Saturday, May 30, 2009

Scaredy Cat!

stroke his fur, coo in baby talk, let him see
me as no one else is allowed to. I know he loves me too,
because when I cry out "OUCH", as if I were a cartoon,
he comes running, eyes ever widening, and cries along
side me. It's a very spooky sound, and for a moment,
stops me in my tracks till I feel the pain again. Then
we both go back to crying together.
We all have great affection for the eccentricities of our
furry friends. Milo is 6, and I've had him hanging
out with me since he was 2 months old. All his habits
were basically formed with me. So what's this fear,
as if the Spanish Inquisition was at my door?
For instance...Every spring one of the maintenance
men who works in this building has to change
the air-conditioning filters. So once a year, for the
last 3, the really nice, polite Kristo comes to my door.
The instant the doorbell rings, Milo goes into a
Keystone Kops routine, shooting straight up,
bounding into a wall, scooting to the safest place
on earth..under my bed. Never to emerge.
Well not really, but the next 3 days are ruined for him.
Finally slinking out from under, his body elongating,
as cats mysteriously do, his head darting, he resumes
his normal life, but with a major change. In his mind,
Kristo, that lovely person, causes a trauma greater
than any other. So Milo closes the bathroom door,
securing himself in the sink, or under a low stool.
Then makes a pest of himself when he tries
to get out, meowing his demands to be let out.
Days are devoted to this routine, until the vision
of scary old Kristo finally fades from his mind,
only to arise again next year.
Lots of cats have insecurity issues, of course.
But I'll bet you dollars to donuts that Milo is the
only cat who makes a soup of his chow. Here's
the recipe, for later reference. I am the
enabler. First, I shake the chow into his bowl.
Then fresh water in the bowl alongside.
Milo enters. Cups his paw, scoops some chow into
the water, stirs a few times with his furry paw,
gently retrieves some of the soupy contents, chow
and all, and nibbles his entree' with great relish...
supplied by his imagination.
Not every meal is eaten this way of course.
Perhaps only for celebration. Like having
vanquished the spectre of Kristo.


Butternut Squash said...

That is one gorgeous kitty. I wonder what he's afraid of? I have only had one animal in my life that I was that attached to. I still miss his company. Peace.

Lyn said...

Hi Butter....
Thank you.. Milo is a basket case..who knows? This is a kitty who goes nuts when I'm eating chocolate ice, he doesn't get any!!!

Linda S. Socha said...

Wonderful post Lyn. I had 13 cats as a child but at this point I do not have anything live in the way of pets. Nice to enjoy hearing about yours

Lyn said...

Hi Linda-
Thank you...I've had lots of cats also, I think once 3 at the same time. Now I'm thinking of getting a friend for Milo..I'm nuts!

Natalie said...

Do it! I'm sure Milo will love it.

Lyn said...

Hi Natalie-
Thank is something to think about..there's a pet store down the street and on Sunday they have adoptions! We'll see...

Unknown said...

Have always been a cat person and have seen some really strange personalities with some of them. My daughter's cat makes soup of his kibble also, and I guess because he thinks it's something special, he does the same thing with her dog's food and water! Maybe he's sharing his idea!

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
Thank's good to know that Milo is not an isolated soup chef..But messing with the dog's food..that takes it all!!

Jeane Myers said...

okay, so Milo has a little thing - I use to have similar reaction when my mother-in-law cam knocking - the food thing is extremely wonderful - those eyes outlined in white - they would melt me everytime

A Cuban In London said...

It is a beautiful cat indeed! And it has a very faithful and loyal owner, I see :-). Many thanks, that photo was fantastic.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
How well I understand the in-law comment!
I love the individuality of our pets...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Every day I tell Milo how lucky I am to have him..thank you!!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I'm sure Milo knows he's quite safe, tucked up with you. And who wouldn't go crazy when chocolate ice cream is in the air?!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Chocolate ice cream in the air!! What a picture!
Showed Milo what you said about safety..just shrugged!!

rallentanda said...

I love Milo.Could I be his Aunty?
I have two adorable marmalade boys.

Lyn said...

Hi rallentanda-
Without a doubt, Milo would be glad to meow you Aunty..but warning, he'll be hiding under my bed!!


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