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Sheba Saturdays

When I was growing up, we had three cats over the years. They were all male, all indoor/outdoor cats [with the exception of the youngest, Tigger, who was afraid of his own shadow due to his cataracts], and their main form of entertainment was hunting, fighting, and chasing wadded up paper, gift bows, etc. Ben on the other hand had only had female cats and believed that storebought cat toys were a necessity. I used to think that was silly. Until I met Sheba.

Then I started doing things like dropping $20 at Target two weeks ago to buy her this ugly hideaway, complete with scratching post, enclosed sleeping area, and dangly, noisemaking toys. I was convinced she’d love it. But instead, she was afraid and avoided it at all costs.

It took time though, but after a few days she was content to hang out next to it.

I was happy, but not thrilled. It’s not everyday that I spend $20…. cash that could have been spent on ingredients for cheesecake or something like that… on a toy. For a cat.

Crazytalk.

So you can imagine my delight when we looked over from our movie last Friday night and saw this:

Sweet sucess! I guess putting her blanket inside was a good move on my part.

Over this past week, Sheba graduated from simply resting in the hideaway to playing with the jangly noisemakers nearly everyday.

Sometimes she even jumps up on top and gets at them from above. It’s quite the sight to see… and quite the noise to hear. This kitty owner is a happy camper… even if little ringing bells at all hours isn’t exactly the most pleasant sound to hear. At least she rewards me with lots of cuddle time!

That’s more than worth the $20.

On a cat toy. I still can’t believe I did that… oh my… Please tell me I’m not the only one.

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Sheba Saturdays

On this installment of Sheba Saturdays, I’d like to introduce you to Ben’s favorite time of the day: Bathtime. Don’t worry, there’s nothing inappropriate in these photos. I even had Ben put a shirt on just to make sure of it. 🙂

Most days when Ben gets home from work, he’ll give me a quick hello kiss while I’m in the kitchen getting dinner ready, and then head on into our bedroom to change into comfy clothes. Inevitably, Sheba will follow Ben into the bedroom, hop up onto the bed, meowing all the way to tell Ben about her day.

Ben, sometimes needing a rest after a long day at work, will lay his head down on the bed. Sheba understands that Ben is also a dirty little boy and needs to be cleaned up. So, she begins mothering him by licking his little head clean. This can go on for ten minutes at a time, and I have learned that if Ben is taking a long time changing that it is not “his fault,” but rather, the kitty’s.

Bathtime is not restricted to after work hours, as evidenced by the iPhone photos below.

Ben can occasionally be found sitting on the couch, reading a book, when Sheba will take one look at him and decide that he is due for a bath. She jumps right up and bathtime begins.

Both Ben and Sheba enjoy this little ritual which has become a fixture in our day. I wish I could partake, but alas–I have too much hair on my head and Sheba does not know what to do with it. It would be a sad, sad day if I ever had so little hair that she could bathe me like she bathes Ben. So long, until the next installment of Sheba Saturdays.

So tell me… have you ever had cats/know of cats who bathe their humans? I’d never heard of it until Sheba started doing it, so I guess Ben just needed mothering and Sheba stepped into that role. 🙂

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[Belated] Sheba Saturdays

Whoa, two posts in one day?!? Crazy! I just had to pop in to continue Sheba Saturdays, albeit a day late.

But I have an excuse… we were actually in beautiful Vail, CO for the past week with my family (recap to come) and since getting back home yesterday afternoon, have been doing a lot of cuddling with this adorable kitty, Sheba Genevieve.

She’s not normally this huggable or snuggly so I’ve had to take advantage. I think 9 nights at the kennel was a little much for her, poor thing. I must say, I was relieved that instead of being mad at us for being away so long, Sheba just decided to enjoy being home again. I’ll take a cuddly kitty over an angry one any day!

How do your pets react after you’ve been away from them?