Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ignoring Is Bliss!

Maggie, a tummy uncovered. (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa
"Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace." ~ Robert J. Sawyer
Maggie doesn't really like me. She would rather be an only cat, pampered and spoiled by her daddy; the problem being the fact that her "dad" is also mine. So suddenly, she had to share her space and her "parents" with six other cats and two additional humans, not to mention Max, that hairy barking thing outside the sunroom door. The intruders took over her sunroom where she used to lie in sweet repose as the sun streamed in. They took over her food bowls, nibbling at will and creating the dreaded "sink hole" in her special bowl. They took over her favorite sleeping lounger and her "mom's" bed and the living room couch. They even took over her "mom's" affection; someone was always lounging on the arm of her chair or gazing into her eyes or settling in on her lap.

For a long time she would hide under the bed or under a chair in a far corner. Nicky tried to make friends; he followed her around like a puppy dog, (sorry Max) and patiently took all her snarls and hisses and swats. Everyone else avoids her, well, except Willow; also a Ragdoll, she pesters her. Willow hides on the shelf above Maggie's litter box and when Maggie goes inside to use the facilities, Willow pops out and hangs her head over the edge, looking into the box, cat face to cat face. This ALWAYS freaks Maggie out!

Her kitty nemeses spend the night in the sunroom; after their 9 PM trek through the house to their barracks, Maggie feels free to roam the house. This is the time she rolls on bare feet, does her begging act for her "dad" and plays with the toys. It is also the time she pauses for an undignified spread on the carpeted floor. She's ignoring me, concentrating on something in her paw. She's thinking.... "Ignoring is bliss!"

I'm sorry! Maggie has a hard time getting her quotes right, but she did a good job showing her tummy to the world; or at least to the cats and humans for Tummy Tuesday, over at catstuff. She'll be boarding Friday's Ark this week and also partying over at the Carnival of the Cats on Sunday. The carnival is hosted this week by Scribblings.
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