Teaching Cats the Rules of the House
Barney, my cat who is small of brain but large of heart, sometimes violates this rule, but not because he’s a rule-breaker, it’s simply that he forgets. This rarely happens, but the last time was the day after we returned from the winter visit to Florida when I walked into the dining room, and Barney was standing on the table. He purred when he saw me, and started coming to greet me, when all of a sudden a look of horror crossed his face. “I’M GOING TO BE PUNISHED BECAUSE I FORGOT I’M NOT ALLOWED UP HERE!!!” Since Barney was often punished by his prior owners, who I believe beat the brains out of him, this is no small thought for him to have, and he leaped from the table to run and hide.
My other cat, Mama, is a different matter. Rules? Schmooles!—these silly rules are made to be broken, just don’t get caught—that’s her attitude.
Now, if this had happened to Barney, who's easily confused and wants so very much to do right, he’d have been cowering for days. Ah, but not our Mama.
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