talk about dysfunctional. there are 8 members in this family. 2 won't sit. 1 won't share. 1 doesn't get enough sun. 2 tear at each other on sight. the woman won't stop. the man has no clue. welcome to my family.
does the man & woman know we are living in filth?? they have not cleaned the apartment in OVER A MONTH!
the white tiles near the shower are covered in paw prints, the dining table have suspicious brown stains all over it (again), there are bits of swheat scoop, hair, fur, ash all over the floor, the shower drainpipe is clogged with hair, i won't even mention the toilet! and they seem to think i have more hygiene indoors. I am calling SPCA.
there is an action figure in the stores called Crazy Cat Lady. Stupid.com has this to say: It starts innocently enough... You find a little kitten on your doorstep and "rescue" it. Then, somehow, another cat comes along, and you take that one in, too. Then another. And another. Before long, you look in the mirror and... OH MY GOD!!! You're a Crazy Cat Lady!!!!
here's how the woman did on the Crazy Cat Lady test (7 or more means oh oh, you are a CCL): Do you get excited when you hear a can opener? NO Do you think cats are smarter than people? NO Do you feel Tom is more talented than Jerry? YES Do you have more cats than ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends? YES Do you bring new (boy/girl)friends home so the cats can meet them? YES Do you later break up with them because the cats weren't impressed? NO Do you spend more on doctor bills for your cats than for yourself? YES Do you buy the ice cream your cats prefer instead the kind you like? NO Can you tell your cats apart by the roughness of their tongues? NO Have you ever warned a guest not to sit on a specific piece of furniture because it belongs to the cats? YES Do you own more than one piece of clothing with a cat on it? YES Do you have a website devoted to your cats? YES Do you spend more on Christmas presents for your cat than for your family? NO Do you buy more than one kind of cat food because a few of your cats are picky eaters? NO Have you ever had to explain to a police officer that the stuff in the bag really is catnip? NO Do you feel that the ancient Egyptian tradition of cat worship is the one true religion? NO Is the sheet of instructions for watching your cats while you're on vacation longer than a page? NO
because after all she has done for them, the kittens always follow the man around, snuggle next to him on the bed and lick his feet (eeks).
i like the woman more of course because she is a sucker. i only have to make a little bit of noise and she will come running to pet me and stroke me. unless she is sleeping. then she will pretend not to hear.
fast friends. the kittens are now more or less free to roam in the main areas of the flat but they often visit their good friend Leafty in the utility room, to play and sometimes to curl up together to sleep. the woman prepares to move them all out of the utility room permanently to live with us. i can't wait.
after the chicken wires have gone up, the woman and man are having it good. fresh(er) air and retired whoudini felines. i continue my protest against captivity by constant caterwauling. unless the woman sits me on her lap for a good backrub.
after the next great migration, rabbeet will have the utility room all to himself. he is in the cage condo now and unlike any of the other animals in the house, absolutely enjoys it in there going about his own business. until the kittens start using his cage condo as a jungle gym. so he will be happy to get those pesky twits out of his fur soon. and into mine.
this is the latest cruel attempt to turn us into indoor pets. the man and woman finally have the chicken wires up. so no more sitting by my nasty neighbour's cactus, no more snitching tibby's food on the 4th floor landing, no more visits to abscess cat, no more nibbling at the hdb landscaping and no more lazing on 2nd floor roof landing.
now all i can do at my age is look forward to mealtimes and death. swell. the argument for keeping us indoors is usually that an indoor cat lives a good 12 -18 years compared to a street cat that has a life expectancy of 2-5 years. like to point out though, is a cossetted uninspired life really worth prolonging??
the woman is torn but becomes that bit more pro-indoor when she discovers a bowl of dubious liquids (washing detergent?) left at our stair landing. i know better than to lick something like that but she doesn't quite trust in my intelligence. after all, i am a dumb animal.
Franny Syufy of About.com adds fuel to fire with her offensive Balance Sheet of the pros and cons of keeping cats indoors:
Pros: 1. Injury or death by vehicles 2. Poisoned intentionally or accidentally 3. Injury or death by fighting with other cats 4. Infectious diseases contracted from other cats: FIP,FIV,FeLV,URIs 5. Parasites: fleas, ticks, ringworm 6. Injury or death by sadists 7. Injury or death by dogs or predators 8. Killing of wildlife by outdoor cats 9. Getting lost, picked up by A/C 10. Theft for sale as laboratory animals or "bait" for illicit gaming 11. Problems with neighbors: cats littering their yards
Cons: 1. Indoor cats are lazy, and don't get the exercise they need. 2. Cats by their very nature deserve the freedom of outdoor life. 3. The cats love the outdoors, fresh air and sunshine, and I love watching them there.
simply put, we love the outdoors but it doesn't love us back. sucks to live in an imperfect world.
she may not be as photogenic, fuzzy or 'demure', but Tooty is a true star. since a month old, she learns to circumvent the man and woman's attempts to keep her in the utility room as fast as they can think it up. sometimes by negotiating a very complex leverage strategy to get over the ever rising barrier.
when she is out, she watches my every move carefully and quickly follows my example, among other things, on how to escape to the great outdoors through a shut lourved window. she does not have the power in her limbs yet to bend aluminium like i can but she is close, give her a few more weeks. but this is just the cat-in-her talking.
she understands punishment. Tooty anticipates jail time by going into hiding. when she is let out again on good behaviour, she rubs herself profusely on the man or woman's leg, flops on the ground and meows to ask for a sympathy rub. Fruity doesn't even know she is being punished. but still this is the cat-in-her talking.
the thing that amazes the man and woman is Tooty's human-like intuition about others. when Leafty gets lonely on his own and starts nudging the barrier, Tooty jumps in to pet it on the head. when Fruity has trouble getting over the barrier, she gives her a push from behind to help her along. she licks Fruity's hard to reach places for her when she is banged up after the fall.
a naughty, impossible kitten torn between instints and need for attachment should have her own tv show. at home, she already is a much sought after substitute for cable (which the man and woman doesn't have).
lana has hernia and the vet says it is very common among pedigrees. the man's friend asks the breeder to pay for the surgery but is rejected and lana is returned to the breeder.
as a stray, i have my own bitter reasons for being against the pet trade. but this gives me a couple more. firstly, it cannot be a good thing to force genetics in the way a breeder does to produce a required aesthetic and temperament in an animal. many of these pure breeds have little genetic resilience and get sick at a drop of a hat.
secondly, i wonder what they do with pups that cannot be sold because they are not cute enough, they stay too long on the shelf and get too old, or worse, have some major defect. it is dangerous when an animal becomes a commodity because they get treated like one.