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Charlie’s Consolation Prize

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry Here. I saw the whole thing! I was sitting on the cat tree in the front window when it happened! The Limbo Cat named Charlie from across the street almost caught a squirrel! I think it might have even been the squirrel that sometimes taunts me from the fence when I look out the window in the office. Anyway, it all started when I looked down at the walkway under the window and noticed Charlie hanging out there. I don’t think I knew I was watching him.

Charlie sitting on sidewalk.

I noticed Charlie sitting on the walkway in front of the house. I don’t think he saw me.

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Sir T Is In Timeout

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

Well, we had to do it. After what we saw, there was no other option. We had to put Sir Thomas in Timeout. I mean… well… maybe I should just show you what he was doing.

Thomas in timeout 2

This is what Sir Thomas was doing.

Yep, that’s a catnip banana he has there. Brother Henry and I were shocked! Sir Thomas knows the dangers of the nip-nanner yet he still chooses to experiment with it! When Brother Henry asked him what he thought he was doing Sir Thomas said, “Ummm… I am just trying to channel the spirit of Leader Otis. Remember how much He loved these things? I thought maybe I could connect with Him by partaking in one of His favorite activities!” We’ve told Thomas time and time again about how bad The Leader’s nip nanner addiction got, but apparently the kid just doesn’t believe us.

Brother Henry took the banana away from Sir Thomas and I told him he was getting a timeout for his behavior. I said, “Sir T, if you want to channel The Leader, you’re going to do it in a way that is less intoxicating and more uplifting!” I then led him to his timeout spot.

Thomas in timeout 1

Yep, Thomas’s timeout took place on The Sacred Orange Pillow of Enlightenment.

Thomas was told to spend the next hour on The Sacred Orange Pillow of Enlightenment thinking about what he had done. Unfortunately, I think he had already spent quite a bit of time with the Banana before Brother Henry and I found him. Instead of sitting and thinking about what he had done, Sir Thomas sat and giggled for nearly three hours and then passed out. He woke up the next morning with the headache of a lifetime. Hmmm… perhaps he channeled the spirit of The Leader after all!

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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Dereliction of Duty

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

Soo… this morning Brother Oliver was supposed to write a blog post telling you that all of us, including Sir Thomas, have been steering clear of Kitty Valhalla since the strange incident the other day. Sir Thomas is actually playing dumb, acting like nothing happened and he’s just doesn’t want to hang out in Valhalla because he’s bored with it. Brother Oliver and I have been steering clear because, well, that pink, plushy freak makes us very uneasy. I mean, we’re pretty sure it’s not able to move on it’s own, but Thomas’s reaction to it is really making us wonder.

Anyway, when I noticed that no blog had been posted this morning, I went looking for Brother Oliver and this is how I found him:

Oliver on couch

This is what Brother Oliver was doing instead of blogging.

When I told Brother Oliver that this was a gross dereliction of duty, he chuckled a little bit and said, “Heh heh… you said ‘doody’…”. That’s when I smelled the catnip on his breath. I know this isn’t the first time one of us has shirked our responsibility to blog, but I really was expecting more from Brother Oliver, especially with the mystery that is still lingering about the events in Valhalla. I mean, that pink thing… it’s really creepy! I wish there was someway I could get that crazy grinning face out of my head! I… wait… hmmmmm… You know what? Maybe Brother Oliver actually has the right idea. If anyone needs me, I will be on the couch.

So Says Brother Henry

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It Might Have Been Catnip

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

This morning, when I went into our Outdoor Domain, I discovered a small pile of dried plant material. It looked kind of like catnip, but I was pretty sure it was something else. I decided to investigate to try to figure out what it was. As I started sniffing the odd stuff, Brother Henry appeared in the doorway. He said, “Ummmm… Thomas… take it easy on that catnip.”

Thomas with catnip 1

I started to investigate the plant material. Brother Henry thought it was catnip.

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Stanley’s Nip-O-Rama Part 2- The Aftermath

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

When we left off yesterday, Stanley had just gone belly up in a full blown nip fit, and I had yelled for The Brothers to come outside and help. They arrived quickly, and then we all began shouting to Stanley to try to rouse him from his stupor. It took quite awhile, but eventually he began to stir. As he came to, he rubbed his temple and groaned, “Owwwww… my aching head!”

Stanley, Oliver, Henry and Thomas 1

Stanley finally came to. His head hurt.

I said, “Well what do you expect, Stan? That was some potent nip judging by the smell of it, and you were going to town on that stuff!” Stanley did not like to hear me chastising him. Without getting up off the ground, he turned his head toward me and hissed.

Stanley, Oliver, Henry and Thomas 2

Stanley got mad at me for saying he should not have used so much nip. He hissed at me.

Immediately after he hissed, Stanley felt bad about it. He stood up and turned away with an ashamed look on his face. He said, “I’m sorry, Sir Thomas. That was the nip hissing. I get a little surly when I’ve had too much. I’ll just head home. Maybe my guardians will let me back inside now. Please tell your Guardians thanks for the nip.”

Stanley, Oliver, Henry and Thomas 3

Stanley felt a little ashamed of how he had acted. He apologized and headed home.

As Stanley left, I asked Brother Oliver why the Guardians would have given Stanley such potent nip. Brother Oliver said, “Well, I guess they knew it would keep him safe for a little while. I mean, he couldn’t wander into traffic or get attacked by an off-leash dog as long as he was nipping out here in our yard could he?” I saw Brother Oliver’s point.

As Stanley disappeared I said, “Do you think he will be OK?” Brother Henry spoke up saying, “I hope he will, but you were a Limbo Kitty once, Thomas, and you know the danger he faces.” He was right. I did know. I had spent the last two years trying to forget.

Oliver, Henry and Thomas 3

As Stanley left, I wondered if he would be OK.

I turned to go back inside the house and noticed that Brother  Oliver seemed to focused on the spot where Stanley had been lying just moments before. I asked him, “Are you reflecting on the plight of Limbo Kitties, Brother Oliver?” He replied, “No… I’m just wondering if I can stretch my leg out far enough to reach what’s left of that nip…” After shaking my head at this comment, I continued on into the house. As I left, I heard Brother Oliver say, “OWWWWW!” Brother Henry had bopped him on the butt.

Thomas Out

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Stanley’s Nip-O-Rama Part 1- The Nip Fit

People and fur People who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

Yesterday I went out into our Outdoor Domain and discovered that Stanley had stopped by for a visit. He was on the other side of the grill with his back turned to me. I tried to get his attention by shouting “Hey Stan! How are you doing?”, but he didn’t reply. He seemed to be preoccupied with something on the ground.

Stanley Partaking 1

Stan had stopped by, but he seemed preoccupied with something on the ground.

I tried again, shouting, “Stanley! Great to see you man! I am so glad you are still OK, even though I see your guardians are still making you live in Limbo. Stanley? What are you doing over there?” After I finished speaking, Stanley plopped onto his side and started rubbing his cheek on the ground, but he finally acknowledged me by saying, “Can’t talk… nipping…”

Stanley Partaking 2

Stanley said he couldn’t talk because he was nipping.

That is when the smell hit me. Someone had given Stanley some very potent nip. I was starting to get a little bit nipped out just from the smell. I was about to ask Stanley if he might need to take a break because he was hitting that nip pretty hard, but I did not get the chance. All of a sudden Stanley went belly up in a full blown nip fit!

Stanley Partaking 3

Stanley went belly up in a full blown nip fit!

At that point, I decided it was time to call in reinforcements. I shouted, “Brother Henry! Brother Oliver! Get your furry butts out here! We have a nip-mergency!

Thomas Out

Tomorrow- Stanley’s Nip-O-Rama Part II- The Aftermath.

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The Brothers Overdid It

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas. Well, we all really got into the Mew Year’s spirit and danced our buns off last night, but around midnight The Brothers broke out the catnip. I didn’t have any because I was still too busy dancing at the time.

Thomas still rockin'

The Brothers broke out the catnip around midnight. I was still too busy dancing to partake.

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The Mighty Stanley Endures

My Disciples,

This morning Brother Oliver was sitting on the cat tree in the front window when he spotted someone we haven’t seen in quite a while. He shouted down to Me, “Leader Otis! The Mighty Stanley is outside! He’s still around!” I was excited, and quite relieved to hear this. I had been wondering about Stanley since we hadn’t seen him for many weeks. I always hope such absences mean Stan’s guardians have decided to take him out of Limbo and keep him safely in The Promised Land, but I also know such sudden changes of heart are rare. Brother Oliver’s excited meows caught the attention of one of the Guardians. She opened the front door to find Stanley looking at her.

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The Guardian opened to door to find Stanley looking at her.

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I Didn’t Feel A Thing

People and fur people who like The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas. Last night, after I came down from Kitty Valhalla, I found The Brothers and Leader Otis laying around in the living room. They were giggling, but I didn’t see anything that was funny. I asked what was going on, and Brother Oliver said that the Guardians had put some very potent catnip in the Leader’s Outdoor Domain and that he, The Leader and Brother Henry had just eaten some of it. He said there was more out there if I wanted to check it out. I decided that maybe I should check it out, and I headed out the door to find out what all the fuss was about. I found the nip sprinkled in the bottom of a box.

Thomas investigating catnip

Everyone was giggling in the living room. I decided to check out the catnip they had tried.

I ate a few bites of the nip, but it didn’t taste much different than any other catnip I have had.

Thomas investigating catnip 2

The catnip tasted normal to me.

I sat down and tried to concentrate on what I was feeling. Nothing. Everything felt normal. Why did everyone seem to be so excited about this catnip?

Thomas waiting for catnip to kick in

I didn’t feel anything after eating the catnip.

Suddenly, a purple squirrel ran up the wall of the Outdoor Domain. When he reached the top, he sprouted a little helicopter propeller from the top of his head and flew off into the night. Still wondering if I was ever going to feel anything from this catnip, I watched him disappear into the darkness trailing a a ribbon of rainbow colors behind him.

Thomas waiting for catnip to kick in 2

Since nothing was happening with the catnip, I watched a purple helicopter squirrel fly off into the night.

As I continued to sit there feeling completely normal, the ground suddenly shifted below me. I have heard Brother Oliver say that we live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, so I assumed that I was experiencing my first one. As the ground continued to shift, I lost my balance and fell over on my side.

Thomas rolling 1

The ground suddenly shifted beneath me and I fell over on my side.

Next the ground spun around in a circle. I didn’t know that could happen in an earthquake, but since my mind was completely unaffected by the catnip, I knew that must be exactly what was happening. As the ground spun, so did I.

Thomas rolling 2

The ground started to spin and I spun with it.

When the spinning finally came to a stop, something even weirder happened. Gravity seemed to reverse itself. I ended up with my legs up in the air because that way felt like down. It was such a strange feeling, especially since I was experiencing it with a completely clear head, unaffected by the catnip that was clearly not as good as The Brothers and Leader Otis had thought.

Thomas rolling 3

It was so weird that, after the spinning stopped, gravity reversed itself.

After laying there with my legs in the air for a few minutes everything started to seem very amusing to me. I’m not sure why, but I just started laughing. I think I was probably just so relieved that I had survived the world’s strangest earthquake  that I was reacting with relieved laughter. I continued to react with relieved laughter for approximately four hours, and then I fell asleep. When I woke up, gravity had returned to normal. I suddenly remembered the purple helicopter squirrel I had seen flying off into the night, and I got concerned that he might have crashed into the ground or something when the gravity reversed. I ran over and looked out of the Outdoor Domain, scanning for any sign of the crunchy little rodent.

Thomas looking for squirrel

I was worried about the squirrel I had seen. I tried to look for him.

Eventually I realized that when gravity had reversed itself, the purple helicopter squirrel would have actually flown off into space rather than crashing into the ground. I was puzzled for a moment, wondering why I hadn’t realized that right away. Then I figured it out. It was probably the catnip. I really don’t see why The Brothers and Leader Otis were so excited about it though if its only effect is to make you a little bit slower at seeing the obvious. I guess they really are kind of weird.

Thomas Out

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Surprise Under Glass- Part III: The Leader Gets His Turn

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here. When we last left off, Brother Oliver had chowed down on some fresh catnip, and Leader Otis told Brother O to save some for Him. Well, after The Leader said that, Brother Oliver stepped aside and let Him move in for a closer look at the catnip.

Catnip Surprise 8

Brother Oliver stepped aside so Leader Otis could inspect the plant.

The Guardian saw The Leader inspecting the catnip, and she said, “Do you want a piece Otis?” She then plucked a leaf off the plant and handed it to Leader Otis. He gulped it down quickly.

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The Guardian plucked a leaf and gave it to The Leader.

After The Leader downed the leaf, the nip seemed to take effect almost immediately. He laid down on his side and said, “Ahhhhhhh.” The Guardian didn’t seem to notice. She plucked another leaf and offered it to The Leader.

Catnip Surprise 10

The Guardian offered The Leader another leaf, even though, clearly, he was already feeling plenty nippy.

I could tell The Leader hesitated for a moment, possibly thinking it might not be a good idea to overdo it with the fresh nip. Before too long, though, I saw him opening his mouth to accept the leaf.

Catnip Surprise 11

I think The Leader considered not eating another leaf, but he didn’t consider it long.

The Leader slowly chewed the second nip leaf, but I could tell it was a little too much for Him. He seemed determined to finish it though.

Catnip Surprise 12

The Leader slowly chewed the second leaf. I think it was a bit much for Him.

As Leader Otis finished his second leaf, His eyes closed. He lay still, and seemed to drift off into nip-blivion. I could watch no longer. I knew The Leader would be safe sleeping off the nip under the watchful eyes of The Guardian… even though she had been responsible for his apparent over-indulgence. I headed back into the house to make sure all the water bowls were full. I figured Both Brother Oliver and The Leader would need to rehydrate soon.

So Says Brother Henry

Tomorrow- Surprise Under Glass- Part IV: Mama Gets Her Nip On

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