Welcome to Coffee. Leave your shoes on – there’s litter everywhere. I swear to Gawd the little beasts have a fertilizer spreader loaded with litter and they spend the whole night distributing it. Here, let me move a cat so you can sit down.
Sigh. Having a Clowder of Cats is not as fun as you might think. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I know Mim is excited that between us we have a good sized Clowder, but living with four cats has its challenges.
For instance, food……
Dexter: Eww! This food smells like shit!
Teddy: What? I LOVE this food! It’s better than anything I found on the streets.
Dexter: It’s shit. I can’t eat that.
Teddy: But this is organic with no chemicals and fillers.
Dexter: So it’s organic shit with no chemicals and fillers.
Lucy: If Dexter doesn’t eat it, then I won’t eat it.
Teddy: Fine by me! I’ll eat it.
Lucy: Okay. I’ll eat it. It’s not that bad, Dex. And I am hungry.
Dexter: Not one piece of that will pass my lips.
And then there’s the challenge of Poopers……
Dexter: Hi. I need to poo
Izzie: Hi. That’s irrelevant to me.
Dexter: There’s a pooper behind you that, I believe, I’m supposed to use when I visit.
Izzie: That pooper? That’s my pooper.
Dexter: May I use your pooper?
Dexter: So where am I supposed to poo?
Izzie: That, too, is irrelevant to me.
Dexter: I’ll just wait until you leave and then I’ll poo in your pooper.
Izzie: I have nothing else to do for the rest of the day.
Dexter: Thank Gawd! Another pooper!
Izzie: That’s my pooper.
Dexter: No. That other pooper is your pooper. This pooper is for Lucy and me because you won’t let us poo in your pooper.
Izzie: Nope. It’s mine too.
Dexter: You can’t have both poopers!
Izzie: Why not? There’s no rule saying that I can only have one pooper.
Teddy: Is anyone going to eat this last bit of food?
Lucy: I really, really need to poo. Please, can I use this pooper?
Lucy: But I really have to poo!
Izzie: Irrelevant to me.
10 minutes later…….
Izzie: Oh, you are in trouble now! A poo on the carpet! You’re a dead cat walking. Haha!
Then it was the Cat Castle……
Lucy: Wow! That’s a fancy-shmancy palace.
Izzie: It’s mine.
Lucy: Lucky you! I think the very top platform is perfect for me.
Izzie: No it isn’t.
Lucy: Sure it is. I’ll just try it out.
Izzie: Didn’t you hear me? I said…..slap…..it’s….slap…..mine…..slap.
Lucy: You’re not very nice.
Izzie: That’s irrelevant to me.
Lucy: Oh, come on! It’s more than big enough for all of us.
Izzie: Yes, it is.
Lucy: So? Can I have a nap on it?
Teddy: Yeah. She won’t let me on it either. I feel your pain. It’s so close, yet so far away. I left a little food if that helps.
The worst challenge by far……
Izzie: Did you just let my Mom pet you?
Dexter: Yes. And it was lovely. She’s a great petter.
Izzie: She’s mine.
Dexter: That’s irrelevant to me.
Izzie: Really? Is….slap….this….slap….irrelevant….slap….to….slap….you?
Izzie: Never let my Mom pet you! Ever! Slap, slap, kick!
Teddy: Mom gave me a brush last night and it was amazing.
Izzie: WHAT?! She brushed you?
Teddy: Yup! By the way…are you going to eat those leftovers?
Izzie: Don’t ever let me catch you getting a brush again!
Teddy: She’s my Mom too.
Izzie: No she isn’t. You’re just something she dragged home.
Lucy: She scratched my chin last night.
Izzie: WHAT THE HELL?! You too?! Gawd!!
The challenges are not confined to the cats. We suddenly have hairy dust bunnies the size of Grizzly Bears. There’s hair everywhere! I went to buy groceries the other day…..
Nice Lady: I love your coat! Is it cashmere?
Me: No. It’s cat hair.
Nice Lady: Oh! Ew!
But, the thing is, it all turned out fantastic-ally. After the blizzards of slapping tapered off, and the chases morphed from terrifying to fun, and they worked out the poopers, they ended up liking each other.
Even better? Teddy and Izzie have become friends. Mim and I were totally excited when Teddy started licking Izzie’s face. Of course she was repulsed at first but then she must have decided it was not un-pleasant. She even gave him an experimental lick while Mim & I did a quiet happy dance.
Thanks for coming for coffee. I needed some human contact. Here’s a lint roller. No, take it with you – cat hair will turn up for days and you’ll probably need it.
Thanks, as always, to Part-Time Monster.