By Joe Novak
Brio, my kitten rescue is 5 months old and getting smarter every day; too smart, in fact, and staying one step ahead of his escapades is a challenge.
He is the most inquisitive creature on this planet; no matter what I am doing, he must investigate, sticking his nose, and at times, his entire body into the situation. Every morning I clean his litter box wondering where that elephant is hiding. He is there inspecting my work and the minute I am finished, he goes and tests the box for functionality; so far it has met his approval.
I was sitting on the bed recently watching TV and eating cherries, but not without his approval. He insisted that I showed him each cherry that he sniffed and then allowed me to eat. If I did not present the cherry to him and tried to eat it, he would smack it away in disapproval…what was that about?
Keeping him off tables and my desk is a never-ending job. I tried spraying him with water but that just turned into a game. I made “Butt Stickers” – 4-inch squares of aluminum foil with double-sided tape that I placed on any surface I wanted him to stay off. He would get them stuck on his backside, something he hates, so it has kept him off most tables except for my desk. He has not only learned to avoid them, he goes as far as pushing them onto the floor and crumpling them useless.
He is quicker than a bullet and stealthy as a ghost. Keeping him out of off-limit rooms and closets is taxing my alertness and agility. He knows exactly where he is not allowed and that makes the allure greater. He can hide under, behind and in places you would not expect, keeping as quiet as a church mouse to avoid detection.
The positives are that he will eat almost any kind of cat food, uses the litter box without fail and is not afraid of people, welcoming strangers with purrs and affection.
There is one thing that puzzles me; I feed and care for him, yet the minute my wife walks in the room, all of his affection is directed to her; two-timing little snot!
Joe Joke: did you hear about the cat that swallowed a ball of yarn? She had mittens.
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