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Cat Convos: Loki

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I’ve been putting off this post for quite awhile as it makes our loss far too real. Loki passed away peacefully at home surrounded by all of us who loved him dearly. Despite our unwillingness to let him go, Loki chose to saunter over to his next adventure.

Kuir and Loki over the dragon

Hiyu: Loki was the best playmate ever and the softest pillow in the world.

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Kuri: Loki was born first, so literally, he was there for every moment of my life. I miss him terribly. Bengal in a box

Me: The three of you had a lot of fun together.

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Kuri: I keep forgetting he’s gone. He always answered when I called him, and I always answered when he called me. You always called it a game of Marco Polo, but it was really a game of Loki Kuri.

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A pari of bengalsKuri: And sometimes it feels like he’s never left me, sort of like, he’s with me sharing my body and soul.

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Hiyu: Loki was the coolest cat ever. I miss him. He taught me how to play and how to really nap like a master napster. In return, I taught him the nuances of climbing and  balance.IMG_4504-small 20110905-60d-0209-small

20111203_021741000_iOSKuri: I miss him too, but as you say he will always be a part of all of us.

Me: In our memories and in our hearts.

~lisa

TLC, Bengal style

 

Kuri: Since I’m sure Loki is often still around, can he still join us for Cat Convos? I can tell you want he wants to say.

 

 

 

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Cat Convos: Thank you!

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Kuri: We’re back to cuddles and combining ourselves in Bengal puddles.

Loki: Thank you everyone for your well wishes. I’ve been hanging around, not doing much of anything, but I’m feeling much better right now. I’m taking it day by day.

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Hiyu: Loki is even playing with us again.

Me: I’m happy to report that tests have come back showing that Loki has the most mild, unaggressive Lymphoma. We’re taking it day by day, but our goodbyes are not immediate.

Loki: The shock of only being given a few months has made me reevaluate my life.

Kuri: Me too, especially since I also had to have my tummy shaved for an ultrasound.

Hiyu: You two look really funny. Makes me glad I’m not a twin.

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Hiyu: Self-interest is a hallmark of being a cat.

Loki: Hiyu cuddles with me too. He’s just a little on the opinionated side.

Kuri: We all are. Thought you’d be use to it now.

Loki: I’ve come to realize I don’t need to make many changes to achieve my dreams. I nap, I play, I cuddle, I purr ( maybe catch up on my reading) and I snuggle.

Hiyu: I like how you now guilt them into giving us tuna.

Kuri: and lots more snacks.

Hiyu: I’d give up all the extra tuna just to have you stay with us.

Kuri: Me too.

20131206_000045000_iOSLoki: I know. I love you too.

Thank you Everyone

~lisa

 

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Cat Convos: Secrets

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Loki: I’ll tell you a secret.

Kuri: Don’t, you’ll get us in trouble.

Me: Is it an important secret?

Hiyu: Yes, and we really can’t wait to tell you.

Me: Okay…

Loki: Keep the feather stick moving and we’ll tell you everything.

Hiyu: We’ve been practicing secret cat ninja skills.160728-SX50-7722

Me: I thought all cats were ninjas.

Hiyu: True, but we decided we had to be more versatile to be a Cat Emergency Response Team.

Loki: I’ve secretly been watching dog shows.

Kuri: I’ve taught Hiyu and Loki how to make shoes disappear. If you stick your head in a shoe far enough, you  can walk it under some furniture. It drives humans nuts.160604-6D-1308

Me: You mean my friends?

Hiyu: I’ve taught Kuri and Loki how to open cupboards and how to hide in the highest places.

Me: So all three of you now know how to open cupboards?

Kuri: And sliding doors.

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Loki: (feather in mouth) mmmph?

Me: What skill have you taught?

Kuri collides with Loki and the feather jumps back in the air. Hiyu, who’s been waiting for his chance takes it down.

170722-SX50-5247Loki: I’m working on door knobs. I have the mechanics of it down. I’m still figuring out how to hook my paws around the knob to get a good turn out of it.

Hiyu: You almost did it.

Kuri: And once we can open all the doors, we can go anywhere and use our secret cat powers for the good of the world. 

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Me: I think– (mid-air collision between Kuri and Loki. Hiyu jumps on his throne and laughs at them.)

Loki: Can we have dinner now?

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Me: Yes.

I don’t tell them that I know the secret of locks and keys. ~lisa

 

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Cat Convos: Resolutions

Hiyu and the pianoHiyu: We want to talk about our resolutions for the new year.

Me: Really? You guys have changes in lifestyle you want to implement?

Loki: No, silly. We have resolutions for everyone else.

Kuri: Yeah, we have a good long list.

Loki: We have a plan.

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Me cautiously: Are you going to tell me the details of your plan?

Kuri: Last year we started our Cat Emergency Response Team. We’re going to talk a lot about emergency preparedness. We want all of our readers to be safe and prepared.

Loki: Even dogs and birds and hippopotami.

Me: Hippopotami?

Hiyu: That’s the plural of hippopotamus. We like to educate people.

Loki: We’re also going to help you lose weight.

Me: You could lose a couple of pounds too.

IMG_1784Loki: You have a lot more to lose than I do. Hiyu’s going to inspect your food and keep track of your exercise. 

Me: Anything else?

Bengal in a boxLoki: You need to take more pictures of us. My coat is perfect.

Kuri: We’re going to help around the house more.

Hiyu: We have a lot of surprises for you this year. It’s going to be fun.

Me suspiciously: Surprises?

Kuri flicks his ear. Hiyu gives me an evil grin and Loki gives me a tummy to pet.

Now I’m really looking forward to 2018.

~lisa

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Cat Convos: Living with Bengals

140412 -  - medium-14There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. Dan Greenberg

One comes off even less sane when you report weekly on your Cat Convos. Fortunately, I provide a translation service for those who are not fluent in Cat. Our sub-dialect is Bengal.

Kuri: Have you heard this one?

Me: Which one of what?

I continue down the hall with three cats running and leaping around me. Sometimes they get excited when I leave the computer.

Kuri: Why did the cat join the Red Cross?

Hiyu: Because he wanted to be a first-aid kit.

Loki: That was too easy. How about “What’s a cat’s favorite button on the TV remote?

Me: Paws

Hiyu: You shouldn’t make fun of us.

Me: I only answered the question.

Loki: Hiyu’s right. We like to be smarter than you. You shouldn’t answer our questions correctly.

Me: Did you know there is a French proverb that says “The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.”?

Kuri: I like poetry.

Loki: I have one! I have one! How many cats can you put in an empty box?

Me: How many?

Loki: One. After that the box isn’t empty.

Bengal in a boxKuri: Good job, Loki! That was clever!

Me: Sometimes all three of you fill a box.

Kuri: I can explain: once one of us in the box, it’s no longer empty. Get it?

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Hiyu: Knock. Knock.

Me: Who’s there?

Hiyu: Maybe I’ll tell you, maybe I won’t.

Me: Really? Can’t we just play?

Kuir and Loki over the dragonYES! They all scream and scramble towards the box forts.

The first play session of the day then begins.

Hiyu takes a graceful leap plucking the feather stick out of the air. Kuri charges in the moment the feather stick touches the floor, but he is blindsided and bowled over by Loki who’s also trying to grab the feather.

I distract them from the beleaguered feather with red laser dot. Once we’re done, they’ll be ready for their naps and I can once again write in peace.

~lisa

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Cat Convos: Where’s the Tree?

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Me: You guys sound like a herd of elephants.

Loki: You said I need more exercise.

Hiyu: I DO NOT sound like an elephant. It’s the twins, not me.

Me: You guys are making me dizzy with all this gallivanting about.

Hiyu: We certainly aren’t gallivanting. That means wandering aimlessly.Kuir and Loki over the dragon

Kuri: Yeah, we’re running full speed, cornering fast, testing our speed and reflexes.

Me: Dare I ask why?

Kuri: We’re on a hunt for the tree.

Loki: We know it has to be here somewhere.

Me: We don’t have a tree yet.

Kuri: The Christmas boxes have been here a week.

Hiyu: We’re going to keep playing Cat Conspiracy Theory until it’s up.

Me: I thought you guys were having a blast playing The Floor Is Lava.

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Me: Why do you guys want a tree? You aren’t allowed to touch it.

Loki: We like to lurk around the edges. That’s not really touching it.

Kuri: I like the smell of a tree in the house. Especially now that The Hill got rid of all its houseplants.

Me: I decided you three were more than enough work. The houseplants all went to good homes.

Loki: I miss them.

Kuri: She gave them away because you ate them.

Loki: I only took a few nibbles.

Me: You’ll get a tree next week.

Kuri: Why do we have to wait so long?

Loki: You hid it, we’re going to find it. Loki

Hiyu: What’s the point of unpacking the ornaments if you don’t have a tree to hang them on?

Me: We’re going to share the good fortune we have as much as possible. We’ve gathered too much of the detritus of living in our consumer culture. We’re going to be giving a lot of things to charities, including all these excess ornaments.

Loki: Are you going to give away our toys?

Hiyu: Are you going to get rid of my perching places? What about my hiding places?

Me: Don’t worry. You guys will always have a surplus of everything, however that doesn’t mean we can’t share with those who do not have as much.

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Kuri: They can have my old jingle balls, but not our catnip.

Loki: Did you give away our tree?”

Me: I told you it’s coming next week. I suggest you ask our readers where they think we should donate all of this stuff.

Kuri: Okay. Hey Readers, what are good places to donate our ornaments and toys and all the other stuff we’re going to give away?

Hiyu: Question asked. Now back to Cat Conspiracy Theory. Ready, set, go!

Me: We would love to hear your suggestions of best places to donate.

~lisa

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