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Hey everybody, I’m back.

I know it’s not Wednesday, but I just couldn’t wait until next week.

I want to wish you the happiest of holidays.

And tell you about my latest indignity.

What is it about aging anyway?

Haven’t we paid our dues?

Aren’t these supposed to the be “golden years?”

Not.

So.

Much.

Here’s what happened:

I was going along, minding my own feline business, when my peeps noticed some little bumps on my chin. Well, it scared them. They immediately went to the dark side and worried that my skin cancer was back. So they stuffed me into a cat carrier (against my wishes I might add) and drove me to the vet.

She poked and prodded and examined me from top to bottom, and then proclaimed loudly in front of everyone, “It’s a zit.”

I’m not kidding, she actually used the word, “zit.”

I was mortified.

And then to add another layer of insult, she squeezed it – popped that little bump.

I mean seriously, is that any way to treat an aging cat?

A grimalkin?

No it is not.

To my credit, I maintained my dignity even in this rather undignified situation.

I did yowl a bit, just to make it perfectly clear that I was not a happy cat.

In the end I guess it worked out okay.

My peeps were hugely relieved that it wasn’t cancer.

And well, I was too. Another surgery wasn’t looking like any fun.

So now I have to have icky tasting medicine spread on my chin twice a day.

They tell me not to lick it, but really…

I’m a cat.

 

P.S. If you’re looking for the acne in the photo above, you can stop. You can’t see it! Though I am giving my best “glowing eye” stare.

 

Here’s hoping Santa is good to you!

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Wednesdays with Mija

On my forays around the house, I often see newspapers and magazines lying about.

I can’t help but look at the topics of some of the articles. Many are about helping humans become better communicators.

This just puzzles the heck out of me since cats are known far and wide to be extremely skilled communicators.

We’re born with it; there’s no teaching involved.

One of our best communication tactics is stating our expectations. Cats are one hundred percent clear about what we want. We always have been.

Check the history books if you doubt me. Or go see the musical Cats. All about clear expectations.

For example: 

  • Open the door
  • I want to sit in your lap
  • It’s time for my dinner
  • A little snack sounds good. Please get one for me.
  • I’m awake and want some company
  • I don’t like that. Stop doing it!
  • Rub my head
  • I’m cold and want to cuddle
  • I don’t “go” in a dirty litter box
  • What do you mean you’re out of kibble? Get to the store pronto.
  • I don’t do company.
  • If I don’t like you, I’m not going to spend time with you.

In other words, we state our needs in very clear cat language. And we fully expect you to react accordingly. If you don’t, we simply restate our requests until you do respond.

Simple really.

So tell me, why is it so hard for humans?

I just don’t get it.

 

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesdays with Mija

It was a wild time last week at our house. I spent most of it staying out of the way of an exuberant little toddler.

Are there any non-exuberant ones?

I suspect not!

So anyway, the days were hot, busy and noisy, and frankly, it wore me out.

When our guests drove away, I gave a huge sigh and climbed onto my favorite lap.

And then I collapsed.

Entertaining can be quite exhausting.

So can avoiding toddlers.

Slowly but surely I’m reclaiming my space and getting everything back how I like it.

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I’ve learned that sometimes the best part of having houseguests is when they leave.

Then you can remember how great it was to spend time with them, without having to change a thing in your boring old routine of a life.

Cats (and some people) thrive on those boring old routines you know!

 

Have a great Wednesday!

Wednesdays with Mija

I’m taking a purr-ly unscientific poll today. The question I’m researching is this, “Do you sleep with your cat or dog?”

I’m not trying to get personal, and believe me I do not want to know any unsavory details. This is not that kind of research.

But truth be told, I’m gathering evidence to counteract some troubling, not-so-veiled threats that have been circulating in my household. Threats like suggesting to close me out of the bedroom.

Why?

Well, I’m turning into an early riser and I figure if I’m up, the rest of the household would want to join me. Wouldn’t you think the same? Honestly I’m just trying to be sociable.

Generous.

Inclusive.

They apparently don’t see it that way.

5:30 seems a reasonable time of day to me. One can view some gorgeous sunrises. Feel the fresh, crisp morning air brush your whiskers.

Lovely!

I am coming to reluctantly understand this may be one cat’s view of early mornings.

Please take a moment to support my research.

And I will appreciate any good words on my behalf. Sometimes you must take your case to a higher authority.

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesdays With Mija

I know it’s only Wednesday, but I’m already making plans for the weekend.

Here’s my idea of the perfect afternoon. You’ll find me on the deck, in the chair, or a pot.

What about you?

How do you plan to get some rest and enjoy this glorious season?

P.S. In truth my week days and weekends look a lot alike. It’s one of the perks of being a cat.

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Now that my friends is what I’m talkin’ about.

A leisurely nap in the sun.

A little time in the garden.

Sum-sum-summertime is here.

How are you planning to enjoy your summer?

P.S. Please overlook the bare spots of dirt. The vinca had a particularly hard winter. I for one, love the feel of earth on my fur, so it totally works for me.

 

Wednesdays With Mija

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

-T.H. White (The Once and Future King)

I’m not really sad, though I am miffed that it is raining so much.

But I am learning something new.

I’m learning to yodel.

I’ve tried this before, when I was a much younger cat, but I wasn’t very good at it. Yodeling is a skill best suited to senior felines. That’s what I’ve decided.

These days I find that I can yodel at the drop of a hat. I spend my days walking around the house practicing.

Day or night!

In fact, even though my peeps don’t appreciate it all that much, my two best times to yodel are late at night and early in the morning. I can really get my groove on in the wee hours.

Sometimes they will ask me (in a rather snippy tone) to stop, but between you and me, I usually ignore them. I’m not trying to be rude or disrespectful. It’s just that when I feel a yodel about to burst out of me, I simply have to follow through with it.

So far I haven’t worked up to an actual song. I’m still learning the basics. It’s like doing scales on a musical instrument. As the saying goes: practice makes perfect.

What new thing are you learning? Leave a comment and tell me.

About those tuna bites I described last week – we still haven’t made them. Something about graduation parties and yard work. I’m hoping it will happen this weekend but with humans one never knows for sure. I’ll keep you posted.

Wednesdays With Mija

My Almost Wordless Wednesday

All I have to say today is this:

YES!!!

I’m planning a lot of time this weekend on my patio, in my pot, enjoying spring.

How about you?

Wednesdays with Mija

One of my favorite images for “Wordless Wednesday.”

Photo Credit: Serene Calkins

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Spring!

 


 

Wednesdays With Mija

I’ve waited as long as I possibly can to address this growing problem. I don’t want to be rude or insensitive, but I feel compelled to say this, “Step away from the computer. Your cat needs attention!”

Too Much Time

You see at our house, Jean spends a HUGE part of her day on the computer. She’s a writer and that’s where she writes. I understand that, really I do. But in my opinion, the time she spends clacking on the keyboard or reading things on the screen has increased to unacceptable levels.

Seriously, how much writing can one person do?

What About Me?

My main concern is that her computer time is interfering with my daily routine. Lately I’ve developed a taste for being held. I like to snuggle and give hugs by pressing my head into Jean’s neck as she holds me. My favorite position is when she is standing. I don’t know why I didn’t try it sooner, because this is really nice. I know she likes it too, so don’t think I’m being totally selfish.

 

I try sitting in her lap when she’s working at the computer. Frankly, it’s just not that comfortable. My head sometimes clunks against the edge of the desk. Or I feel trapped under the desk, which makes me feel claustrophobic and cranky. In other words, it doesn’t work for me.

Cat Versus Internet

When I sit on the desk beside the computer monitor, I’m tempted to bat at the papers scattered around, or do a bit of typing myself. Both of these seem to irritate her. I do get the chance to learn a thing or two when we’re surfing the Internet together. That’s where I found this great cartoon called The Oatmeal. You really must treat yourself by following this link and taking a look at his cartoon called, “Cat VS Internet.” This guy knows cats. Really well. And I got some ideas from reading the whole cartoon. Some really good ideas. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.

Oh the Irony of it All

In case you’re wondering, the irony of me finding this wonderful cartoonist on the computer, while I’m complaining to you about Jean spending too much time there, has NOT escaped me. Cats are masters of irony.

 

More hugging and less computing! There are animals and people out there who need you. Just say you’ll think about it.

Please.

Consider it my public service announcement for the day.

 

Happy Wednesday!


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