At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Thursday, June 05, 2003

EXCERPT FROM A NOTE TO THE CAT-SITTER


Congratulations--you have been chosen to take care of

THE BEST CATS IN THE WORLD!


First, some introductions:

Subject: Shroom



Species: grey American medium-haired domestic feline.
Sex: Female, but fixed.
Size: large (about 13 pounds).
Disposition: assertive, sometimes authoritarian, but fiercely loyal once she gets to know you.
Favorites: hunting catnip mice, lap sitting, sunny spots, midday naps.
Suggestions: acknowledge her status as First Among Felines, let her size you up and she will come to you for a proper ear-scratch!

Subject: Zafu



Species: American shorthaired domestic tortoiseshell calico.
Sex: Female, but fixed.
Size: extra-large (about 17 pounds).
Disposition: wacky and loving, has never met a human who hasn't loved her at first sight.
Favorites: crunchy dry food, kitty massage, wrestling with Shroom, sitting on handknits.
Suggestions: prepare yourself for the famous Zafu "body slam," when she's in the mood for lovin'!

To-Do List

1. Meet and greet, acknowledge how fabulous they are.
2. Tidy up The Box.
3. Refresh water bowls with filtered water.
4. Lay down food for today, program the CatMate C20 automatic feeder for the following two days.
5. Leave a light on--who really likes being in the dark?
6. Leave the radio on the soft-rock station--fewer arguments between them that way.
7. Fuss over them outrageously before you go.


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