Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Who Says Cats Aren’t Useful

In the past year, I’ve been remembering what it’s like to have cats. I had them before I got married, but my husband repeatedly swore he was far too allergic to have cats and couldn’t ever take the shots. I like almost all animals, but since I’ve never really been a cat person, I married him anyway and lived without cats for many years. (Interesting side note: It sounds as if he has had a miraculous recovery since we divorced and has practically become a male cat lady. Hallelujah!)

Since adopting Catsby, I’ve been re-learning that kitties can be very sweet little companions who can not only run to greet you at the door when you get home (especially when getting home coincides with snack time, and you are, in fact, the resident hair net-less Lunch Lady), but they come in handy in many other ways as well. For example:

Snow cleanup required? Call in kitty snow removal to act as a catuum.

Doilies getting dirty? Armrest slipcovers getting a little worn? Try a furrier solution! 

Tired of the same old coffee table books and décor? Try arranging a caterpiece. Note the ability to double as a paperweight.

Vents too drafty? Stop those annoying breezes with an air catditioner cover!

 Good news! Not Your Mother's Book...On Cats came out yesterday!

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. ~Thomas A. Edison


  1. It was great to see the newest photos of Catsby. (And Super Timmy was certainly a superhero of a cat.)

  2. That furry armrest slipcover is my favorite. I really need to wear my glasses, because when I looked at the thumbnail that came up with your post on my Blogger Dashboard, I thought the "catuum" was cleaning up its own vomit!

    1. It's a little hard to tell from the picture how much he flattens out when he's being "armchair-cover-kitty," but it's kind of entertaining. Ad he does clean up his own vomit sometimes. Eww.

  3. Your little guy is a cutie. Snow removal, catuum? Lucky you. We are having a great time with our son's fat cat, which is now OUR cat. Very playful.

    1. The catch is that he only removes a half teaspoon. Glad you are enjoying your playful kitty!

  4. I've always been primarily a dog person, but as you say, cats certainly can be useful to have around, and sometimes quite dog-like in their behavior.

    Critter Alley


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