Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Fortunately, the front door is always locked and the closet door knob is actually just a handle that can't be turned. However, I'm starting to feel like I did the first time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and I saw the scene where the first ape picks up a bone and decides to use it as a weapon. They are trying to learn to turn a door knob. It may not be long before they successfully open another door, the door to the bedroom.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
However, on Saturday morning, Beowulf jumped up on the table as I was eating my breakfast and, rather than investigating my food, he just sat there and purred. I have to admit that I couldn't resist petting him while I ate and I even stuck my arm out so he could hold onto it. Liz is going to kill me when she reads this.
And what was Arthur doing while his brother sat on the forbidden table? He was just lying around watching.
This weekend, my fiancee Liz and I registered for wedding gifts at a couple of stores and it got me thinking. If people have showers for weddings and for new babys, what about new pets? And if people register for wedding gifts and baby gifts, why not create an online pet registry where people can register for gifts for pets they plan to adopt or just adopted. People would be able to throw actual shower parties for their new pets OR they could plan and execute an "online shower" OR they could just plain register so their friends and family can buy gifts they will need to get started with the new cat or dog (leashes, collars, litterboxes, toys, etc).
Forget for a second the myriad ways in which providing an online pet gift registry could turn a profit. Would you register for gifts for a new pet you adopted AND would you buy gifts for a friend's new pet if she registered?
Sunday, November 26, 2006
It's hard to believe so much time has passed, because it seems like only yesterday we brought the boys home. Liz and I still find ourselves amazed at some of the wonderful things they do. We love them more each day. Spending time with our boys never gets old.
Here are a few then and now pictures.
This is our first picture of the boys, taken on November 13,2004. They were just coming out of the cardboard carriers from the shelter:
Here's a picture of them using their bed on the third day we had them:
Finally, here's a picture of them cuddling with me on the night we brought them home.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Their love of snug spots is probably why they aren't interested in sitting next to me on the couch when I'm sitting by myself, but they will come sit between Liz and I, because they want a warm body on either side of them.
The other day, Beowulf found the ultimate snug spot. He came over when I was lying on the couch and got me to open up a hole between my body and the pillows. He then proceeded to stick his head under my arm. He was so content that the vibration of his purr was like a massage machine on high setting.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Back when we first adopted the boys, Liz and I had matching leather desk chairs. Unfortunately, the boys started biting and clawing at the bottom of Liz's chair so that a hole opened up and some stuffing came out. The chair was still usable but we didn't want the boys to eat any filling or loose staples from the bottom of the chair so we gave it to my parents and Liz bought a new chair with a plastic bottom about a year and a half ago.
The chair with the plastic bottom was never very comfortable and recently became so uncomfortable that she needs to put a pillow on the chair to sit comfortably. We went to our local office stores (Staples and Office Depot) and looked at several chairs, but we didn't find any with solid plastic bottoms that were even a little bit comfortable. All the chairs have cloth bottoms with staples used to hold the cloth in place. We already had to replace our dining room chairs with all-wood chairs after the boys kept pulling string off the bottoms. This office chair doesn't have any loose string on its bottom but it does have fabric.
We saw one chair at Staples that's a little bit pricey but incredibly comfortable. Our concern is that we're going to buy this wonderful chair and the boys are going to rip open the bottom of the chair and ruin it. Any ideas as to how we could keep them messing with the underside?
We don't care if they sit on the chair; we just don't want them to start pulling the fabric off the bottom. Any ideas? Our first thought is to spray the bottom of the chair with bitter apple spray, something we have used with limited effectiveness on wires. Has anyone else had the same problem?
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I quickly fell asleep and woke up about an hour later to find Arthur lying down next to me. He spent the next few hours shifting positions while I kept nodding off. At one point he came and sat between me and the couch pillows and rested his head on my chest, something I can't remember him doing before. I had the most relaxing evening I've had in a long time, but I got to read only about two pages of my book.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
As the groom in this affair, I don't have as many things to think about as Liz. So I've started to wonder how we can include our cats or our love of cats in the festivities.
Clearly, we can't expect Arthur and Beowulf to attend the wedding ceremony or reception. We are having the ceremony and reception at a catering hall and, even if the hall allowed us to bring pets, it would be pretty selfish of us to drag them out of the house and expect them not to get lost or injured or scared in a strange place.
However, I do have some ideas of how to involve our cats in our wedding:
- Take a Photo: One of my coworkers has a picture of his wife in her wedding gown and himself in his tuxedo, with both of them holding their cat. I asked him how this picture was taken and he told me that they had had a photographer take the picture at their apartment on the morning of their wedding.
Unfortunately, Liz and I are getting married at a place which is about an hour and a half from our apartment. We will be staying over at a hotel the night before and the night of our wedding so taking a wedding picture with the boys may not be possible. I asked Liz if we could stage the photo at some point after our wedding by getting dressed up in our wedding gear and taking the picture at home and she said that her dress has some beads that could fall off and be swallowed. Also, staging the picture seems somewhat fake to me. I feel like our boys should see us on our wedding day and I would be willing to take a limo into the city after the reception just so we could stop by and see the boys.
- Feature our Cats on our Wedding Invitation: We're probably going to print our own invitations and I would love to find a way of including a picture of the boys on the invitation.
- Encourage Donations to Animal Charities: Perhaps this sounds tacky, but I'll just throw it out there as a concept. I would love to find a way to encourage our wedding guests to donate to an animal charity like the ASPCA or Bideawee Shelter (where we adopted the boys). I had thought about asking for donations in lieu of wedding gifts, but Liz would like to register for all the normal things people get when they are married (flatware, cookware, etc.), and I can't really blame her for wanting those typical things.
Another thought we had was to donate a few dollars in the name of each guest and give that instead of a thank-you gift. That might also go over like a lead balloon. Any ideas?
- Get a Cat Cake Topper: I would love to find a cake topper with a cat bride and groom or with a human bride and groom surrounded by orange cats. I've seen some sites that will custom make a topper for you, but they are hundreds of dollars and it's a little wasteful to spend more than $50 on a cake topper, IMHO.
- Name Tables at the Reception after Cats: Besides the Beowulf table and the Arthur table, we'd have to think of other cats for the rest of the tables if we want to have a consistent theme. I suppose we could have a Morris table.
Anyway, these ideas might seem a bit silly to some and, if you think I'm being impractical, I can't blame you. It's just that Arthur and Beowulf are such a huge part of our lives. We were engaged before the boys came into our lives, but adopting them really brought Liz and me closer together and made us a real family.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
- He could very well tip over the lamp, break it, and hurt himself
- He only does this when I'm around (My fiancee Liz has never seen him do it when she is home alone nor has he played with the lamp when I'm in another room.)
I have theorized that Arthur does this for attention, but if that's his reason, it makes no sense, because he'll often jump up on the table and start his "lamp worship" when I'm in the middle of petting him and giving him lots of attention.
He also does a variation on lamp worship at the other end of the living room where he occasionally stands in the kitchen doorway and meows up at the ceiling, while trying to scale the wall. I call this "ceiling worship."
When he performs either of these behaviors, Liz and I scold him, because he's scratching the wall or tipping the lamp. I find it hard to believe, however, that his motivation is a desire to scratch something because he has a really good scratching post and because he acts like he's trying to talk to something up there.
Does anybody have any idea why he does this?
Beowulf has learned how to lean on the keyboard in such a way that he is not blocking the screen or obstructing the mouse so I can work while he snoozes.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
We actually adopted the boys on November 13, 2004, but Bideawee told us that they were born in the shelter on September 1st of that year. Below is a picture of the boys today followed by a photo from when we first took them home. Some would say they aren't cute kittens anymore, but I actually think they've gotten more handsome as they've grown up.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Sure, I'll still catch them wrestling up there from time to time and that does worry me abit, but, for the most part, they share.
These balls are superior to any others I've seen or bought because they roll slowly and are easy for cats to carry in their mouths.
I wish I had video of it, but Arthur will actually play fetch with the pink ball (his favorite color for some reason). If I throw the pink ball up on a chair or a couch, he'll grab it in his mouth and bring it back to me to throw again.
Unfortunately, these balls are starting to wear out and PetSmart doesn't have them anymore. I've been to dozens of pet stores and searched tirelessly online, but I haven't seen these balls anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find them?
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Yesterday, our new cat tree, the 69-inch tall Lotus from Refined Feline, arrived at our door. We quickly put it together and the boys love it already. Is a cat tree really worth $294 plus tax and shipping costs? In this case, yes.
The Lotus is made out of finished wood, not particleboard. There aren't any staples or sharp protrusions to injure a cat. The carpet is low-pile so it's not easy for a cat to pull out the fibers and eat them. Did I mention that it's 69 inches tall? I'm 5'9 and my boys are looking down on me!