most was Cats. Franny Syufy, the writer who runs, has become a good friend of mine and her articles about her cats, particularly 18-year-old Bubba, inspired me to adopt cats of my own. I never met Bubba but I felt I knew him after reading "Bonding with Bubba."

Yesterday, Franny called me to say that her beloved Bubba had to be put to sleep after a brief, but serious illness. My heart goes out to her and selfishly I start to think of how lucky I am that my boys are still healthy. Eighteen years is a long life for a cat, but it's not long enough when that cat is one of your closest companions.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Someone's in the Kitchen with Arthur

Arthur loves to roll around on the kitchen floor near his bowls and near the litterbox.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Ready for the Holidays

Liz and I are an interfaith couple so it's only right that we let our furchildren play with both a dreidel and a santa hat.

Here's Arthur celebrating Hanukkah a little early:

And here's Beowulf getting ready for Christmas:

Finally, Arthur decided that he was getting really annoyed with my dangling of the hat in front of him: