Each morning, Fat Mittens scratches at the bedroom door, sometimes sticking a paw underneath in case The Mister and I are close enough to get swiped. When that fails to get the door opened, Fat Mittens will cry until we either open the bedroom door, she’s pushed against it enough, or the rare shoe is thrown at the door to dissuade Mittens from this foolishness.
Once we get up, Midnight takes downstairs duty; winding his way through our legs, crying a pitiful meow because he’s hungry, and trying to ease out the door as The Teen or The Boy makes the school bus dash.
My cats are very assuming. They assume the yoga mat is for them to use to lay and wash, they assume a free lap is an invitation for them to lay on you, they assume that you want company in the bathroom (I don’t). My cats are loved very much.
Apparently, I don’t love them quite as much as the folks on Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. Flipping through the channels this past weekend, the description of a cat who was a terror to a man’s girlfriend was intriguing. I watched the show, my eyes growing wide as I witnessed these cats doing everything from attacking people walking by, using the house as their personal toilet, and draw blood.
Oh no they didn’t!
The Teen and The Boy watched the show with me, remarking that we would be cat-less if our cats exhibited that behavior. And they are correct. I love my cats, and they get away with more than they should, but the animals featured on this show are out of control!
Jackson Galaxy, a self-proclaimed cat behaviorist, visits houses, observes the cat’s behavior, and makes suggestions about ways to calm the kitty.
One cat, Stella, was pooping all over the house, supposedly because she was feeling ignored. What? Stella was territorial, and insecure, and after a visit to the vet it was determined that Stella had arthritis. The vet suggested acupuncture treatments, and the owners TOOK HER! Not to feed into the stereotype that minorities don’t care for animals, but a freaking acupuncturist? To me, that’s insane. You get your annual check up, shots, Science Diet Food, and run of the house. Last time I checked, neither cat was bringing income in the house.
Another cat featured, Mad Max, was a cat who taught himself how to open the door, climb over the fence, and cause all kinds of a ruckus in the neighborhood. This cat would actually go into other people’s homes to fight their cats!
Cue to the 8:50 mark to get a look at some of Mad Max’s antics:
I will never understand people who take their affair with animals so far. Jackson has the pet owners reconstruct their homes so that the cats can be comfortable. This is a CAT we’re talking about!
I must be in the minority because this site popped up today when I was looking for information about hemp (that’s a whole other post…). Cat Ladders Hall of Fame is a site dedicated to structures that are cat friendly.
Fat Mittens and Midnight better get used to jumping on the radiator and balancing on the back of the couch (when The Mister’s not around, of course).
My Cat From Hell can be found on the Animal Planet Channel at various times. And yes, this show has been added to my list of ratchedness.