Tales Of A Latch Key Coon Cat

Legend Loves Boxes
But A Box Can Only Occupy Him For So Long …

Happy Wordless Wednesday and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday to you all! As you know, I fully expected Mom to be back at the helm this week so I could tend to important matters of state, like rolling around in catnip and sunning myself on the veranda, but alas, that is not to be. Instead, while Mom is working until she is bleary eyed on migration matters, Tsunami and I are left to fend for ourselves. We must find our own entertainment. We must forage for our own food. In other words, we’ve become Latch Key Coon Cats!

So, it’s time for another tough love tell-all. As I’ve discovered, there’s nothing like a shocking expose to get the attention of Mom and Dad.

Never Let A Cat Discover An Empty Food Bowl

Imagine how you would feel if you walked into your favorite restaurant – eager to savor your favorite meal – only to discover that the wait staff had not only misplaced your reservation, but gone on break and left the serving dishes filled with crumbs from the previous meal!

That’s what happened to me on a recent trip to my favorite dining establishment, The Coon Cafe. Now, a more reticent Coon might have gotten up, walked out, and grabbed a meal down the street at the Precious Paws Pub, where food is always plentiful, but not me. I took this incident rather personally, and I wasn’t about to tolerate such shoddy treatment. So, I decided to teach the owners a lesson.


Hunting Time

I’m a big believer that the punishment should fit the crime. So, I decided, what better way to express my displeasure than to rustle up my own dinner and add it to The Coon Café menu?

First, I went out and hunted the plumpest mouse I could find.

Then, I brought it inside and proudly paraded it before all of the paying customers. This sent everyone scurrying for cover and guaranteed me the best choice of seats in the house.


Dinner Is Served

Finally, I walked up to the buffet, where the Fresh Catch Of The Day should have been waiting for me, and plopped my mouse on the platter.

Yes, I know that’s a lot of effort to make a point. But, it’s my belief that when the owners return – or, when the buzz from their (former) customers reach them – they will never treat me, the Resident VIP, with such contempt and disdain again.


Admiring My Handiwork

What do you think? Will today’s tough love scheme pay off? Will I be rewarded with bottomless bowls of fresh tuna and succulent turkey now that the world has heard my story? Or, will my attention-seeking antics doom me to eating vending machine rations for publishing yet another tell-all tale?

My fate may ultimately lie in your hands. Let your voice be heard. Use your influence for good!

Until next time:
Legend, The Latch Key Coon Cat

68 Responses to “Tales Of A Latch Key Coon Cat”

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  1. Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families says:

    Oh my gosh! I thought it was a real mouse at first! Ugh!
    Love your kitties!

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  3. dogsmom says:

    I keep telling you that you ARE the brains in that operation. Pure genius.

  4. Mama Zen says:

    Sometimes tough love is the only way!

  5. mom2kiddos says:

    Is that a real mouse?!!

  6. Insightful Mommy says:

    This was an awesome read – great story through the cat's eyes!

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  7. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud says:

    Looks like Legend loves getting into mischief!

  8. The Paper Princess says:

    For those who are wondering – no, that is not a real mouse – Tsunami and I have a pact with the vermin – they stay away from us, and we will stay away from them. But, that IS Mom's Corning Ware dish, for those of you who were wondering, MEOW!


  9. Cathy says:

    Lol!! Poor you Legend, hope you get some 'proper' food soon!! Our pussy cat likes to rough it and eat the vermin!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Cathy xx

  10. voodoo vixen says:

    Brilliant! I would say that after that little show and tell your food bowls will overflowing with lovely stuff from now on!!

  11. Jasper says:

    Hope that got the desired attention Legend! I personally like to make my slaves, ahm I mean mum and dad, jump to attention. Mum especially dances around when I bring in a mouse and let it lose in the kitchen, I always take care of the little creature after a while of teasing her with letting it go and catching it again. I think this is much nicer than my cohort who on occasions has been known to bring a mouse into the bed at 3 in the morning just in case mum and dad are peckish… they don't seem to appreciate the gesture.

  12. LindsayDianne says:

    Love your kitty. He;s gorgeous!!

  13. Sarpreet says:

    Gorgeous kitty, getting into mischief! Happy WOYWW 106, Thank you for sharing, #25

  14. Dorothy says:

    Ha! Oh, that's hysterical. We have two Maincoons here (and one unfortunate standard DSH who isn't lucky enough to be a Maincoon) and ours are VERY vocal. They would have screamed loud, long and hard until someone showed up to fill the bowl (and mumble expletives).

  15. Dragon says:

    Uggh!!!! Glad you are not mine, you naughty kitty!! Take that mouse away pronto, THEN you would get food from me!!! (tee hee)

  16. Helen says:

    still not sure if the mouse is real – but a great story today.

  17. alexa says:

    Great move, your clever feline fiends and beautifully told! Hope gastronomic delights are being served up regularly as I type.

  18. Spyder says:

    yes me tooo! I thought it was a real mouse! We've been cat sitting and my sister in law's cats, bring in all sorts!! Happy WOYWW

  19. NatashaMay says:

    Legend, i love oyur name! 🙂 And you were so right to punish them like this. 🙂 Happy WOYWW!

  20. kailani says:

    I think I would freak out if I saw a mouse in the bowl!

  21. jodpea says:

    I was thinking, wow u have funny coloured mices at ur place!

  22. okienurse says:

    Poor Legend! Tough love sometimes has to happen! Mouse is definitely a way to go. My Stormy kitty has a gray one that she uses for time to time to keep me in my place. Good luck! Thanks for sharing! Vickie #46

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  24. Sylvia/LittleTreasures says:

    Great post. Cats King and Queen of everything!!
    Yours is a pretty one with lots of personality..they seem to be like their master!!
    We've 2 brothers Baxter 18lbs!!! slow and lazy and Bailey..11lbs and always movin..
    Happy WOYWW from #71

  25. ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ says:

    Super funny story. I can close to spitting my coffee all over my keyboard. lol


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  27. sandra de says:

    A cats got to do what a cats got to do!

  28. BusyWorkingMama says:

    LOL love it! Our cats have been known to drag a string into the waterbowl as if to say "CLEAN ME!" I have a picture I need to post one of these Wednesday's 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I love kitties 😉

  29. Twiglet says:

    Very funny – have a great weeek.

  30. Sarah says:

    You had me fooled – I was certain that was a real mousey! Hope your humans have learned their lesson – perhaps you should start warning them earlier, like when your bowl is only half empty.

  31. angelfish says:

    So funny! Hoping no mice were harmed in the making of this little tale:)

  32. Light Trigger says:

    fun story!!

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  33. Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf says:

    Ha ha ha-love the story…poor kitty!
    ~Naila Moon

  34. Elizabeth says:

    Very funny – I had to look twice to reassure myself that was not a real mouse though. I'm sure it was an effective way of getting your message across and your bowl will soon be fool of delicious goodies to tempt you to leave the meeces alone 🙂 Wishing you a better week with the return of herself and thus some normality for you. Elizabeth x #79

  35. Sparkle says:

    Honestly? I would imagine mice are tastier than kibble. I would suggest you do not back down until your human brings home real ones for your dining pleasure.

  36. Zee and Zoey says:

    Gotta love the Maine Coons! Always up to something! Meows and purrs from Zee, a fellow Maine Coon cat!

  37. Russ says:

    That was really funny. Wish I had been there.Love the pictures.

  38. ICStarzz says:

    lol too funny 🙂


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  40. sandy huntress says:

    Great story, gave me a good chuckle. I thought it was a real mouse, I can see one of my cats doing this, lol.

    Happy woyww,

    Sandy #86

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  45. classic • casual • home says:

    You have a lot of entertainment around your house!

  46. Marilyn Rock says:

    I thought the mouse was real when I first opened up your Blog. This post gave me a smile! Love your cat!

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  48. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} says:

    Too funny!!! Cats are so very entertaining…when they are not napping.

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