Tag Archives: Velvet

Trouble with Interpersonal Relationships

At the Institute the directors have noticed there is a pecking order. The subjects sometimes have trouble with their interpersonal relationships. Velvet is at the top of the pecking order and often instigates fusses with all the subjects of the Institute, even with her play buddy Socks. Zippy is next in the pecking order in that she often chases Rebecca and Citikitty, but she never gets into a real cat fight any subjects.

Fuss 1
Trouble brewing in the hallway as Velvet paws at Socks.

Poor Citikitty, the youngest at the Institute and the lowest on the pecking order, has mapped out hidey holes where she can get away from bully Velvet and irritant Zippy.

Citikitty hiding from her nemesis, Velvet.





Cards that meow

The Director of Input purchased a greeting card with a chip that sang a Christmas ditty. She hypothesized that the study subjects at the Institute would pay no attention to the card. She opened it in the Institute office and this video documents the results of the experiment:

Test results:  Velvet attacked the card in a frenzy of vicious activity which proves that kitty cats do respond to meows from cards. In fact, the director sustained massive injuries while rescuing the card from flying claws. Actually, she hardly felt the scratches which look ghastly but are healing quickly. But feel free to send a get-well card to the Institute with a nice donation tucked inside for medical expenses.

massive injury




Are some tongues a tad too long?

The Director of Output at the Institute held the hypothesis that some kitties have tongues so long they tend to peek out now and then. To test the hypothesis, the directors recorded for a week which of the six study subjects at the Institute might have an excessively long tongue.

Result:  Three out of six study subjects displayed a tongue that slipped out which indicated that the tongue was too long for the mouth to contain at all times. This is scientific proof that 50% of all kitty cats have tongues too long for their mouths. The hypothesis is now a theory and is documented in the following photos.

Socks on High Pink Tongue Tongue_ Ruby Velvet tongue while Christine massages

The importance of touching

The directors of the Institute have observed that the best kitty cat workbreaks
involve laptime. However we have also noticed that mere physical contact is also satisfying to our subjects.

Study subject Velvet likes neck contact, though at times she slips downward thus putting her full weight on the back of my neck which forces me to move her butt or shoulders back to the sofa.

Velvet on Shoulder


Study subject Ruby requires contact with the Director of Input’s leg as she takes a work break.

Ruby on leg



Getting back to work

Ah, the Director of Input and the Director of Output went to France in September and left the six study subjects and Big Fishy with their wonderful cat whisperer Chris who sent us photos from time to time during our absence. But upon returning, the directors and their study subjects went back to work.

Socks welcomes me back to the office.
Socks welcomes me back to the office.
Zippy hard at work
Zippy hard at work


Socks amd Zippy Monitoring
Socks amd Zippy Monitoring

End of the Grooming Session


This morning in the Institute office, I noticed Socks giving Velvet a thorough grooming starting at her neck and proceeding across her back. Lick, lick, chew, lick.


I knew how this heavy grooming session would end, so I grabbed the camera.


Sure enough, Velvet soon indicated that she had had enough and gave Socks a swipe.


A boxing match ensued as Zippy watched.

A minute later all three study subjects resumed their office-break nap.