Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday is Cat Day- A Day in the Life of Holly

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Every cat owner thinks his or her cat is the most beautiful, the friendliest and the most intelligent creature. 

I’m no different. On several occasions, I’ve sang my cats’ praises. Holly’s in particular, as she is such an affectionate, smart and talkative cat. We'll get to the others later, but today it's Holly's day.

Just over two years old, Holly isn’t like any of the others. While Mickey, Chanel, Charlotte and Gabriel are content to merely sleep on my bed, Holly goes to sleep with her head on my pillow.

When Dieter gets up at 6:00 a.m. she joins him in the bathroom. On the rare occasion that he closes the door before she has a chance to follow, she meows (loudly) to be let in. When Dieter opens the door, she gives an appreciative krrr. 

While he showers and brushes his teeth, she waits patiently knowing that he completes his grooming routine by combing his hair, at which time Holly wants her hair combed too. 

When I get up, she comes with me to the bathroom too and sits on the mat while I shower. As I step out of the shower, she moves to the toilet seat from where she watches me intently as I brush my teeth and wash my face.
She knows what comes next … I comb her head. I deliberately say “head” because I don’t comb her whole body, just the top of her head and her cheeks.
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On the rare occasion that she doesn’t make it into the bathroom, she waits for me outside and insists on having her head combed there.
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After breakfast I do the dishes and make the beds and Holly comes to “help”. Have you ever tried making a bed where a cat rolls around on it, makes a dive for the sheets, or chases every move you make? Most of the time I just give up and wait for Holly to go the sleep to complete the job.
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During the day there’s not much action. Holly will take a nap on the balcony, keep an eye on the fishes, or do whatever to entertain herself.
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The strange thing is though, Holly can be seemingly fast asleep, but if I move to go to the kitchen, the bedroom or the bathroom, she gets up and comes with me. She doesn’t watch where she walks either. While putting one paw in front of the other, she looks up, at me, and yet she never bumps into a wall or door.
Another thing I should mention is that Holly is a very talkative cat. She has a large vocabulary with which she expresses herself, she’s even been known to “sing”. If she wants attention, and she doesn’t get it, she will start to serenade us, loud and insistent which will either result in one of us playing with her or an annoyed “Holly, enough already!” In which case she will grow quiet and sulk.
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Which bring us back to bedtime. Holly might be fast asleep somewhere, but when she hears the TV being switched off and the computer powered down, she’ll get up and follow me to the bedroom. 

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