The Baddest Cat You’ll Ever Love… or Not

Thankfully, Chris is much nicer towards Frankie now.

Bad Cat Chris

I have always found Chris’s bad behavior to be annoying but at the same time loveable, like a toddler that is more adventurous than most. Lately though, that bad behavior has gone from cute to  somewhat mean.

Chris and FrankieI’m talking about Chris’s treatment of our newest addition, Frankie. No longer, it seems, is he the cute, mischievous child but he now acts like the ruthless corporate executive that needs to stay on top at all costs. Okay, that last part is a bit exaggerated, but he has put himself in a position of being “less lovable.” Rose has even used harsher words than that when referring to Chris.

I don’t want to imply that there is a war going on in our house. It really isn’t that bad. Most of the time Chris and Frankie can be in the same room without a problem, although they are by no means friends.

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It’s Cat Calendar Time

I am doing a little self promoting here and want to mention the cat calendars I have in my Zazzle store, since they are on sale today. Just look for the discount code near the top of the page. A new year is starting soon and most of you reading this are cat lovers, this would be a great Christmas gift for yourself or another cat lover that you care about.

First, of course, there is the Bad Cat Chris calendar.

This calendar has some of the best photos of Chris from the Bad Cat Chris blog.

Second, there is a calendar from another blog of mine called Just Fur Laughs.

This is filled with funny, captioned animal pictures (memes) that any animal lover would get a kick out of.

Then there is one called “Cats and Kittens.”

This one has some of the cutest pictures of my sister-in-laws cats (with some of our cats thrown in).

The best part is, these are completely customizeable, meaning you can replace some, or all, of the pictures with your own. I did that for my sister-in-law last year and gave her a calendar with 14 photos of just her cats. I thought it was a great way to personalize a gift. You can also check out my Zazzle store here to see all my products, many of them cat-related.

Okay, commercial is over, I now return you to my regular blog.

Photo Friday: Three’s a Crowd

I was sitting at the computer the other day when I felt a cat jump on my chair behind me. I was busy writing so I didn’t bother to look to see who it was, I just scooted up a bit and continued writing. A short time later I felt like I was being pushed off my chair, so I got up to see what was going on and this is what I saw.

cats Chris and Floki on my computer chair

In case you can’t tell by the backside, that’s Chris with his face in the sunbeam and, of course, that is Floki behind him. Does anyone else have pets that take over their chairs?

Copy Cats

Our kitten Floki is not much of a Copy Cat like our other boys were. He seems to do his own thing.

Bad Cat Chris

One again it seems that history is repeating itself. When we adopted Puck he quickly learned some of Chris’s bad behaviors. For example, Chris would jump on top of the cabinets. Puck watched him do this for several weeks, perhaps longer and eventually learned to get up there himself.

Chris on kitchen babinet

Bad Cat Chris and Puck on top of the Cabinets

Chris also liked to hang out on top of the China Cabinet and soon Puck was up there too.

Our cat Chris on top of the China cabinet.

Our cat Puck on china cabinet

Puck eventually developed his own favorite places to hang out and now our new cat Frankie is following in his footsteps. First Frankie decided he liked lying on the couch where he could look out the window. That happens to be a favorite spot of Puck’s but it probably doesn’t really qualify because it is a naturally good spot and Chris likes it too.

Bad Cat Chris and PuckOur cat Frankie on couchThere is also what has become known as “Puck’s Perch.” It is the ledge between the kitchen and…

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Chris is Still a Bad Cat… Fortunately

I started this post last night and saved it to finish this morning. Before I did I read Sammy’s post from One Spoiled Cat. In it, I got the feeling that Sammy would not be with us much longer. I was feeling bad about that when I found out that Easy from Easy Blog suddenly died. It is a sad news day and I hope that Easy’s parents as well as Sammy’s parents will be okay.

Chris has seemed to mellow out lately and has not been getting into as much trouble as usual. At first I attributed that to his age and his weight but I noticed he seemed to be more cautious when jumping down from  the bed or whatever else he is on. He also sometimes sits while momentarily holding his paw off the ground. It got me thinking he might be developing arthritis, but at seven and a half years old, he seems to young for that.

It should go without saying that I am very concerned about Chris’s health, as well as the health of all of our cats. Between 2010 and 2013 we lost four cats, Flash, Abbey, Alex and Tigger. Flash was less than five years old and the other three were around eight or younger. It is terrible knowing that you have given your beloved pet only half the life that they were capable of.

Since Flash died in 2010, I have learned more and more about cat health. I learned that dry food is bad for them and started feeding them more wet food as well as raw cat food. I now make my own raw cat food that I mix with high quality canned food but I still give them some dry food because Chris will only eat a very small amount of wet food before giving it up to one of the other cats. I make sure to only put small amounts of dry food in the bowls so that they will long be empty when wet food time rolls around, but Chris never seems hungry enough to eat the wet food until five minutes after it’s gone, then he is “starving” in front of his empty dry food bowl, giving me that desperate look. I don’t want to starve him so I give in and put a little dry food in his bowl..

Since Chris is now approaching the eight year mark, it makes me nervous to see his lack of badness. While I am still worried about him, I am relieved to see him getting into trouble recently.

A few weeks ago I pulled a box out of the closet to look for something when I heard a crash. I turned around and saw Chris on the top shelf in the closet. I then looked down and saw he knocked a bunch of greeting cards and other stuff to the ground.

mess caused by bad cat chris

The commotion got the attention of Frankie who soon joined him in the closet.

cats in closet


Not long after this, Chris was getting into cabinets again.

cat in cabinet


He started low but the next time I saw him in there he moved up a couple of shelves.

cat Chris in cabinet


Then he was in the cabinet above the refrigerator.

cat Chris in cabinet

I still worry about Chris but at least I feel like I can worry just a little less.


Catit Senses Treat Maze for Cats

Recently I had to purchase something on Amazon and wanted to add something to my order so the total would be greater than $49, which would qualify for free shipping. I decided to try the Catit Design Senses Treat Maze. It was relatively cheap, not much more the I would have paid for shipping. It is also part of a system of cat toys that all link together, but I just bought the one piece.

It is designed to stimulate your cats while slowing down their ability to eat treats too quickly. I had another toy that did the same thing but through a different method. It was called Friskies Wobbert Cat Toy Pull and Play. Our cats liked it and I wrote a post about it here, but it worked best with the Friskies Party Mix. After putting a healthier treat, like Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw, they mostly ignored it, even though they love the freeze-dried treat by itself. I don’t know. Perhaps that treat has a more subtle smell.

When it arrived everybody was interested in it before I even opened the box, especially Frankie.

Cat Frankie with Catit Senses Treat Maze

It needed some assembly but it was designed with men in mind. It was easy enough to figure out without reading the directions.

Catit Senses Treat Maze pieces

Catit Senses Treat Maze assembled.

I had a bag of Instinct Raw Boost Mixers that I put in the top. Not surprisingly, our smartest cat, Chris, was the first one to figure out how it worked, but Floki, our resident kitten pig,  was the one most determined to get the treats out. Below is the first video I took after putting it together and adding treats. think it was pretty successful, even though it did not gain the full attention of all of our cats. In later videos, which I haven’t processed yet, Puck becomes interested in it. Frankie showed interest at first but gave up after a minute or two.  He has not shown much interest after that but I ran out of treats before giving him a chance to figure it out, so maybe he will like it in the future.

What do you think? Does anybody have this or something like it? How do your cats like it?