Sundays with Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 152

Published in: Just For Fun

Remember how I was saying that Tabs likes my zinnias? Well, I wasn’t kiddin’. All I wanted to do this afternoon was read my book on the deck, but a certain someone wasn’t having it. Every time I took my eyes off him, he’d take another bite!


He likes the catnip, cilantro and the echinacea plant, too, but he LOVES the zinnias. It’s like he’s incapable of resisting it.

An uninvited guest…

When I stepped out of the house today, I spotted our Russian neighbor traipsing around one of our potted catnip plants.

Tabs was like, “WTF!?”

He grows that catnip for medicinal use…

I thought I was going to have to break up a fight, but after Tabs hissed, the Russian Blue backed down. πŸ™‚

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  1. auroragyps says:

    Wow, that Russian Blue has the most amazing green eyes (but don’t tell Tabs I said that).

    I know how you feel about Tabs eating your Zinnias. I had a bunch of African Violets that were blooming so well. Then Zeal ate all the flowers off. πŸ™ I was quite sad.

  2. Jen says:

    Haha, I love the video, so cute! ^_^

    Good luck with keeping the zinnias safe. πŸ˜‰

  3. Josie says:

    Ohh Tabs needs to re-mark his territory!! LOL cute video! Never realized how Tabs shading really is. I always thought he was purely black and grey striped like my Bella but he looks more darker in the video. Love how he keeps going back to your flowers!
    There is this one neighborhood cat that looks like my orange Phantom but bigger, has more white, and i think is female. Well twice i went across the street trying to get the cat thinking its mine after calling it but it would run away from me which Phantom never does. Both times i turn around to go back home and my baby is already waiting for me on the doorstep, watching me harass this other cat like a crazy person! I don’t like other cats coming around as last year a ton of strays showed up and they would chase around my Tiger and sadly one night she never came home and my dad found her and another cat dead on the street. I assume they were hit by a car (maybe the chased each other across the street and in harms way) and my parents had to come to my work with her and the other cat in his truck to tell me. Horrible. I wish i could keep Phantom locked in but he’s somehow break the door down! Too bad mine go for leashed-walks like Tabs. Trust me, i tried! Love your cat posts btw, where else can i get my makeup and inner crazy cat lady fix???

  4. Soleil Doux says:

    Your garden looks so relaxing! I can’t wait to move into a place where I can start one of my own. Tabs is a lucky guy to have his very own catnip plant!

  5. Jessi says:

    Hahahaha! He’s so funny! I like how when you step in front of him he just moves his head over and start munching again. Well, at least he’s getting his vitamins, haha.
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  6. Dao says:

    Tabs was all, “Woman, I’m eating here. Om nom nom!” I’m glad you didn’t have to break up a cat fight. Maybe Tabs is going to have a new friend to share his catnip enthusiasm?

  7. Instant Karma says:

    LOL, I understand about the plant eating! Tigger loves plants. He’ll even chew on fake ones! He once devoured a cactus (one of the ones without spines, but still). Yesterday, he chewed at the tops of some leeks for a good fifteen minutes. He was just so happy — I couldn’t take them away from him! I think I’ll chop the tops off and give them to him as a treat, especially since the last batch of cat grass was a dud. I’m trying to grow some more right now. Hopefully, this batch will work!

    I’m glad to know that the Russian Blue knew to back down when Tabs hissed at him. Those kitty models are TOUGH; how else would they be able to climb so far up the career ladder? πŸ™‚

  8. kalcedon says:

    Oh, this Russian Blue cat is cute, too… a possible opponent for Tabs? No, not really, Tabs is a league of his own :).

  9. Anitacska says:

    Tabs is very cute and naughty, lol. Our kitten, Paws keeps chewing off the shoots on my Wisteria, it drives me mad. Every time there’s a new shoot, if he can reach it from the top of the fence, he will eat it.
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  10. ahahah poor caaat he needs some grass!!! Also mine (I guess every cat) sometimes eats grass to clean his stomach from fur^^

  11. Sana says:

    Aren’t cats just the most adorable, gorgeous, awesome, perfect creatures in the universe?! <3
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  12. Crystal says:

    Oh wow, I’m glad the Russian Blue left because I am sure Tabs Paws of Fury would have laid the smack down!
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  13. Rachael says:

    My parents have a Russian Blue. He is a gorgeous cat.

  14. Kim says:

    HAHA! That is too funny. Have you tried a squirt gun? I’ve heard it can be a good training tool but I can see how it might make Tabs want to go all Edward Scissorpaws on you. πŸ™‚ I love the Russian Blue drama, too. Who knew you’d be setting up an international kitty buffet on your deck?

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Maybe I should start charging for buffet access… one 10-minute, scratch/bite-free snuggle session equals access to the all you can eat salad bar!

  15. Alka says:

    Love the video! Wally sat and watched the whole thing with me. I have pulled that very same defensive block on him many times and I think he was trying to pick up some pointers. LOL!

  16. Chris25 says:

    “Tabs was like ‘WTF?'”

    I laughed my head off at that, because I know that look all too well! Whenever I leave the room to go get/do something, I’ll always come back to reliably find one of the cats sitting in front of my computer on my chair. They just look at me like “WHAT? This is MY seat, lady!”. LMAO!

    Tabs is just too cute.

  17. Nina says:

    omg Tabs … how dare Blue Cat stomp on your territory, no?

    when our stray cat comes to eat, our three indoors are by the glass kitchen door — watching straycat’s every.single.move.

    then they come to me and whine indignantly, as if to ask, why is he getting food, and we are not, human?

    • Karen says:

      Aww, kittehs!!! I bet LOL still remembers the time when he was on the other side of the glass, roaming wild and free. Perhaps the stray cat will be the next member of the fur family?

      These pics are the closest I’ve ever gotten to The Russian Blue (that’s what I call him). I hope he comes around again so I can take more pics!

      • Nina says:

        i bet LOL does … its going to be his one year forever family day in november and im sure he still thinks about his former life as an outdoor kitty ….

        anja and linus were both rescues too but they were rescued as babies.

        that cat is gorgeous — dont tell Tabs! πŸ˜€

  18. Sarah S. says:

    Wowowow, that cat has beautiful eyes!

  19. saku says:

    Ha Ha, Tabs is too cute. That other cat is pretty.

  20. Ruchita says:

    Tabs is so adorable. I love seeing videos of him. Keep ’em coming. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I took my kitty Mingus out for his first walk the other day. I’m sure the neighbors thought I was crazy, but I had a fun and he did too. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      That’s great, Ruchita! How does Mingus like his leash? Did he have a hard time figuring it out? It took Tabs some time (and lots of food bribery).

      • Ruchita says:

        He’s still getting used to the harness. When we first put it on he lay there looking very sad like he was in a full body cast! Then he heard the door open and he figured out pretty quickly how to walk. πŸ™‚

        Here’s a picture of him lounging in the grass.

  21. Barb says:

    That video is too funny!! Tabs is so cute. Your uninvited guest has the most gorgeous eyes!! Please, don’t tell Tabs I said that πŸ™‚

  22. Brian aka Roulette says:

    ..for medicinal use?! BUAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!! Loves it. I <3 you Karen!!!

  23. Nikita says:

    He’s doing some pruning! πŸ˜›

    All my cats do it, our cat nip plant was destroyed in under 10 minutes with the 3 cats chomping away at it ! Our poor hostas and orchids stand no chance either. Anything with a pretty bloom wont last much longer then 2 days, then their kitty food ! πŸ˜›

    • Karen says:

      LOL, that’s one way to look at it! πŸ˜€

      Bummer that they destroyed your orchid! I have an orchid plant that Tabs has no interest in, thank goodness.

      What are your kitteh’s names?

  24. lesley says:

    Aww! I loved your video. It really made my day πŸ™‚ Alex and Freddy love catnip, we were considering growing our own, but then they’d just be eating it all the time…!

  25. Stephanie R says:

    For a second I was wondering “How did Smoky did over to your place and back to Washington so fast?” Smoky’s a Russian Blue as well and that cat is practically a dead ringer for him!

    ….As for MY flowers? I have to hide any bouquets I get in the washer/dryer room, otherwise I wake up to find baby’s breath eaten, all over the counter (I’ve put flowers on top of our cabinets before and my four cats STILL get up there to get at them) and floor, with four completely innocent faces staring up at me. Unless Dan leaves the door to the washer/dryer room open….then it’s open season due to his selective memory.

    • Karen says:

      Maybe The Russian Blue is Smoky’s brother from another mother, LOL!

      I’ve heard about cats loving baby’s breath. Tabs hasn’t discovered that particular delicacy yet. πŸ™‚

      What are your kitteh’s names, btw? And what are they like? I wish I had four cats, but Tabs is very territorial and would NOT be into sharing his human assistants.

      • Stephanie R says:

        Their names are Smoky, Lucky, Lady and Gizmo. Two boys and two girls, and all were rescues as kittens. One lady at work had kittens she was trying to find good homes for, so that’s how Lucky and Smoky got to be my first two furbabies, and I went to the shelter not long after we bought our house in 2008 and ended up taking sisters Lady and Gizmo home.

        And yes, cats love baby’s breath. And roses. I want to say it’s the leaves that are toxic to cats and not the petals, but I could be wrong. At any rate, I didn’t get to take any of the vases or bouquets of the flowers I designed for my sister’s wedding Saturday afternoon due to the fact that they’d be in tatters by the end of the night. Roses, calla lilies and baby’s breath.

  26. Melissa says:

    Aww that’s so cute! I have a Russian Blue and a Tabby and this is what they look like most of the time. They’re not that close of friends, unfortunately. Probably due to their age difference.

  27. Bing says:

    I’ve never figured out why cats eat flowers. Every time I let Remy on the deck, she will attack my husband’s lime tree and blueberry tree till the world’s end. Maybe veggies keep their digestive system in check?

  28. Mary says:

    Hahaha! Funny video, and Tabs is very persistent! Hehe, you try to block him from the flowers, and he figures that he’ll just stretch his neck and try to munch on another spot.
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  29. Jessica says:

    I loved the video – too funny! My parents’ cat has a worse habit – he’s always pooping in my mom’s planters! Love that Russian Blue, too – those eyes are gorgeous!

  30. DanaJae says:

    OMG the Tabbs Zinnias video almost made me pee my pants – that was soooooooooooooooo funny!

  31. mkdallas says:

    Loved that video!!! Tabs is just the smooshiest cat-baby EVAR…didn’t like the looks of the Russian Blue (seemed menacing, lol) and particularly disliked the catnip thievery. Tabs should have sat on him and squashed him!

  32. mn says:

    Oh mama, I’m just prunning the zinnia’s.

    I do the same blocking move on my cat when he fixates on the couch, he does like Tabs and just streches his way over to a spot I’m not covering!

  33. Samantha says:

    I love this post, and I love that you have been uploading YT videos of you and Tabs! It makes me happy:) And that Russian Blue is so cute, maybe Tabs could turn him into a Diva in time…

  34. artemis says:

    wooooow, that russian cat has some serious green eyes!!! <3 my fav cats=black w/ green eyes

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