Outside of the litter box, lets learn a little more about our family feline. Here is a little synopsis of our pet cat Rosie and her idiosyncrasies. She is a nine year old grey tabby cat that cuddles only when she feels like it and lets you know she is done by biting you. She sheds hair like crazy and has a nasty habit of cleaning her privates when ever and where ever she pleases. In caring for Rosie, the number one rule is that you must make sure that her food bowl never becomes empty. It must always have food or she consider it her sole responsibility to notify you of its depleted state. She does this with one of two methods that she has perfected over the years. She will either scream and cry like her tail is being stepped on by a two ton elephant OR heaven forbid she eats the last bit of kibble during the night then she must implement method two. Method two requires that she immediately trot upstairs to a darkened bedroom. Once there she must begin pulling on all the metal dresser drawer pulls so they click and clack until one of her people wakes up screaming in a fit of rage. It can get kinda ugly, so it is best to give her a little extra food before you go to bed. She also has a small problem with water in bowls and the drinking of that water. The problem is that she doesn't like drinking directly from the bowl. She first likes to fight the water with her paws. Picture a cat putting its paw in a goldfish bowl and rooting around to catch a swimming fish. This is what Rosie does each and every time she drinks, resulting in a huge wet mess all over the floor. Once she has adequately soaked the floor and beaten the water into submission, she gently licks the water from her paws. Outside of those few quirks, she is great and you almost don't even know she lives here.
Why isn't there a Cat Whisperer? Why can't Cesar Millan have a sister that knows cats?
Here is a quick picture I just snapped this evening of our snoozing Rosie under my desk. She apparently hasn't picked up on my bad vibe because she is constantly under foot and in close proximity to me. Perhaps the old adage, keep your friends close and your enemies closer is in play here. Animals are pretty savvy in the ways of survival.
She does have one redeeming quality and that is she keeps my feet warm under my desk. And, I guess the kids like her too. Geez, I guess we have no choice but to let her live out her natural life with us. How long do cats live anyway???