Friday, April 17, 2009
Equal Time for cats
paint today, but I thought I'd give the stage to
one of my cats, to stop the animals from becoming
jealous of one another.
Timbah, our four-year-old black cat, is quite the quirky
individual. We've been thinking that he's
crazy, but lately I've been wondering if that's just a
foolish human notion. He may in fact be very smart.
As soon as my husband leaves the house, to go for a
walk, or to work, the cat starts yelling. But that's not
all, while he's yelling, he carries something from
the laundry table in the basement upstairs to me on the
second floor. Yelling, yelling and yelling. For quite
a while it was socks (mine), then one day when I
had to go somewhere a little special -- it was a cleaned
pair of white fleece gloves - perfect!
But in the past two weeks when my husband has
been working at the office instead of in his home office
most of the time, Timbah has started bringing me
larger items -- my track pants for instance. And
today he thought I should be a bit stylish for the
last day of school for this year, and
brought me a beaded dress top.
So I think he's actually trying to take care of me.
The track pants? Maybe he sees that I sit down
too much when I'm marking, and he's right I need
more exercise. The beaded dress? Well we were
having end-of-term parties in my class today.
Of course after the dress had been dragged over
the floor it was not really wearable. But the
thought was there.
Eight Things Cats Know:
1. Naps matter
2. It's always good to be beautiful, wash your face.
3. If a box has nothing in it, it's a toy.
4. If a box has something soft in it, it's a bed.
5. If it's six o'clock it's dinner time.
6. If it's dinner time race around the house
or yell, until someone notices the time.
7. Two cats are better than one, for naps,
and for negotiating dinner, opening doors,
and playing games.
8. If the dog's lying in front of the heat vent,
curl up behind her and stick one paw against
her back. If she doesn't move, get up and lick
Have a-contented-as-a-happy-cat day.
- Barbara Muir
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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