During a mad burst of activity this week, (this week’s Photohunt theme is “burst”), I thanked my lucky stars for the grounding wisdom and wacky amusement provided by our cats. If you missed our giveaway yesterday, Vet 101 and other news, browse our magazine format home page. There always something happening when you work at home, and like all cats, our boys are curious. Certain behavior is a given. If a box arrives, Odin will be the first to sniff it out. An empty box usually trumps the contents.
I’m beginning to challenge the notion that cats are creatures of habit and don’t like change. It’s not that they are adverse to change but it needs to be on their own terms. Take Odin, he loves change and variety but not if it’s imposed. Some cats may favor one spot for sleeping but other cats like variety. Out of 12 rooms on 3 stories, we have dozens of potentially good places to nap, and yet the cats limit themselves. Only Odin has more than a dozen places to sleep. Every week, I find him in a new location, from squeezed into a tiny box to his latest fave, and one of our future giveaways, the cozy new Neko Napper. Gris Gris has about seven spots with his new spot on the night stand near my head. He never sleep under anything. Domino, the freedom seeker, favors five spots, never under anything or enclosed. Old blind boy Merlin only has only three spots: under the covers next to a human, on the heated window sill pad or on the heated pad on a chaise, preferably on hubby’s legs. Is less more?
How many spots do your cats sleep or nap in?
We had our first snow and another storm is arriving today. Not matter what: hot or cold, rain or snow, Domino still spends much of his day on the porch by choice, like his old feral days. Old habits die hard. Outdoors, he always eyes me like a stranger and bolts if I get too close. He tolerates being photographed from a distance posed and I caught doing yoga just before the snow came. Indoors, he loves his under chin and jowls rubbed and nightly brushing. His beaver pelt-like coat is the densest of any cat I’ve met and likely reason he managed to survive outdoors for so many years.