My neighbor’s cat Toby has been lost since Sunday night and we’re all pretty worried about him. Toby is very friendly but he’s probably scared & hiding. We put up lots of signs and everyone is looking for him. It’s amazing how many orange cats we have in the neighborhood that look like him.


Rules for cats

This is hilarious and accurate:

DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an “outside” door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, or mosquito season.

Alternately, stand behind the door and meow loudly until someone opens it.

This is Cody’s favorite activity:

As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially: on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

Trauma-free flea protection

Putting a flea repellent like Frontline on Midnight is usually pretty traumatic and he usually ends up hiding under the bed. Today I discovered an easy no-fuss way to do it. I give him a bowl of food and while he’s eating, I put it on him. He doesn’t even seem to notice and never lifts his head from the bowl. That doesn’t work for Cody, unfortunately, but he usually lets me do it without too much trouble.

Lizard hunt

Lizard hunt, originally uploaded by mike3k.

One of my cats started making a big fuss by the patio, jumping at the window. A few seconds later, Midnight walked into the living room, proudly carrying a lizard in his mouth.

He walked over to me and dropped the lizard at my feet, one of those things cats do that’s both cute & gross at the same time. Unfortunately the lizard was still alive and it got away.

Midnight kept stalking the lizard until it ran behind a piece of furniture. After staring at the empty wall for a few minutes, Midnight finally gave up.

Meanwhile, Cody was sleeping. He finally woke up when the excitement was over.

After the fight

After the fight, originally uploaded by mike3k.

Cody & Midnight had a very noisy fight and were chasing each other around the house for several minutes. A little while later, I caught both of them resting on the dining table, looking as if nothing happened.


Midnight, originally uploaded by mike3k.

I took this picture of Midnight the same time as I took the last one of Cody. Both of them were napping before I walked into the room.


Cody, originally uploaded by mike3k.

I haven’t posted any pictures of Cody for a while, so here’s one of him waking up from a nap.