We had an electric toothbrush when they first came out, but we didn’t have a cat, so we never knew what we were missing.
Well, this cat knows exactly what he wants to do with the electric toothbrush… but I wonder what the human wants to do with it afterward. Please don’t tell me he intends to brush his teeth with it.
I give up! I’ve never had a kitten or a cat who played this tickle-my-belly-and-Peek-a-boo game. I’ve tried. They either just lie there and purr, or get up and walk away, or look at me like they wonder what’s the matter with the stupid human.
P.S.–Did you know most lizards will go to sleep, or into a kind of trance, if you rub their bellies?
You’ve gotta love this little tiny dog who wants a toy twice her own size. She can carry it, though–sort of. And then you wonder: what kind of toy would she want if she were a St. Bernard?
Can anyone doubt that cats, and other animals, have a capacity for joy? Maybe there’s a special trick to it. Maybe if we humans tried rolling around on the floor, or worming upside-down along the living room rug, we would make some discoveries that would do us good. Launching oneself off the wall seems to work pretty well, too.
It’s 5 a.m. and you’re asleep. Well, you were asleep–until your cat decided that was enough sleep for you. And what cruel and ingenious, but very simple, method has he concocted, to force you out of bed? Is there no limit to the torments a feline mind can conceive?
Oh, yes, they have minds, all right. Never, never doubt it.
This video never quite gets to where it wants to go, but it’s still a rather sweet ride. Watch the cat train the humans to play with him in the snow whenever he wants. Their reward is a lot of affection! Man, the only way I could ever get either Peep or Robbie to sleep in my lap would be if I had a lapful of scallops… which would be a bit messy.
It’s obvious, isn’t it, that cats have minds? But their minds don’t work like ours, and the tantalizing thing about it is that we can never get inside a cat’s mind and understand it. Our cats live in a world fashioned by alien beings–and have come to terms with it. Could we do as much?
(I dunno–tried going to a Democrat convention lately?)
Having trouble getting your cat into the carrier for his trip to the vet? Let your puppy do it!
Then there are some dogs who are not quite so clever as that.
But you’ve got to admit they’re fun!
My turtle would sometimes fall asleep in a posture that made me fear he’d died. But cats are much more flexible, and have turned sleep into an art form. Here you will see several creative ways to fall asleep. You never know what might come in handy someday.
In a last desperate effort to get some Facebook referrals, I turn to the culinary art.
Early in our marriage, I once sought to favor my wife with a supper of my own creation. “You’ll like it,” I assured her. “I used to make this for myself when I lived alone.”
So I did my thing in the kitchen, we ate it for supper, and Patty said, “This is amazing. It has absolutely no taste. None at all!” And then she got kind of critical about it.
For those of you who by now are intrigued enough to try it for yourselves, I present Lee’s Tasteless Supper. Excuse me if I don’t get the format right: I don’t read a lot of cookbooks.
1/2 lb. lean hamburger meat
1/2 cup or so of brown rice
While the rice is cooking in water, put the hamburger in a pan and stir it vigorously with a fork so that it breaks up into little tiny bits, and keep stirring as the bits get cooked. Be careful not to overcook.
Then, when the rice is done, put it and the hamburger into the same bowl and thoroughly mix them together.
What? I should’ve added salt, or chopped onions? Hey, did they tell Jacques Pepin how to cook? It’s my recipe and I’m sticking to it. Besides, it’s the only recipe I’ve got.