Chase Session

Today I broke out the small wand toy.

Let Me Go!!

But when set down, Davout gets first crack.

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Toy Time

Davout is a little hard to get hold of – he’s pretty shy when on the ground and will hardly ever climb up to see you if you sit down.  If you do get him, though, he’s fine and even likes to be petted and fussed over.  Here I’m trying to get him to play with the camera strap while holding him.

That going well, I thought they both might be ready for Da Bird.

Davout’s Ready!

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Crazy Girl

Does somebody look like they were running around like a crazy girl all night?

Davout had to hang out on this safe spot while she ran behind him, below him, back and forth.

Then he finally made a break for it and she stole his spot.

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A Mystery Rug and a Desk Ornament

Davout creeping closer to the desk.

He’s been hard to corral for petting recently.   I tried a new trick when he was sitting on the far side of a throw rug on the floor.  I took the far end of the rug and slowly pulled it closer, inch by inch…he noticed it moving but didn’t realize the significance.

Rhea was amazed it was moving on its own and hovered close.  When Davout was close enough I reach down and grabbed him for some petting.

Rhea picked a new position for a while today.

…Sitting on the desk next to the computer.  I like the huge disparity in size and distance the perspective gives here.

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A Little Havoc

I let the cats out back alone for a while and everything was cool.  Eventually I got that feeling and Rhea had jumped the wall to the pool area next door.  I thought she might have gotten over that.  After I corralled her, Davout came and sat by the front door, so I thought it was only fair to give him his turn out front too.  He enjoyed it.

Rhea was no trouble the second time until a loud bird got her attention and she started darting straight after it.  This was fine until it decided to lead her across the court street and she followed it.  I had to run and get her back.  Nasty bird!

This was all pretty tiring.  But when I took the time to do a chore to find out why my sprinklers were watering at odd times.   While I was reprogramming it, Rhea’s head came rising up the wall under the unit facing me.

Davout gets first crack at the toy…

But Rhea keeps up the energy in relief.

 

Got you.

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Odd Jobs

Feeling better today and managed to do some jobs around the house.  Whenever I did I soon had a little audience and even some help.  Rhea chipped in to ‘iron’ the clothes after I folded them up.

The ‘fun’ thing about the way I tend to get sick is that the after effects are almost as bad as the original symptoms.  I managed to strain a thumb and most of my chest muscles are still very sore especially if I cough or laugh.

When I cracked out the wand toy Davout had co-opted the leather chair.

He seemed to be in a bit of a placid mood.

If he’s that way and Rhea is wild, he tends to hang very far back and watch more than play. Rhea was pretty wild.  In fact once she whipped around and bonked her noggin on the floor with a loud bonk.

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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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