THE SPARKY REPORT #38

 

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To sleep, perchance to dream …

Sparky gets into the weirdest positions when she sleeps! She likes to prop up her head when she sleeps (that would give me a crick in my neck!). In the next picture, her "pillow" is the windowsill.

 

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Zzzzzzzz . . .

And here, she's parked herself between her beloved wheatgrass and my stack of audiobooks.

 

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Catching some sun and some Z's.

One place Sparky likes to sleep is between my knees on the recliner. She snuggles right down there and sleeps away. How she goes about this is humorous. If my legs are together, it makes no difference. She just wedges herself in, and then uses her hind legs to push my legs apart far enough for her to get comfortable in the vee. If I try to keep my legs together, she just rabbit-kicks until she gets my legs apart, then she throws herself into the space she's made for herself.

 

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And this wouldn't be complete without a picture of Sparky in her very favorite nap place:  the wastepaper basket!

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50 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #38”

  1. I have to tell you that I have so enjoyed your funny stories about Sparky especially since our daughter’s cat Cedar lives with us and is the same age as Sparky. Cedar is one feisty cat…note to self, do not get her mad…she attacks. This is where the laser pointer comes in. When she gets very rambunctious and needs some PT (military parlance for physical training) to release some of her excess energy or to distract her from eating my plants, I get the laser pointer and play laser tag with her…up and down the stairs. After that, maybe she will relax and nap.

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  2. I have to tell you that I have so enjoyed your funny stories about Sparky especially since our daughter’s cat Cedar lives with us and is the same age as Sparky. Cedar is one feisty cat…note to self, do not get her mad…she attacks. This is where the laser pointer comes in. When she gets very rambunctious and needs some PT (military parlance for physical training) to release some of her excess energy or to distract her from eating my plants, I get the laser pointer and play laser tag with her…up and down the stairs. After that, maybe she will relax and nap.

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  3. I have to tell you that I have so enjoyed your funny stories about Sparky especially since our daughter’s cat Cedar lives with us and is the same age as Sparky. Cedar is one feisty cat…note to self, do not get her mad…she attacks. This is where the laser pointer comes in. When she gets very rambunctious and needs some PT (military parlance for physical training) to release some of her excess energy or to distract her from eating my plants, I get the laser pointer and play laser tag with her…up and down the stairs. After that, maybe she will relax and nap.

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  4. I have to tell you that I have so enjoyed your funny stories about Sparky especially since our daughter’s cat Cedar lives with us and is the same age as Sparky. Cedar is one feisty cat…note to self, do not get her mad…she attacks. This is where the laser pointer comes in. When she gets very rambunctious and needs some PT (military parlance for physical training) to release some of her excess energy or to distract her from eating my plants, I get the laser pointer and play laser tag with her…up and down the stairs. After that, maybe she will relax and nap.

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  5. I have to tell you that I have so enjoyed your funny stories about Sparky especially since our daughter’s cat Cedar lives with us and is the same age as Sparky. Cedar is one feisty cat…note to self, do not get her mad…she attacks. This is where the laser pointer comes in. When she gets very rambunctious and needs some PT (military parlance for physical training) to release some of her excess energy or to distract her from eating my plants, I get the laser pointer and play laser tag with her…up and down the stairs. After that, maybe she will relax and nap.

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  6. Mary Jo, Sparky’s rabbit kicks are powerful! And the kicks get more and more determined until I give up and move my legs to accommodate her. She certainly is bossy, as you say. Most of the time, she just crawls into my lap and exerts a steady pressure with her hind legs. But when I don’t do as she wishes and keep my knees together (just to tease her!) she whaps me a good one with her hind legs and those whaps get really energetic! It’s such a peculiar trait, and one that marks her as a very unique cat.

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  7. Mary Jo, Sparky’s rabbit kicks are powerful! And the kicks get more and more determined until I give up and move my legs to accommodate her. She certainly is bossy, as you say. Most of the time, she just crawls into my lap and exerts a steady pressure with her hind legs. But when I don’t do as she wishes and keep my knees together (just to tease her!) she whaps me a good one with her hind legs and those whaps get really energetic! It’s such a peculiar trait, and one that marks her as a very unique cat.

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  8. Mary Jo, Sparky’s rabbit kicks are powerful! And the kicks get more and more determined until I give up and move my legs to accommodate her. She certainly is bossy, as you say. Most of the time, she just crawls into my lap and exerts a steady pressure with her hind legs. But when I don’t do as she wishes and keep my knees together (just to tease her!) she whaps me a good one with her hind legs and those whaps get really energetic! It’s such a peculiar trait, and one that marks her as a very unique cat.

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  9. Mary Jo, Sparky’s rabbit kicks are powerful! And the kicks get more and more determined until I give up and move my legs to accommodate her. She certainly is bossy, as you say. Most of the time, she just crawls into my lap and exerts a steady pressure with her hind legs. But when I don’t do as she wishes and keep my knees together (just to tease her!) she whaps me a good one with her hind legs and those whaps get really energetic! It’s such a peculiar trait, and one that marks her as a very unique cat.

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  10. Mary Jo, Sparky’s rabbit kicks are powerful! And the kicks get more and more determined until I give up and move my legs to accommodate her. She certainly is bossy, as you say. Most of the time, she just crawls into my lap and exerts a steady pressure with her hind legs. But when I don’t do as she wishes and keep my knees together (just to tease her!) she whaps me a good one with her hind legs and those whaps get really energetic! It’s such a peculiar trait, and one that marks her as a very unique cat.

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  11. Maureen, like Cedar, Sparky gets mad and attacks too! She does it in a peculiar way that I call a “snake strike” because it is lightning fast and her actions are just like a snake: the dangerous look in her eyes, the lunge, the strike, the maiming. Oddly enough, she never uses her claws, no matter how mad she is. But she does use her teeth, though she stops short of drawing blood.
    The snake strikes really amuse me because of the way she does it. Ears pinned back, eyes narrowed, and then she strikes–a swift darting forward of the head, a solid bump of nose, lips, and teeth against my arm, then the swift withdrawal. She does this 2-3 times, and with the final snake strike being the kill shot. It’s amazing that Sparky learned to do this without a mother to teach her!

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  12. Maureen, like Cedar, Sparky gets mad and attacks too! She does it in a peculiar way that I call a “snake strike” because it is lightning fast and her actions are just like a snake: the dangerous look in her eyes, the lunge, the strike, the maiming. Oddly enough, she never uses her claws, no matter how mad she is. But she does use her teeth, though she stops short of drawing blood.
    The snake strikes really amuse me because of the way she does it. Ears pinned back, eyes narrowed, and then she strikes–a swift darting forward of the head, a solid bump of nose, lips, and teeth against my arm, then the swift withdrawal. She does this 2-3 times, and with the final snake strike being the kill shot. It’s amazing that Sparky learned to do this without a mother to teach her!

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  13. Maureen, like Cedar, Sparky gets mad and attacks too! She does it in a peculiar way that I call a “snake strike” because it is lightning fast and her actions are just like a snake: the dangerous look in her eyes, the lunge, the strike, the maiming. Oddly enough, she never uses her claws, no matter how mad she is. But she does use her teeth, though she stops short of drawing blood.
    The snake strikes really amuse me because of the way she does it. Ears pinned back, eyes narrowed, and then she strikes–a swift darting forward of the head, a solid bump of nose, lips, and teeth against my arm, then the swift withdrawal. She does this 2-3 times, and with the final snake strike being the kill shot. It’s amazing that Sparky learned to do this without a mother to teach her!

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  14. Maureen, like Cedar, Sparky gets mad and attacks too! She does it in a peculiar way that I call a “snake strike” because it is lightning fast and her actions are just like a snake: the dangerous look in her eyes, the lunge, the strike, the maiming. Oddly enough, she never uses her claws, no matter how mad she is. But she does use her teeth, though she stops short of drawing blood.
    The snake strikes really amuse me because of the way she does it. Ears pinned back, eyes narrowed, and then she strikes–a swift darting forward of the head, a solid bump of nose, lips, and teeth against my arm, then the swift withdrawal. She does this 2-3 times, and with the final snake strike being the kill shot. It’s amazing that Sparky learned to do this without a mother to teach her!

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  15. Maureen, like Cedar, Sparky gets mad and attacks too! She does it in a peculiar way that I call a “snake strike” because it is lightning fast and her actions are just like a snake: the dangerous look in her eyes, the lunge, the strike, the maiming. Oddly enough, she never uses her claws, no matter how mad she is. But she does use her teeth, though she stops short of drawing blood.
    The snake strikes really amuse me because of the way she does it. Ears pinned back, eyes narrowed, and then she strikes–a swift darting forward of the head, a solid bump of nose, lips, and teeth against my arm, then the swift withdrawal. She does this 2-3 times, and with the final snake strike being the kill shot. It’s amazing that Sparky learned to do this without a mother to teach her!

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  16. I love your Sparky Reports. It’s fun and reminds of the cats I’ve shared space with over the years (none current, but thinking about it.) Each one is completely unique I found. My Himalayan, who hated to get wet, HATED it, would nevertheless follow me all the way from house to creek through tall very wet grass, lifting one foot and shaking it vigorously at a time, and LOUDLY complaining the whole way! But she always went, all the way to and from, yelling at me the whole time. It was hilarious and loveable.

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  17. I love your Sparky Reports. It’s fun and reminds of the cats I’ve shared space with over the years (none current, but thinking about it.) Each one is completely unique I found. My Himalayan, who hated to get wet, HATED it, would nevertheless follow me all the way from house to creek through tall very wet grass, lifting one foot and shaking it vigorously at a time, and LOUDLY complaining the whole way! But she always went, all the way to and from, yelling at me the whole time. It was hilarious and loveable.

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  18. I love your Sparky Reports. It’s fun and reminds of the cats I’ve shared space with over the years (none current, but thinking about it.) Each one is completely unique I found. My Himalayan, who hated to get wet, HATED it, would nevertheless follow me all the way from house to creek through tall very wet grass, lifting one foot and shaking it vigorously at a time, and LOUDLY complaining the whole way! But she always went, all the way to and from, yelling at me the whole time. It was hilarious and loveable.

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  19. I love your Sparky Reports. It’s fun and reminds of the cats I’ve shared space with over the years (none current, but thinking about it.) Each one is completely unique I found. My Himalayan, who hated to get wet, HATED it, would nevertheless follow me all the way from house to creek through tall very wet grass, lifting one foot and shaking it vigorously at a time, and LOUDLY complaining the whole way! But she always went, all the way to and from, yelling at me the whole time. It was hilarious and loveable.

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  20. I love your Sparky Reports. It’s fun and reminds of the cats I’ve shared space with over the years (none current, but thinking about it.) Each one is completely unique I found. My Himalayan, who hated to get wet, HATED it, would nevertheless follow me all the way from house to creek through tall very wet grass, lifting one foot and shaking it vigorously at a time, and LOUDLY complaining the whole way! But she always went, all the way to and from, yelling at me the whole time. It was hilarious and loveable.

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  21. I’m so glad you enjoy the Sparky Reports, AJ! Spoken like a true cat lover!
    I loved your story about your Himalayan that hated to get wet. I can just see her following you to the creek and loudly complaining every step of the way. A great sacrifice on her part, but a sign of her devotion to you. Bless cats. They enrich our lives so much.

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  22. I’m so glad you enjoy the Sparky Reports, AJ! Spoken like a true cat lover!
    I loved your story about your Himalayan that hated to get wet. I can just see her following you to the creek and loudly complaining every step of the way. A great sacrifice on her part, but a sign of her devotion to you. Bless cats. They enrich our lives so much.

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  23. I’m so glad you enjoy the Sparky Reports, AJ! Spoken like a true cat lover!
    I loved your story about your Himalayan that hated to get wet. I can just see her following you to the creek and loudly complaining every step of the way. A great sacrifice on her part, but a sign of her devotion to you. Bless cats. They enrich our lives so much.

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  24. I’m so glad you enjoy the Sparky Reports, AJ! Spoken like a true cat lover!
    I loved your story about your Himalayan that hated to get wet. I can just see her following you to the creek and loudly complaining every step of the way. A great sacrifice on her part, but a sign of her devotion to you. Bless cats. They enrich our lives so much.

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  25. I’m so glad you enjoy the Sparky Reports, AJ! Spoken like a true cat lover!
    I loved your story about your Himalayan that hated to get wet. I can just see her following you to the creek and loudly complaining every step of the way. A great sacrifice on her part, but a sign of her devotion to you. Bless cats. They enrich our lives so much.

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  26. I enjoy the Sparky stories also, Sherrie. We’re enjoying our new kitten’s antics (she’s part Rag Doll, part ?). But my latest cat story concerns Jacquie’s cat, Annie. Being a feral cat, she used to tolerate me (barely) when I visited. But as she’s grown older, she has decided it feels nice to get petted. The last time I was at Jacquie’s house, she became very demanding about my petting her. If I stopped, she tapped me, quite forcefully, on the leg, until I resumed. It took quite awhile before she decide she had had enough and desisted. Cats have very definite individual personalities!

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  27. I enjoy the Sparky stories also, Sherrie. We’re enjoying our new kitten’s antics (she’s part Rag Doll, part ?). But my latest cat story concerns Jacquie’s cat, Annie. Being a feral cat, she used to tolerate me (barely) when I visited. But as she’s grown older, she has decided it feels nice to get petted. The last time I was at Jacquie’s house, she became very demanding about my petting her. If I stopped, she tapped me, quite forcefully, on the leg, until I resumed. It took quite awhile before she decide she had had enough and desisted. Cats have very definite individual personalities!

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  28. I enjoy the Sparky stories also, Sherrie. We’re enjoying our new kitten’s antics (she’s part Rag Doll, part ?). But my latest cat story concerns Jacquie’s cat, Annie. Being a feral cat, she used to tolerate me (barely) when I visited. But as she’s grown older, she has decided it feels nice to get petted. The last time I was at Jacquie’s house, she became very demanding about my petting her. If I stopped, she tapped me, quite forcefully, on the leg, until I resumed. It took quite awhile before she decide she had had enough and desisted. Cats have very definite individual personalities!

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  29. I enjoy the Sparky stories also, Sherrie. We’re enjoying our new kitten’s antics (she’s part Rag Doll, part ?). But my latest cat story concerns Jacquie’s cat, Annie. Being a feral cat, she used to tolerate me (barely) when I visited. But as she’s grown older, she has decided it feels nice to get petted. The last time I was at Jacquie’s house, she became very demanding about my petting her. If I stopped, she tapped me, quite forcefully, on the leg, until I resumed. It took quite awhile before she decide she had had enough and desisted. Cats have very definite individual personalities!

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  30. I enjoy the Sparky stories also, Sherrie. We’re enjoying our new kitten’s antics (she’s part Rag Doll, part ?). But my latest cat story concerns Jacquie’s cat, Annie. Being a feral cat, she used to tolerate me (barely) when I visited. But as she’s grown older, she has decided it feels nice to get petted. The last time I was at Jacquie’s house, she became very demanding about my petting her. If I stopped, she tapped me, quite forcefully, on the leg, until I resumed. It took quite awhile before she decide she had had enough and desisted. Cats have very definite individual personalities!

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  31. Hi, Judy. How fun that you have a part-Regdoll kitten! Kittens are so much fun. They act like they’re invincible, and everything within sight is there for the express purpose of stalking and attacking. What did you name her? How does she get along with your Collies?
    And what a funny story about Annie! She’s such a great cat, and I’ll bet you felt honored by her obviously seeking you out for petting. That cat has good taste!

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  32. Hi, Judy. How fun that you have a part-Regdoll kitten! Kittens are so much fun. They act like they’re invincible, and everything within sight is there for the express purpose of stalking and attacking. What did you name her? How does she get along with your Collies?
    And what a funny story about Annie! She’s such a great cat, and I’ll bet you felt honored by her obviously seeking you out for petting. That cat has good taste!

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  33. Hi, Judy. How fun that you have a part-Regdoll kitten! Kittens are so much fun. They act like they’re invincible, and everything within sight is there for the express purpose of stalking and attacking. What did you name her? How does she get along with your Collies?
    And what a funny story about Annie! She’s such a great cat, and I’ll bet you felt honored by her obviously seeking you out for petting. That cat has good taste!

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  34. Hi, Judy. How fun that you have a part-Regdoll kitten! Kittens are so much fun. They act like they’re invincible, and everything within sight is there for the express purpose of stalking and attacking. What did you name her? How does she get along with your Collies?
    And what a funny story about Annie! She’s such a great cat, and I’ll bet you felt honored by her obviously seeking you out for petting. That cat has good taste!

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  35. Hi, Judy. How fun that you have a part-Regdoll kitten! Kittens are so much fun. They act like they’re invincible, and everything within sight is there for the express purpose of stalking and attacking. What did you name her? How does she get along with your Collies?
    And what a funny story about Annie! She’s such a great cat, and I’ll bet you felt honored by her obviously seeking you out for petting. That cat has good taste!

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  36. I’m sure I still have the scars. Didn’t fall asleep on that hot night many summers ago, with a cat between my legs. Never knew he was there until I turned over. Howls from the cat! Claws out! Howls from me! We both jumped out of bed and raced around the apartment yowling.

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  37. I’m sure I still have the scars. Didn’t fall asleep on that hot night many summers ago, with a cat between my legs. Never knew he was there until I turned over. Howls from the cat! Claws out! Howls from me! We both jumped out of bed and raced around the apartment yowling.

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  38. I’m sure I still have the scars. Didn’t fall asleep on that hot night many summers ago, with a cat between my legs. Never knew he was there until I turned over. Howls from the cat! Claws out! Howls from me! We both jumped out of bed and raced around the apartment yowling.

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  39. I’m sure I still have the scars. Didn’t fall asleep on that hot night many summers ago, with a cat between my legs. Never knew he was there until I turned over. Howls from the cat! Claws out! Howls from me! We both jumped out of bed and raced around the apartment yowling.

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  40. I’m sure I still have the scars. Didn’t fall asleep on that hot night many summers ago, with a cat between my legs. Never knew he was there until I turned over. Howls from the cat! Claws out! Howls from me! We both jumped out of bed and raced around the apartment yowling.

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  41. Oh, Maggie, what a funny story! Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but I can just see you and the cat both leaping from the bed, howling.
    I’m thankful that Sparky doesn’t use her claws. It’s odd, really, but even when she jumps onto my lap and misses, and begins to fall, she doesn’t use her claws. (And I’m very grateful for that!)

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  42. Oh, Maggie, what a funny story! Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but I can just see you and the cat both leaping from the bed, howling.
    I’m thankful that Sparky doesn’t use her claws. It’s odd, really, but even when she jumps onto my lap and misses, and begins to fall, she doesn’t use her claws. (And I’m very grateful for that!)

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  43. Oh, Maggie, what a funny story! Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but I can just see you and the cat both leaping from the bed, howling.
    I’m thankful that Sparky doesn’t use her claws. It’s odd, really, but even when she jumps onto my lap and misses, and begins to fall, she doesn’t use her claws. (And I’m very grateful for that!)

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  44. Oh, Maggie, what a funny story! Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but I can just see you and the cat both leaping from the bed, howling.
    I’m thankful that Sparky doesn’t use her claws. It’s odd, really, but even when she jumps onto my lap and misses, and begins to fall, she doesn’t use her claws. (And I’m very grateful for that!)

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  45. Oh, Maggie, what a funny story! Of course, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but I can just see you and the cat both leaping from the bed, howling.
    I’m thankful that Sparky doesn’t use her claws. It’s odd, really, but even when she jumps onto my lap and misses, and begins to fall, she doesn’t use her claws. (And I’m very grateful for that!)

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