Friday, December 29, 2006

The Remar Report: Chapter 5 - "Devious"

By Heather

Well Omar may not be a snow cat, but Remy is showing some disturbing tendancies.

We have the two litter boxes on the go and we're finding both are being used. However, we have noticed Remy digging around in Omar's litter box for extended periods of time. I just thought he was enjoying the extra space and taking his time in choosing "the right spot", but tonight Simon came home and found something different.

Remy disappeared for quite awhile, and on further inspection found he was in Omar's litter box, rolling around and burying himself in it. He'd even eat the little rocks that covered his body! Simon described it as "grosse", so I imagine it wasn't pretty... and maybe that's why he smells sometimes. Anyway, it will be good when we get back down to one litter box and hopefully Remy won't feel the urge to roll around in Omar's excrement.

Also, Omar and I hit a major stride tonight. I think he's too proud to ask for love, so I finally just forced it on him. He struggled for only a few seconds, but finally succumbed to my long and assertive strokes. I picked him up from the chair he was sleeping on, put him on my lap, and went to town. Now he's paying a little more attention to me than before!

That's all there is to report... the new year will mark the end of The Remar Report... as most relationships go, this one is becoming "routine".

We must make sure they don't take each other for granted.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Remar Report #4 - "The Lion Needs Courage"

By Heather

This may disappoint you... especially Conan, so I'm sorry to break the news. Omar may be bigger and stronger, but the medal for bravery goes to Remy today. We finally had a big dump of snow, so in the morning we decided to find out how Remy would react by opening the back door. He wandered out and slowly tried to figure it out...

Before we could close the door, Omar bolted outside and immediately ran up the stairs. About half way up he realized that something was amiss. He was shoulder deep in snow! Well he didn't like that at all, and tried to make his way back down the stairs which proved to be quite difficult once he realized they were wet, snowy & slippery! He finally made it in and wanted nothing more to do with it. Remy stayed out and zipped around playing and loving it! It was hard to drag him in.

Later Simon and I got all dressed up in our winter gear and carried the two cats to the balcony. We dropped them in the foot of snow and Omar just HATED it! He cried at the door and when it wouldn't open, he suddenly climbed me! Remy jumped and played around while Omar just climbed one of us every chance he could and to hide up on our shoulders. We finally let him in, but Remy stayed out. This really seemed to frustrate Omar because he kept coming up and peaking out to see where Remy was. He'd stay on the door perch, but not venture off.

Once Omar saw how much fun Remy was having, he did actually take a few steps outside again. We then closed the door and he again went for the shoulders. Finally he did stay on the ground for a few minutes under the table and seemed to be trying to get used to it. I guess Omar will need some winterized combat training next!

Please enjoy a snippit of the fun on youtube!

Here's another little video of Omar in shoulder-climbing action...


Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Remar Report #3 - "Imitation is the best form of flattery"

By Heather

It's been interesting to see Remy trying to be like Omar... I think Omar is like his big brother or something. Suddenly Remy is trying to always be high up on everything. At one point Omar was on the table, and Remy climbed on the very back of the chair beside. As you remember the back of the chairs are just a thin strip of iron! He was pretty uncomfortable, but kept trying to find a good position. He's also starting to sleep on the back of the couch and on pillows!

The cutest thing yesterday had Remy in a bit of a pickle. Omar had gotten into the shoe & coat closet and managed to climb up ontp the giant Water Heater against the wall. When I looked in Remy was on top of the shoes looking at Omar longingly.

Then suddenly I heard something get knocked over and went back in to see Omar struggling behind a box with a big bottle on top of it. I got Omar out of there before anything bad happened when I noticed from the crack behind the water heater a little orange kitty in a lot of distress! Remy must have fallen behind and there was really NO way out without help. He was so upset, but it was so cute! My mom just managed to stick her hand behind it and grab him by the scruff of the neck. Seeing his little face & paws reaching out from this tiny crack was quite funny.

Apparently while my mom and I were out Simon was doing something outside off the kitchen. He said he checked before shutting the door, but Remy charged in as he was closing it. There was a near tragedy when he then proceeded to shut the door on Remy's leg! Remy gave out a large wimper and gave Simon a big scare...

But then as Remy sat in the kitchen stunned and scared, Omar came over, sniffed him, and gave him a comforting kiss!

Enjoy your Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Remar Report #2 - "Not a Creature Was Stirring"

By Heather

Day 2 proved to be way more laid back. Yesterday morning, I opened the barrier that kept them wimpering in the night and they seemed like old chums. They weren't going at it full throttle, but just quietly chasing and playing with each other.

My mom and I spent yesterday afternoon shopping and came back to a seemingly empty house! Upon further investigation I went upstairs to find the bathroom door closed with the cats locked in. I can only assume they were wrestling in the bathroom, and hit the door... closing it!

They must have tired themselves out in the can because they were totally exhausted the rest of the evening. They were either just sleeping on the couch, or chasing my moms wool & knitting needles as she crafted a scarf.

Since they were so calm all day, I let them have the run of the house after we went to bed. I expected maybe they'd join us at some point, but didn't see a sign of them the entire night! I guess that's because when we woke up, the bathroom door was again closed. When we opened it, two cats ran straight for the litter box!

More kitties sleeping...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Remar Report: Chapter 1 - "The First Noel"

by Heather Gardiner

(Omar spends his first Christmas with his new friend Remy)

After Bernice left, the "fighting" continued... They couldn't get enough of each other and just kept rolling, and running around and banging their heads... Well that was really just Remy.

We were a bit worried that they would tear the house down when we went to pick up my mom from the airport... but upon return, only found the kitchen curtain to once again get pulled down. We pondered who got trapped, and knew it was probably Remy because he seems to like looking like a bride.

My mom was quite excited that two nice kitty's were in the house... She called Remy "too pretty to be a boy", leading us to believe even more that he may have a very feminine nature. She loved the blackness of Omar and couldn't get over the size of his paws. She feels he'll be a bit cat.

Grandma Vicki also brought gifts for the cats... two little bows filled with honeysuckle... apparently a natural cat nip that kitty's go crazy for. They loved the bows and each played with their own for awhile, then took turns trying to steal them from each other. It wound them up once again and I took them away because it was almost bed time. We sat having a glass of wine and watching the kitty's wrestle around then decided it was finally time for bed around 2am.

I decided to separate the cats because they just didn't seem to want to stop, but figured once in separate rooms they'd settle down and sleep pretty soundly. My mom left her door open for Omar because she was quite keen to sleep with one of the kittens, so we took Remy into our room and closed the door.

I couldn't believe the reaction! Remy sat on our side of the door laying down at the rather large crack underneath.... I'd periodically see Omars giant paws come through the door for Remy and Remy would lay there sticking his paws out on the other side. Then the crying started... Omar was actually kind of wimpering on the other side!

I decided to stick to my guns and keep them separated so after awhile, they left each other... But Remy didn't come to the bed... He went and slept in my closet all night! I finally took him out around 6am and he cuddled with us until about 9. When Simon got up to go to the bathroom, Omar came running out from my moms room, so she got her wish to sleep with a cat.

Today, they're quietly at it again...