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!