Monday, May 24, 2010

Feline Weirdness

I wrote a post about how Scarlett and Melly's fights seem to be getting more vicious, but ended up reconsidering posting it. I think the fights are less frequent, which perhaps makes them only seem more vicious. Or maybe it's that Melly's growth has made the fights look less like Scarlett is batting away a bug and more like a well-matched bout of wrestling. At any rate, more observation is required.

Now on to the fun stuff. The video below is an example of what happens every evening when I open a can of food. Honestly, you'd think by her reaction that Melly hasn't eaten in a week (I assure you, she's quite well fed).


This video was taken after Melly refused to move as I was trying to set down a small pile of just-laundered sheets. The solution, naturally, was to put the sheets down on top of her and to grab the video camera. The wonky camera work is due to the coffee table being in the way of where I wanted to stand.



Edit: I've switched to Vimeo, so videos should be speedier and viewable by all. :)

19 comments:

Anne Boleyn said...

Love it! I swear Beatrix can tell from upstairs when I take a load out of the dryer. She comes flying and begs me to put the warm towels and whatever on the sofa, a counter.... ANYWHERE, so she can make a cave.

tedder said...

hee! What cute squirrel noises Melly makes to be fed. (it caused one of our kitties to come over, curious).

and.. GHOSTIE CAT! Heh.

Photobucket works. As does youtube or vimeo. Whatever you do, keep posting video of sweet Melly.

Ayla and Iza, said...

Those were SO CUTE...

Jenn said...

Melly has kind of a creaky meow which is awfully cute!

G said...

I have totally caved in to my cat; I keep a couple of old shirts in my laundry for the express purpose of giving him something to snuggle with when I do laundry.

Katnip Lounge said...

MOL! The dreaded sheet monster strikes again. You should hear the chorus of 12 I endure in the morning...it's almost as insistant as Melly!

Rene said...

Oh, what cute videos! I love how Melly jumps on the chair, as if to get you to notice her "more." She's getting so big too!

waterdragon687 said...

Well, I'm usually just a lurker here, but since you said to speak up if anyone had trouble (and I'd really like to see these videos) something about Photobucket is just not working for me. I've tried on 3 different computers, and even our high-powered desktop just spins its wheels and never even starts buffering. It's possible this is some kind of Linux/Flash issue--every machine in our house runs some version of Ubuntu--and my geek-fu is unfortunately not up to diagnosing it more specifically than that. But it seems that even the latest and greatest Firefox does not play nicely with photobucket video, which is annoying to say the very least.

Someone up-thread suggested YouTube or Vimeo, and I don't recall ever having problems with either of those, so if it's not too much trouble to switch hosting services, that would be nice...

Natalie said...

G: That's adorable.
Jenn & Tedder: Melly has the most ridiculous meow. I'm curious to see whether it develops at all as she gets older, or if it stays all creaky.
Waterdragon: Thanks for your comment. Geoff had similar issues and it turned out to be a missing plugin, but I will switch to something else anyway since photobucket seems to be annoyingly slow.

Marlene said...

Melly is getting so big! What a doll. My kitties do the same thing. They are quite well fed, have dry food out all the time. And yet, when it's time for wet food... Meeeeewwwww!!!

Cynthia M. Suprenant said...

Very sweet videos.

My sister has two Maine Coon kitties -- both boys, actually, littermates. They engage in high-spirited wrestling, chasing and swatting on a regular basis. There are often tufts of orange boy-kitty fur on their navy carpets (bad choice!), but nobody gets hurt, it's pretty evenly matched, and seems to be good clean fun. Hope that's the case with the girls -- I sense it is from how they are together. :)

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We have the same thing at our house - the battles seemed to get more viscious as the small cats got bigger. But they are less frequent so that is a plus. Also, as the tiny ones get bigger they get louder so it sounds a lot worse then when they were tiny, even if they really aren't.

Anonymous said...

I love the strange meow. One of mine sounds like she's sneezing when she meows, too. The other has a loud, piercing one that he uses almost more insistently than Melly in that video. He launches into his chorus anytime I even get close to thinking about going toward the kitchen..or if it is within a several hour window of the time he is normally fed. It's actually getting annoying. Anyone have a suggestion of how to break him of this bad habit? I've tried switching to an automatic feeder, changing up where I feed him, when I feed him, chasing him out of the kitchen while I prepare the food, etc. Nada.

junkshop_coyote said...

LOL, raspy kitty!

Also, is that Al Green playing in the background of the 2nd video? :)

Natalie said...

Coyote: Yep, that would be Al Green on the Notting Hill soundtrack :)

Waterdragon: Can you see the videos now?

waterdragon687 said...

@Natalie: Yep, that did the trick, I just watched them both. (And that squeaky little meow of Melly's cracks me up... you're right, it's hard to take very seriously!) Anyway, thanks for switching, I really do enjoy visiting and keeping up with your furkids even if I don't speak up too often.

Oldcat said...

@Natalie - years ago I had two girl cats who would every once in a while have a full gladiator combat in the center of the living room rug - they would start, circle, pounce and break away and start again. Very formal, never anywhere else.

I think things are ok if the one who is pinning the other lets up when the other 'cries uncle' - its a special meow sound that ended the bout.

@anonymous - I can think of two good ways. The first is to pretend to have no idea of what the cat wants. Since cats think we are kind of thick, they fall for this a lot. Say things like 'What could you want?' 'If you could only talk to me and tell me!' until the cat goes crazy.

The other way is what a pair of Youtube guys call 'Corporal Cuddling'. Whenever he bugs you in the kitchen, pick him up and hug him and talk in your most annoying baby talk voice right in his face. A few rounds of that and he may well give up being underfoot in the kitchen. Thats how I trained all the cats I've had not to wake me up in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips, Oldcat. I'll try anything. The other one does her I'm stttaaaarrrvvvvvinnnnggg, so wake up NOW" meowing routine like clockwork in the morning, so maybe we'll get both of them in line (and get to sleep past 6 a.m.)!

SuziCat said...

I have the same sheets!!! :-) Loved the Al Green too. :-)