With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect.
All cats are different. That’s never been more apparent to me now that we have the Cat Trio. Take their reactions, which vary from apathy to entrancement, to television.
“Get out of the way!” This shout can be heard often times in our living room when my husband and I watching shows. It’s almost always directed at Rainy. She likes to stroll across the top of our entertainment cabinet and then sit directly in front of the TV screen. If she had any interest in being polite, she’d position herself to the left or right side. Or she’d hunker down, so that her body didn’t block part of the screen. But Rainy has no interest in being polite. She simply wants to get our attention so that we’ll play with her. Or because we often watch TV around meal times, she wants to stare longingly at our food. And then sometimes what Rainy desires is to use the cabinet as a launching pad to our Victrola, which leads to the media tower, and finally to her ultimate goal of our plant shelves. So, we’ve gotten used to seeing a cat as part of the TV screen.
“Good girl!” Cinder is actually the cat with the least interest in TV. If she even disdains to come into the living room with us while the tube is on, there are much better perching spots. Her favorite it is the cat tower and another is the window recliner. In either case, the action outside interests her much more than anything on the tube. When food is on our plates, Cinder might try to sneak her way onto the recliner arm. In contrast to her younger sister, Cinder has learned to be quiet and still. In that sense, she’s probably trained us. We often reward her gentle patience with treats.
“What about this show?” One day last September Bootsie surprised us with her interest in TV. She sat and watched the entire first game of college football season with Andy. Whenever shouts would erupt on the screen, Bootsie would stare at the screen. And if the football flew towards the screen, Bootsie would duck and run. She’s a hoot to watch. There’s no predicating what she’ll like. Some shows apparently have no appeal. Others will get her jumping up onto the cat tower and leaning her head towards the screen. Over the months since, I’ve also introduced her to computer games designed for cats and she’s spent hours swatting at the screen. She’s the ultimate companion on those lazy days when I let myself vegetate to a marathon of shows.
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