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the story of an invisible girl
I have been enlisted to feed my parents' cat for a few days this week. Usually my sister manages this duty, but she's out of town. So last night I stopped by on my way home from work.

The cat, a strange antisocial and obsessive-compulsive little thing who bites the fur off her own tail, stared darkly at me from another room when I walked in. As I filled her bowls, she hopped on a kitchen chair to stare at me from there. I offered to pet her. She sniffed cautiously at my coat-sleeve but shyed away when I actually touched her. I gave her a few head scratches anyway, which she tolerated with undisguised annoyance.

I fed her, then raided the fridge. I grabbed a diet pepsi. They didn't have much in the way of stuff I could steal for dinner. I considered having a Lean Cuisine frozen meal -- it was broccoli chicken alfredo. It's the same meal I stole the last time I was over. I'd asked my mom first if it was okay, and she had said I could have it, but then later she asked me, "Is that one any good? I've never tried that kind, so I'm curious."

Embarrassed, I had said, "Oh I'm sorry, you should have told me that you'd been looking forward to trying it." It's surely annoying when you buy something new to sample, but then you don't get to. She reassured me that it was no problem, and she wouldn't have given me permission to eat it if she minded, so I let go of my guilt.

She must have purchased another. I simply could not bring myself to eat it yet again last night, especially since she probably STILL had not sampled it herself!

Nothing else looked good, so I closed the fridge and checked on the cat. Her bowls had been empty when I arrived, so surely she was eating the food I'd put down for her. But she wasn't. Instead she was crouching and staring at me from the hallway.

"Go ahead, have a nibble," I suggested to her. She came closer to me but ignored the food bowls. "Are you lonely, do you want to be petted?" It's a big empty house for just one little cat. I walked over to the stairs. She followed, walking between my legs, hopping onto a step, and I sat down on the step to give her a lap to climb into.

I think she was worried I was trying to sit on her though, because she bolted up the stairs. I called after her, "No it's okay, I was just going to pet you! Come on back, you can't sit in my lap from up there." She failed to reappear.

"Fine, forget it. It's your loss -- there won't be any more petting opportunities for another 24 hours."

Crazy cat.

Even so, it was a productive visit, all and all.
Cats fed: 1
Cats annoyed: 1
Mail brought in: 3 newspapers and 1 package
Mail stepped on in wet boots: just about all of it (oops)
Drinks stolen: 1 diet pepsi
Aesthetic rearrangements: 1 photo moved to a nicer location
Electronics borrowed: 1 combo cd/tape player

Now that I have their tape player, I can listen to my books on tape in my bedroom. Yay! Maybe tomorrow I'll eat one of their pizza pockets.
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 12th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
What about emptying the litter box?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 12th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not necessary; they're only gone for 3 days.
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

*pimpin' kittens*

sounds like that cat needs a small, cute friend. like the one sitting mere feet from me on my bed. :-P
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 12th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

Given that they're moving, they probably aren't kitten-candidates. But I did send a note to my coworkers for ya. How many kittens do you have left, and what gender and colors are they?
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

I've got four kittens left. two grey and two orange, all with a hint of tiger stripe, a male and a female of each colour.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 12th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

Is one of the gray ones short-haired with blue eyes? (Gosh, my coworkers are pickey!)
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

all of them are fairly short haired, but unfortunately, both the grey kitties have brownish-green eyes. :-/
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 12th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

The negotiations are delicate, but I'll do my best. Sending them a copy of the pics you posted awhile back, surely that will help....
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

I just found my camera, and took some more pictures. loading them into photoshop right now.
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

a few quick and dirty pictures. I'll try to get more later. :-D
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 12th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

awww...cool! G works in my department, and his wife B works for this company in a different dept. G forwarded the info to B, who is showing interest. Her latest comment to him was, "I think we need to talk!"

I think she's still interested in the gray ones, even though they have the wrong color eyes -- so try to take an extra-cute pic of a gray one! (:
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 12th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

I'll try. :-) yon beasties are a quick and wily bunch.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 12th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *pimpin' kittens*

orange.keeton!#!#!!!! if i knew better what the job sitaution was, i would totally take an orange baby. *sigh*
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 12th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like your relationship is having a bumpy start but no doubt she'll bbe in your lap in no time.
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 12th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


Last year I was visiting my neighbors herd of horses. There is a spot on a horse's shoulder that you can press and the horse turns to jello from sheer joy. I was rubbing Jewel's shoulder and you could see from her body language and the expression on her face how much she enjoyed it. A one month old colt saw the expression and trotted over for his share. Jewel -- 800 pounds of her -- was between me and the colt. So I reached over Jewel's back to rub the colt's nose.

That colt decided I was a wolf and bolted halfway across the pasture.

It was four months before that colt let me touch him.
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 12th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm Okay, You're Okay

Also applies to pets.

If a pet -- or a human -- ever gets the idea that everything they do is wrong, you can see some really bizzare behavour.

My cat Thelma was always dominated by her twin sister. Louise (1/3 of Thelma's size) pushed Thelma out of the food dish, off the chair, etc. Thelma grew up with no confidence. Frightened by everything.

Pets -- and people -- need to know that they are good and decent and loved if they are to survive.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: January 12th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did your folks rescue their cats from a shelter or a bad pet shop of some sort? I have an acquaintance whose wife had five cats. Two pedigreed kitties, one former stray, and two formerly abused cats. Mia, one of the two abused cats, had come from a bad pet shop and is extremely neurotic and paranoid, and always ran away from me whenever I came to visit. In fact, the one time I *did* pet her, I startled her and she started meowing really loud and fast, almost like she was having a panic attack.

However, given her history, I let it slide. That's why I asked where your folks got her. If she was abused/stray, she probably is very distrusting of humans and you shouldn't take it personal.
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