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At The Vet

Posted 2013.11.10 3.06 in Cats by Stephanie

At The Vet

Scaredy Cat

Posted 2012.03.08 8.04 in Cats by Stephanie

I had company over yesterday. As is her wont, Pixie vanished into her hiding place. I inadvertantly found her while looking for something.

Nothing says safe quite like squeezing in between an HF radio, a class-IV laser, and underneath an LCD monitor.


Posted 2011.01.17 19.37 in Cats by Stephanie

Bumps in the Night

Posted 2009.08.04 20.57 in Cats, Spiritual by Stephanie

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything notably mysterious happen around here, but early this morning there was some inexplicable goings-on.

About 04:30 I was awoken to the sound of loud banging and thumping and cats hissing and snarling and running. This was not the typical sounds my two cats make when they playfight or even when they get seriously upset with each other, this was much, much more significant. My first (sleepy) thought for some reason was that a strange cat had somehow gotten into the house and caused all the ruckus.

So I got out of bed, turned on the lights and started to look around. What first struck me as very odd, was that there was not a single thing out of place. The second thing I noticed, was that there was not a single cat in sight anywhere.

I checked around and called a bit, but no cats responded.

Finally I spotted Pixie’s face from behind a box in the spare room; she was hiding in there. When I coaxed her out, her tail was all huge and puffy and she had clearly had a bad scare, moving slowly and staying low to the ground with her tail down as she glanced this way and that. Now I was assuming that the other cat Misha had been beating her up, and started calling for Misha to come out from wherever she was hiding. Expecting Misha to come from the opposite end of the house, I was surprised to see Misha creeping out from right behind where Pixie had been hiding — and like Pixie, Misha’s tail was puffy and she was acting very very scared.

So – based on the noises which woke me up and the behavior of the two cats, it seems like something making loud thumpy bangy noises possibly chased and definately terrified both the cats; they hissed and snarled but ended up hiding together in the spare room, so frightened that they wouldn’t even come out right away when I was calling for them.

And as I said, nothing was disturbed, nothing was knocked over or out of place. Whatever made the banging and thumping, did it without touching things, it would appear.

Pixie Willow

Posted 2002.06.30 11.21 in Cats by Stephanie

Pixie kitten
Like Misha, Pixie is a Memphis kitty. Another stray off the streets near Graceland, rescued by my friend Athena. No thousand-mile-drive for me this time, Pixie was hand delivered by our mutual friend Jason. Her arrival was partially unexpected, and the timing a little stressful, but after a few days, the rest of the team accepted her in, and she has made a place for herself among them.

She is Pixie because, well, look at her. She’s just the cutest little pixie.
And the Willow is, well, just because. Go look it up and figure it out for yourself.
pixie kitten





While she usually is just the perfect little picture of innocence, she is a tough little scrapper. She takes no &#!% from anybody, and she does not pull any punches. Although she looks very purry and cuddly, she doesn’t like being held or touched, except on her terms.




pixie cat

All growed-up now, Pixie is still mostly a skittish scaredy-cat. If visitors come, or someone knocks on the door, or she hears the door, or if I come home from work, she goes into hiding for a while. Fifteen or twenty minutes. Then, when she knows it’s safe, she creeps on out to see what’s up.

When I’m working in my home office, she likes to curl around my ankles, doing figure-eights from one leg to the other. She even lets me pet her sometimes! She’s still not big on hugs though.