Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Cats Are Super Helpful with Christmas Preparations

christmas-cat-siamese-tabby-mix-with-bowThe holidays can be hectic. Thanks heavens, I’ve got the cats to help me: Peaches, Cream, Pavel, and Percy. Kitty Pavel likes to assist with decorations and gift wrapping. Little escapes his notice. He gets excited when the tree goes up and the wrapping paper, boxes, tissue paper, and bags come out. He likes the crinkly sound paper makes and exploring inside bags and boxes. Also hiding. He’s all about Christmas, unless you have catnip and then he’s easily distracted.
Peaches and Cream are Christmas lovers supreme. They are, however, disappointed that we switched to an artificial Christmas tree (because of my allergies). They will still crunch on the fake branches, though. I hear them ‘crunch, crunch, crunch.’ And ascending the artificial tree is not impossible. Heck no. I’ve greatly reduced the number of ornaments I put on it, and anywhere else in the house within their reach, or I would have camels and wise men carried all over the place. And have. I was constantly retrieving Creche figures and ornaments. Peaches and Cream are what some might consider ‘naughty’. Because of them, far less goes up so they’ve saved me work. Less decorating.

Peaches and Cream
Our older curmudgeonly tabby Percy ignores most of the festivities and keeps my spot warm on the couch. The only problem is that he complains when I want to sit in it, however, he will compromise by sitting on me. Preferably my chest, when I’m trying to write on my laptop. All very helpful. Peaches adores Percy and hangs out with him as much as Percy will tolerate. Even more.
percy-and-peaches-happy-in-a-sunbeam(Percy and Peaches curled together in a sunbeam)
“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” ~Robertson Davies
“People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.” ~Susan Easterly
“Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.” ~Roger Caras
“There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.”
~Rod McKuen
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(Pavel exploring Christmas packages)
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” ~Bill Dana
“If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.” ~J.A. McIntosh
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(Note this tree only has lights on it….)

(Peaches and Cream into everything)
“Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.” ~F.A. Paradis de Moncrif
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” ~Charles Dickens
(The look on Cream’s face when I caught him in the act.)
“It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming”. ~Adlai Stevenson

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