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The Counter Cat
Every household has its rules. Pet parents are pretty good about communicating those rules to their prodigy the moment they bring them into their homes – and most cats and dogs are pretty good at picking up the rules of your home – even when they choose not to comply.
One of the rules in our home is that the cats are not supposed to hang out on the kitchen counter tops. There are several reasons but our main concern is their safety. We do not want them to jump up on the counter and be injured by something sharp, hot or otherwise hazardous.
Most of our cats have been very good in complying with this rule but –as you might expect – there is always one renegade in the bunch.
Magellan – our renegade – loves to explore our home to look for novel places to hang and lately, he has found a cozy-to-him place on the forbidden but irresistible counter top to rest – right next to the makes-my-heart-palpitate stove! He knows full well that he is not supposed to be there – a fact that only makes the spot more appealing to him.
Sometimes his eyes will sparkle with amusement as he watches me from his perch and waits to see how long it takes for me to find him in the forbidden zone. Sometimes he defies me to come within pawing distance, then nonchalantly jumps up on the refrigerator or down on the floor as if nothing unusual is happening if he sees me sauntering in his direction.
And sometimes – like today – he uses the ploy that he is SO tuckered that no one could possibly disturb such an obviously exhausted cat – as long as his eyes remain closed and he appears to be sleeping (even though his kitty ears are perked and he is listening to every sound)!
The Counter Cat is a gambler. As long as his Dad does not discover his transgression – he is willing to bet that he is safe!
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Wordless Wednesday – Week of September 13, 2016
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