This week for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop I chose prompt #4.) Your pet’s least likable character trait. As most of you know, Hubby and I are the proud embarrassed owners of 6 cats. Yes, I said SIX. But as I’ve explained, it wasn’t on purpose that we have become the crazy cat people. I just don’t have the heart (or more precisely “lack thereof”) to turn them away.
I love all our kitties. I love their mysteriousness and I love their independence and I love that they can pretty much fend for themselves and you can go somewhere for a day or two (as long as you leave them with a fair amount of fresh food and water) without worrying about having to rush home to let them out. Most of our cat’s are pretty self reliant and resilient. We do, however, have two in particular that have kind of funny traits. I don’t know if it was because they were born in the house and our house is the only home they have ever known or what but it drives me insane (okay, ER).
These two happen to be brother and sister, LaLa and Poe. They used to never be out of each other’s sight hardly until we got them “fixed” and then they got mean towards each other and seem to forget that they are related now. They used to lay beside each other and groom each other for hours and now you’d think they were total strangers. But, I digress…
Both of these kitties you can let outside and they will stay for a long while (Poe longer than LaLa) but pretty soon they are going to scratch the back door down unless you let them in and then they run STRAIGHT for the cat box! Are you freaking kidding me? You just came inside from the largest cat box in the whole world… It’s call outdoors! And you have to come INSIDE to use the bathroom?
And they both think that when you clean the cat box, they have to “christen” it before you can leave the room. They will just about knock each other out of the way to be the first one back in the box to use it. I don’t care if they have just used the bathroom literally right before I clean the box, as soon as I set it back down after cleaning it, they will hop back in to use it again and I have at least twice caught them both hopping in it at the same time after I had just cleaned it.
The rest of them will go outside in the woods or the lot next door (empty lot by the way so it’s not dissing the neighbors) but those two simply will NOT. They remind me of those kitty commercials where the kitty is standing on its back paws with its little arms crossed in front of their privates? Yup, that’s them. They about bust a gut getting inside to let it all out.
To make matters worse, LaLa has a horrible habit of peeing on anything that gets left on the floor or laundry that does not get put away (if you leave it in the clothes basket). I’m not sure if that’s her way of policing the area or if she’s “marking” her territory. She won’t do it on laundry left on the bed or dresser or sofa but if you leave it in the basket she will hop right on it! She won’t go on a towel or blanket left laying on a piece of furniture or the bed but if you leave it on the floor she will pee on it. And if you don’t pick up the bathmat after you take a shower and throw it over the edge of the tub to dry she will pee on it. I have no clue how to break her of it. I have threatened to “give her away” but I think she knows it’s an empty threat… mainly I wouldn’t want to saddle anyone else with the burden.
One day about a year ago, #3 called me at work and told me I might have a dead cat when I came home or at least one less than I had then. When I asked her what happened she proceeded to tell me how LaLa had crawled INSIDE her purse, her Kathy VanZealand purse and peed inside the purse. Of course everything in her purse was ruined, along with the purse. Her wallet, and check book and makeup and everything was in there. Thankfully her phone wasn’t but everything else. And once something has cat pee on it, it is almost impossible to get the smell out. I have found some good products that work (if you get to them right away) but for the most part I have found once something has cat pee on it, you may as well plan on replacing it.
And now she has a fear of the outdoors since something apparently tried to eat her out there one night so she won’t go out after dark and when she goes out during the day she won’t stay longer than like 15 minutes and she’s scratching at the back door again. I know my husband has replaced that sealant thing that goes around the door a half dozen times because every times she just scratches it right back off again.
So, that’s my pet “pet” peeve. If anyone has any idea how to #1 stop her from peeing on inappropriate things and places and #2 how to make them start going outdoors when they are out there instead of waiting to get back in, I’d appreciate it.