Monday, June 10, 2013

The Busy Life of Atticus

 
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Regular readers of this column know about Atticus. They are familiar with his antics and know that he is the author of mischief at our house. What they may not know is that Atticus does not have an easy life.
Atticus is a very busy feline. It is difficult to get all of the chores he must do completed, in addition to fulfilling his need for 20 hours of sleep each day.  He must plan his next mischievous deed and be ready to execute the plan at a moment’s notice. He must invent new games to play with Honey, and then there are the plans to rid his world of that annoying goat Ruby Tuesday. Ruby takes some of my attention, and I have noticed Atticus sitting in the window watching me play with Ruby. There are decisions that he must make each day, should he nap in my chair, or on the stairs? Will he eat 3 bites of his food or 4 bites before walking away and settling down for a nap? His mind must make so many decisions and he is exhausted by the time he does settle down for his nap. No, life is not easy for Atticus.
Atticus knows the secret to many mysteries. How did those clean towels that have just been folded get on the floor? Atticus knows the answer. Is there anything hidden in those balls of yarn that must be unrolled? Atticus knows the answer. Will an entire bottle of shampoo go down the drain if turned over? Atticus knows the answer. Where are those missing ornaments? Atticus knows the answer to that one too, he hasn’t shared it yet.
How does he do it? He is only awake for a few hours, how can he create so much mischief? Atticus has learned one important thing, convince the woman that you adore her and you can get away with almost anything. That is the key to his success/mischief. Purr softly and rub her leg gently when she is angry and has had enough of the mischief. Afterwards walk away smugly and think “sucker”, then take a nap.
My husband says that Atticus needs a job or something more constructive to do with his time. This concerns Atticus. He gets upset and then he must take a nap, reinforcing the idea that his life is busy and not easy. It is not all fun and games.
 


12 comments:

  1. Atticus is precious - look at those sweet eyes :)

    Have a beautiful week!

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    1. Difficult to believe that so much mischeif comes from him isn't it? Guess that is true of most cats though. Thanks Stephanie and thank you for visiting!!!

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  2. He is such a beautiful kitty--glad he keeps busy when he is not getting his beauty sleep :)

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    1. Yes, it is important to keep busy between beauty naps! LOL!! Thanks Sandy and thank you for visiting us, Atticus is glad that you always recognize his special qualities!!

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  3. Atticus certainly has the good life.

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    1. LOL!! Even if he is so very busy! Thanks Lisa and thank you for visiting!!!

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  4. Oh my, that Atticus! He certainly has all the answers. Sounds to me as though he has already figured out how to pass the time and make sure the ones around him don't lack for anything to do! :-)

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    1. You are right Nonnie, Atticus does not have trouble getting bored. If he were awake more than 4 hours a day, I would need 2 of me just to deal with him! Thanks for visiting Nonnie!!! Atticus appreciates that you recognize his special qualities!

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  5. Oh, the hard life that our kitties lead!! They keep us so entertained, too, like Atticus! :)
    Susan

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    1. He does just that! Thsnks Susan and thank you for visiting!!!

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  6. Atticus is a gorgeous cat!!! I don't know how I'd make it without my faithful companions, my cat and dog. Unconditional love.....is what they give, and I so appreciate it!

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    1. Thank you Dolores! I am glad that you have them, they are a lot of company, as you said can't forget that unconditional love that they give! Thanks for visiting!!!

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