A Couple of Our Pets

We mention our (many, many) pets at home frequently in our live streams, but we rarely post photos of them, and I’m not sure if we’ve ever shown them on video.

Since I’m still learning how to work my camera, I try to practice on these guys and gals periodically. Again, I’m about as much of a beginner as one can be, so don’t judge too harshly!

Today’s post features Salem and Mabel.

Salem is one of Stumpy’s five kittens, and one of two we have at home (the other is Binx). They just turned a year and a half old last month. Salem is the one who jumps and rattles the bedroom doorknob in the morning when he’s hungry. He’s also the one who jumps and dangles from our robes hanging on the back of the door when he wants out of our bedroom. He tries to escape into the backyard with the dogs when they go outside (I think he’s learned their “go outside?” call since he now comes running with them). He scratches on the storm door to beg to go out, and he scratches on the mirror on the bathroom door to beg to get in. He makes biscuits on bellies, and he rubs all over Ally, one of our dogs, when he’s in a friendly mood. Salem definitely has Stumpy’s face, but not her tail!

Mabel was our youngest cat before Stumpy’s kittens and Tabby unexpectedly made it into our family as permanent residents. She showed up outside our house in June 2015 when she was six months to a year old. We checked with some neighbors who had been feeding her, but she belonged to no one so we took her in. She is a very feisty and moody cat: she’s both incredibly loving and entirely unpredictable. She will go from sweet to snotty in a millisecond. We’ve heard that’s a calico thing, but Clara is nothing like that! She had a hernia on her side repaired when we took her to the vet to be fixed, where they discovered a tattoo on her belly after shaving it indicating she’d already been spayed, likely at a shelter. She spends most of her time in our bedroom, since she and Oscar (the last kitten we took in before her) are mortal enemies. She also doesn’t get along with our oldest cat, Luna, but they both pick at each other equally. Oscar, on the other hand, terrorizes her and tracks her down any time he senses she’s outside the bedroom. We try to let them trade spaces (so he can be in the bedroom instead) at least once a day. Like Salem, Mabel tries to escape into the backyard with the dogs constantly when she isn’t in our room. We’ve tried using a harness on her, but she gets VERY angry about that. Instead, we’ll let her and Salem sit in the grass in an old dog crate with bottom removed when it’s nice outside.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about two of our housecats. While I’ll try to keep most of the post about the adoptable Attic residents, I’ll try to feature each of our pets eventually too. Thanks for reading!

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