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An Open Letter from Isis:
Dear Cat Writers' Association,
It has recently come to my attention that you doled out a bunch of awards at some big fancy affair in California. I heard through the office grapevine that the President's Award for this year went to the gal in the next office over from me, Mary Anne Miller, editor of Felinexpress.com. Now don't get me wrong, she's a pretty hard worker and all, but the last time I looked around this office, I am the one and only actual CAT writer on this staff! What is this world coming to when the Cat Writers' Association has stopped recognizing the writing efforts of C-A-T-S! I suppose I'll have to submit my work over at the People Writers' Association. Fat chance Iíll have at winning anything there, either. With my luck, their big award will go to some dog. Iíll just have to keep my paws crossed that our winner doesn't gloat. I hope this doesn't affect the quality of my work.
Itís simply not fair! I am an attractive, female white kitty and I have to stay cooped up in a house all day long! My caregiver leaves every day, yet when I try to dash out the door, she stops me and tells me ďBad Kitty!Ē I want to go outside! I want to chase butterflies, and scratch on trees and scare dogs. What can I do?
The Spirit of Adventure throbs through your paws. Have you ever considered walking with harness and leash? If your owner goes clueless to buy the harness and doesnít purchase the right one, it is an easy and quick backward slip out from under any improper harness and you are FREE! Just watch those dogs though- they like to chase you up trees and the photo you sent- well, you ainít a squirrel, honey!
My owner is getting grumpy with me lately. He is happy to share his bed with me, and I appreciate that he lets me snuggle up and stay warm at night. But, lately, I have noticed his head is getting cold. Unlike me, he doesnít come with a full coat of lovely fur. I donít think he has fleas, but his hair has sure fallen out! So to be purrfectly hospitable, I curl up around his head and keep him warm. He keeps pushing me off and it causing me to become grumpy now! What do I do?
Port Allen, Louisiana
Sometimes humans can be so clueless! Doesnít he know that humans loose anywhere between 7-55% of body heat through their head? And thatís just if they donít wear a hat. I wonder, if you purr while you are reclining so in your sloped position? Perhaps if you turned it into a heating and vibrating massage, your human would be more appreciative. If your human travels, next time he goes on an airplane, maybe he can carry you on as a massage pillow?
There is a small room off the bedroom with a really nice swimming hole. Problem is, the hours itís available varies so much I canít keep up. Sometimes, when I go in there, the swimming hole is exposed, other times a hard white cover prevents me from taking the plunge. What gives?
Flower Mound, TX
Playing in that swimming hole is risky business, because that is where your humans do theirÖerÖummÖbusiness, if you get my drift? Whatís next darling one, breast-stroking in your litter pan?
I live with a group of cats who are quite weird. They like to sleep with the dog! I may be the runt of the litter, but hissing and spitting is my game. How can you let these felines know they have been led astray?
Take a paws and get wise here dear! Do I have to remind you that you are low cat on the totem pole food chain of life? If this dog is a toy poodle, you might be safe. If however, the dog is bigger than a breadbox, you might just be the next thing on the menu! Take a hint from your wise feline friends. ďKeep your friends close, but your enemies closer!Ē
My caretaker is mad at me because I take her jewelry off the dresser and drop it in my litter box. I donít know what her problem is? Itís gold jewelry and I am burying it for Peteís sake!
Ahoy there Bart!
My dear, havenít you ever heard of a PAWn shop? Cats like you so fleet of feet need to beat it down to the local PAWn shop and turn in that gold for some hard cash. Just think of it, Kitty Kaviar for life!
My human insists on wrapping me up in this ratty old towel like a burrito several times a day. To add insult to injury, she then proceeds to shove vile tasting pills down my throat! HALPÖÖ
Lift your tail and shake it baby! Baptize that ratty old towel several times a day in true kitty style! Your human will be so put off by your swinging telegram, she will be the one needing to take pills!
The lady who feeds me took me to an evil woman who shaved my body, but left my legs, face and tail in their full and gorgeous state. Sadly, I now look like a plucked chicken in go-go boots. What can I do to make sure she never does this to me again?
Western Kentucky USA
Darling, havenít you heard that Sphynxes are ďinĒ? What you seem to be forgetting that we, as a species, exclude more charm and class than any other. You simply canít look bad. But if you truly donít care for the look, Iíd remember that you were given claws for a reason.
My human is very mad at me right now. I left him a surprise in his slipper last night. He doesnít like surprises and now I am in a doghouse. It is very insulting to be a cat in a doghouse. Can you help me?
Itís tough enough writing this column without dealing in vagueness. Are you referring to the figurative language Ďdoghouseí, or are you literally out in the yard? Either way, make lemonade, sugar. First off, no self-respecting feline loses even a wink of sleep over who might be mad at him. Turn those tables, kitten. If you are quite actually out in a doghouse, I say itís high time for a little vacation! Vegas is jumping this time of year.
My owner is insisting on dressing me up in little outfits. I have been allowing it out of fondness for her. What do you think?
New York City
Oh, no no no, a thousand times no! The Devil may have worn Prada, but the only coat on your back should be 100% au natural. A little resistance worked wonders for the American colonists, and it will for you, too.
I think my owner is taking me for granted and regards me as a low maintenance pet. What can I do to change this?
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Itís obvious that you are much smarter than your owner. Itís about time you showed him that. I suggest a few reminders while he is away at work. I know you can manage some simple stunts like opening cabinets and drawers or unrolling a few rolls of toilet paper. Undignified, yes, but it establishes who really is in control in your home. Donít let him off his guard for a minute. Good luck, dear.
I have been bringing earthworms home to my owner lately and she is displeased with me bringing them in the house. What can I do?
Portland, Oregon USA
I have no doubt whatsoever that your owner is displeased with you. I am none too happy with you at the moment either. What self-respecting cat catches earthworms? Here you are lucky to be a member of a species with magnificent hunting prowess, and you canít even manage prey with legs? For goodness sake, try to at least catch something that scurries. Remember dear, itís the early bird that catches the worm. Nobody is writing proverbs about early cats.
My owner keeps cleaning my litter pan every day. I like to play poop hockey and she spoils my fun! What can I do?
Brownsville, Texas USA
If your owner has named you Perturbed, Iíd say you have bigger problems than you mention. Please do some research on your own species. Cats are fastidious, clean animals. The whole Ďpoop hockeyí concept is repulsive. You might as well be a dog and slobber all over the place. Please consider some intensive therapy.
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