It’s the peep today. Gracie is taking the day off. Something about ‘nip and nap day. I’m going to give you a lesson in cats.
First, don’t get just one, get two. They do better in pairs except for the occasional older cat that doesn’t like other cats and really there aren’t too many of those. They are like people though. They don’t like all cats just because they are cats. They pick and choose their friends just like we do. Some like dogs and others think they are slobbery creatures. I fall in between.
First off be careful of what you do. They like routine and will turn anything they like into a routine. For example, I gave Morgan a treat after dinner when she broke her leg. Sasha and Gus hopped on that bandwagon, and we’ve been doing it ever since – that’s a year and a half now. The leg has long since healed but the routine goes on. There is no hope of not doing it. Come 7 p.m. they are gathered in the treat spot wailing their displeasure at my tardiness.
They find your buttons. I like to go on my computer early in the morning (after I feed them breakfast of course). Recently Gracie, who doesn’t like anything including treats, discovered the Zoom Groom. It’s a rubbery thingie that must feel good. Now she will not let me at the computer unless I do that first. She has put on cap lock, deleted my page and created other chaos. It’s easier to zoom groom her first then to try to figure out what she did.
They have superb hearing. I get that hearing of the flip top cat food can and the unique sound the opening of the treat door makes, but I don’t get the non-noise the Zoom Groom makes. It’s not in a drawer but lying on top of my computer table yet as soon as I pick it up, Sasha is there. Even if she’s sleeping on another floor. She can tell. So before I can go on the computer, I have to use it on Gracie and Sasha. I’m hoping they don’t tell Gus. They all like it. I don’t like it because the static electricity that it creates puts cat hair all over the place.
Whatever they like today, they may not like tomorrow. Don’t buy anything in truckloads. That includes toys. Mostly my cats don’t play with anything that cost money, preferring to drag dirty socks or odd pieces off fabric around. They only do dirty underwear when we have guests. That’s reserved for special.
They are like people in that they have fallouts with their feline friends. Sasha is a very self-absorbed cat. She likes to be first in everything. Occasionally the others get fed up and she gets the paw of “no” smacked on her head. I don’t interfere because it’s always warranted. No one is hurt and Sasha is reminded that she’s not the only cat in the house. Gus prefers a “nibble” on her ear to keep her in line.
That’s enough for you to absorb for today. Maybe I’ll do another lesson in the future. Perhaps a lesson on administering (or not) medications. That will be as long as War and Peace.