Saturday Caturday

The cats have been sleeping on my bed lately. It’s their new favorite place to snooze.

photograph © polly macdavid

Saturday Caturday

I’ve been out & about all day … it’s a lovely day here in Buffalo, NY. Just 80 degrees & sunny & a great breeze off Lake Erie. I’ve done some shopping & had a great Sahlen’s hotdog cooked perfectly on the grill & a few Labatt’s Blues. Now I’m home … & I just noticed that Radar was playing with something … that he really shouldn’t be playing with.

A wasp.

I was like, how did this get in my apartment? & then I saw my door to the balcony & I was like, OH OK …

Certainly enough room for a wasp or any other insect to work their way through that space!

I wonder how long he’s (she?) been in my apartment. Maybe not that long. I think the cats would have been playing with him for hours & killed him & eaten him long before I got home. Or worse … gotten stung! That would have been terrible!

But obviously … the wasp had been in the apartment for a while & the cats hadn’t noticed him. They were probably sleeping. They probably didn’t notice the wasp until I got home & woke them up. I was home about an hour before I noticed them with the wasp.

Radar must have been able to get the wasp onto the floor somehow … probably hit it down with his paw. He’s got great paw-eye coordination.

This is Radar deciding what to do next with the wasp. I’ve seen Radar with mice & other insects – he’ll take his sweet time with this decision. At least an hour.

Bobby watching Radar play with the wasp.

Of course I couldn’t let this go on. Wasps have a nasty sting – even when they’re dying – especially when they’re dying – & of course a cat doesn’t know this. But I know this. I’m allergic to wasps & bees. I was stung by a wasp when I was ten & almost died. I didn’t want Radar to get stung. I don’t know if he was allergic or not but who wants to deal with a cat who’s been stung by a dying wasp? & it’s the weekend. That means going to a ER Vet & that’s a HUGE cost, not counting what Uber would soak me.

The wasp wasn’t dead but it was hanging on. Radar would have played with it for hours. I got a paper towel & picked it up – very carefully – & then crushed it with a plate – & put in the garbage.

Of course Radar is now all upset because I took his toy. He looked for it long after I put it in the garbage.

I gave Radar & Bobby some cat treats & they’re OK now. Cat treats always work. Radar settled down on the packing paper in the spare bedroom & now he’s sleeping. I’m so glad!

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Saturday Caturday

I’m saving boxes & packing paper for my move next month & Radar has made himself a nice little bed.

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Saturday Caturday

It is downright cold here in Buffalo. I have gone through plenty of chilly Memorial Day weekends before, but this is one of the coldest in recent memory.

The cats are curled up together to stay warm.

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Saturday Caturday

It’s been a cold rainy May so far here in Buffalo but today is sunny. The cats are enjoying the sunshine & the warm breeze coming through the doorway.

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Saturday Caturday

Bobby & Radar have seemed to adjusted to the new place reasonably well. Bobby hides in the closet whenever he hears anyone in the hallway (there are three other apartments on my floor) but Radar goes to the door & wants to know what’s going on out there.

I miss Jack but I realize now how very sick he was & honestly, for a long long time. When I clean out the litter box now, there really isn’t much to clean. Bobby & Radar produce less litter waste together than Jack did all by myself. I have to admit I never realized this because I just thought the total amount of waste in the box was from all three cats equally. It makes sense that I would think that but it was totally erroneous.

It’s easier all the way around with only two cats. But I do miss Jack’s Buddha-like presence.

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Saturday Caturday

It’s another chilly Saturday here in Buffalo & the cats are sleeping together on James’ bed. They’ve been really upset with all the packing going on here. They know what moving is all about & they all hate moving.

This may be the last time you see these three cats together. Jack has become quite sick & is going to the vet on Wednesday. He’s at least fifteen years old & hasn’t been in the best health for a while now. So I’m prepared for the worst.

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Saturday Caturday

The drains in my current apartment are wicked slow so when I take a shower or bath, the water takes a long time to drain. Radar is always on the job to make sure every single drop goes down the drain!

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Saturday Caturday

I am packing to move & Radar is playing King of the Hill with the boxes. He wanted to get up on the top box but couldn’t (it was tipsy) so he had to be content with the smaller tower. After I took this picture, he slept here for several hours.

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Saturday Caturday

I’m the kind of person who makes her bed in the morning, generally within an hour of getting up, but sometimes I’m unable to make the bed because of sleeping kitties. The other day, it was Radar & Bobby who were comfy cozy on my bed. (Notice Radar’s attitude. He clearly does not want to be bothered!)

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