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Kali – Our Little Stick of Dynamite

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Kali is probably our most energetic cat. She’s firing on all cylinders far more often than any of our other cats. What one friend of mine termed, “kitty chaos hour,” is a regular occurrence with her; she tears through the house hunting, chasing, and playing, more than once a day.

I’ve posted video of her here before, tearing around, and coming close to the sideways dance:

She also likes to amuse herself:

 

We took her in, along with her brother, Chase, when they were just three weeks old. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but as near as we can figure, their mama was killed somehow, probably hit by a car.

 

 

Gizmo – The Matriarch of our House

Gizmo is our oldest cat. At 15 years old, she’s still sleek, svelte, and full of kittenish behavior. She has most definitely slowed down in recent years, but she still loves to play as much as she loves to sleep. In fact, her favorite game is to chase us through the house in the dark, attacking, but not quite actually biting, our feet.

She’s also the queen of the house. She doesn’t take anything from anybody. Kali trills whenever she makes eye contact. Chase will back away from her as soon as he makes eye contact, or if Gizmo gets too close. Aria and Gizmo don’t avoid each other, but they don’t really associate, either. Gizmo is her own cat, and she owns it like the queen she is.

She has stopped eating full meals a lot of the time, but she does still eat, and our vet says that she’s still very healthy. She’s also maintaining her weight despite not eating as much. It’s strange. But, she’s a cat, and a dominant cat, at that. Even we do what she says.

 

Cats in Boxes (IMAGES)

I love taking pictures of my cats in boxes. Gizmo, in the first picture below, especially loves boxes, I think because she feels safe in there. I’ve written about cats in boxes before; specifically, about why cats like boxes. I didn’t put very many pictures in that story though, and since I just got some adorable pictures of Gizmo in a box, I thought I’d post them, along with some other great shots of my cats in boxes.

Presenting…my cats in boxes:

In the photo above, Gizmo was seriously acting like she thought Chase would just go away if she pretended he wasn’t there. That was her box!

We had a whole bunch of empty boxes in the house at once not too long ago, and we cut “doorways” in them and taped them together to build a cat house. We figured the cats in boxes phenomenon was a good reason to do so. Kali liked the house, even though it was temporary.

This is what happens when two of my cats wind up in the same box. They look around like they’re trying to figure out how to get out, but it ultimately results in an awful lot of bickering. The picture above is Chase and Kali, who once would have just curled up together, but now can’t stand to be near each other.

And, of course, no series of photos of cats in boxes is complete if it doesn’t end with either an insanely adorable picture, or one last photo showing the laser eyes. It was like Gizmo was saying, “Get. Lost. And take that camera with you, before I incinerate you!” She wasn’t actually upset when I took this picture, but she’s a great actress.

Do you often find your cats in boxes, especially when you’ve got lots of empty ones? If you don’t often leave them around, consider doing so, if it’s a good idea for your household. If nothing else, it’ll give your cat a new place to explore and hide for a little while.

Saving Wild Tigers May Require Interesting Scientific Measure

Illinois Seeks to Lift Crucial Bobcat Hunting Ban

Big cats are returning to Illinois, after decades of decline due to hunting and habitat loss. Illinois is currently home to a few cougars, and a growing bobcat population, which the state general assembly considers to be good enough news that they’re working on lifting our bobcat hunting ban.

Illinois banned bobcat hunting back in the 1970s, when they ended up on the threatened species list due to habitat loss and overhunting. Downstate, people are supposedly upset about bobcats threatening livestock and pets, as the cats apparently grow out of control. In the northern part of the state, people are worried that lifting the bobcat hunting ban will return them to the threatened species list, or worse, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Illinois lawmakers used scare tactics to convince others to vote for lifting the bobcat hunting ban

The bill to lift the bobcat hunting ban went to Governor Rauner’s desk three days ago, with groups petitioning him to veto it, just as Governor Quinn did five months ago. An editorial in the Chicago Tribune talked about just how the general assembly pushed the bill through, with various lawmakers using scare tactics to make their arguments. Representative Ed Sullivan (D-Mundelein) said:

“Imagine a bobcat that’s 60 pounds that could attack and kill something 10 times its weight. Think of a small child or a small woman or a small boy that could be attacked and carried away. That’s why we kill these things. That’s why we hunt them.”

This is utter nonsense, as bobcats are not nearly that big. The average northern bobcat, which is what we have here in Illinois, is 20 to 30 pounds, max. They’re not that much bigger than the domestic house cat. They’re able to hunt animals as big as deer, but their preferred prey is rabbits, rodents and birds.

Rep. Sullivan was not only fear-mongering, he either got his facts wrong, or he was outright lying to scare people into voting to lift the bobcat hunting ban. The op-ed in the Tribune rightly mentions that bobcats are shy of humans, which is quite true. When they have the option, they will avoid us, rather than confront us, let alone hunt us. They do not stalk humans; not even children.

Clayton Nielsen, a wildlife biologist from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, says that bobcats are no threat to people.

“Bobcats are active mainly at dawn and dusk, and have no desire for a fight. The bobcat’s story is the same as for most wildlife: if they can flee, they will.”

The real reasons hunters want the bobcat hunting ban lifted

The biggest reasons that people want to hunt bobcats are because they make good trophies, and because their pelts are valuable. The state’s bobcat population is 3,000 to 5,000 now, which is what lawmakers have decided is a good number to warrant lifting our bobcat hunting ban.

Let Governor Rauner know he should veto this bill

Many groups have filed petitions to pressure Governor Rauner to veto the bill. The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club has asked people to write to Rauner and tell him to veto the bill. The Humane Society of Illinois has a form you can fill out and send directly to the Governor’s office, asking him to veto it. He has not yet signed it, so there’s still time to tell him to veto the bill. Click here to sign the Humane Society’s letter and let Bruce Rauner know that you stand with Illinois bobcats, and against people who want to hunt these creatures back onto the endangered list.

**Please note: You may have to be a resident of Illinois to send this letter, so if you can’t sign it and send it yourself, please pass it on to people who can.**