On the Prowl: From A Year Ago

cat with toy in bathtub

Stalking the wild crackle ball.

Mewsette is just waiting for that sparkly crackle ball to make one false move and it’s curtains! You can tell by the curl in her tail that it’s a tense moment.

Nearly everyone took some time to play a little tub hockey with the crackle ball which suddenly showed up out of nowhere after being AWOL for a few months. They like just about any ball, especially in the tub, but the crackle ball makes a really satisfying noise whenever it moves and even when they pick it up.

It also fits perfectly in the tub drain with just enough protruding to pull it back out and start all over again. Mewsette’s game of tub hockey turned into miniature golf as she scored several holes in one, and holes in several.

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On the Prowl

cat with toy in bathtub

Stalking the wild crackle ball.

Mewsette is just waiting for that sparkly crackle ball to make one false move and it’s curtains! You can tell by the curl in her tail that it’s a tense moment.

Nearly everyone took some time to play a little tub hockey with the crackle ball which suddenly showed up out of nowhere after being AWOL for a few months. They like just about any ball, especially in the tub, but the crackle ball makes a really satisfying noise whenever it moves and even when they pick it up.

It also fits perfectly in the tub drain with just enough protruding to pull it back out and start all over again. Mewsette’s game of tub hockey turned into miniature golf as she scored several holes in one, and holes in several.


Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub No. 2: Playing With Toys

Mewsette keeps her toy in the tub where it can't get away.

Mewsette plays with her toy in the tub where it can't get away.

Mewsette checks on the toy she left in the tub earlier in the day; it's still there.

Mewsette checks on the toy she left in the tub earlier in the day; it's still there.

Toys have an annoying habit of running under pieces of furniture where my long arms can’t reach them and simply sitting there and looking stupid, or rolling down a flight of steps and, frankly, they aren’t worth chasing.

However, a toy can’t climb the walls of a tub, so you can torture it to your heart’s content, then stop and rest or have a bath, knowing the toy can’t get away.

Mewsette Has Been Pestering Me…

No More Pictures!

No More Pictures!

“Stop taking pictures of me and type my messages!” she insists. I admit, I’ve been distracted by their antics in the new bathroom and otherwise, plus there’s plain old everyday life…

Yes, yes, Mewsette, and I have plenty of other messages to send out, too! Actually, I have been taking photos of them to post and to use for my own selfish artistic purposes—see my post about “new photo galleries”, just below this one, that features two new collections.

Because she has no thumbs, she says, she cannot type her own messages and is at the mercy of my whims to disseminate her information to other felines about her tips about using the tub. In the next few days, Mewsette and I will post #2 in her best uses for the tub.

Also, I’ve been tweaking my website for easier browsing, kind of like tinkering with an old car to keep it running smoothly…soon enough it will be completely indexed and databased, but really, I’d rather blog. I’ll be posting frequently enough in the next few days to catch up with a variety of things I’d like to make sure you are aware of—Top Ten Cat Cities, the plight of pets in this economy, a crochet project, various news articles, and I’d like to introduce you to a group of friends who’ve written about cats for years and the books they’ve written.

Until then, enjoy the photos!


Congratulations to Mewsette on Her New Column

Mewsette's 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub

Mewsette offers hints and advice for getting the most out of your bathtub.

Mewsette is a clever and creative girl, but very practical. As a kitten her nickname was “Dora the Explorer” as she was the first to get onto and into everything, as she removed all the tissues from the box and used it as a fort from which to attack her brothers, and later as she carefully explored the entire house, returning with cobwebs on her face; her brothers never had cobwebs on their faces, so I presume Mewsette was honestly exploring while her brothers were only hanging out somewhere waiting for her report.

So Mewsette has grown into an intelligent and reliable lady, though still no less active and creative, and she’d like to combine her best talents and share her conclusions with interested readers. She has demonstrated to me that her hints and advice for bathtub use ought to be published, but with big round fuzzy paws like Mewsette’s, typing is nearly impossible, not to mention editing photos. I am proud of Mewsette’s creative effort and only too happy to assist in getting her word out to the general public. Taking dictation from your cat? Don’t all we feline caretakers do that all day long?

Please join me in congratulating Mewsette on her accomplishment, and enjoy the first installment of “Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub”, below.


Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub, No. 1: Bathing

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub is apparently intended for bathing, and I’ve found it to be an excellent place to enjoy even just a little face wash. Incidentally, the tub works fine for bathing without the water; I don’t understand why humans need total immersion. The tub is clean and smooth inside, so I don’t pick up any stray pieces of lint or dirt while I’m cleaning, and when I’m done I can leave behind all the loose hairs and debris I’ve pulled from my fur.