Last weekend the kidunit and I were at PetSmart and saw a kitty drinking fountain that was a new design, very slim, and quite inexpensive.  We'd always wanted to get one for the cats but were stymied by the fact that all the ones we'd seen were all too big to fit in the space where they like their water dish (in the bathroom between the toilet and the wall, yes, we've tried moving it other places and they don't like it), but this one was a lot narrower and we figured it would fit, so we bought one, took it home, and it fit in the space just fine and once hooked up was a lot quieter than we'd thought it would be, so yay!

Now, both our boys are complete wusses.  They freak out at the slightest change to their environment (OMG a piece of paper!  OMG a wrinkle in the bedspread! OMG your PANTS!!  OMG the pizza guy!!!) so needless to say they were a bit weirded out by the fountain at first.  But after some encouragement they both were eventually persuaded to drink from it and we thought all was set.  Oddly, Riku (the gray one in my icon) who's normally the more skittish of the two was the first to accept the new dish.  Probably because he likes to drink out of faucets so running water was a Good Thing. Sora on the other hand was Very Suspicious of this new device, no doubt some sort of Fiendish Human Plot.  He took to sitting on the toilet staring down at the fountain like this:
Sora, lurking, tp cover down.
(You can just barely see the edge of the fountain down on the floor between the toilet and the furnace grate. And yes our bathroom is a hideous shade of turquoise.)

You may notice in the above pic that we have a covered toilet-paper dispenser. This is because when he was a kitten, Sora used to play with the TP, unrolling it and shredding it so we installed the covered dispensers in self-defense.  Once he outgrew his fixation with TP, we got a little... lax... about putting the cover down (see below).  You see where this is going, right? 
Sora, lurking, tp cover up.

We went to bed that evening thinking all was hunky dory, because both kitties had, if reluctantly, drunk out of the new fountain.  When I woke up the next morning I could hear the fountain making a lot more noise than it had been the night before.  I just figured it was low on water, and got up to go fill it.  And proceeded to step into a huge puddle. ARGH!!!!

Apparently one of us had left the TP cover up, and to express his displeasure with this new Infernal Device, Sora unrolled about half the roll into the fountain which made it overflow and clog.  The floor was wet, the bathroom rug was soaked, it was a complete mess.  I cleaned it all up, dug the wet TP out of the fountain, discovered he hadn't actually managed to break it, and reinstalled it.  Needless to say, since then we have been very careful not to leave the cover up on the TP.  Sora still spends quite a lot of time lurking on the toilet seat staring at it, but he is actually drinking out of the fountain regularly now, so we have hopes he'll eventually stop trying to destroy it.  All I can say is it's a good thing he doesn't have opposable thumbs. ;D
Sora, drinking, reluctantly
(Sora, grumpily getting a drink from the new fountain.)

kelliem: Riku & Sora Kitties (my boys)
( Oct. 17th, 2007 09:19 am)
This: so my cat Riku (the gray one in my icon). Also, he has some sort of ability to manipulate gravity because even though he only weighs about 6 pounds max, he can make it feel like his feet are boring HOLES in you just from pressure. And he's not even using his claws! [ profile] sithdragon calls this 'weight-boring' and also has a cat who can do it. Weirdly, weight-boring only seems to be practiced by light-weight cats. Heavy cats (such as Sora, the Ragdoll in my icon) have the opposite ability-- they can manipulate gravity to make themselves weigh nothing even though in reality they are roughly the size of a barn. :)
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (n'sync)
( Aug. 19th, 2006 09:24 pm)
Sora, our younger cat (see icon) has discovered toilet paper. More specifically, he has figured out that humans use toilet paper when they go to the bathroom. So now when he goes to the bathroom, he tears off several sheets of TP and drops them in the litter box. The roll of TP in the downstairs bathroom by the litter box is looking rather tattered, since to pull off sheets he has to claw them off.

Too bad he can't teach himself to use the toilet instead of just the paper.

I guess need to look into getting one of those covered toilet roller things.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (winter too)
( Dec. 30th, 2005 11:44 am)
Just got up. Didn't really get to sleep until freakin' 4am. The hazards of having a housemate with a back-assward sleep-schedule is that when she decides to do 8 loads of laundry in the middle of the night, you get woken up by the 'thunk-thunk-thunk' of the drain hose against the wall every time the washer goes into spin cycle. Which is twice a load. Or three times if she uses the double-rinse option. So on top of having a nasty cold I am also sleep-depped. Ugh.

When I got up this morning I asked her politely NOT to do her laundry in the middle of the night from now on. She can damned well stay up and do it during the day like a normal person. Just because SHE can't sleep at night is no reason to keep US from doing so.

/cranky ranty

Of the good, we finally got a picture of Sora that shows his eyes:
Pretty eyes

There are other pix of both Sora and Riku in my Kitties gallery.
PS: Someone asked me where their names come from. They're Japanese and Riku means "Land" and Sora means "Sky." They're named after characters in kid-unit's favorite video game, Final Fantasy (insert version number here, I don't know what it is but probably 7 or above). Sora is NOT named after the Bitchy Amish Valley Girl from Stargate: Atlantis. ;-D
kelliem: Kitty hi (hi)
( Dec. 26th, 2005 04:02 pm)
We picked up Sora this morning. He loves to nuzzle, he's obssessed with it (marking us, I expect) and also has a very cute squeaky mew. Riku is massively annoyed by this intruder. He won't get within 3 feet of him without growling and hissing. Sora doesn't seem very intimidated, but is keeping his distance though he's obviously curious and wants to make friends, so hopefully that will happen as Riku settles down. Here are a few pix of the new baby, and a couple of the old baby just to be fair. :) Most of the pix were taken with my my phone, so they're not the greatest.

Sora, face shot. Unfortunately you can't really tell that his eyes are about the color of Kham's sleeve.
Sora, face shot all the others cut to spare those on dial-up )
The last couple of weeks we've been seeing our neighborhood fox again. It's been a year or so since she graced our yard and I was worried she'd been hit by a car or something, but she appears to be hale and hearty. She comes and hangs out in our yard when it rains, which leads me to believe her den must be in a low-lying area near the creek which floods easily.

Then today I came home early to help daughter-unit finish up some costumes for Otakon, and then we spent an hour not sewing. She'd mentioned on the phone that the cat was going nuts looking at the fireplace which was rattling a lot-- we figured it was the wind. Wrong. Just after I got home, she yells "Mom, I think there's a dead bird in the fireplace." So I went in asking "Why do you think that?" and she says "Look." So I look and sure enough there is a bird in the fireplace. Only... not dead. Very live bird. (At which point I start hearing Monty Python saying "Not dead yet!")

So we spent an hour trying to figure out how to get a woodpecker out of the fireplace. Finally called a wildlife pest control place who told us that a) woodpeckers are federally protected and b) to open all the doors and then open the fireplace up and stand back with a broom to shoo him toward the door. We tacked a sheet up so he wouldn't go upstairs, and towel across the exit from the kitchen to the dining area so he couldn't go there, and then opened up the door and fireplace and Voila! In about 10 seconds the bird was outside.

Sadly, Riku-kitty is VERY disappointed.

Ah well, excitement is over now. Back to sewing.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (Hi)
( Jun. 1st, 2004 01:58 pm)
Riku is a inveterate shoulder-sitter. We think he thinks he's a parrot-- between the chirping, the eating of cashews, and the shoulder thing. :) Both [ profile] khamryn and I have scratched up shoulders because we'll be standing or sitting there minding our own business and he decides he MUST be on our shoulder and suddenly BWAH!! There he is. Scares the crap out of us every time. Nothing we do seems to discourage him, either.

Last night there was a moth in the office and he was so freakin' excited by trying to catch it that he was caroming off furniture AND me trying to get at it. He jumped up on my shoulder, crawled onto my head and from there jumped onto the top bookshelf. Of course, I'm LMAO so hard I can't even tell him what a bad cat he was.

Insane beast.
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Apr. 4th, 2004 10:53 pm)
Since I was one of the few people who didn't get to go to Connexions this weekend I treated myself to new hair (cut and foils in maroon and gold) from my incredible stylist, Kim, which I am very happy with. I think it's the best cut she's ever done for me. Ate out several times, including the great BBQ at Shorty's, Went to see Hidalgo with my daughter. Not a bad movie, though I understand that Mr. Frank T. Hopkins was an inveterate... shall we say ... embroiderer of tales so one must take the movie with a grain of salt. Still, it was well done, and it was nice to hear Viggo actually enunciating for once. :) Took the cat for several walks. He got introduced to a neighbor cat and was not at all nice about it. Bad Riku. I have a couple of new pix of him I just put up here.
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Mar. 7th, 2004 05:16 pm)
Today is absolutely gorgeous here on the Front Range. Blue, blue sky, sunny, a little breezy, and 63 degrees at almost 6pm. I actually went for a walk. With my daughter. (Yes, this means the world as you know it may come to an end shortly.) It was really nice. The ex finally came and got a bunch the crap out of the garage that he promised to get three months ago. I've written a little today. I have fresh steamed asparagus, cheese and crackers and a nice kabinett, and jazz standards on the cd player. Days like this are such a nice change of pace from the normal routine. :)

Now, if only someone would pay me to write gay smut. :)

ETA: My cat is officialy weird. He likes chocolate, brie, and he just ate several spears of asparagus. Without butter.
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Jan. 12th, 2004 07:45 pm)
I hate the first day of classes in a new term. It's always insane in the office, and the situation is not made better by the fact that I am now pretty much holding down the fort single-handedly in our department. It's also not made better by discovering that sometime over the weekend one of our "brilliant academicians" downloaded a virus to the brand new computer in the shared workroom, so on top of the usual beginning of term madness, I had to be dealing with cleaning a virus off the damned computer. Grrrrr.

I also found out today that one of my favorite faculty members who has been seriously ill, has been moved to hospice care, which means they don't expect him to live much longer. He's a sweet man and we will miss him terribly.

On the up side, Riku (the new name for Mikage-- the daughter-unit decided he was much too feisty for a calm name like Mikage) was an angel and did not keep us up all night on his first night out of the laundry room. After lights-out he did try several times to sleep on my face but finally allowed himself to be discouraged and curled up next to me instead. When I woke up a few hours later he had gone elsewhere. I suspect into my daughter's room. He didn't run around meowing or having the 3am Kitty Krazies or anything. ;-)
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Jan. 10th, 2004 06:00 pm)
Yes, I am going to be nauseatingly mushy over our new baby. He's downstairs in the laundry room. The humane society told us to keep him in there for the first 12 hours or so, so he learns where the potty is and isn't too freaked by all the space. We've been going in to check on him regularly, and so far he seems really happy, though he wants to come out and explore. We've had him in there since about 1. He's being very good about it. We have already learned that he's a climber, and a leaper, and he has a thing for shoulders, and he loves to headbutt. And he purrs like a cat twice his size. If you wanna go drool over him, I put up some pix here.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (san isabel)
( Jan. 10th, 2004 09:53 am)
Just got off the phone with the Humane Society. If we sign a contract to bring him back to be neutered as soon as he stops sneezing, we can bring Mika home today! Eeeeeeeee!
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (soar)
( Jan. 4th, 2004 02:29 pm)
We got to see Mika today for the first time in 3 weeks. He's doing really well, and they said he'll be out of isolation in just a few days. The vet wasn't there to ask, but one of the aides said she thought we might be able to take him home in just a couple of weeks. (They still have to do the ritual removal of the yarbles before we can bring him home and they want to make sure he's 100% before that.) He seemed very healthy, only a couple of slight sneezes. And extremely playful and happy to be with us. If we put him down for more than a few moments, he'd literally climb the nearest leg to get back up. And he was so sweet and nuzzly, and purring his little face off and playing with necklaces, earrings, and anything the slightest bit dangly. Just the sweetest little guy. :)

Who me? Sappy?

I promise, no kittenfic. ;-D
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (Default)
( Dec. 27th, 2003 06:42 pm)
Well, the holiday turned out to be pretty nice after all. My brother, bless him, got me exactly the things I asked for (I think it helped that I was asking him for 'guy' things like a multi-tool and a microlight), and we had a nice family gathering, my mother didn't make any of her patented tactless faux pas, and my daughter didn't have too horrible a time at her father's house. And then today I talked to one of the volunteers at the animal shelter-- the vet was busy, but the volunteer told me that Mikage is doing much better and they expect him to pull through, though it will still be a while before we can take him home. Thank you all for your good thoughts and wishes. I know they helped.

My daughter is currently on her way to LA with her uncle (who has a pickup truck!) to retrieve some things she had to leave there in storage. I hope a) that the drive isn't too traumatic since the route they are taking is supposed to be getting 2-4 feet of snow this weekend and b) that she and her uncle come out of this with a better understanding of each other. It would be nice. :-)


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