Posts Tagged ‘cat’

Hazel the Basil

May 2, 2008

Hazel is my 7 year old bob-tailed tabby. I picked her up at an animal shelter in College Station, Tx. I had no intention of adopting another cat that day, but here she is anyway:

That day at the shelter all the other kittens were snuggled up in large litters in their cages. Hazel was in a cage all alone. She stood with both front arms thrust out through the bars of her jail screeching to be let out. As soon as I opened her cage she jumped lightly onto my chest, snuggled herself under my chin, and started to purr. She came home with me that day.

As soon as she got out of the carrying case, she hopped into the litter box and had a pee. Then she took a few crunches of Nero’s kitten chow, looked me fully in the eye, and walked off to do her own thing. From that point forward, she had almost no use for me. Perhaps once a day she’ll sit close to me and talk in loud meows, and allow me to pet her for about 30 minutes. She has only settled on my lap twice in her entire life. She does do that thing where she looks me in the eye and then blinks slowly, opens her eyes and looks back at me. I interpret that as a form of kitty love. If allowed in the bedroom, she’ll sleep a few feet from my head. I often find small lizards and bugs in my shoes that she has placed there.

All of my pets have nicknames. Her’s include Hazel Basil, Hazel Marie, and Hazel Von Pissyface. Please don’t tell here about the last one. God knows what she’d put in my shoes.

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Lounge Singer Kitty

May 2, 2008

Nero is my 7 year old Siamese mix cat. From a malnourished one pound kitten with mange, coccidia, tape worms, fleas, heart murmur, and a mystery skin condition he turned into this 19 pound accordion cat with slight neurosis. Yes, he is bulimic. Yes, he will dig his claws into your scalp so he can nurse on your hair. Yes, for years he liked to bring me little presents of trash (and once, a live cockroach) in bed. He’s really sweet though.

This is his Lounge Singer look:
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Vindictive Cats.

April 12, 2008

When I leave for a weekend I take the dog with me and leave the cats with extra water and a self feeder. They usually get back at me for this by leaving the odd hairball in my shoe. Mostly I wear rubber shoes, so this is fine.

Today they out did themselves though. I came home to a dead and partially rotted bright green lizard in the living room floor. They had a good time batting the little beast around the floor and managed to impart a lovely green sheen to the hard wood. Then one of them, I’m guessing Nero… the 20 lb mildly neurotic Siamese mix, got hungry and ate part of our newly departed reptile friend. Then he hurled bright green bits-o-lizard all over the rug.

Why did I turn the air-con off before I left? Why does Lysol spray not do too much to mask the smell of tortured lizard? Oh crap, is that a tail under the piano?