Everyone has their worst fears. I have several. If you went through our pantry you might find a lack of carb related foods. This is because my cat ate them all. Before we talk about how she likes to carb load before a healthy run around the house after a successful bowel movement (who wouldn’t?) let’s talk about some enviable attributes.
First off, she has guts. This isn’t referencing her literal tater tot filled innards. She takes and asks forgiveness later. Often times I’m too careful and have a tendency to wait and see if things pan out. My cat’s approach is something like this, “Life is short, learn how to open Tupperware” or “Spare their meat and steal the bun.”
As a kitten I swore she was part raccoon, she was always attracted to shiny things and I would wake up to find my jewelry I was too lazy to put up the night before, hidden. She was a literal cat burglar. Since then, she has grown up some, and has progressed from shiny things to Bobby pins. She would rush to find them (even if they were out of sight) and point at them like an Irish Setter who has found a hunter’s duck.
The weirdest thing though, is her love of carbs. Almost everyone has seen the viral video of cat’s afraid of cucumbers. She has no fear of cucumbers. She will however, chase a potato. After realizing one had fallen out of the bag in the pantry we heard a noise and suddenly we see her wrestling the spud, kicking it with her hind legs and biting it. We experimented and rolled one down the hallway, she barreled after it, attacked it and sat on it as if she were in a match for the ages.
She is a master manipulator. Several times, she has crawled into mine or my husband’s lap only to feign affection to peep her head between our hands and take bites of our cereal…or take the bread from our sandwiches. She waits until we aren’t looking before she hops up on the counter to eat our left over tater tots. She’s usually very quiet, and often times she takes more than she can fit and takes off running licking her chops.
Here is why I’m jealous. She already knows she will be forgiven, so she takes the momentary “shooing” for a moment of palatable starchy goodness. She is spontaneous. I like to make plans weeks in advance. She sees opportunities and takes them. She sees an opportunity for a piggy back ride and she takes it. It doesn’t matter if you’re naked and fresh out of the shower, sitting on the toilet or at the computer. Sometimes I feel like I’ve missed opportunities and I wish I had the eyes to see them. She does not lack in this area. If it isn’t apparent from the drawing, she lives a full life, literally and metaphorically.
What is your worst fear involving your pet? Do you envy them?