The Venus and Mercury Cat Blog

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Venus here -

I have a very well-trained family. I've taught my mom to throw! If I bring her a 'fetch' (a coiled-up pipecleaner) she will throw it. Sometimes I have to show her where the fetches are kept, but if I meow at her enough, she'll get one for me. Mercury does not like that game so much, which is one reason that he is not as svelte as I am. Diet and exercise, I tell him, diet and exercise is the key; but he never listens to me.


  • At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Agnes said…

    And the human gets some exercise too...

    One of my parents' cats plays fetch too,
    with metallic bottle caps (the kind you see on beer bottles). Only, it has to be the cap on a bottle of fizzy mineral water -- he comes running whenever my parents open one.

    NOT beer bottles, as beer does not make that particular fizzy sound when you open the bottle. And not PLASTIC min.water caps, because they don't make that nice metallic POP. (We did the experiment, of course.)

    Question to Alicia: is Her Highness really THAT bossy? At such a tender age?

    Does she have a training project for her brother?

    Sincerely, Agnes

  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Alicia said…

    Agnes, I'm afraid she is that bossy. Mercury is 2 months older than she is, and weighs almost twice as much as she does, and she slaps him around like a red-headed stepchild.

    I'm sure you'll be hearing more about her management techniques in the next few posts.

    It's funny how everyone I know with a fetching cat says the same thing - they only fetch very specific items. No substitutions allowed.

  • At 5:19 AM, Blogger oldwhitelady said…

    ahaha - how cute. Cats can be such little darlings. If you had mice, I wonder if she would catch them and bring them to you?

  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger Alicia said…

    All right, OWL, you asked for it...

    We have a lot of citrus trees on our property, so rats are something to contend with. After our last cat died, and before we got V&M (about 3 months later) the rats were getting pretty bold. Once V&M were on the scene, however, they went into retreat, and we'd see rat parts in various places in the house.

    One night, I had gone to work , and when I got home my husband was already asleep. I got into bed, and Venus jumped up on the bed and was digging and pawing in between us, and making an odd growling sound. I'dput her off the bed, and she'd jump back on and resume her pawing and growling. This happened 4 or 5 times, till I finally decided to check out what she was so het up about. I felt around between us and felt a large piece of string. I go to pull the string up, and it turns out to be, not a string at all, but a rat tail. My husband was sleeping on a dead rat!

    Fortunately, V&M have eliminated the rat problem for now.

  • At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Agnes said…

    Donna Corleone, I say!

    A propos bossiness, the observation is that females are usu bossy and status-conscious, the smaller the better. Out-smarting and out-bossing the complacent big guys...

    Fetching and conservativity: but they are not conservative at all when it comes to inventing new rules. E.g. if I jump up on the washing machine it means I want to be brushed. NOW!

    What is Mercury like?

    Sincere regards, Agnes

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger oldwhitelady said…

    Agnes is right! Instead of horse head in bed, you get a dead rat in bed. Same thing cause cat is much smaller than human! Ha ha!

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