Small Joys: Kitty Antics

Happy Friday! I thought I’d do a really silly post after the more serious one earlier.

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know that Dave and I really really love our cats. Somehow theses two fur beasts have become seriously important part of our little family. We miss them on vacation, we narrate the world through their eyes, and they make our house even more of a home.

We acknowledge the hassle, mess and inconvenience they add to our life, but the joy and love they bring far outweighs any of the cons.

I thought I might share some of their antics, since they have us cracking up on the daily with their goofiness. If this one of those “only funny to the story teller” moments, please laugh politely or quietly inch out of the room and let me live in happy ignorance of how crazy we really are. Thanks and here goes:

  • Both Ellie and Fritz enjoy stealing random items to use as toys. Some of the weirdest stolen good have been: a baby potato, plastic bags, buttons and especially boxes, even boxes only their head would fit in.
  • Fritz’s enjoyment of splashing and standing and dipping everything in his water dish has won him a half raccoon standing in our home.
  • I recently set up a large desk in our 2nd bedroom and Ellie has claimed a good portion of it for herself so she can watch me work… and munch on my succulents. She pretends to be aloof, but I’m pretty sure she secretly likes me.
  • Fritz has always had weird tastes, but recently he has gone crazy for lettuce. In the same way a dog begs for a sliver of steak, Fritz will meow and ask for lettuce when I’m washing it. He comes running at the first sound of leaves being torn.
  • Since Fritz’s tail was amputated and he only has a little nub, his balance and jumping skills are a bit off. Ellie — being the typical mean older sister — uses that to her advantage and retreats to high places Fritz can’t reach. Recently, she’s starting getting on our fridge and cabinets in the kitchen.
  • When we visited Dave’s parents for his Grandpa’s memorial and brought the cats, I didn’t realize how attached they are to us specifically. Even though they had a house 4 times the size of our home to roam, they always came back to our room. And the whole weekend, they showed obvious preference to cuddle with Dave and I. I think they do like us, even if it isn’t as much as we like them.

Thanks for sticking with me through my crazy cat lady ramblings. Have a wonderful and cozy weekend!

Fritz

I would like to introduce Fritz.

He’s Ellie’s new little brother and has been lighting up our lives with kitten antics. He’s a cuddler, porker, and pro toy mouse chaser.

Almost two weeks ago, this little guy popped up on my Facebook newsfeed in a Humane Society post. I should have known that following the Humane Society would directly lead to another fur baby. His little face may have very quickly wiggled its way into my heart.

So we went to see this little guy. And found out that he had his tail amputated due to past negligence. He was a stinky and skinny little guy. But he was so happy to get any little bit of love. I just wanted to give him a good home and get him out of his bad situation.

When I brought him home, he needed a bath immediately and a day later I gave him another because he is a smelly little dude.

Ellie was not a happy big sister kitty at first. Mostly the little guy scared her. She was used to two doting humans, so a stinky, tail-less squirt was pretty disruptive to her life. However, she has since realized a live squeeze toy is much more fun than he is scary. We’ve caught them licking each other and even cuddling if they think no one is watching. It’s been one of my favorite things to watch Ellie become a cute and somewhat loving big sister kitty.

He has adjusted quite nicely and we’re excited for his little tail nub to grow fur. He’s going to look like a little bear cub once his bum isn’t bare anymore.

Since Ellie grew out of her kitten stage, Dave-man is the one she goes to for cuddles. I have been soaking up all the little kitten cuddles that Fritz is willing to give. I’m hoping and praying he is a cuddly kitty all his life, because that would really float my boat.

In case you thought I’ve become a crazy cat lady, my justification is that Ellie has pretty much chosen to be Dave-man’s kitty and since I’m engaged I really can’t be a crazy cat lady, after all cat ladies have like 15 cats and live alone in huts, right? I’m really just a lover of fluffy cuddle buddies and feel like my little fur baby family is complete with the addition of this little runt.