Cactus Flowers and a Succulent Succulent

We were so worried about the cats and the cacti. We hoped they wouldn’t hurt themselves on the spines before they learned to avoid them. Dudo sniffed a bit, but now seems indifferent. Moose, on the other hand, gets up close and personal. But he’s never been poked. What we hadn’t thought about was the one succulent we purchased. Moose finds it irresistible. He doesn’t eat it. Just pulls the new growth off the ends and drops them on the table. He now understands he’s not supposed to do that. So, he behaves… when I’m looking. As soon as I turn my back, he’s right back in. The succulent will be moved to outside the front door. No cats allowed. I wanted to take some photos of the blooms on one cactus. After sending Moose back inside, I closed the windows and the door. Dudo couldn’t believe I was doing “something” without him.

MOOSE’S SUCCULENT SUCCULENT AT LEFT.
YOU CAN SEE THE TOPS MOOSE HAS NIPPED OFF.
MOOSE THE LURKER.
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE CATS TO MAGNIFY THE FRUSTRATION.)
DUDO: “WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING, I CAN HELP.”
“OPEN THE DAMNED WINDOW!”
“I KNOW THAT’S THE LOCK. NOW IF I ONLY HAD FINGERS.”
“I’M SERIOUS.  OPEN THE F@$#@%G WINDOW!”

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

16 thoughts on “Cactus Flowers and a Succulent Succulent”

  1. LOL! Love this! There must be something about the new growth on the succulent plant. Sophie does the same every spring with new growth on spruce/fir trees….she eats them however.
    Hey, I totally appreciate Dudo's frustration!

  2. Funny!!! I love how cats paw at the glass to get the door to open. Dudo is so expressive, I can just imagine those words coming out of his mouth.

    Oh, the poor naked succulent. On the other hand, Moose was bringing you presents – how sweet.

    1. Stephen:
      We actually weren't really worried, but a number of people expressed their concern. We figured, at worst, they'd get poked once and learn. But, thanks for noticing how unusually intelligent our cats are. Within a week, Dudo learned how to pull a door open with his paw. It only took him another year 6 months to figure out how to PUSH.

  3. For safety's sake I think you'll have to get rid of them, Mitch. NO!!!! Not them – the cacti! The last thing I want to read about is Moose having to undergo an appointment with a stomach-pump.

    1. Ron:
      Before San Geraldo got the succulent off the terrace and out of the reach of the cats, I spotted Moose standing over it, snapping the tops off, and tossing them away with a quick flip of his head. I was tempted to take a video, but decided it was more important to stop him from destroying the plant. Dudo on a leash? You want to watch a cat have a nervous breakdown?

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