Don’t Try This at Home

Okay, it’s very funny when a cat jumps backwards. But please, please, don’t let your cat up on the counter or the stovetop to mess around with appliances! You’ll be sorry if he knocks your toaster to the floor and breaks it. You’ll be even sorrier if he or she gets hurt.

My cat Buster was a world-class startler, and the way to get him was to wait until he walked past you, his mind on something else entirely, and then just scrape your foot against the floor. Kazow! Straight up in the air! And then, of course, he immediately put on an act of “I’m cool, you didn’t spook me at all, look how calm and cool I am…” Faker!

So, accept the humor value of this video–but train your cats to stay away from counter and stovetop and anything that’s plugged in.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

6 responses to “Don’t Try This at Home

  • Jonathan Caswell

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  • Linda Sorci

    Cats are so easily spooked – but you’re so right, Lee. They recover their ‘cool’ really fast.

    Training cats to stay away from certain areas isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but I had a method that seemed to work most of the time, but the main thing is to NEVER let them catch you. If they realize it’s you, it won’t work. Get a clean, new spray bottle or squirt gun, fill it with water . . and when the cat is doing something you would rather she wouldn’t do, squirt them one little squirt. Since they startle and don’t like water, and since they’re quite intelligent, it usually only takes a couple of times.


  • UnKnowable

    Great Lee, now you’ve done it! Now I’m scared of toast. 🙂

    Good call, Linda. As bright as cats are, there are limits to their understanding and we can use use those to our advantage to stave off that inevitable day when cafs take over completely and mankind is reduced to the role of opening cat food and sifting litter. Oops! I’m already at that point. 🙂


    • Linda Sorci

      Mark Twain once said: “Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
      – Notebook, 1894

      I concur 🙂


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