|Purred: Thu Dec 16, '10 12:29pm PST |
|Ever since we've gotten a Zoom Groom-actually we got two, my roommate keeps one upstairs-the cat perch/scratching post by my chair at the computer (the cats like to kibbitz, especially Kaya) has become Kaya's grooming platform. When she would hop up there and tap me, at first I figured she was asking for attention. Then food. Then water. Then I checked the litterboxes. Because usually it's one of the above, but lately, even if food bowls are empty, water fountain is whirring, and litterboxes are stinky-and I fix all that and pet the kitty...she still kept tapping me. I was getting exasperated, and so was she...I started clipping her claws more often. Had to. She was shredding my shirts.
Then she must have figured out I couldn't actually read her mind, so she starts prowling the house...every time I opened the entertainment center doors, she was inside the cabinets. Every time I opened an endtable, she was in it. We have moved fairly recently, and I started asking her if she couldn't find her favorite mousie or something. Well, I was on the right track.
When I was looking for a key to turn the valve on my oxygen tank-don't worry if that doesn't make sense to you, it just means I moved a whole bunch of full O2 tanks that would have been too heavy for Kaya to shift but are shaped such that there are plenty of gaps pretty much no matter how you stack them-at the bottom of this basket of air was the Zoom Groom. Which mattered to me less at the moment than finding something to turn the O2 tank on...turns out a nutcracker will do in a pinch...pun intended.
So I brushed the kitties later...yes, Zoom Groom had been missing for weeks. Kitties went bananas. Kitties followed me around. And Kaya is a total slave to the Zoom. The cat perch is now her private grooming salon. She'd rather be groomed than petted. Even Wesley, my most feral of my 3 feral kittybears, relaxes to the point of half-mast eyelids when I get down on the floor with him and Zoom him.
It's not just an effective grooming tool-it's kitty therapy.
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