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1:36 p.m. - 2006-10-17

Explicit Instructions to a Cat

Our stray cat Stinky Pete is still a daily visitor. As the weather gets more and more unfriendly for the out-doorsey Stinky is beginning to spend a little longer time inside our house. We would completely keep him in if only he didn’t spray everything he could get his butt near.

Saturday night was horrible weather - rain and wind. As Stinky Pete has taken to doing when he see’s fit, he sat just outside out living room window staring in - waiting for us to notice him. Digit, our lovable grey ball of fluff, usually notices him first and goes to the window the coo at him. This is how we become aware of his visits.

I went to the door to let him in and he was completely soaked. I ran and got a towel, and redirected his path towards the warm glowing fire that T had set up in the living room. At first Stinky was hesitant to stay there, got up and wandered back to the kitchen for some food. I followed – with the towel – and tried to dry him off as best I could, then I left him to eat in peace.

A little while later he came back to the living room, plunked himself down on the rug in front of the fire, and promptly and went to sleep. I think it’s safe to say that he feels quite safe and at home with us. He was definitely ‘out’ because he hit dream stage and his big paws were twitching like he was after something.

He stayed there for about an hour, then woke up, got up and walked to the door to have us let him out.

Are we training him, or is he training us.

If nothing else – he’s endeared himself to us more. Last night wasn’t as nasty as Saturday night, but around 8 o’clock he popped his head up for us to see him in the living room. This time he went directly to his food dish. I ran around shutting all the doors to other rooms so that he wouldn’t go in a spray. Then, when he was finished filling his belly, he came back to the living room. He walked up to the fireplace rug and looked into the fireplace to find it not burning, so he sauntered over to one of our old comfy chairs, jumped up onto it, curled into a ball and went to sleep. He was so cute about the whole thing, and seemed quite put out that we didn’t have a blazing fire waiting for him.

At 10 o’clock he was still contentedly curled up, but it was time for me to go to bed. T was going to stay up for another hour or so, so said he would deal with it when the time came.

This morning I get up, Stinky Pete apparently long gone, and go about my morning routine. A little while later T gets up and tells me that he let Stinky stay inside all night. According to T, he gave Stinky explicit instructions to wake him if he (Stinky Pete) wanted out.

Stinky didn’t wake him (T), but chose to pee in the heat register in our bedroom instead. It was the scratching to cover the pee that woke T. The peeing did not sit well with T, but I explained to him that Stinky probably doesn’t understand the concept of “litter box” or explicit “ENGLISH” instructions from T.

Either way – Stinky will be allowed back into our house, but not until we give him ‘explicit’ directions and use of the litter box.

And I think an appointment with the vet is also close at hand.

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