Monday, August 23, 2010

Two Cats Are Better Than One

As with all things in nature, no two cats are alike. Porter had a short lived time with us where he would have fun with the kitty toys. One day he looked up as we were playing laser and saw that I was controlling the light and he stopped, obviously embarrassed for being treated like an idiot. Charlie is in blissful ignorance about the game and loves to play "get the laser".

Porter will occasionally swat around his favorite toy (mouse-mouse), although his favorite fun happens when Mark would play with him. He would play-bite and scratch and roll around with Mark. Now, he has Charlie to play with and it is much better for everyone. Mark doesn't get bloodied in the battle and Porter has someone who will bite and scratch back so the two cats learn about boundaries with each other and what is truly playing and what is not tolerated from each other.

When we had only Porter I was constantly asking myself is he was really happy in our home. He seemed bored and had little interest in us besides the time we fed, brushed, or petted him. With two cats now under one roof I truly feel they are both very happy now. Porter has a friend to play with and nap with and argue with. Charlie has a chew-toy with Porter's tail and a warm body to sleep next to. All is good in the world :)



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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

lazy day

While I was busy cleaning the house the boys were soaking up the sun together today. I couldn't help but get some pictures.

Porter

The face that I love

Charlie playing with the camera cord

Brothers Charlie is getting so big
Playful
Cat's view of the green garden

Their favorite spot in the house- sunny with a view!

What a good life these two cats have....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

posing for the camera

I just love how animals look in photos. When you can catch their personality through a picture it makes me smile. I love the photos of dogs with their tongues hanging out and that goofy look in their face. If I wasn't worried about what my husband were to think about it- I would have pictures and paintings of my kitty boys all over the house (OK, I have 2) because they make me laugh and smile. Just see for yourself:
Charlie catching Zzzzz's


Squinty Sleep Eye


"Please, not so close"

Porter found a perch

Every time I reach for the camera when they are doing something funny I always miss the shot. Today Porter and Charlie were grooming each other and wrestling all the the same time. Charlie always goes for the throat and Porter always uses the hind leg kicks to the head. They have been watching too much MMA with their dad...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We're Back

Back from vacation! We had a great trip and came home to two very hungry and happy-to-see-us kitties. Thank you Erica at Fetch!
It is becoming a habit these days when Mark gets to sleep in that he will get up and open the bedroom door to let the boys in our room. There is heavy-footed Porter who likes to walk right across your stomach to greet you. Little Charlie goes straight for Mark. He likes to rub Mark's chin and his stubble for a nice little scratch in the morning (well, actually any time Mark will allow it). They both want to be pet and talked to, but ultimately they want us up and out of bed to go feed them. Fatties, I tell you!
We are down to only one sheet on the sofa over the arm where the little newbie would most likely try to scratch while we are away at work. I want to try to get some of the no-scratch double sided tape. It is a large roll about the width of duck tape and being double sided you can place it where they are likely to scratch or walk where they shouldn't and it is supposed to annoy them- they don't like the sticky feeling on their paws. As soon as I can find some I will take the sheet off and try that out as a last step to train Charlie to be like his well behaved older brother, Porter.
And there is good news- Charlie has his appetite back! He is always hungry now and happy to sit and eat everything and then asking for more. Porter looks like he is losing some weight...hmmm... I wonder if Charlie is sneaking food from Porter :)