I just wish someone could tell me why I’ve “collected” them all my life.
It goes all the way back to being a kid, I suppose, and my mother and Aunt Sarah set the example.
What I’m talking about here is cats.
I’ve had more than my share of all kinds of pets, and after all these years, looking back, I have to say that cats are the most destructive and most time demanding of any other pet I’ve ever had.
That even goes for my horse years, and that’s saying a lot.
I started thinking about it after I got a message from a friend up in Carolina about something crazy her cats had done.
It seems they had gotten into something they shouldn’t have, something like that anyway, which for any experienced cat owner should be taken as the norm.
I commented back to this friend that cats were the exact reason I have found it necessary to not do lots of things and to curtail what I have out and about in the house, and lots of these things I’d really like to have out and about, see and use.
Here are some of my basic “no no’s” about having … cats.
Don’t bother replacing that new sofa you just got a great deal on a few months ago when it’s apparent it’s become the new scratching post of choice.
It’s just going to happen again, again and again.
Don’t leave out anything that can be damaged by, well, something wet.
Enough said, right? But I’ll just add here that I’ve bought three new flat screen televisions this year.
(Bet I don’t have to worry about any uninvited visitors now!)
Don’t think you can do one single thing when you get home besides … feed cats immediately. It’s the only way to get them off your back and get some peace.
Don’t ever light candles. This one needs no explanation.
If you leave a roast or anything else for that matter out to cool, don’ think it’s too big for a 12 pound cat to pull off a counter and make off with. Seen it done far too many times.
Don’t toss a pile of clean laundry anywhere until you get ready to fold it and put it up, whether it’s going to be for 10 minutes or a couple of hours.
Someone will find it and you’ll be headed right back to the washing machine, and that’s after you lint roll it and shake off all the loose cat hair.
Don’t put anything that’s spillable or breakable on top of a table that has a tablecloth.
Cat jumps, skids, tablecloth and everything on it hits the floor. You spend 20 minutes cleaning it all up.
Then, they act like it’s your fault.
Don’t think that a cat can’t tear into a brand new 25 pound bag of well sealed dry cat food that’s left out within their reach.
You’ll come home and find it scattered from one end of the house to the other, bag nicely ripped to shreds and millions of pieces of cat food all over the place.
(This is where greedy dogs come in handy, though.)
So why have them?
Well, even with all the above, they’re just cats, after all, and we know their behavior is predictable.
And those furry faces that rush to rub up against you when you open the door … I guess it’s worth all the trouble.
But really, that’s probably just part of their game plan. They try and endear themselves to you just enough to redeem their true nature.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you cats aren’t smart.
Contact Laura Nation-Atchison at lnation@dailyhomecom.