Sunday, April 5, 2020

The queen celebrates another birthday

Its a special time arounour house this week as the queen of our household  celebrates yet another birthday.

This queen has the run of the house day and night and really doesnt have to do anything or report tanyone. She quite often gets a little temperamental and thinks she owns the place. She doesnt have the time of day for anyone unless its on her terms. What a life, Im constantly reminded.

In the mornings, she hangs outside the bedroom craving attention, but of course, Im no fool. I know exactly what she wants. She wants to be fed. Once that happens, shes back to her sneaky old ways dodging everyone in sight.

You may think Im talking about my teenage daughter who just turned teen years a month ago, but Im referring to the other queen of the house. Its our dear Ginger, a sly old cat who turned 16 years old on Tuesday. In human years, I believe that makes her the ripe old age of 77.

The commonly held belief that every cat year” is worth seven human years is not entirely accurate. In reality, a 1-year-old cat is physiologically similar ta 16-year-old human, ana 2-year-old cat is like a person of 21. For every year thereafter, each cat year is worth about four human years.

What amazes me about our Ginger is that she is as sleek and thin as she was as a young kitty. Age seems to have no effect on her. I wish humans could make the same claim.

Ever since she waa young kitty when we adopted her, Ginger has bounced around the house as if she owns the thing. I keep reminding her that she needs to get a job to help pay for the mortgage, but not surprising, it falls on deaf ears. She continues strut- ting around the house like theres no tomorrow.

Really the only lovand affection one can gain from Ginger is sneaking up behind her or catchinher when shes asleep. Starscratching her and hemotor takes off. I swear the house begins to rattle and shake when that happens. I’ll never understand why she plays cat and mouse with the one who delivers her a feast every morning and doesnt starve for more attention.

Second thought, whshould she? She has it made in the shade. She gets to prowl around the house when nobody is around,

gets fed when she wants and ignores everyone when she feels like it, which is pretty much all the time.

Speaking of mice, yes we have had a few in the house over the years. And Ginger acts like they are some sort of toy. She really doesnt take care of business. One time there was a mouse right in front of her and she just looked at it like yeah, so what! At least she could earn her keep by keeping the mouse population under control.

So the queen gets another year, or four human years, older. I’ve resigned myselto the fact that I’ll just keep supporting the queen and her ways.

I hear the uncontrollable whining for her morning feast, again. Its time to go in hot pursuit of catering to thqueen of the house.

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