Micki

Lap

The other day Muffy walked up and rubbed her head against my leg. Since that is a pet me request, I bent down, balancing on my toes, and did as she asked. While I was there I saw the L-A-P look come into her eyes. In the seconds that I had before she jumped on …

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Language

The books I read tell me that cats are more like people than dogs are in the way that their feelings work. A dog is a pack animal that follows a leader and wants to please the leader. The owner becomes the leader for a dog. A cat lives independently they have their own thoughts …

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Jealousy

Muff and I have had a problem to work out for about a year now. Jealousy! For a long time she would come in when I was working on the computer. She would jump up to be petted, investigate everything and then curl up and go to sleep in a very companionable way. Then, very …

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Hobby

Glenn has a new hobby. He’s quite good at it, too. I guess that comes from all his diligent practice. Every free evening he sits in his recliner with his laptop computer and proceeds to do wonderous things—programming, surfing webs, conquering whole universes. But that’s not the hobby I’m talking about. Muffy knows the schedule. …

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Guilt

Garrison Keillor sang a song about a man who does not help his weakened father or his mother in rags or even his sick daughter. They each beg for his help and each time he says “I won’t feel guilty for I am not to blame”. Then his cat enters the room and looks at …

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Attention

Someone gave me a book recently. It’s called All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat, written by an intelligent person, obviously! One of the things learned was: ask for attention (use negative attention-getting ONLY as a last resort). It started me thinking. Some wise soul once said “Cats are like children—with fur.” …

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Appreciation

Someone gave me a book recently. It’s called All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat, written by an intelligent person, obviously! One of the things learned was: ask for attention (use negative attention-getting ONLY as a last resort). It started me thinking. Some wise soul once said “Cats are like children—with fur.” …

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Glasses

Muffy knows what is proper. She takes manners very seriously. One such propriety—”a purrson’s presence should be acknowledged.” She expects to be spoken to when she enters a room or when you enter the room she’s in. That furry little face can look very disgruntled as she meows a protest, if I forget myself and …

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Authority

There must be something universal about a mother’s voice. I have found that all I have to do is say “MISS Parkinson” in that certain tone of voice and Renee wants to know what she’s done and Muffy jumps off of whatever she’s on! Recently Muffy was crying at the basement door and Glenn thought …

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Food

The food is gone again. There’s never enough to last the day. She scratches and scratches for more. Ever hopeful. Usually disappointed. Muffy’s on a diet. Her food usually lasts until about four o’clock. Then she must get creative. She’s never had people food, so she doesn’t know it is food. That leaves her scratching …

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