Thought I'd post a few recent photos of the furry dynamic duo.
They have tons of store-bought toys (and a jungle gym to climb) but really, their favorite things to play with are empty cardboard boxes and big pieces of paper. Yesterday, LuLu and I were napping on the sofa and I heard such a racket from the sunroom; Maria was in there jumping on her paper over and over. I think she really loves the crinkly sound it makes.
LuLu loves paper too but she likes to use it to play hide and seek.
Here they are together:
They really and truly are best friends. They fight sometimes, but it's play fighting, and for the most part, I think they really enjoy each other's company.
Looking for birds:
A few weekends ago, I kept Buddy the lab puppy and this is as close as Maria would get to him. Poor thing spent the first couple of days under the bed but she finally got brave enough to venture out. If Buddy approached her, she turned into the classic Halloween cat...arched back, big eyes, and every hair on her body standing straight up. Buddy is a smart puppy and knew to stay away from her! LuLu and Buddy got along just fine, and I think Maria made some progress but boy, she was really scared of him.
This is not a Buddy-inspired Halloween Cat pose; this is just a stretch after a nap on the window sill.
Playing in her box:
LuLu loves to play hide and seek. It cracks me up when she hides under a throw rug (cause it's not like I can't see the big lump sticking up) but I play along and call her name, and soon she'll come bolting out all proud of herself for fooling me.
They both LOVE to play in the laundry!
And when it comes to hiding, a paper bag works too:
They went in for their annual check-ups a few weeks ago, and it was so traumatic because they both hate being in their cat carriers and really hate riding in the car (plus LuLu gets car sick). They both cried the whole way there (well, LuLu cried but Maria was hollering and sounded like she was blessing me out!).
Then when we got there, they were perfect angels. The vet told me that they are two of the nicest cats he sees. They cooperate with everything (he said that some cats try to bite and scratch him). Both of them got clean bills of health and I'm so grateful for that. I'm also grateful that we only have to go to the vet once a year!
And while I'm on the subject of cats, I took my nephew Mason to the Goathouse Refuge cat sanctuary. He loved it and can't wait to go back. Here are a couple of photos of him in the Kitten Room: