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.