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You know how you can tell that your BAD CATS are messing with the new bonsai?

WHEN ONE OF THEM (you don't know which one because they did it while you were in the shower) THROWS UP AND THERE IS A *LEAF* AMONGST THE BARF.

A leaf that they TOTALLY failed to even chew, which is why they threw up, the little moron. (I would place my bets on Morgan, except that whoever it was threw up on the floor beside the bed rather than ON the bed -- thank god -- and her aim isn't *usually* that considerate. Also, I saw the grey one getting up this morning and stretching up to reach the place I had put it last night, and I'm looking at her all, "What? You never go up there. You don't CARE about anything up there. How can you possibly tell that there's something up there you care about NOW?")

Also, when I went to take the bonsai into the bathroom for its hour or two of full sun -- yup, chewed leaves. Goddammit. Now I have to figure out an entirely new place for it.




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Jan. 4th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
They are such DORKS.
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
She's just letting you know she loves yoooouuuu....
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
"Say It With Cat Barf"? I don't *think* so...
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Find an orange- or lemon-oil based cleaner or deodorant spray and spray it with that. Cats may like your delicious new bonsai but they don't like citrus.

Apparently ficus is an irritant (but not a deadly poison) to cats, so the leaf was probably thrown up because it was making them sick, and may be enough of a deterrent to keep them from doing it again, too. :-(


Harley has expressed her helpfulness to all my housecleaning by barfing in the kitchen and the hallway and pooping in the front room. God help me, she's working her way toward spending all her nights in the bathroom, which would break my heart.
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
So I got the orange extract and I diluted it in a little water and then I sprayed it all over the tree, and my bathroom sure did smell of orange after that.

I let it dry a bit. Then I went and got Emily, and dropped her into the bathtub (that's where I sprayed the tree), to see how she'd react. And she sniffed around a bit, but decided she didn't like it.

Then I got Morgan and I dumped HER in the bathtub. She sniffed all around the tree... and either Morgan has decided that she is not so categorically opposed to citrus that it can deter her from deeply, deeply wanting to eat the tree, or else she sniffed until she found some leaf that I had failed to spray, but... she then went to chew on one of the leaves, so I had to say "NO!" really loud and then she ran,

*sigh* The tree is now sitting up high somewhere that I don't think Morgan even notices.

(In regards Harley -- tsk! And after you thoroughly cleaning out her cat-box, too!)
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
that is bad. very bad.

pffft from here as well. i'm missing my plants (gave them to my neighbors before indigo arrived) but ack...why do they feel the need to eat the things....especially when swallowing whole. meep.
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I have heard theories that it's an instinct thing and that sometimes cats *want* to eat vegetation specifically to make themselves barf. What I can't remember is the explanation as to why they think that's helpful. (To their own health, that is. Obviously it's NEVER helpful to owners.) But that's why you can purchase "cat grass" at the pet store, and stuff.

Will you be able to bring your plants back once Indigo is past the bouncy stage?
Jan. 4th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
hey, i like your journal layout! :)

as for eating plants...meep. instinct can be a scary thing.

as for indigo...i'm not sure there will be an end to the bouncy stage. he continues with his astronut training. hee!

i probably won't bring any plants in, just to keep things simple. i figure the bird feeder fills that particlar gap for him....lots of entertainment and mourning doves. ;)
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
I sometimes buy 'cat' grass from the pet store. Just plant the seeds in the provided dirt. They prefer that and leave my other plants alone.

But yeah, they puke no matter what. :)
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen that for sale, and thought to myself, "What? Do I look stupid enough to bring something into my home that INVITES my cats to barf MORE?" (Yet, I did bring this bonsai into my home, so...)
Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
I can totally relate to your subject line. My cat thinks her *name* is "Bad Cat!".
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that Morgan doesn't think that, as well. She definitely hears it more than Emily. (After further evidence, this whole thing turned out to be more Morgan's fault than Emily's.)
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I used to share a flat with a guy who owned a cockatiel. Every houseplant had neat triangular serrations along the leaves. In the end we persuaded him he'd rather eat lettuce, but I'm not sure that would work on cats ;-)

I hope you don't mind me asking but some time in the past I'm sure I remember you mentioning you were reading a book about Canadian history. Was it any good? I'm looking for something that's a good read and not just a dry textbook, or Canadian History for Dummies. If you've found anything like that I'd love to know...
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