February 24th 2013 9:54 pm
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Anyone who has ever gone fishing will be familiar with the way a fish gives small jerks on your line when it's nibbling at the bait. You also will be familiar with the experience of pulling the line back up out of the water to find....nothing, no fish at all on it, as well as the triumphant experience when you haul in your "Catch of the Day" firmly attached to your fishing line!
Last night I was sitting on my bed doing various things on my laptop when I felt a small jerk on my trackball cord, just like it feels when a fish jerks at a fishing line. I looked down and saw...nothing. I went back to what I was doing.
I look down. It HAS to be some mischievous feline family member who is playing this little prank on me. Yet there's not a cat anywhere even close to my trackball cord that I can see. There's a big heavy storage box of books right under the area of the bed where I was sitting, so there's no room for a cat to hide in that particular area.
Again I went back to doing things on my laptop.
I look down again. Nothing. I pretend to go back to doing things on my laptop while keeping a sneaky (so I thought) watchful eye on my trackball cord. Nothing. After a few minutes I started getting bored and I figured that whoever it was, wherever it was hiding, the culprit probably knew from my breathing pattern or something, that I was waiting and watching the cord. I went back to doing things on my laptop again for real.
Again, when I look down, there was nothing, no sign of a cat anywhere close to the cord. I pulled the cord up so there was less of it dangling, then I went back to typing on my laptop.
Jerk...jerk...jerk! Jerk! Jerk! JERK! MRROOOWWWW!!!!! Hissss!!! Hissss!!!!! MRRROOOWWWWWW!
Aha! That time the "Catch of the Day" or more appropriately, the CULPRIT, was CAUGHT!
Firmly stuck in my trackball cord was a single claw.
That claw was even more firmly attached to a little black paw.
That little black paw was most firmly attached to one UNO, who was under the bed meowing and hissing in panic as she was jerking frantically at the cord in an attempt to free her stuck claw. All of a sudden, her fun was over as Uno became my "Catch of the Day" and her little game turned into a moment of panic. It was the first claw on Uno's right forepaw that was stuck, the claw that would compare to a human's right index finger (anybody notice that just as humans are right or left-handed, cats too seem to prefer using their right or left paw and most cats seem to be right-pawed just as most humans are right-handed?) I reached down, grabbed Uno, got her claw unstuck & then clipped her claws...again....seems like I just clipped her claws a couple of days ago...her claws grow fast. After I clipped her claws, Uno fled from the room like a bolt of black lightning.
I looked under the bed to see how Uno had managed to hide within reach of my trackball cord. As it turns out, the previously mentioned storage box had somehow managed to develop the ability to move on its own. It now was located under the opposite side of the bed from where I was sitting. The area under where I was sitting was now empty, a perfect hiding place for Uno's sneak attacks on my trackball cord.
The mystery of "whodunit" was solved but another mystery remained. Uno's the smallest cat in the house. (Incidentally or perhaps BECAUSE she's the smallest of all the cats in the house she is also the one who has the biggest loudest mouth and the widest range of vocalizations.) She's a small fine-boned cat with the typical lean streamlined Siamese/oriental shorthair body type. Although she's not skinny or underweight, she weighs barely 4 pounds.
I wouldn't have expected any cat to be able to move that box of books. So how did Uno DO it?
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very cool catch of the day MOL my claws do seem to get caught on stuff to and so I have to get trims more often. That is really interesting about the right paw/versus left paw, we will have to watch mom thinks I might be left pawed.
ummmmm it is a mystery how you such a tiny kitty managed to move that box but our moe is tiny and mighty so maybe you are too :)
All cats have special kinetic abilities...especially if they are sleek black kitties like us! Hehehe...
Samhain has a good point! ...so did you tell her she was going to make an excellent fish-fry? MOL! ...AWWWW! Mamma tells me she's going to make "Kitty-bread" but she never has.
Just don't tell anyone our secrets Samhain! Calista I told Mom forget the fish fry, just break out the string cheese and then break off the lion's share of it for me!