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Basic Rules For Cats Who Have A House To Run

Chairs And Rugs:

If you have to throw up, get into a chair quickly. If you can not manage in time, get to an Oriental rug. If no Oriental rug is available, shag is good.

Doors:

Do not allow closed doors to any room. To get a door opened, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it.

After you have ordered an outside door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, and mosquito season.

Guests:

Quickly determine which guest hates cats the most. Sit on that human’s lap. If you can, arrange to have “Friskies Fish n’ Glop” on your breath.

For sitting on laps or rubbing against clothing, select fabric color which contrasts well with your fur. For example: white furred cats go to black wool clothing.

For the guest who claims, “I love kitties,” be ready with aloof disdain: apply claws to stockings or use a quick nip on the ankle.

When walking among the dishes on the dinner table, be prepared to look surprised and hurt when scolded. The idea is to convey, “But you always allow me on the table when company isn’t here.”

Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It isn’t necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.

Work:

If one of your humans is sewing or writing and another is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called helping, otherwise known as hampering. Following are the rules for hampering:

  1. When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You can’t be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on, picked up, and consoled.
  2. For book readers, get close under the chin, between the human’s eyes and the book, unless you can lie across the book itself. If it is a newspaper, claw at it until shredded. Your human will appreciate a home-made toy!
  3. For knitting projects, curl up quietly on the lap of the knitter and pretend to doze. Occasionally reach out and slap the knitting needles or split yarn. The knitter will try to distract you with a ball of yarn. Remember that the purpose is to impede work.