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

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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!

The Crepes Case: Where is Rocky?

It is now Exile, day 14.

Rocky has been conspicuously missing for SOME TIME. MomFOD keeps telling me he’s under the bed but I would know. I’d be able to smell him. You can’t miss a smell like Rocky. I’m pretty sure something fishy is going on, and not in a delicious way, so I’ve decided that this is a job for

The Crepes Case.

Me in a suit case.

Me in a suit case.

Oh, sorry, wrong one. Eh hem….

The Crepes Case.

There we go.

There we go.

Seeing as I can’t leave the exile room, I did the only logical thing I could do. I planted a bug in MomFOD’s phone. Here’s how it works:

I implanted a device that can see things. When MomFOD points her phone at something and touches the “enter” button, it takes a light-encoded snapshot of whatever she’s seeing and stores it in her phone’s memory. Then, I can surreptitiously peek through her files without her knowledge and see what she was looking at. Brilliant, right?

Well, good thing I did. Do you know what I found?? DO YOU? THIS:

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That looks a lot more like he’s ON a bed, rather than UNDER the bed. And whose bed is that? It’s not ours. I’ve never seen it before.

Is it possible that he was kidnapped?

And now he’s being forced to relax?

I don’t know, guys. I’m going to have to keep searching for clues. Also, I know it’s Tuesday, so let me give you a haiku for your troubles. Eh hem…

My whiskers tingle.

I know Rocky is out there

Relaxing by force.

The case continues….

Love,

Crepes.

PS. Did you see our new film that came out yesterday? It stars Rocky. And ZOMBIES. Here it is, in case you were curious.

The Crepes Case: The Succulent Murders

Ladies and gentlemen of the furry jury,

Today on The Crepes Case, I’d like to present to you all of the evidence I have gathered in the case of:

The Succulent Murders

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The Crime: One peaceful winter day, with Spring just appearing in the air, MomFOD decided to start getting her plants ready for outdoor life. When the ambitious aloe plant pupped, she split it up into new pots, eight of them, in fact. Springy, green, and healthy, those aloe plants didn’t stand a chance with their tasty looking little bits. They were hunted down, systematically, one by one. Murder was attempted. They weren’t the only ones; the spiny succulents that had outgrown their pots were also on the perp’s radar.

The Perp: No perpetrator was found on the scene, merely a felled aloe plant, its sandy, dry soil haphazardly spilled across the floor. And then another, and another. This wasn’t an isolated case. This, my friends, was a cereal murder (though no pops, puffs, or smacks were harmed in the making of this case.)

I demand justice and will stop at nothing!

I demand justice and will stop at nothing!

The Search: I carefully cordoned off the crime scene and inspected it for finger prints. After a thorough dusting, I found nothing out of the ordinary.

The Crime Scene.

The Crime Scene.

The Verdict: I blame The Succulents themselves. If those little jerks didn’t look so wiggly and fun, nothing would have happened to them. They were asking for it. Asking for it, I tell you! And they got it, good! MomFOD has jailed them, with a sentence of three weeks to life. I’m going to keep an eye on those succulents.

 

Justice has been served.

Justice has been served. They’re in the Big House now. (Actually, the Big House is a lot smaller than I expected)

 

What do you guys think? Those succulents deserve to be jailed, right? Or MomFOD wouldn’t have done it! Yeah, I thought so.

Love,

Crepes.

NOTE FROM MOMFOD: Aloe Vera plants, although beneficial to people, are poisonous to cats and dogs, according to the ASPCA and other sources. I was keeping some aloe plants to overwinter in an area of the house where the cats couldn’t reach.  After I repotted them, I left them on the table for a short period and they were knocked over by Crepes, who refuses to admit it was her (me think she doth protest too much). I found a plant case at Ikea for less than $20 and have now securely locked up the aloe plants.  If your cat ingests aloe, watch for vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, and change in urine color. Contact your vet if you suspect aloe poisoning. Visit the ASPCA’s poison page for more info.