Introducing Barbara Ellen’s cat Checkers, our new house-cat in a pic from her Facebook page. Short for Chubby Checkers, as he has a tiger-like swinging belly on him.
Our new Senor Gato is a Tuxedo in case you’re wondering, which is arguably a description and not a breed. But there are dissenters. He is super friendly and likes to cuddle. His cloudy right eye has since been fixed with antibiotics.
Two mixed-breed cats came with Barbara Ellen to live with us at the rancho. Checkers, her six year old favorite, and Eva, her daughter’s cat who specializes in mischief while her daughter is away.
Checkers has a sinus infection for which he’s taking antibiotics so he sleeps most of the time. Eva, the evil one I call her, spends her time pulling things out of drawers and sleeping in cabinets. We’re slowly adjusting to each other.
Mr. Boy keeps his bedroom room door closed to keep them out after I had to close the study door to keep them from chewing on the electronics cables. We keep our bedroom door closed to keep them from climbing on us while we’re asleep. Otherwise they have the run of the place. Unlike Senor Gato, otherwise known as Pumpkin, they’re strictly indoor cats.
This will be a recurring feature now that we have been adopted by a cat. We’re not naive enough to believe that we adopted him.
This first featured item, the so-called “famous” Bergen Turbo Scratcher (well it has had 3,468 reviews at Amazon, 85 percent of them 4 stars or better), has been a big hit with Senor Gato, our orange male tabby also known as Pumpkin.
We’ve also been pleased—especially as it only cost a third of what we paid for a carpet-covered scratching post he’s completely ignored for a month now. Not that the little white ball part of the gizmo is getting any notice, mind you, but he’s torn the cardboard scratch pad to shreds. When he isn’t doing that, and eating the cardboard shards, he likes to recline on the pad and snooze.
In the course of shopping for a replacement pad, I even discovered you can use a butter knife to pry up the old one which reveals that the opposite side is fresh and ready to go. Five stars for the “famous” Bergen Turbo Scratcher!
UPDATE: Forgot to mention the scratcher comes with a small baggie of catnip which SG seems to love. You sprinkle it on the cardboard. That might be the reason for the scratcher’s success in general and with with him.
He could, indeed, but he probably won’t. Our Pumpkin is litter-box trained and content to use it, so long as it’s kept clean. But he has enjoyed discovering new prospects for observation, such as the roofs of our cars. The only thing missing is mice. Perhaps we should introduce a few.
“…a unique, patented and proven device that helps people train their cats to use the regular household toilet.”
Only takes eight weeks.
Anyone ever seen this work? Other than on television?
Our Pumpkin would only have to fall in once and it’d be back to the litter in a heartbeat.
Always fun to be nose-booped by Pumpkin, especially in the morning. For a while I thought it meant he merely wanted me to get up and feed him, but now I know it’s more generally affectionate than a specific concern. At such times he even likes me booping him back, touching his nose with my index finger.
Cats are mysterious creatures. Seemingly indifferent. Actually very affectionate.