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Life in a Cat house

Stan Johnson - Life in a Cat House

We’ve finally come to accept we have a hyperactive young cat. Amelia Jane is an all-out fuzzy whirlwind. We thought she might calm down when she got a little older but such is not the case. If anything, she is getting wilder as she romps through the house.

The other morning, I was sitting at my home computer checking for messages when I heard my wife, Vivian, who was trying to clean up the kitchen. It’s about the same words I hear every morning.

“Stop that.”

“Get down from there.”

“Quit doing that.”

“You are a naughty, naughty cat.”

She says she can usually hear me in the bedroom when I am getting dressed in the morning.

“Quit it. Leave my feet alone.”

“Stop it, you nuisance cat.”

And so it goes, morning and evening and usually in between.

As she’s grown, Amelia Jane can jump higher and run faster and she does both. Lately, we’ve had to chase her off the kitchen counter. Being on the counter is a serious kitty no-no at our house and she knows it.

One way to teach cats to not do certain things is the spray them with a mist of water. In self-defense Vivian went to town and bought about 10 spray bottles that we placed around the house. Amelia Jane is not a stupid cat. As soon as she sees one of us reaching for a spray bottle, she zooms out of range of the mist. As soon as we put the bottle down, she is right back doing whatever she shouldn’t.

She is also persistent. I can be sitting at my computer when she makes a flying leap onto my lap, then takes the short jump up to land on the keyboard. I usually have a cup of coffee sitting near my right hand and that draws her like a cat magnet. She doesn’t try to take a sip, she just wants to study it close up like she has never seen such a thing before.

For the most part, she is either running and jumping or she is asleep. Now and then, she will lie down and be a good kitty for a few minutes, but those periods seldom last long before she is back at it again.

She likes to start on a kitchen chair, run to the couch and land first on the cushion, then up to the back. From there she leaps to my chair and me if I am sitting there, then back to the floor for a leap to Vivian’s chair. She leaps off it and makes a loop into the bedroom, then back to the kitchen and a flying leap back to her starting point.

She often repeats that several times and it only takes a few seconds for each cycle. She is really fast when she wants to be and most of the time she does want to be.

We’ve had some active cats before, but never have we seen one like Amelia Jane.

If she is awake she is into something and she doesn’t know when to quit. We have a lot of fun with her, but there are times when it gets to be too much.

Maybe she will grow out of it someday. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens as she gets a little older, if we can survive that long.