6 February 2012

Does he look annoyed?
He's annoyed.

He has been such a little shit lately. The commado cuddling is cute; he still stomps up to me plops down on my lap even if there's a computer there, and forces his head under my hand until I comply and give him head skritches until he's tired of them. That could be 1 minute or 30, I never know.

I can even deal with him tracking litter-tinged pawprints across the coffee table. And the fake fireplace. And my blankets and sheets.

Paw prints are just part of having cats. You learn to deal.

I don't have a problem with him being on the counters; I feed him up there to keep Max from scarfing his food down and then going for Buddah's. we have bleach for a reason.

I don't mind him getting up on top of the refrigerator, and then on top of the cupboards. He loves being up high, and who am I to deny his need to tower over me?

But the other night he jumped to the counter, and then to the fridge, and then stopped. Fine. He's not hurting anything up there. I sat here in the other room (kitchen right behind me, open concept sort of thing) watching TV with my laptop open as I surfed FARK and reddit.

From the kitchen: bang bang bang.

I didn't have to turn around to know what he was doing. The fridge is right next to the pantry, and he loves opening pantry and cupboard doors. Still, that's one thing he's not supposed to do, and he knows it. So without turning I said, "No, Buddah. You can't go in there."

Bang, bang, bang.

I turned around and he was looking right at me. "No. Stop doing that."

He reached over with his little paw. Bang, bang, bang.

"I said no." I started to get up, intending on pulling him down from the fridge, risking my flesh, because he's a biter when he's ticked off.


"No, no, no."

He stuck his paw under the edge of the pantry door, slid it in as far as he could, grabbed a box of Pop Tarts, and pulled them out...looking right at me as they fell to the floor.

THEN he jumped up to the top of the cupboards, with I WIN! plastered across his face.

Well. I couldn't let that pass. So I waggled my finger at him and said sternly, "Don't do that again."

Yeah. I'm sure he listened.


Angel and Kirby said...

I know they can be a pain in the backside, bit is is amazing what they can do!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

He was no doubt traumatized by the incident. If he noticed.

Jodi McGrew said...

You may need to call Jackson Galaxy.... :)

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

that's really kind of funny though

caircair said...

Two words: Squirt gun. Works every time!

Oblivious Beast said...

We have the "evil bottle that chinks." Filled with change. She hates it.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Scout loves to bang bang the cupboard doors too. Plus we have little doors in our waterbed riser on the floor. He's not allowed to sleep in our room anymore because we got tired to him bang banging the doors at 2 am demanding to be fed.

~*Connie*~ said...

I have two cats that LOVE to eat poptarts.. I can't let them see this or they'll be planning a visit to your house..

(btw, Squirt guns don't always work. I had one kitty who would give me dirty looks when I would squirt him and keep doing what he was doing.. )

Mila said...

Spray bottle, ftw XD Buddah's being a little snot.

RANGER said...

Have you ever just talked to him sternly for a loooong period of time? Our adopted feral cat would scratch and bite at will - her will. Once, when she scratched me and ran, I began to talk sternly to her while holding her stare with mine. I talked and talked in that strong voice until she hid her face behind a chair. Then I ignored her. She made the first overture after that. A few more stern talks and she got the idea. We now can turn her on her back to irrigate her gums and she folds her paws while we do. Patience and consistency led to a loving cat and that was 11 years ago. She is still with us.

This is a run-on comment, I know, but it's worth a try if you get the whole family on board with the concept.