Sugar and Spice not being very sisterly.

As with much of North America, around here it’s been single digits (Fahrenheit) and below for several days, which means the cats are spending almost all of their time indoors. As the days have ground on they’ve started getting crankier with each other, and so we have more-than-usual moments like this, where they tussle with each other, I suspect more out of boredom than anything else. Which is fun for the rest of us — look! Small predators fighting each other is adorable! — but I suspect increasingly less fun for them. The good news is the temperatures are going up above freezing in the next few days, so they can get away from each other again in the great outdoors.

I posted a small video of the Scamperbeats tussling on Twitter earlier in the day with the caption “Cue Star Trek fight music,” and I’m happy to say someone obliged:

We are all doing what we can to keep ourselves amused in the winter cold.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

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I’d be tempted to boot their furry butts outside for, say, 15 minutes. They could run around like maniacs a little, and be much calmer (and busy washing) after they came back in, and then there could be naps.

I live in the city, so my 4 cats (Hector, Achilles, Poe, & Airy) are indoor cats at all times (though two of them are door dashers who escape outside with alarming frequency).

Hector & Achilles are a bonded pair, probably brothers, who have never even had a spat in the 3+ years since I adopted them.

However, at least once a day recently, from somewhere in the depths of the house, I hear Poe screeeeeeeeaaaammmm as Airy finally gets on his Very Last Nerve.

My sister-in-law had cats.  She used to pick up two, hold them by her sides, then swing them together so they were face to face, then back to her sides, then together again.  The third or fourth time she’d do this, they’d start hissing and scratching — not at her, who deserved it, but at each other.  Getting to the end of that causal chain was one link beyond cats’ scope. 

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