Kali – Our Little Stick of Dynamite

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Kali is probably our most energetic cat. She’s firing on all cylinders far more often than any of our other cats. What one friend of mine termed, “kitty chaos hour,” is a regular occurrence with her; she tears through the house hunting, chasing, and playing, more than once a day.

I’ve posted video of her here before, tearing around, and coming close to the sideways dance:

She also likes to amuse herself:

 

We took her in, along with her brother, Chase, when they were just three weeks old. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but as near as we can figure, their mama was killed somehow, probably hit by a car.

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Gizmo – The Matriarch of our House

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Gizmo is our oldest cat. At 15 years old, she’s still sleek, svelte, and full of kittenish behavior. She has most definitely slowed down in recent years, but she still loves to play as much as she loves to sleep. In fact, her favorite game is to chase us through the house in the dark, attacking, but not quite actually biting, our feet.

She’s also the queen of the house. She doesn’t take anything from anybody. Kali trills whenever she makes eye contact. Chase will back away from her as soon as he makes eye contact, or if Gizmo gets too close. Aria and Gizmo don’t avoid each other, but they don’t really associate, either. Gizmo is her own cat, and she owns it like the queen she is.

She has stopped eating full meals a lot of the time, but she does still eat, and our vet says that she’s still very healthy. She’s also maintaining her weight despite not eating as much. It’s strange. But, she’s a cat, and a dominant cat, at that. Even we do what she says.

 

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Cats in Boxes (IMAGES)

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I love taking pictures of my cats in boxes. Gizmo, in the first picture below, especially loves boxes, I think because she feels safe in there. I’ve written about cats in boxes before; specifically, about why cats like boxes. I didn’t put very many pictures in that story though, and since I just got some adorable pictures of Gizmo in a box, I thought I’d post them, along with some other great shots of my cats in boxes.

Presenting…my cats in boxes:

Gizmo Side Box Beauty cats in boxes

Gizmo Side Box Yawn cats in boxes

Chase Gizmo Box cats in boxesIn the photo above, Gizmo was seriously acting like she thought Chase would just go away if she pretended he wasn’t there. That was her box!

Gizmo Dark Box 1 cats in boxes

Kali Tail Cat Houses cats in boxesWe had a whole bunch of empty boxes in the house at once not too long ago, and we cut “doorways” in them and taped them together to build a cat house. We figured the cats in boxes phenomenon was a good reason to do so. Kali liked the house, even though it was temporary.

Kali Nose cats in boxes

Kali Cat Houses cats in boxes

Chase Kali Box (enlarged) cats in boxesThis is what happens when two of my cats wind up in the same box. They look around like they’re trying to figure out how to get out, but it ultimately results in an awful lot of bickering. The picture above is Chase and Kali, who once would have just curled up together, but now can’t stand to be near each other.

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Kali Box Lounging cats in boxes

Gizmo Weaponized Box cats in boxes

And, of course, no series of photos of cats in boxes is complete if it doesn’t end with either an insanely adorable picture, or one last photo showing the laser eyes. It was like Gizmo was saying, “Get. Lost. And take that camera with you, before I incinerate you!” She wasn’t actually upset when I took this picture, but she’s a great actress.

Do you often find your cats in boxes, especially when you’ve got lots of empty ones? If you don’t often leave them around, consider doing so, if it’s a good idea for your household. If nothing else, it’ll give your cat a new place to explore and hide for a little while.