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The thing on the balcony railing

This is a sight I often wake up to: a looming goofy fluffwad with alien eyes strung along the hand rail of the little loft over the bed, like a leopard on a limb.

If it looks dangerous, it probably is.  I don’t mean the cat; he’s a pussycat.  I mean dangerous to do, because it’s about fourteen feet up and Hector Halfsquid is a hapless clod.  He’s fallen off once (to my knowledge), startling us awake coming down thump next to the bed.  He landed on his feet — like a cat — on the carpeted floor, entirely unharmed.  If he’d landed two feet over, he probably would have broken our legs breaking his fall.

It’s particularly annoying because at a time when I’m so busy I don’t have time to write a proper post and can only fling up some cloying snapshot of the household furstock with a brief anecdotal caption, The Cats just loaf around the house 22 hours a day, lying about like flat pools of hot hair, not moving a muscle except to lazily stare at lizards through the sliding glass door and shed, giving off not only copious amounts of fur, but also the impression that this is exactly what’s expected of them.  And who has time to argue?

Posted by Allison on Sep 4th 2012 07:54 am | 4 Comments
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4 Responses to “The thing on the balcony railing”

  1. sueon 04 Sep 2012 at 5:24 pm link comment

    does Hector have a Zoom Groom? made by Kong, takes off copious amounts of ready-to-shed hair daily. Or twice daily if Hector is as persistent in demanding it as is my Kitty Cat. She’s got me trained, but I do like it as it keeps wads of hair off the furniture and out of the carpet. You could save it and spin enough yarn for sweater.

    Did you get the rain that Tucson got?

  2. pam neuharthon 04 Sep 2012 at 9:28 pm link comment

    What a great shot! Not a waste of time to contemplate and admire this furry creature! He made me smile!

  3. Allisonon 05 Sep 2012 at 6:34 am link comment

    Sue, I’ll check out the Zoom Groom, it sounds excellent; but, when you are a “bear of very little brain” as the Squid is, new things are often quite challenging! He loves being combed, having been familiar with that simple technology since he was a tiny puss. And, as far as saving cat hair, I do — three bags full! Sadly, I don’t know how to card or knit… but, save I do!

    Pam, making people smile is one of Hector’s other attributes, alternately with making them gnash their teeth — and sometimes simultaneously!

  4. sueon 05 Sep 2012 at 10:15 am link comment

    If you get one, just try it along his back as he turns away. Get’s em every time! Soft rubber with big ‘knobbies’; makes my cat drool in anticipation. I wish I could teach her to use it one me, dang it.

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