My People end up driving me to the beach last Sunday.
I am a very good kitty in the car! I meow a few times, but mostly just sit quietly on the passenger seat.
Usually, People #1 drives and People #2 is my lap seat. This time, People #1 drives the truck towing the trailer in front of us, so I can't sit in People #2's lap. He's got his hands on that round thing which he turns this way and that. When I try to crawl in his lap, he tells me to stay in my seat.
Sometimes I grumble just to remind him who's really boss.
People #2 talks to me and pets me often, at least while I'm awake. I do manage to get in a few winks during the trip.
We finally stop and we are in a completely new place. People #2 takes me in his arms and we get out of the car. I am too dignified to struggle, but I do try to turn my head around to see where I am. People #2 whispers some sweet nothing in my ear and pets me.
I don't see much except smooth gray ground (the stuff cars like to ride on) and a bunch of huge white boxes which look like tiny houses parked all around.
I see the familiar silver bullet which is my first home. People #2 opens the door and takes me back to the litter box which is in the little bathroom at the back of the trailer. Yeah, yeah, I know where it is already! You don't have to keep putting me in it.
What I would like is some FOOD. But my bowl is empty for a few more minutes, which feels like a day.
I hear this strange noise all the time. It's sort of like traffic. But it doesn't stink so much.
In fact, it has a very different smell. Somehow it makes me hungry for fish.
This trailer is a very small space with both People and that darn dog. I have to laugh when they do this little shuffling dance to get around one another. I smirk in satisfaction when the People keep telling Ringo to move!
I, on the other hand, know how to stay out of the way. I thank my lucky stars that I paid attention in Kitty 101.
I like to hide under the couch in the front of the trailer. But I can't do this at night when the People fold it out to a bed.
Sometimes I come out to eat or be fussed over. Other times I sit on top of the couch and look out the window at the water.
I mean, this pond is HUGE! I don't think I could swim to the other side if I had to. (I hate water except to drink.)
For now, I am content to stay inside. The People take Ringo out for walks a lot. This is fine. I don't care one way or the other.
One of my favorite places is the little bathroom in the back. My litter box is on the bottom of the shower, and my food bowl is on the shower seat above that. I like to sit on the top of the commode, when the lid is down of course! I can see everything that goes on from this vantage point.
"Oh, you're taking my picture! Hmmm...."
"First I'm going to ignore you for a little bit."
"Oh all right! Here's a better face."
I hear the People talking about putting me in a harness and a leash and taking me outside. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this now. I look pretty ridiculous in that harness, which they put on me last year but give up quickly because they don't like the way it looks, and I certainly don't like the way it feels.
There's nothing worse than an undignified cat. I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, here's a shot of me with Ringo kickin' back:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Both my People are rushing around taking stuff out of the house today, which disturbs me.
This can mean only one thing: we are going on a trip.
I do not like trips. I'd rather stay at home!
But I don't get a vote. I need to keep my cool when I ride in the car.
I'm better at it than I used to be, but I still get freaked out sometimes. Especially when we slow down, or when they use the turn-signal. For some reason the sound of the signal really bothers me.
It looks like I'll be living in that big silver bullet thing again. That is my first home when I first bring my People home from the animal shelter in Vancouver. I am not sure I like the small space. Especially now that we have added a big dog to the family!
But it is fun to hide underneath the couch!
See you on the flip.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I saunter up to my computer keyboard and start pawing away. Furiously.
People #2 looks up quizzically from his desk. "Rupert, I don't believe this! Are you blogging two days in a row? This is unheard of!"
Then he hears "Reeeowwww....rouw....meowmeow....prrrrd...rwow" (and so on and so forth) but what I am actually saying is: "I've got all these new kitty friends who want to KNOW about me now! I am just vain enough to enjoy being on display, so why not share my kitty life with the public?"
Yes, cats are natural hams, although of course we rarely admit it. Kitty 101 again.
So let me tell you about my new roommate.
It is a DOG, actually. His name is Ringo. I first see him a few years ago when we live in Arizona. Next door neighbor Cowboy is his first owner.
Cowboy needs to change jobs and locations, and gives Ringo to my People #1 and People #2, who become Ringo's second owners. This happens in August.
When Ringo first arrives, I am not thrilled. "Oh, that dog again," I hiss. I arch my back and bare my very sharp teeth. They are like razors, like my claws. I am proud of what equipment I still have!
"Stay back, dog", I growl. I stand my ground, as I do with all dogs. (In fact, I pretend to attack the neighbor's very large dog when we first move here, but that's another story!)
Ringo looks at me warily. "Oh, one of THOSE cats!" he thinks. "I'd better keep my distance".
People #1 has the irritating habit of picking me up and bringing me close to the dog, talking sofly. At first I make a show of resisting, then get tired. Ringo just sits there, waiting for me to make friends.
He has a long time to wait.
I grow bored of hissing and decide to touch noses with Ringo. Obviously he's going to be around for a while. I don't feel like wasting my energy fighting him. Now that I've got him reasonably trained, he is tolerable to be around.
In fact, he does keep me company when People #1 and People #2 are gone. Wouldn't they like to be a fly on the wall to see what we do?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"Bad, bad kitty", my People #2 scolds me.
I wash my face and ignore him. It's the very first subject we have to take in Kitty 101.
He asks, "Why do you even have a blog, Rupert? You haven't written in it for nearly a year!"
Meow, I say. Whatever. I'm a busy cat.
People #2 shrugs his shoulders and walks away. I hate it when he does that.
Shame takes a while to sink in, if it sinks in at all. I am a CAT, for gosh sake. We cats do whatever we want. When we want to do it.
When we are not sleeping, eating or stalking (if we are lucky enough to go outdoors, which I am!) we spend our time training our People.
We take this very seriously. It's a noble, worthwhile goal which lasts all of our (nine) lives.
In fact, it's our most important task next to sleeping. These People need to know who's boss. In this house, that's ME.
Sometimes I have to lay down the law:
Other times we cats have to pretend to do what the People want, in order to get what WE want. Sometimes People have good ideas, but we mustn't encourage them or praise them in any way. If the ideas just happen to line up with what we have in mind, then we can go along with it, maybe.
So I put paws to keyboard to write in my blog. Yawn. Stretch. Wash.
Okay, I'm going back to sleep now.