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This is not something you see very often in our household – MacKayla the Empress (who does not like any of the boy kitties, *at all*!), Joel Gray (the mellowest of the group) and Giblet Paws the Kitten (who is seldom not in a state of constant motion!) hanging out together on the couch. I rushed to get a photo so I would have proof that miracles do in fact happen in Barnhart – albeit furry ones!
I want you to take a look at this picture:
Is that not the picture of innocence? There is a feline who could do no wrong — a cat of many talents, but certainly not a single mean bone in his 20+ pound (!) body.
Well, not really. That adorable face and those lovely golden eyes disguise the heart of a troublemaker, a rebel (definitely lacking a cause, feline or otherwise), and sometimes even a bully. I feel like I should burst into a song from the Music Man about trouble right here in River City (aka Barnhart) — I’ve seen too many musicals obviously!
William the Orange is the third cat in our household but certainly top cat in terms of rank, and unfortunately he tends toward more then his fair share of arrogance and attitude. And lately he’s been picking on the lovely (and older) MacKayla the Empress who is having problems with arthritis in her hip.
I’ve tried various methods to discourage this, the most effective being a spray bottle when William decides to be pushy, but really he’s acting like a brat!
There are days when I wish there were kitty time outs — or perhaps kitty military school!
Do you have a multi-cat household? If so, how do you handle disagreements/bickering among the various members?
Giblet had his surgery (neutering) the end of the last week which did not make for a happy kitten. He was so happy to be back home and with his buddy, Joel Gray, who very patiently let Giblet snuggle in for some much needed recovery time.
It’s always better to recover with a buddy who doesn’t mind if you use him as a big fuzzy pillow!
It’s good to be the Empress because:
Everyone knows you are a VIF (Very Important Feline)
You are told, repeatedly, how beautiful you are, how soft your fur is and how perfectly fluffed your wiskers look (the more often this is repeated the better, of course!)
It is very clear that the other cats (who live here on upon your sufferance) are not nearly as cultivated — after all, there can only be *one* Empress (or any other royalty) in is this household!
You are perfectly within your rights to assume that all visitors are here for you and you alone and thus must be inspected, and approved or rejected, as an Empress would see fit.
An Empress is never considered to have an “attitude” problem — an Empress is allowed and expected to “be the attitude”, whatever that might mean at any given time!
And, finally (although this list is subject to additions at the Empress’s discretion and as necessity dictates) the Empress always gets to choose the best spot in the household for her royal naps. If this means that other felines and/or humans must give up their space, then that is what is required to keep the Empress happy and content.
As dictated by MacKayla the Empress — shown here on her favorite pillow in her favorite sleeping spot (Alex’s bed):
All Hail the Empress!!
Kitten Care 101 By Joel Gray
It is extremely important to take meticulous care of your kitten and to teach them proper manners. No feline wants an uncivilized kitten roaming the house, or even worse, one that doesn’t know proper grooming techniques.
Proper grooming includes making sure to get behind the ears!
Both ears! Kittens do have two of them you know!
A discussion of the importance of grooming is always advisable, kittens are often flighty but impressionable and need the guidance of an older feline.
But do not be surprised by a bit of kitten “sass” — they are notorious for not wanting to listen to their elders. Kittens think they know it all — the younger generation can be such a trial!
In the end you will be rewarded with a kitten who is not only groomed properly but looks appropriately debonair and is well educated in the finer points of Feline Deportment.
Note from Giblet the Thanksgiving Kitten: While I am perfectly capable of grooming myself it is fine with me if Joel Gray wants to help out. I have no idea what all those big words mean that he is always going on about but I think I’m darn cute, don’t you?!
Last Tuesday, for Cats on Tuesday, I did a post about William the Orange and how he feels that it’s not easy to be orange This is a follow-up post — to reassure anyone who might have been worried about poor William (well, William is sure there might have been one person out there who was worried about him:-) So here is proof that no matter what William says, being orange isn’t all bad!
Being Orange entitles you to laying around all day propped up on the couch in one’s favorite lounging position watching the world go by:
Ok, sometimes this entails sharing one’s space with the local residents (aka the guinea pigs Magic and Muffin in this case):
Or with fellow kitties like Joel Gray. As long as it’s not the Evil Kitten (aka Giblet) then life is still fine, even with being orange:
Fortunately, there are several beds to choose from and it never hurts to have someone to tuck you in for a nice long nap:
Being Orange can be hard but it can also be a good thing — so bring on the catnip and tuna and let’s celebrate! Well, right after he wakes up from his nap
Being orange is very hard, much harder then being green (as that famous frog complains) any day. Just ask William the Orange, he’ll be happy to tell you all about it. Or simply view the photos below submitted as evidence that being orange is no proof against the indignities of life, especially one that involves little girls! At least there are no frilly hats in sight (yet!)
In case you’re wondering, William the Orange is actually a very patient cat and puts up with the kids hugging him, carrying him around and even dressing him up. He has a lot of personality, has a great deal to “say” and thinks the world revolves around him — which it pretty much does