Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Family that Plays Together
I never realized how funny cats can be until Quint came along. His antics made us laugh from the day he arrived and he still makes me laugh every day. Now that Hedge has joined the family, the fun has just multiplied. Not only does Hedge follow Quint around and imitate almost everything he does, but the not-so-little-anymore black cat has his own set of tricks to add to the show.
We have a cream-colored throw rug in the living room which Hedge has adopted as his toy storage area. Any small item, from feathers to little plastic animals is likely to be carried from wherever in the house he finds it and left on that rug. Today, you can find there several feathers, eight assorted toy mice, a toy squirrel with a chewed-off tail, a toy opossum, and a toy bird that chirps when moved. Neither Carol, I, nor Quint put any of those things on that rug. Those are Hedge's toys. I just can't help but laugh when I look at that ever-growing collection on the rug.
And then there's the little cat bed which is a hand-me-down from a friend of ours. It was just the right size for Quint when he was a kitten, and though he's really too big for it now, he still manages to squeeze into it and make it look comfortable. Hedge, the copy cat, decided that he should be able to sleep there whenever Quint wasn't looking. Then, finding out he could get away with that, Hedge found a way to curl up in that little bed alongside Quint. Now that was funny!
Lately, Hedge has taken to hanging around in the dining room in the evening after dinner when I brush Quint's teeth. He's only curious right now, but it's just a matter of time before he jumps up and insists that he get his teeth brushed, too.