Mondays With Merlin: Healthy Boundaries

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Happy Monday dear friends. It’s Merlin here and we did it!  We’re beginning a new week but sometimes we have leftovers and oopsies. With all the excitement around our Henri le Chat Noir giveaway (our biggest response ever!) Layla completely forgot to announce the winner of our giveaway for the gorgeous coffee table book The Elegant Cat. Our lucky winner is Annette who beat the odds with her multiple entries and social media shares.

Congratulation Annette! Look for an email from Layla requesting your shipping address. The Elegant Cat is one of our Golden Purr Award winners and would make a lovely gift. Speaking of gifts… our annual Holiday Gift Guide will be posted on Wednesday. We’ll be taking Tuesday off so Layla can work 20/7 instead of 24/7. Thank Cod I’m a cat.

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Now with business out of the way, I’m purring to tell you what I found in the garden. There were a few warmish days and I wasted no time going for a power walk. Gris Gris  shadows me like a bad noir movie detective and Layla has eased her guard dog vigilance. The truth is I’m walking better than ever and sure I bump into low lying shrubbery but so what, I keep moving. There I was walking into the auxiliary part of my territory aka the next door neighbor when I hit the wall, literally.

My memory isn’t what it used to be but MO– — — USES when did they put up a fence? I’m walking and sniffing, sniffing and walking when I found a spot drenched in scent. An odor extravaganza you might say. Be still my beating heart. I’m old but not dead. Numerous cats had left their calling card and must say, some of the messages were enticing. But some were from my very own fur brothers. Oh so naughty! It turns out Odin, the scamp, was sneaking under a hole in the fence to the neighbors who have a big swimming pool and a small dog. Layla and the other humans thought it best to block the hole for everyone’s safety. Odin did not agree, not that he had any say in it.

Healthy boundaries keep us safe and not only with fences but doing too much stuff that’s bad for you. Cats rarely have this problem but humans need to be reminded to keep excesses in check, like anything addictive. You humans have a very long list of possibilities. The holiday season is about  begin. Let’s keep it full of peace, love and purrs but not too many, if you know what I mean.

Pee ess,

Thanks a bunch of catnip for all your kind purrs and good wishes. Domino has bounced back as good as new.

Love Merlin

23 thoughts on “Mondays With Merlin: Healthy Boundaries”

  1. I am so happy Domino is doing good. Hope all your kitties are doing well. And yourself. Hugs and purrs.
    Charlie, Cashew, Garfield, Tubby

  2. Concats to Annette!
    Purrs of relief to hear about Domino feeling better and it is soooooooooooooooo wonderful to see our dear friend Merlin looking so dashing and young !!!!
    Luvs to all
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Peanut and Twig and Romeo (another newbie)

      1. Romeo is a huge tomcat that has appeared at our house. He is going to get neutered along with Peanut and Twig next Wednesday and will either wind up as part of our gang permanently or if possible we’ll find him a wonderful home. He is a gentle giant and would make a wonderful indoor lap cat for an older person.He has an infection in one eye from a fight and ear mites both of which we have been treating. He is just sooooooooooooooo sweet to be a mature tom.
        Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Peanut and Twig and Romeo

  3. dood domino….we iz knot a loud ta play on line on de week oh endz…sorree ya eated sum bad burd…we toll ya…happee ewe iz doin way better tho N will ask St Francis ta send sum blessings coz he haz… exx cess… N will bee hapee ta share…merlin….now if ewe could bottle de smell on de fence ya could sell it aza menz colognee N call it …Mist oh Merlin…just in time for christmas !!

  4. Glad to hear about Domino. We lost our cookies on your blog at some point and haven’t been on a real computer where it’s easy to type. Who’s idea was it to have such a long email address?

    You go Merlin! It’s a requirement to check everything out!

  5. Our HuMom, Dorothy, has been toying with the idea of allowing Hitch to go out in the backyard on supervised trips. The GrandLady is against it. She thinks it will cause a return to door dashing, which has lead to treetop adventures and visits from the big red fire truck. So, what do you think? Will supervised outside visits increase contentment or cause more problems? The HuMom really doesn’t want to be wrong about this.

    1. By supervised trips do you mean with a harness and leash? If you do, get him used to it indoors first. Is your garden fenced? I would not recommend embarking on outdoor adventures without prior training. It’s easy to train Hitch not to door dash and to come when called. Try a book called train your cat in 10 minutes. We enjoy the outdoors immensely but the #1 consideration must be safety first. Let me know what you decide.

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