Site Meter cat about the house: October 2005

Saturday, October 15, 2005

new dangers and obstacles

earlier today, i was sleeping on the couch, minding my own business, and melissa grabs me and shoves me in the bedroom and shuts the door. a few minutes later, in comes punch, same deal. so here we are, locked in the bedroom. what is happening? we decided to groom each other and fight a bit, then were about to nap again, when the door opens, and we are let out.

but lo and behold, what do i see? there are some new things in the living room, the most obtrusive of which is a big cabinet in the corner where i often sit. so that's what the ruckus was about. furniture delivery or manufacture of some sort. so we begin to explore the new additions, all the while i know in the back of my furry head that i need to begin scouting out new places for sitting. i can't believe they would just take away my corner like that!

the very top of this new cabinet looks kind of inviting, but it poses two problems. one, how do i get up there, and two - once there, how will i get down? i know i can land on all fours, but at what cost? sore paws? probably not worth it.

and so our lives change again. maybe it's a small thing, but a large part of our kitty world feels very different tonight. i think i'll just sleep under bed for a few nights, until i'm used to this new furnitures.

Friday, October 07, 2005

letters from the readers

every so often, other cats or people will send me an e-mail, or leave comments on my blog posts. most comments are self-explanatory, or do not require any reply: "nice blog!", or "i'm also a cat, and i like to read", or some such comment.

tonight, however, i think i will share a recent bit of correspondence:

DEAR PRATT - I'M A GREY TABBY IN SAINT LOUIS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR FAVORITE TOY IS. MINE IS A MOUSE THAT IS STUCK IN A PLASTIC CIRCLE, AND I CAN BAT IT AROUND WITH MY PAW. IT DRIVES ME NUTS AND I LOVE IT. I HOPE YOU CAN WRITE ME BACK AND TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TOYS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! SIGNED, (CORDIALLY) - PRINCESS THE CAT

well, thanks for writing, princess. it's a good question, and i'm glad to answer. in between meals and naps, i often pass time by chasing things. one thing that is fun to chase is a spongy ball that the people throw, and i sometimes bring it back to them. sort of like "fetch", but for cats. and there are times when i can amuse myself for hours on end, even if there is no one around to throw the ball. i can attach it to my claw, then whip my arm back and forth until it goes flying across the room, and i chase it.

the other day, i discovered a new item - a tape measure. one of my people (the girl, and her name slips my mind right now) was taunting me with it, and i happily and curiously obliged. here is a picture of the antics:






well, that's about it for now. thanks for writing, and enjoy your mouse!

-pratt

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

water glass preferences

if you have been reading my blog in the past, then you know that i enjoy drinking water from peoples' glasses. if the water level is high enough to reach, i can just lap at it as i would drink from my normal water dish. but if i can't reach, then i can just dip my paw in and lick it off. while slightly more time consuming, it is still thirst-quenching.

anyway, as the humidity of the summer wears off, the people who i live with have taken to bringing a glass of water to their bedside in the evenings. my big tabby brother punch and i take this opportunity to share in their water. this seems to annoy them to no end. they try to put objects on top of the glasses so we can't get to them, but ever resourceful, we can just knock them over to get at the contents of the glass.

and so it has come to be that in addition to a glass of water, the people have set aside a glass of water for just us cats. this way, everyone is happy, and no one has to drink paw-flavored water if they don't want to. a simple compromise. i would like to specify, however, that our water comes without ice, and in one of the shorter juice glasses, which makes it easier to stick our whiskers and face in without risk of knocking the whole glass over.

and while it has been suggested that we drink from our designated drinking bowl, we pretty much prefer to do it our way. we do appreciate the suggestions, though.

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