Please find below a guest post by Alanna Sinclair
Oh sweet. So cute. So……SNEAKY!
My cats have a secret life. Or did, until a few months ago. I was just a regular person working a regular eight-to-five job, leaving early in the morning and coming home many many hours later. Sometimes I would come home to find items out of place, cat toys in strange spots, and errrrr….messy situations (I’m sure you can relate!). I just assumed it was because of random play and fun around the house while I was gone. Boy, was I wrong! The truth, as always, is far stranger…
Here are just a few of the things that FINALLY made sense – though not in the way I thought they would – after I started my own business and began working from home. Proceed with caution. Your current ideas about the cat universe are about to be shaken!
The Translocational Bathmat
I would come home every once in a while to find the bathmat in a strange location. One day it would be crumpled on the floor of the bathroom, and the next it would be rolled up and deposited behind the dining table. I assumed it was just fun to tote around and dump. What I failed to realize, however, is that once a cat is rolled in the bathmat, it becomes a translocational device that allows cats to propel themselves along hardwood floors at incredible speeds! Especially when chased by a grumpy girl-cat who did NOT want her face licked…(much hissing ensued once the bathmatted Frapples ran out of runway).
Advanced Toy Rotation
Toys seem very simple. Small. Fun to play with. Smell like catnip. But also a tool of advanced feline communication! Now that I’m home all the time, I’ve found that Callie and Frapples bring me one toy when I’m behaving (their catnip pillow), and another when I’m not giving them due credit for their glorious existence (the mouse, or worse, none! *gasp*!). Sometimes, when I was at my old job, they would even bring me their stuffed Fish at night. I now recognize how sorely I misjudged this act – I didn’t even say “Thank You”! The Fish, you see, is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a human person. Forget the Nobel Prize. I can now live a happy, full life knowing that I have earned midnight delivery of The Fish.
Dynamic Poop Relocation
When I used to find small poop speckles on the wall near the litterbox, I assumed someone was just being messy or had a litter mishap. That’s because I wasn’t home to see/hear Frapples use the litterbox. It’s an ecclesiastical event! First, there are many ministrations as he tries to convince me to let him outside to do the deed. Then he realizes that’s not happening and actually uses the litterbox. After a short silence and much shoveling he EJECTS himself from the box (and I say EJECTS because he’s like a test dummy being launched from a cockpit), completes two galloping laps of the house, and finishes with a gallant benediction. So that’s where the flying poop comes from! Hallelujah. I has been churched.
Our cats are incredible, complex creatures. Being at home with mine every day has only given me more evidence of this. Each day brings new interactions and surprises and, whether messy or memorable, I feel blessed to experience them all. I wish the very same for you and your furry family – may your road be ever strange and filled with Fish!
What strange habits/happenings go on at YOUR house? Comment below to let us know!
About the author:
Alanna Sinclair owns PawHaven Home and Pet Sitting in Houston, Texas. She lives with her two rescue kitties, Callie and Frapples, and likes to spend her free time reading, watching independent films, and finding as many ways as possible to earn The Fish. You can find out more about Alanna and read her blog on pet health and happiness at www.mypawhaven.com
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