Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cat Joy

The joys of a cat.
  • Stalker: He follows me around the house, always wanting to play or snuggle. I really expected him to curl up and sleep all over the house, and I would have to search him out. I wonder if this is just his personality or because he is a kitten. Either way, it is quite gratifying to be the center of his universe.
  • Alarm Clock: He has a very accurate sleep body clock, or what-have-you. He wakes me up without fail around 6:00 am every morning. And most of the time there is still food in his food bowl, so I'm not sure what his deal is. However, he has done it every morning we've had him. Instead of an annoying ringing sound, I wake up to a kitten rubbing his head on my face. A much softer way of waking up.
  • Battle scars: He has his claws right now, and I have many, many scratches to prove it. I don't know how to play with him without getting scratched, and I can't just ignore his need to play!
  • Bad example: Jill is a good mimic. She used to just imitate her daddy and I, but now that we have a cat, she follows his lead as well. She has tried to climb up on my shoulder, and recently she has fallen in love with standing or sitting on windowsills. They are one of Cosmo's favorite places to soak in the sunshine.

And this morning, Cosmo showed a new side of himself. While I was getting Jill out of her crib, Jeffrey heard Cosmo meowing by the side of the bed. So Jeffrey meowed back at Cosmo. After hearing Jeffrey, Cosmo jumped up on the bed with a lizard in his mouth! When I came back to our bedroom with Jill, Jeff said, "So, have you given Cosmo a toy lizard?" My reply, "Nope. Why?" Jeff, "Well, he's playing with a lizard." Yes. It was a dead lizard. A real lizard. That Cosmo was playing with on my side of the bed and on my pillow. Blessedly, its body was intact, so no guts were oozing out over my bedding, but still.

So yes, that was very unexpected. Cosmo has never been outside since he's lived here (other than when I'm holding him), so we really have no idea where he encountered the lizard except for accepting the obvious—that it came from inside our house somewhere. We hadn't ever really realized that Ohio even had lizards previous to this. It's the first one I've seen here. Now we know though. And we acknowledge that it was sweet of Cosmo to bring it to us as a gift rather than hide it somewhere to stink up or leave it somewhere for me to step on.

May you rest in peace, ugly lizard.

And because Jill is cute, here are some pictures from the Reds game we attended last Saturday. Go Reds! (Am I a bad fan because I like them better when they're losing, because then tickets are less expensive?)

Jill and Daddy

Jill, Anayancy, and Santiago

10 comments:

  1. Was Jill easy to handle during the game?? We do have lizards here in Ohio, but not very many of them. Most of them are actually called skinks. Skinks can be pretty, the Five-lined skink has a blue tail. I think the only real "lizards" we have are (pulling out my herpetology books) the European Wall Lizard and Northern Fence lizard. I'm not surprised that a lizard got inside your house...it's almost too hot for them outside right now (believe it or not).

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  2. Find myself wishing I could still stand on a window sill.

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  3. I get to see the Bean sooooo soon! I love the expression on her face in the first picture with her daddy.

    I hope that lizard does rest in peace. And that he didn't leave any family members or buddies behind in your house when he went.

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  4. Cosmo is a really pretty cat! I love the picture of him and Jill on the window sill. Ryan sometimes mimics Roxy too. If she lays down on the grass he will go over and lay out on his stomach on the grass too. Unfortunately, this holds true for some of her toys as well. Roxy will run over with a ball in her mouth and as soon as she drops it, Ryan will pick it up with his mouth. Gross. It's good to know you can count on Cosmo to keep your house lizard free! :)

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  5. a real lizard?? you're kidding! do we even have lizards around here?? maybe it came when your parents were in town.... hehe i don't think i can accept the fact that there are really lizards here that can sneak into people's houses :)
    that shirt that jill is wearing in the window sill is awesome- i need to get one for myself.
    she is so good at smiling for the camera :)

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  6. a real lizard?? you're kidding! do we even have lizards around here?? maybe it came when your parents were in town.... hehe i don't think i can accept the fact that there are really lizards here that can sneak into people's houses :)
    that shirt that jill is wearing in the window sill is awesome- i need to get one for myself.
    she is so good at smiling for the camera :)

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  7. oops sorry- don't know how that published twice. wierd.

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  8. The pic of Jill and Cosmo in the window is so cute!!! I laughed quite a bit because I totally know the joys of cat ownership. Today I found a large mound of black & white hair that I mistook for a rodent or something at first glance. It was just fur shedded (is that a word?) from my cat Daisy.

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  9. The pic of Jill and Cosmo in the window is so cute!!! I laughed quite a bit because I totally know the joys of cat ownership. Today I found a large mound of black & white hair that I mistook for a rodent or something at first glance. It was just fur shedded (is that a word?) from my cat Daisy.

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  10. I'm glad you guys got to go to the game, but I'm sad we couldn't go on the same day! I hope to see you all soon!

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