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Kai crashes out on the banisters - the highest and safest place to hide from the horde of tribbles that swarm below.


The tribbles, meanwhile, continue to thrive. Meal times, of which there are many, are especially fraught. There was a time when we could put their bowl on the dresser, stand back and fill the bowl at arm's length - knowing that the tribbles could swarm up your legs and back but at least the bowl was safe. Not any more. Kinky, the female tribble, has perfected her speed climbing to such a degree that she's up your legs, over your shoulders and down your arm, swinging towards the bowl in under two seconds.

Countermeasures had to be employed. Current favourite is the arm switch. I start forking out the food with the right hand, wait to see which arm Kinky goes for then pull that arm away from the bowl. Switching tin and fork if necessary. A tad theatrical as I windmill in front of the dresser juggling a fork, a tin and a tribble but it works. And, who knows, I might have an act I can tour with.

A word about Kinky's climbing technique. It's frightening. And the nearest approximation to the butterfly stroke I've seen outside of a swimming pool. She looks up at you, determination written all over her little face and then throws both front legs over and up, claw and pull. I'm reminded of a scene from one of the Dracula films. The one where the hapless hero looks down from the castle window to see Frank Langella using a similar technique to climb the castle walls.

But just to prove that tribbles do sleep. Here's one of them sunning themselves in the last evening rays.


And here's a tribble nest I discovered under a Rosemary bush. This is their favourite spot. They can spend hours playing under, sleeping under or climbing the Rosemary.


And, finally, we have Xena holding Targ down so she can clean his face properly. Can't have the neighbours spotting a dirty tribble, can we?



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From:squirrel_monkey
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the cuteness... it burns.
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From:kittygirl_09
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
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That last picture... My heart. can't. take. it.
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From:theldara
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, I love your stories, and the tribbles, and their guardian kitties.
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From:orejen
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Targ looks blissfully happy to be cleaned, how cute!

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From:watch4whales
Date:October 18th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Your Xena looks like my Zeena!! LOL
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From:therecklesslady
Date:October 18th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
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I want a tribble. they are too freakin' cute
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From:irreparable
Date:October 19th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
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OMG THE LAST PICTURE MAKES ME DED FROM CUTE! *dies*

May I friend you, btw? Am such a lurker, but I thought I'd ask first. :)
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From:chrisdolley
Date:October 19th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
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The more friends the merrier:)

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From:irreparable
Date:October 19th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Yay! :D
From:ext_9773
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I can definitely see myself becoming a cat lady in my old age. They are so freakin' cute I can't stand it!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
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Ah I love the tribbles. Don't their little claws hurt when they climb you? What a handsome cat Kai is - I love the tail! Jenn
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From:chrisdolley
Date:October 21st, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Most of their little claws hurt, but some are duds:) And thicker clothes help.
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Date:October 21st, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)

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Those pictures are really great! I particularly love the last one...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
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I love the kitty photos! Especially the last one. The baby looks just like my cat Kaimana!

Here via Carnival of Family Life.

Kailani
http://pinkdiary808.com/
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 25th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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How cute! Thank goodness I have only one tribble, LOL! Mine just experimented today with trying to catch the lunch meat I was putting on my sandwich, 4 feet over her head. Then, during lunch, she decided to take a flying leap at my leg to grab a bite of said lunch meat. I see a squirt bottle in her near future, lol.
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