May 14th, 2006
Or, How I Spent My Saturday.
I know my kitties love me, I know they do, but MAN do they ever have sharp teeth. Pepper drew blood yesterday (see, I told you they were named appropriately, she’s definitely the feistier one!)
I bought them one of those cat tree thingys, so they could have something to climb up and claw at besides my couch and scooter chair. Something high up in front of the patio doors, where they could hang out and watch people passing by.
I ended up going with a cheaper model that didn’t have bobbles hanging from it - $80 as opposed to $200. Bob came up with the idea of tying some little jingle bell balls I have to it with yarn. So we did that, but they loved the yarn SO much, Bob ended up leaving a few long pieces hanging around for them to grab at. I was concerned they may wrap their neck in it and strangle themselves, but Bob assured me the yarn would break before something like that would happen.
We watched them play and play and play and it was very cute.
Within 5 minutes, Pepper’s back leg was wrapped in yarn and she was hanging upside down literally by a thread! I shrieked and ran over to save her. She was so scared she scratched and bit at me, HARD. That forced me to let go of her for a second, but then I was right back in there to untangle her. Once she was set free she ran across the room to cower somewhere. While I ran my bloody finger under cold water and mom got me a bandage, Bob cut the long pieces of yarn off the tree!
Sorry, I was a little too distracted to get a picture of that. Heh.
For the next few hours it was “Pita’s house” while Pepper found other things to do. She was justifiably freaked out. I went to the mall (that’s me in a crisis) and found some great little (safer) jingly hanging things. I took down one of the jingle balls and replaced it with a jingly spider on an elastic-type string. Pita loved it.
Pepper was taken with another toy I bought (Walmart has cheap little toys, they’re not so spoiled) (Okay maybe a little).
So much so, that she eventually ripped the orange feather right off and just took that with her everywhere and played with it.
So now it’s just left with a red feather and a bell, but they still like it.
By the evening, Pepper overcame her fears and was back in the tree with her sister,
where they lived happily ever after.