Watching Cats is Even Better Than Watching Cable

Roz Warren

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My neighbor Amy recently added another cat to her household, bringing the Cat Total at their place to four.

Casanova immediately began struggling to find a place in his new feline family, generally making a whopping nuisance of himself as far as his new cat sisters were concerned.

Amy and I used to enjoy morning coffee together in her dining room. It was pleasant and peaceful. We’d chat and sip our coffee, with maybe a cat dozing on the window ledge and another curled up on a chair in the corner.

After Casanova entered the mix, there was nothing peaceful about Amy’s dining room. Suddenly, it was nonstop Cat Drama.

Lulu would be sitting in the window. Casanova would jump up to join her. She’d hiss at him, they’d tussle and she’d drive him off with an angry swat.

Next, he’d eye Shelby, stretched out on “her” comfy chair. There was definitely room for another cat on that chair. If she’d just move over a bit. He’d inch closer…

Shelby would lift her head and give him a look that said “try it and die.”

So he’d try to make friends with Whiskers, and get chased around the room a few times for his efforts. Sometimes the other cats would join in a rollicking game of “Let’s Chase Casanova.”

When Amy only had three cats, her home was calm and quiet. But when she brought in a fourth? Everything changed. Not only do the older cats fight the new cat, but now they skirmish with each other more too.

Amy had hesitated before getting a fourth cat.

She’d posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook, cuddling Casanova at the local cat shelter. “If we adopt this cat and bring her home,” Amy asked her Facebook friends, “will it make me a crazy cat lady?”

Their responses came quickly:

Yes!

Absolutely!

Undeniably.

Go for it!

“I don’t understand the question,” added one friend. “But then I have 11 cats.”

I admit that I was one of the friends who cautioned Amy against getting a fourth cat.

As it turns out, I was wrong. Why? Amy’s house is a lot of fun with four cats. Now, as we enjoy our morning coffee, there’s not only excellent conversation but top notch Cat Watching.

Watching a group of cats interact is at lot like watching your favorite Reality TV Show. Both forms of entertainment come down to watching a bunch of quirky characters bouncing off each other. They spat! They sulk! They love each other to bits. They hate each other’s guts. They hiss! They snarl! You think they’re about to destroy one another.

Moments later? Everybody’s happy again, and they’re all snuggling on the sofa together.

I think of this show as The Real Housecats of Amy’s House.

And, as with any good reality show, there are plenty of Subplots:

Who belongs on top of the fridge?

What did Shelby do with Casanova’s favorite cat toy?

Can Lulu grab the salmon from the dining room table while Amy and Roz are out of the room?

Will Whiskers escape when Amy’s husband John opens the front door?

I don’t have a cat, so my home is calm and quiet. You could even say boring. So does enjoying the antics of Amy’s four felines make me want four cats of my own?

Not at all. If I want to enjoy four cats, all I have to do is go next door.

And I don’t have to clean any of the litter boxes.

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Roz Warren, the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY AT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, has appeared on both the Today Show and Morning Edition, writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, and has been included in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.

Bala Cynwyd, PA
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