Tuesday Haikusday: Naps

Apparently today is “National Napping Day.” I believe I just produced some lovely haiku about napping, and yet I am compelled to produce more to celebrate this most sacred of days.

Eh hem…
Crepes Haiku Zen Cat
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Grumble, grunt, and snore.
Outside, I am restless but
In my soul, I dream.
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I kick tiny paws
Running so hard I take off
Always on four feet.
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Curled into a ball
Tiny paws tucked on my nose
Fifteen times a day.
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What do you guys dream of while you nap?
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Love,
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Crepes. 

Bachelorette of the Week: Olive!

World,

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I’ve decided to spice up your life a bit today with a discussion of Olives.
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Some olives are green or brown, some black. Some are spicy and some mild and a few may have a hint of added flavor. This particular variety of olive is black with a touch of white, paraplegic, and with a definite dose of delicious. She also comes dressed up in a permanently classy tuxedo, sort of like a kitty version of Annie Lennox.
 Olive of the Varietal: Feistus Catus

Olive of the Varietal: Feistus Catus

Please officially meet Olive, a feisty little tuxedo kitty who was found at the age of five weeks and raised by fosters before finding her way to Tabby’s Place, where she now slides around the floors like a snazzy little broom, both lighting up rooms and shining surfaces with her fanny as she travels to greet people.
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Olive doesn’t have any health problems, save for missing the use of her back legs, and Tabby’s Place feels that her Sweet Dreams of finding a permanent home could be realized with just the right adopter. She does wear a diaper since she can’t seem to, um, contain her urine, but don’t tease her about it because, as the saying goes, You Don’t Mess With A Missionary Cat.
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The right home for Olive would be one that would admire her for her spunk, a home that would be able to change her little diapers daily, a home that’s clean and tidy because she doesn’t like Walking On Broken Glass. Is that home yours? Wonderful! Call Tabby’s Place ASAP. Is it not? That’s ok, you can still Put A Little Love Into Your Heart and sponsor this amazing kitty while she searches for her loving forever home. Don’t leave her Waiting In Vain because the love that she’s got and is waiting to share? Money Can’t Buy It.
Don't Touch My Diaper! - Olive.

Don’t Touch My Diaper! – Olive.

Olive shining the floors with her lovely behind.

Olive shining the floors with her lovely behind.

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Love,
Crepes.
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PS. Those were all song lyrics. You weren’t hallucinating.

Tuesday Haikusday: Fur

The mood struck me to write about my fur. Sometimes, I let it grow. Sometimes, I barber it off. Hair is fluid. Hair is poetic. Eh hem…

Crepes Haiku Zen Cat

Soft, slick, smells like me
I wear my fur suit in stripes
ready to party.
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Grey, black, long, short, red
all these types within our home
like Benetton ads.
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Cat fur is perfect.
A bad hair day? No, never.
You envy me. #Truth.
What would you like to hear about next week?
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Love,
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Crepes.
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PS. Kitten season is coming.

The Crepes Case: The Vimtag Camera and the Case of the Litterbox Leaver

FTC Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vimtag. We were given a camera as well as financial compensation to review this product. All opinions are our own and we only write about products we think our readers should know about. CatInTheFridge.com does not receive any financial compensation from the sales of these cameras. 

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Furry Jury:

It was a dark and snowy night when MomFOD sat down on the couch to discover that someone had fouled it in the most foul of ways. You know what I mean. Someone in this house peed on the couch.

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::moment of silence for shocked reactions::
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In a house of cats, this is tres gauche and could be due to health or behavioral problems. It is not to be taken lightly, and so, I call upon myself, Detective Crepes, to accept this case in the name of justice. This now falls under the jurisdiction of The Crepes Case!
Crepes Case

Justice must be served.

The Crime Scene: The couch. Under the piano. Under the TV. This culprit clearly has no shame and could strike anywhere.

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The Equipment:AVimtag Plug and Play camera with two-way audio, motion alerts, and night vision. That means I can even LISTEN to the culprit peeing. Pretty swanky, no?

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There it is. My newest piece of sleuthing equipment.

The Surveillance: It seems the culprit has several places s/he might strike next. In order to set up effective surveillance, I positioned a VimTag camera near the litter box and set up motion detection alarms to let me know when anyone is in the area. My plan is to surveil the box, making sure that each of the possible suspects is using it daily. I set the camera to take a motion photograph each time a presence was detected in the box. Let’s take a look at the evidence collected.
Sprinkle: present and clearly knowing she's being watched.

Sprinkle: present and clearly knowing she’s being watched.

Niles doing his business.

Niles doing his business.

 

That's me.  Look away, please.

That’s me. Look away, please.

Louie and his tail.

Louie and his tail.

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The Verdict: Everyone is using the box except…Peabody. That’s probably because I won’t let her. I really don’t like her touching my things. Case closed!
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Alana’s Verdict:  Alana here. I’d like to chime in and say that the reason Peabody is not using the litter box is because Crepes is smacking her every time Peabody sets foot on the floor. With the help of the Vimtag Camera, I am able to monitor everyone’s litter box habits while I’m away from the house. I have it set up to ping my phone and alert me whenever anyone is using it. If I need to change positions, I can move the camera remotely or even pick the entire thing up and plug it in somewhere else easily. It sets itself up automatically on my Wi-Fi system and is ready to go in about a minute.
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Honestly, I have LOVED having a tool like this to check in on my house while I’m away. It’s amazing for travel and I can even talk to them, listen in, and chat with their caregiver while I’m away in order to help her find food, litter, and even hiding kitties. And, if a kitty is about to foul a forbidden area, I can speak through the camera to discourage such behavior. It is easy for me to figure out who is performing which nefarious behavior and gives me peace of mind whenever I need to keep an eye on a little one that’s under the weather. We give the Vimtag Wireless Camera two stumps up!
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If you’d like more detailed information about the Vimtag, check out our earlier post here. The VimTag retails for $99.99 for one camera or $189.99 for a set of two. You can set up as many as eight on your home network. If you are interested in checking one out, you can do so here.  (This link will take you to an Amazon page. We do not get any compensation for purchases made through this link.)
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I am currently assisting Peabody and Crepes through their issues and Peabody’s litter box habits are improving. Updated: We do have more than one litter box, but the one we watched is the one Peabody almost always uses because it’s where she hangs out all day. Crepes has been spotting smacking her no matter where she goes. I have been doing assisted litter box sessions with Peabody, which have really helped. No accidents since. Next, we work on the underlying behavior.

CASE CLOSED.

A bonus photo of Niles attempting to block my view of whatever's going on in that room!

Niles attempting to block my view of whatever’s going on in that room! Obstruction of Justice!