Old Scratch / Necesita Ser Rayado

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I RECENTLY TOLD you about some new furniture we bought for the living room. Dudo and Moose (the cats) approve of everything. Dudo loves to lounge on the divan when the sun is shining. He follows the sun around the room and can later be found on one of the recliners, or on the rug. I often find both cats perched atop the backs of the recliners, which offer great views to the sea as well as to the front door.

To make room for the new dining room table, we moved their indoor kitty condo (they have another on the terrace) into San Geraldo’s office. They love it and can be found there often on these “cold” winter days. Dudo spends as much time as he can because SG always has the heat on.

When we had their indoor kitty condo in the dining room (that we didn’t use as a dining room), the cats completely stopped clawing at the furniture. Since we moved it into the office, however, Dudo has transferred his clawing to the new recliners before heading into SG’s office and using the old scratching post, as well.

So, I had the brilliant (I thought) inspiration to buy a cat scratcher that could be attached to the wall between the living room and dining room. I knew that Dudo would see it whenever he came in from the terrace and he’d stop scratching the chairs. The first afternoon, he inspected it and then turned around and clawed the nearest chair.

I later placed one of their toy mice on the top edge. He walked over. He stretched up with his right front paw on the narrow carpet frame of the scratcher and knocked the mouse to the floor with his left front paw.

Just a moment ago, Dudo and Moose were running a bit wild, as they usually do after breakfast. Dudo attacked one of the chairs. I yelled. He sat down on his haunches in front of the chair and simply stared at me. I muttered, “You little F#@%&R.” He’s still staring at me. I think he’s just waiting for me to be out of view so he can give me the finger and claw the chair.

They get even more adorable if you click the photos.

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HACE POCO LES conté algunos muebles nuevos que compramos para la sala de estar. Dudo y Moose (los gatos) aprueban todo. A Dudo le encanta descansar en el diván cuando brilla el sol. Sigue el sol alrededor de la habitación y luego se puede encontrar en uno de los sillones reclinables o en la alfombra. A menudo encuentro a los dos gatos encaramados en la parte posterior de los sillones reclinables, que ofrecen excelentes vistas al mar y a la puerta principal.

Para hacer espacio para la nueva mesa del comedor, trasladamos su condominio interior para gatitos (tienen otro en la terraza) a la oficina de San Geraldo. Les encanta y se pueden encontrar allí a menudo en estos días de invierno “fríos”. Dudo que pase tanto tiempo como pueda porque SG siempre tiene el calor encendido.

Cuando tuvimos su condominio interior de gatitos en el comedor (que no usamos como comedor), los gatos dejaron de arañar los muebles por completo. Sin embargo, desde que lo trasladamos a la oficina, dudo que haya transferido su garra a los nuevos sillones reclinables antes de dirigirse a la oficina de SG y usar el viejo poste para rascar.

Entonces, tuve la brillante inspiración (pensé) para comprar un rascador de gato que se pudiera unir a la pared entre la sala y el comedor. Sabía que dudaba que lo viera cada vez que entrara desde la terraza y dejara de arañar las sillas. La primera tarde, lo inspeccionó y luego se dio la vuelta y arañó la silla más cercana.

Luego puse uno de sus ratones de juguete en el borde superior. Me he acercado Se estiró con la pata delantera derecha sobre el angosto marco de la alfombra del rascador y golpeó el mouse contra el suelo con la pata delantera izquierda.

Hace un momento, dudo y Moose estaba corriendo un poco salvaje, como suelen hacer después del desayuno. Dudo que haya atacado una de las sillas. I grité. Se sentó sobre sus cuartos traseros frente a la silla y simplemente me miró. Murmuré: “Gilipollas.” Todavía me está mirando. Creo que solo está esperando que esté fuera de mi vista para poder darme el dedo y arañar la silla.

NOTA:
El titulo en inglés es “Old Scratch” (Viejo Rasguño) que es un seudónimo de el diablo. “Scratch” (rasguño) es de la palabra nórdica, “skratte,” que significa demonio o duende.

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Dudo’s Dream House

We needed/wanted a new scratching post/cat tree for the boys to replace the old one, which was cheap, unstable, and not really large enough. San Geraldo found a great option on Overstock.com (who ship almost anywhere!!!) that could be had for only $130. Shipping was an additional $145 (apparently shoppers in Canada can get that same deal). So much for Overstock.com.

San Geraldo found another tree that turned out to be even better. The boys are in love with it. As you can see from the photos, they knew it was theirs before I even assembled it last night.

Dudo has spent more than 23 of the last 24 hours on and in his dream house. Moose is welcome to join him, but he’d better not even think about trying to go a level above Dudo. Dudo made that very clear this afternoon.

I call it Dudo’s Dream House because although Moose likes it, we get the sense from Dudo that “It’s exactly what I’ve wanted my entire life!!! OMG!!! I love you so much!!!” 


(Click the images to really feel the love.)

I UNPACKED AND THE BOYS MADE THEMSELVES AT HOME.
MOOSE LOVED RUNNING ACROSS THE ROPE COLUMNS… LIKE A LOGGER.
DUDO SETTLED IN FOR A FEW HOURS.
I WOKE HIM WHEN I NEEDED THE BOX AND
HE SIMPLY MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE PLATFORM.
BEDTIME ON LEVEL FOUR.
THIS MORNING.
THIS AFTERNOON,
WITH THE OLD ONE IN BACKGROUND.
EARLIER THIS EVENING.
AND RIGHT NOW.