Short Note

This post will be short, as I have been sick since last night.  The cats were bemused by all my antics overnight and bored by my laying around all day.

I broke out the undercover toy again to give them something interesting to do.

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Back to Old Friends

Today I broke out the “Undercover Cat” toy….also known as “Mystery Motion”.  The battery is fairly low but still works.

Davout can watch it for hours….

….and hours…

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Out Front, Continued

When I was trying to chivvy the kittens back inside as the sun went down the other day, suddenly a loudmouthed bird decided to both land AND start chirping loudly like a maniac.  Rhea instantly when in approach mode with Davout following up behind.

Davout broke off the chase but Rhea kept coming, but then the bird took off and flew up into the tree.

Rhea was undaunted and got close to the tree…and then the bird went and landed on the far side of the pool and started chirping again.

This did not stop her.  Lucky for her it isn’t against the rules.

I had to go in and find the pool key to get her back out.

She did have one more trick…she decided to run and full speed from the front door all the way down the path, across the driveway and then under my neighbor’s parked cars.  Davout followed her and then I had to nudge them both out from the car and then back inside.

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Reversal of Fortune

This morning I noticed that Davout was nowhere to be found at breakfast.  He isn’t as visible as Rhea usually is in the mornings as I get up, but he’s somewhere about watching.

So I started looking in his usual haunts and came up empty.  Finally I looked in the closed closet off the living room where I had stored the cat toy from last night.  He was right in there all night, not even making a peep.

He didn’t seem to be that upset.  Maybe he had spent time playing footsie under the door with Rhea.

So today I let them wander a little bit outside and Davout led the procession with Rhea coming along behind.

I kept a bit more active in herding them back if they tried to go more than halfway down the driveway toward the street, or to the neighbors.  Rhea sat in this dramatic pose that looks like the cover of a Gothic Novel.

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From Above

The cats love the feather toy, but they get a bit of added excitement when it dangles against the leg of the cat tree.   They know they can get at it much easier…so they cozy up close.

As usual these days Rhea is a bit more aggressive, getting as close as can be.

Davout has a pretty good eye for making the catch.

Rhea usually prefers it right in the mouth.  It is a dilemma for me when she leaps down and tries to carry it off if I should let go or risk it hurting her mouth.

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A Little of Everything

We did a little of everything today.  Some napping, some lounging, some playing.

Rhea cutting in line before Davout to play with the toy.

Earlier, Davout put his toe hairs on display…

Coquette

And Rhea played the cute card…

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Sleepy Saturday

A bit of a slow day today for us all.  Even the early pictures were more restful than active.  There were a few games of mutual tag in and out of the garage during the day.

I dropped off in early evening a while and woke up to find Davout on top of the nearby bookshelf overlooking my sleeping spot.  He was following my example although he carried it off much better.

And Rhea was off on the other side of the room napping herself.

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Aftermath

I thought it might be good to get an idea of the trimmage on Davout.  Sadly, it is not easy to give a good view of the changes.  The fur color tends to mask the different lengths.  But the stretch between those paws is down to the skin in the foreground, feeling like warm velvet.  A lot of the mane is short enough that reaching his tummy shouldn’t be a problem for some time.

Rhea’s trim is a bit smaller and more questionable to take pictures of.

Davout likes to ambush the toy on top of this carpet covered box.  It makes a satisfying thump when he pounces, like his own background music.

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Check Up

Circumstances have worked against it, but I finally had to take the kittens in for a checkup. There was quite a bit of meowing, possibly because this was the first time I had them both in the car in separate carriers.

You might not know this, but Rhea has a more strident voice in these situations, even though Davout is more scared by quite a bit.

These are cell phone pictures, but a nicer camera might not be hugely better in a windowless waiting room.

Davout climbed into that corner and is sitting on top of a warm network hub.  The suboptimal part is that the vet tech or doctor will be standing right there when they arrive.

After the first exam and weighing Davout hid here.  He’s about 10 pounds now, and Rhea about 7 or 8.  Still smallish, but not the micro kitty that is so often advertised.

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Crazy Eyes and Bushy Tails

…well, you will have to imagine the bushy tails, as I haven’t got a picture of that end today.

Davout doesn’t often get his chance for an uninterrupted chance at the toy, since Rhea is a bit grabby.  First the stare….

Then the capture…

Then carry it back home to the safe carpet….

And guard it against all comers!

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