Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flash Back Friday - Leia IV

Attila (L) & Leia (R)

We can't believe its been a couple weeks since we last posted about Leia, the mom's first cat.  (To see the other posts click here for:  Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3.)  Here are some more of the mom's favorite Leia stories.

A web pic of a Korat.

Leia loved stinky socks, and the smellier, the better.  She would drag them out of the laundry hamper at night, calling as she would have called for her kittens, and calling loudly at that.  In the morning socks would be scattered all over the house.  If there weren't enough socks in the laundry, she dragged underwear out too.  She started with the dad's socks, then the mom's and if she had to, the underwear.

Not only were there a lot of socks to be picked up in the morning, but also a couple pairs of shoes the dad would periodically throw at her.  Finally, just to get some sleep, the mom invested in a covered hamper.  It helped with the missing sock problem too.

Not Leia, but it looks just like her.
Do those eyes say to you, 
"I've got your number."?

Once, Leia and the mom were visiting the mom's parents.  It was a beautiful day and they were in the backyard playing and enjoying life.  Finally the mom had to leave for a doctor's appointment and it was time to go.

She tried to pick Leia up, but Leia would have none of it.  When the mom moved closer, Leia moved away, staying a tantalizing inch out of reach.  Just by coincidence every time the mom reached for her, a flower, bug, leaf or whatever caught Leia's eye and she'd saunter over to investigate.  She never let on she knew the mom was trying to catch her.

After almost 45 minutes, the mom stormed in the house and told her mom, "I'm going to be late, and I can't catch Leia.  She's still out there and I don't care if I ever see her again."  When she was done with her little rant, there was a scratch at the door.  Leia wanted in.  It wasn't any fun out there all by herself.

Not Leia, but it could have been.

Another time, Leia was washing the mom's arm while the mom was scratching her.  Leia put a paw on the mom's arm to still it but the mom kept scratching.  Leia gave her a warning bite and put her other paw on the mom's arm too.  The mom stopped scratching and Leia started doing that little chewy thingy cats do when washing.  Clearly she wanted the mom to know she was justified in biting her as her arm was so appallingly dirty it required teeth and tongue.  (For the record, it was not a hard bite.)

Ninny & Kimba

Eventually the mom had a dog, Ninny, a 75 lb (34 kg) Irish Setter/ Lab mix.  This was back in the days before monthly flea drops and no matter how hard the mom and dad tried to control the fleas, occasionally all the animals needed flea baths.

Every time Leia had a bath she would take a big dump immediately afterwards in the middle of the living room.  It was her way of saying, "Sh*t on you!"

The mom would camp out in the living room for hours.  She saved work and projects just for this time.  No matter how long she had been there, as soon as she left, Leia would leave her message.  So don't let anyone ever tell you cats forget, or they don't have a good short term memory, or they can't connect things after some time has passed.  It just isn't so!  Leia NEVER forgot!

Everyone have a great weekend  And to all our Mewish kitty furriends, Happy Hanukkah!  May your lights shine bright!


Sweet Purrfections said...

What wonderful memories of Leia. Brulee loves Mom Paula's socks, too.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Aww, Sounds like a wonderful kitty!
Revenge pooping! MOL!

Summer at said...

What an awesome kitty Leia was!

Pat Hatt said...

haha sounds like quite the kitty indeed. Stealing dirty socks and undies and pooping on the floor, really wanted to crap on you hahaha

Marg said...

What fun to hear all about the kitties that were in your life the very first. She sounds like quite a character dragging the socks around the house.Sounds like she was very busy.

Brian said...

That silly Leia sure keep you on your toes!!!!

The Island Cats said...

Leia is my kinda girlcat!


Hannah and Lucy said...

Leia sounds as though she was a great one for keeping the humans in order. We love to hear about "before" cats.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

da tabbies o trout towne said...

well that shirley eggs planes why everee time eye see leia's frOnt yard there bee piles N piles oh socks everee wear...eye thinked her wuz gettin reddy ta open up a sock store !!!



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Julia Williams said...

That's very funny about the stinky socks. My cat Binky liked socks, too -- but she preferred clean ones, MOL. She would open the bottom dresser to dig them all out.

meowmeowmans said...

We LOVE these flashbacks! That Leia sure was a total character!

Katnip Lounge said...

ha ha ha! Maui does the Poopin' Statement too.

We bet Leia would have LOVED valerian root, it smells just like stinky socks!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Haha! That was fun to hear about Leia and the socks. Dumping on the carpet left you in no doubt what she thought of having a bath.

Cats Herd You said...

MOL about stinky socks. She sounds like quite a character!

Colehaus Cats said...

What a riot! We are really enjoying hearing about the first cat. The thing with socks is a hoot! Purrs...from your friends at

Gigi said...

Ha ha ha! That's a GREAT story about how Leia administered "punishment-by-poop" for a flea baff. Thankfully, I has never had to have such a baff. Whew!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, Laz, and Lori) said...

Oh WOW! We hadda look an look to see the white kitty. But now we saw it, they both look lovey!

Anonymous said...

Oh Dog! Leia sure had a way of getting her point across! *giggles*

GreatGranny said...

Such a cute remembrance. Mom says she didn't know how smart cats were until I came along. And yes she knows I have a good memory. Mom loved this.
xoxo Kassey

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

What a gorgeous girl! Wishing you much peace, love & light this holiday season!

Anonymous said...

She sounds as though she was quite a character - lovely memories!

Timmy Tomcat said...

We loved this story about Leia. Purrs