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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
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Party Animal
Thing Two is a master of mischief, always seeming to complicate whatever task you wish to accomplish. But he pays you back by being extraordinarily pliant. Whereas trimming Thing One's claws requires wearing a falconer's attire, Little Guy just lies there placidly, as if to mock his brother's cowardice. He doesn't merely tolerate the play-acting of imaginative children, but actually seems to welcome their impositions. Last night, for example, Skylar and her friend decided he should don attire befitting the birthday celebration:

Not only did he permit multiple costume changes, he lay on the island with so little motion that I could photograph him despite the low light levels. Of course, he did have the satisfaction of keeping the Friday New York Times from being read during his tribulations. Still, he definitely went beyond the call of duty. Even when he was finally done dressing up, he made sure to stay around for a series of hugs that would have sent most cats to an inaccessible refuge under the sofa. This is why I will remember not to complain too much the next time he decides to occupy my desk chair the minute I rise to use the bathroom or parades in front of the computer monitor like B. Kliban's "transparent" feline. Three cheers for Two!

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From: e4q Date: October 28th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

cat in a hat

was your paper. they do this through a clever fur based osmosis kind of trick.
a cat used to let us feed him when i was at college. once, i was sitting on my bed reading the NME and he came in and bit me hard on the ankle, and while i was rubbing it he jumped onto the paper and sat there happy as larry. evidently he was in no mood for the usual struggle where he would sit on one side while i read the other, involving some wrestling when i tried to turn the page.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: cat in a hat

He has been getting smarter lately. Skylar says it's because she has been giving him English lessons. But perhaps he's also reading on the sly.

Great letters again, BTW.
From: e4q Date: October 28th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: goes to show

and by wrestling i mean me getting slashed to ribbons with the fistful of cutlery.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: goes to show

Nothing like a cat scratch to make the itch that demands further scratching!
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: October 28th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Not in a million million years would any of our cats let us do anything like that to them.

Looks like she had a wonderful birthday.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 28th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've never had a cat so tolerant of human silliness. He's special that way, even if he always tries to dip his tail in the cereal bowl.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: October 29th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As I've now witnessed the claw-trimming ritual firsthand, I can testify without a doubt that Thing two is remarkably calm for a cat--it's uncanny. I've never had a cat that was so non-skittish about such things.
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