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He thinks he’s people

I picked up a cat owner’s manual at Half Price Books a couple of nights ago and learned that in their first year cats age more rapidly than dogs. An eight week old kitten is really like three years old in people years. I wholeheartedly agree with this, as I’ve felt like I’m living with a preschooler for a couple of weeks now.

He’s fickle. He wants love and affection, but God forbid I pet him anywhere and come away unharmed.

He runs laps around the house for hours on end, pausing only when distracted by a toy in his path.

He hates being told “no.” Saying no only makes him angrier. In these situations it’s better to just walk away.

Like a pacifier or a thumb, he sucks on the tip of his tail and is instantly soothed. It’s so endearing that I instantly forget I was yelling at him a minute ago for biting my ear Mike Tyson style.

When his more annoying qualities really get to me, it’s calming to know that he’ll soon grow out of them and move on to asking questions about everything like, “Where do kittens come from?” and, in less than a year, bugging us to get him a car.

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  1. * ~v says:

    who’s taking care of him when you’re away? do you use a spray bottle (with water in it, not acid or anything) when you say, ‘no’? it really helps because eventually it’s just the noise that bugs them and you don’t even really need to use water. and when he wants a car, just tell him to get a job. that’s what i do. none of my cats have jobs but none of them asks for a car anymore.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  2. * david g says:

    A friend from work will be watching him while we’re in LA. And yes, we use a spray bottle.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  3. * david g says:

    Again, that was ~R, not david g.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  4. * ~v says:

    that makes more sense. i couldn’t really see dave using the spray bottle.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  5. * mike says:

    Dave uses a nine iron.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  6. * david g says:

    Actually, Dave has used the spray bottle.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  7. * david g says:

    Grr, that was me, ~R, not david g.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  8. * ~A says:

    “i couldn’t really see dave using the spray bottle.” – I could see G throwing the spray bottle in the general direction of the cat.

    :0)

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  9. * ~A says:

    He thinks he’s people but he tastes like chicken.

    (sorry)

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  10. * ~v says:

    i can’t believe you were already here and gone.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  11. * ~v says:

    when are you coming back?

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  12. * ~A! says:

    I’m not judging your taste in food but he still tastes like chicken. :o)

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  13. * mike says:

    Tell him he’s not human unless he starts a blog.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  14. * ~v says:

    hey! can’t he just be a blog slut, like me?

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago


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