Me: Is that you or me that smells like cat poop?
Mistress Myrtle: I think it’s you.
Me: And I think it’s you, Myrt.
Mistress Myrtle: <gazes at me inscrutably>
Me: So, you admit it was you? <sits up>
Mistress Myrtle: <continues staring>
Me: Oh, god…you were right. What did I eat?!?
Mistress Myrtle: How did you not even realize you farted, Stoopid Hooman?!?
This is pretty much the disdainful regard that I expect my cat holds for me. Despite, it seems, a post-vacation affection she also seems to be displaying.
Like, we’re talking daily cuddles versus the pre-vacation quarterly allotment I was afforded. It could be a throwback reflex to her early childhood abandonment issues.
I was, after all, her fourth home when I adopted her at a year and a half of age.
Still, if that were the case – gratitude at my tolerance for her return-to-the-pound-worthy behaviors, why not have graced me with these cuddly rewards earlier in our going-on-six-year relationship?
That’s like catitude on steroids.
Torties are notoriously and viciously psychotic.
Psycatic, if you will.
So I’m reveling in this abandonment-flashback-induced post-vacation affection that I’m receiving.
<End photo dump>
Mind you, this is against the backdrop of the Silver Fox’s caretaking. He seemed proud that my dire warnings of Myrtle’s Protest Poops seemed unfounded. A smug security that lasted only until Day 5 of his
sentence tenure feeding my lil beast. Then he contritely provided photographic evidence of his dethroning as a special human in Myrtle’s estimation.
Ironically, in a post-vacation conversation, he also divulged his slight concern that she only peed once while I was gone. I was all, “No, Boomer, she peed. She peed…” knowing that this damn cat of mine prefers peeing in carpets versus in her box.
Specifically, area rugs. I’ve gone through three area rugs, a hallway runner, my neighbor’s doormat, a bathroom rug and a bath mat. Having removed all common area rugs from my condo and kept the bathroom door consistently closed, I had foolishly thought myself out of the woods.
Alas, the rubber-ish sweat mat under my Peloton seems to work just fine for her in whatever she perceived as a pinch. I’m a crazy twist, her litter box in a foot away from my exercise bike.
But, to let me know that I’m still at the top of her disdain list, she gifted me this little Myrtle Bomb 30 hours after I returned.
And, yes…she bothered to do this while I was home.
I’m going to eat some therapeutic junk food…