Gotta Cat? You May Understand.
by CalicoHawk
<p>I came home the other morning, after a twelve-hour night shift, and as usual, my cat &#8220;Pistol&#8221; greeted me at the door.&#160; I picked him up and gave him a hug, something he appreciates. &#160;(As much as a cat can appreciate anything.)&#160; When I put him down, he went to his bed and looked up at me.&#160; He knows that my next move is down the hall toward the bedroom.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>My cat doesn&#8217;t have any toys.&#160; I bought him a toy when he was a kitten.&#160; It was an &#8220;action&#8221; toy, guaranteed by the manufacturer to &#8220;please and delight&#8221; any cat, and provide hours of fun.&#160; It was a simple little device.&#160; There was a 6x2-inch platform, with a motorized 6-inch rod coming out of the center, to which a string and ping-pong sized ball were attached.&#160; When the switched was turned on, the stick would turn slowly, dragging the ball in a circle.&#160; Small lights would light up in a random pattern.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I installed the batteries, set it on the floor and turned it on.&#160; Pistol ran.&#160; I found him two days later sneaking toward his food dish in a low crouching crawl similar to the tigers you see on NatGeo.&#160; His tail was straight behind him and his ears were twisting like individual radar antennas.&#160; It seemed that every muscle in his body was ready to explode at a second's notice.&#160; That was the last time I tortured him with a &#8220;please and delight.&#8221;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Pistol is not afraid of mice.&#160; I really believe that if mice could talk, they would have a nickname for Pistol.&#160; &#8220;Chuck Norris.&#8221;&#160; I have seen Pistol run down the hallway at full tilt because something squeaked in the closet at the end of the hall.&#160; Then way after &#8220;the last minute,&#8221; put on the brakes and hit the closet door at the same time.&#160; (I think the mice do that on purpose.&#160; I&#8217;m sure they have a cheering section on the top shelf.)</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Sure.&#160; I could get rid of the mice.&#160; But the way I see it, putting poison down could end up poisoning Pistol if he caught a disabled mouse.&#160; Traps are gory and could turn up missing if they only catch a foot or tail.&#160; And besides&#8230;it&#8217;s the only way Pistol gets any exercise.&#160; He won&#8217;t come near anything I put on the floor, except his food dish.</p>
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