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Archive: December 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/26/2010 at 4:50 p.m. Pacific

Ivy is so much more dignified these days! She mostly wants to be cuddled and brushed – no more crazy multi-level hunting games in her little house. That little motorized mouse-on-a-string still catches her eye, but as soon as it stops moving she gets bored. She now comes running when she hears me at the door, so I'm sure she will give you a very enthusiastic welcome! Safe travels home (be glad you're not flying from the east coast!)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/25/2010 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific

Merry Christmas to Ivy! I gave her some new kitty balls to celebrate, which she chased around for a bit, but she was most interested in getting lots of brushing. Her favorite Christmas present will be her people coming home – I told her it will be the day after tomorrow! Yay!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/24/2010 at 5:20 p.m. Pacific

Ivy climbing up the back of a chair

Today when I arrived I noticed that the French doors were very slightly open (not enough that Ivy could have gotten through). Yesterday when I left I remember noticing an odd kind of pressure when I closed the side door, so I wonder if for some reason it created a vacuum effect that might have pulled on the French doors a bit? Anyway, just to be sure it stayed closed, I moved one of the chairs up against it, and you should have seen Ivy! She definitely assumed I had thoughtfully placed the chair to aid her in her attempts to break into the living room. This shot shows her climbing up the back of the chair, and I have subsequent shots of her on the very top rung balancing somewhat precariously as she tries to figure out how to make it work to her advantage! And here I thought she was getting bored with the tree. Anyway, she was not terribly persistent in her endeavors and gave up shortly, but it was mighty funny to see her giving it her best mental and physical shot.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/23/2010 at 3:45 p.m. Pacific

Ivy was in a super-affectionate mood today! I think she sat in my lap for 10 full minutes when I first arrived, just purring away and rubbing her head against my hands. After we did chores we played Kitty Beauty Salon and I brushed and combed her for a while, which she LOVED. She has the prettiest glossy black coat, and she clearly enjoys having it cared for!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/22/2010 at 6:15 p.m. Pacific

Ivy continues to be talkative and playful. She has figured out our routine and likes to observe it strictly – she has definite ideas about how long should be spent on the greeting, and then wants me to get busy with the chores, and then it is playtime! When she gets tired of playing she starts rolling around on her back to show me how cute she is, and stretching out as far as she can on the floor to impress me with what a loooong kitty she is. I told her we are half-way through your trip, but she didn't seem very interested in talking about human-time! She's taking everything in stride, and doing fine.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/21/2010 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Ivy was in a very talkative mood today! Meow, meow, meow, meow. It was very conversational, not like she was distressed, more like she was telling me about her day. Or maybe she was telling me that the door to the living room had been closed by mistake and it's really fine for her to play on the Christmas tree! When she was finished talking, she supervised while I did chores, and then she stalked the long pink feather toy. Her hunting moves have gotten much more subtle – she likes to skulk behind furniture and then rush out at the toy to surprise it. So cute to watch!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/20/2010 at 7:05 p.m. Pacific

Ivy was in a playful mood today, so we batted around various mousies in different locations of the house: kitchen, basement TV room, and her room. I also caught her actually stretching up and reaching her paw for the handle on the French door! If she could reach it, I bet she could actually open it, since all you have to do is pull down on the handle. (You may scoff, but I once arrived at a house to find a cat had turned on a spigot in the bathtub in exactly that way – fortunately he had not put the plug in!) But she's not tall enough, although I bet she will be doing some kitty yoga to increase her stretching ability in the coming week.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/19/2010 at 6:55 p.m. Pacific

Ivy tumbling on the kitchen rug

It started snowing as I headed over for my visit this afternoon, but your house is warm and snug for Ms. Ivy. She came hurrying up to greet me, and wanted to spend a long time sitting in my lap, butting her head against my hands. Then she hopped down and headed over to the little rug in the kitchen, where she tumbled over and over, rolling around and stretching. I sat down on the floor to keep her company, and discovered why she likes it there – the warm air from the heat register comes pouring out right beside her! Smart kitty. She was very affectionate and seems pretty happy – I'm guessing she spends most of her time napping when I'm not there!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pet: Ivy

posted by Robin on 12/18/2010 at 7:20 p.m. Pacific

Ivy was happy to see me, and seemed to remember me just fine. I think she has grown since I last saw her! She's looking like quite the adult kitty these days. She hopped right in my lap and purred and purred while I texted Chris about the door lock. When we got that straightened out, she ran down to show me where her room is, in case I had forgotten! I did catch her looking longingly through the French doors at one point, so I'm sure she is dreaming about what kind of trouble she could get into with the Christmas tree if given the chance. Good thing she hasn't figured out how to open doors with her kitty paws!