Posts Tagged ‘cats’

How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

Biddy and Walter are friends about 25% of the time. The other 75% is spent either avoiding each other, meowing at each other, sitting in each others’ spots, and occasionally wrestling. “Friends” might even be a strong word. Let’s go with “interactive acquaintances.” Here are a few of those recent interactions: How do your pets […]


Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

I finally got to see Isle of Dogs this past weekend after the previous weekend’s failed attempt. It’s a delightful movie. Wes Andersen excels in stop-motion, the dogs are funny and quirky and relatable, and I loved the Japanese setting (though my Japanese is so rusty at this point that I only caught words here […]


Walter and His “Mama”

Walter and His "Mama"

For the longest time, I’ve had cold feet when I get into bed. Recently I thought of a solution, and within a few days I had an electric blanked draped over the covers. I heat it up while I’m winding down for the night, and by the time I crawl under the covers, it’s nice […]


Biddy’s 11th Birthday

Biddy's 11th Birthday

My first cat, Biddy, turned 11 years old on Friday. It turned out to be a bit of a unique birthday, because Walter had some blood in his stool, resulting in a last-minute trip to the vet. Walter’s okay, and perhaps Biddy enjoyed the few hours of peace he got while Walter was away. Here’s […]


Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

I wish so badly I had a photo of Biddy doing this, but I’ve never caught him in the act. Every now and then, I’ll look up to see Biddy trotting into the room with a toy in his mouth. He’ll drop it triumphantly at my feet. Sometimes its his bell toy, sometimes his bug […]


How Do You Not Look Suspicious (While Doing Something Suspicious)?

How Do You Not Look Suspicious (While Doing Something Suspicious)?

Every 50 days, I walk into the grocery store and do something that appears very suspicious. One of my cats, Biddy, has diabetes. So part of his daily routine is to get injected with insulin. He doesn’t seem to mind–I think he knows it makes him feel better. Plus, he only gets a tiny dose […]


How Do You Celebrate Your Pets’ Birthdays?

How Do You Celebrate Your Pets' Birthdays?

Up until 2 years ago, I thought Walter was around 4 years old. But I discovered that he was much older and that his birthday is in November, not March. Like, even though he’s technically Biddy’s pet, Walter turns 11 today, while Biddy is 10. After Walter’s health scare 2 weeks ago (his first ever–he’s […]


A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

I didn’t plan to write about this, but it occurred to me today that my cat is still alive today because a friend had once told me something about her cat. I figured if this could save someone else’s cat too, it’s worth writing about. On Wednesday, Walter hopped out of his litter box, made […]


Yep, It’s a Cat Day

Yep, It's a Cat Day

It’s been an intense day in the Stonemaier Games headquarters, and I know just the thing to end on a lighter note. That’s right: It’s a cat photo day. Biddy has really been into perching on high places lately. I was working at my desk when I heard him chirping behind me, and I looked […]


What’s the Most Random Thing Your Pet Has Done Recently?

What's the Most Random Thing Your Pet Has Done Recently?

Last night I was reading in my bed, Walter calmly purring at my side, when I heard a THUMP. Even though the sound came from within the room, it took me a moment to realize the source, because it’s not common source of noise. This is what I saw: There, on a high windowsill–nearly 5 […]


Does Your Cat Do This?

Of my two cats, Biddy displays significantly more intelligence than Walter. He communicates well, he finds loopholes in all of the barriers I present between him and food, and his test scores are off the charts (unfortunately, those scores are for glucose). For example, here’s Biddy digging through an old game prototype from years ago. […]


If You Give a Cat a Cookie…

If You Give a Cat a Cookie...

Are you ready for a completely hypothetical, definitely-not-something-that-happened-t0-me situation? Let’s say, just hypothetically, that you’re a big fan of cookies. Especially chocolate chip cookies. We’ll pretend that you have the good fortune of acquiring a big chocolate chip cookie, and you place it on a napkin on your counter while you sit across the room […]


How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

Yesterday I wrote about Steve Jobs’ unique and abrasive style of leadership. Today it occurred to me that one of my cats may ascribe to the same methodology. Around 4:00 am every morning, Biddy decides that he absolutely needs food. The problem is, as smart as he is, Biddy cannot open the fridge where I […]


The Day I Went Feral

The Day I Went Feral

When I was picking up my older cat, Biddy, from the vet the other day after his glucose curve, I stumbled through the following question. “So, uh, Biddy frequently poops on my bed when he gets frustrated by my other cat, Walter. Is there anything I can do to, well, convince him not to do […]


When in Doubt, Cats

When in Doubt, Cats

For some reason I haven’t had a lot of compelling topics to write about lately on this blog. Like, I’m watching GLOW right now on Netflix, and I’m really enjoying it, but I don’t have anything specific to say about it. I have 2 episodes left–maybe something will come to me. And I’m seeing Baby […]


What’s the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

What's the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

My wonderful cat, Biddy, turned 10 today. 10 years old! I’m so proud of him. I adopted Biddy from a rescue shelter when he was just a few weeks old, and it’s been amazing to watch him grow up. He’s had a rough couple of years due to his diabetes, but he’s endured, and just […]


I Slept Under a Poop

I Slept Under a Poop

In case you can’t tell from the subject line, this one’s going to be a bit gross. If you follow this blog, you know that I have two cats, Walter and Biddy. Here they are (Walter’s on the left and Biddy’s on the right). They’re mostly good boys. But sometimes–maybe once a day–Walter will “play” […]


Have You Ever Visited a Cat Cafe?

Have You Ever Visited a Cat Cafe?

I studied abroad in Japan several times in my youth, but I missed out on one key Japanese phenomenon: Cat cafes. A cat cafe is a cafe for humans that is crawling with cats. Dozens of them. I think it was (and perhaps still is) popular in Japan because people often aren’t allowed to have […]


Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

My two cats, Biddy and Walter, have very different lounging habits. Biddy rarely sits in one spot for longer than an hour or two, and he’s either near me or near his food bowl (just in case food appears in it). Walter, however, can sit in the same spot (typically on the cough, on a chair, […]


The Overbearing Cat-Owner’s Guide to a Glucose Curve

The Overbearing Cat-Owner's Guide to a Glucose Curve

Due to his diabetes, occasionally Biddy needs to participate in a glucose curve. It basically means that I drop him off at the veterinarian’s office in the morning so they can measure his blood sugar throughout the day, and then I pick him up in the early evening. It sucks. For Biddy and for me. […]


Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

A few days ago, I got a disheartening call from my vet: The test results were in, and Biddy’s diabetes has gotten worse over the last 6 months. He’s fine (kind of), but my vet suspects that he might be developing a resistance to insulin, which I give him twice a day. My vet said […]


How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

Today I had to take one of my cats, Walter, to the vet (just a small issue, not a big deal). As I prepared for the visit, I realized that I was doing the same series of things I always do to make the departure process as smooth as possible. I’m curious if you do […]


Biddy Is 9 Years Old

Biddy Is 9 Years Old

My boy, Biddy, is 9 years old today. If you read this blog, you know how much I adore Biddy. He’s my first real pet, and I lucked out: He’s full of personality, he’s exceptionally clever, and he’s so curious about everything, even in his old age. Here’s Biddy as a kitten: He was tiny! […]


Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Today, Biddy found a leaf. To me, it was an ordinary leaf, fluttering in the breeze as it was pinned to my balcony. To Biddy, however, it was the greatest thing ever invented. So I let Biddy outside to capture the leaf, which he did with aplomb. He trotted back inside, clutching the leaf in his […]