by Janet Blue on January 20, 2015




Our Caturday Art featured Lily Olivia. Our friend, Glogirly, commented that it appeared as if Lily Olivia was on the kitchen countertop in that photo. And she was correct. In Mauricio’s Sunday Selfies yesterday, he too was on the kitchen countertop.

Glogirly has been having problems with some kitty (Katie? – Waffles?) counter surfing. We voted for Katie. I tried linking to Glogirly’s original post, but I was unable to get the link to work. Click here to go to her blog. You can then search for the post, “WHODUNNIT? Crime Scene on the Countertop.”

Kitties Blue are not banned from the counters. Lily Olivia eats breakfast and dinner on the counter as do Astrid and Misty May on occasion. They have a water bowl right next to the sink and their antique dough bowl/cat bed is on the counter.

We originally mandated: No Cats on the Countertops. But when both their dad and I worked full-time, we knew we had no control over any kitty mischief going on while we were not at home. With that in mind, we made the rule: No Paws on the Placemats. That, we assumed, would keep them from hovering over our plates and drooling on our food. (You can read more about the Rules, here.)

Somewhere along the way, we lost control. Could be because we are old, senile or just too damned tired to fight them. After all, there are eight of them and only two of us. Some of our sweet and well-behaved naughty kitties, usually Mau or Lily, have a tendency to troll the counters during mealtimes and gang up on us. At least one of them is being reprimanded and dropped to the floor only to return again and again. It’s like the cat is a yo-yo.

At 15, Lily Olivia has pretty much decided that she is exempt from following any rules, as evidenced by the above photo. (Actually, being a calico, she has thought this all along.)

The extenuating circumstance of it not being mealtime might make this not quite as huge an infraction as it appears. However, no matter how big of a deal we might think this is, Lily was left undisturbed. After all, she’s known to have the quickest paw in the east.

I am very slowly getting around to all of you who posted a Sunday Selfie. Still not well and so I am not spending a lot of time on the computer. My thanks to everybody who joined us.

See you tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

Canadian Cats January 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Beautiful girl! We have the same rule here. No walking/leaping/fighting. etc. on the countertops, or dining table. We abide by this rule when mom and dad are looking or not asleep. As soon as their heads hit the pillow…we are all over the counter.

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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers January 22, 2015 at 12:03 am

We furgot to say how sweetly relaxed she is up there!
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers January 22, 2015 at 12:02 am

Oh-oh! we need to move cause we are not allowed on the counters / tables either…um…hey as soon as the tablecloth goes on, so do we, its comfy..and makes fur great sunpuddle napping, MOL!

The counter…all the fun stuff is out of sight. We learned not to jump up there even when the peeps were sleeping or at work…because there were baking pans all along the edges and what a racket they made when we and they crashed to the floor…and spooked all of us…sigh…does make our peeps cruel?

Sometimes Minko surfs the bathroom counter to snag anything not glued down…to knock it down. Or to find a stray necklace or earring to do biteys on them…
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Marty the Manx January 21, 2015 at 9:36 pm

What a beautiful photo! I have never bothered to keep my cats off of anything. I have always had cats and dogs, so sometime or another they have always needed to get up high. I figure if I am going to be cooking, I should be wiping the counter down first anyway. The ONLY time I have a struggle is when I open a can of tuna. Then it is an all out war between Marty and I to see who gets more of it 🙂 I usually just put a big blob of it in a small bowl, that he can’t shove his face in, so that he can’t just gobble it down and head for mine that I am trying to make a sandwich with.
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Glogirly and Katie January 21, 2015 at 12:53 am

Glogirly *thinks* there’s a no-counter rule. But we ALL know what that means, don’t we???

Thank you so very much for the sweet shout out to our blog!
And happy counter-surfing!

Katie & Waffles
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Colehaus Cats January 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Oh! We love the special Calico Countertop Rule! *figuring out how to use that one*

LP January 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Daddyman and LP call themselves , “the old parents”.The animas before us, were all much better behaved in every possible way! But now, at their “advanced ages” they just can’t keep up with all the shenanigans we impose on them. Daddyman and LP have accepted to be amused by us rather than continuously enforcing rules we would largely not obey in any case! We are sending your wonderful Mama lots of love and healing hugs so that she feels better quickly. Take good care of her all you “naughty” kitties! 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

vera ersilia January 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm

That is a lovely photo. It is so companionable to have cat on the counter. I never had 8 cats (lucky you!) but of my three there was a tuxedo boy who loved to sit calm and beautiful by my side never creating any problems. I had to set the line at the Scottie with very elastic legs inherited from a Schnauzer ancestor. That little devil dog was able to jump straight up in the air from a sitting position and land on the counter where he proceeded to eat everything he could find… that was an amazing feat, he was an amazing dog. My tortie cat loved to sit in front of the zebra finches’ cage and look at them in apparent adoration. Never did she try to get them. And they were not scared. I have no photos of these affairs, you will have to take my word for it … Animals are amazing if we give space to be themselves !
Bless you JanetBlue, I hope you get well very soon. Vera

Penelope January 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Countertops is for cats! Wes has had the privilege of always being allowed as wes has always has dogs and being messy eaters, Mommy always feeded us close to the sink.
Wes NOT allowed up when Mommy is cooking though.
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The Island Cats January 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm

We’ve never actually slept on the kitchen counter, but we do like to sit there. Maybe because we know that’s where the food will be. 🙂
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Flynn January 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

She looks very peaceful up there. I have never bothered with counter tops. I may occasionally stroll along the one nearest the computer, but that is just to show I can if I want to.
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BeadedTail January 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Our daddy tried to enforce a no kitties on the counters rule but that didn’t work for long. Now we just aren’t allowed up there when he’s making dinner or especially using his big knife. He even puts us on the ground no matter how many times we get up there during those times so we just wait until he’s done.
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie January 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Did our post show up? Because w got the Gnarly 404 error page….!! eeek!
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Sammy January 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I’ve never been a counter surfer – Mom never figured that one out but I just never tried to get up there – maybe because everything I was curious about up there wound up in my dish anyway….HAHAHA…..however, I do think that Lily Olivia looks VERY content up there – up high and safe from the other seven kitties…..hopefully nobody gave her foot a poke!

Hugs, Sammy
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Kitty Cat Chronicles January 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

The Mom & Dad have given up on keeping us off the counter and table as well. They tried to enforce that rule when it was just Delilah, but she never adhered to the rule, and then when Sampson came along he REALLY didn’t follow the rule. Sophie can’t get on the counters, Sassy lives upstairs, and Caster is the beast who does whatever he wants when he wants. Sooo…. yeah. We get on the counters and tables all the time!!! But we do get put in the office at human meal times because we will jump on the table and steal their food right from under their noses. *cue maniacal cat laugh
So in conclusion, Lily Olivia, we support your counter napping!!!!!
Sampy sends 29450394850398450 kisses to Astrid, and we all send love and hugs.
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Timmy Tomcat January 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm

We have worn that rule to the nub here also, well, at least the table surfing one. The counter and Dad still gives us the what for. What for I dont know as it is silly not to let cats on the counter in all universes except Dads head.
He has a lot of learning coming
And soon
Love the toes Lily
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. January 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Mee-you Lili Olivia yur dangull iss deelishuss! Mee must werk on mine!
Lady Janet mee hass not been up on thee countr yet an LadyMum iss reeleeved. With mee reeduced eyesite it iss purroblee a good fing mee not trollin up there.
As you know yur Blue gurl Nylablue wass thee Queen of thee counter, MOL!
As LadyMum wantss to meow to you, mee shall sign off fur now
Luv Siddhartha Henry =^..^=
Hi Janet: Just wanted to say I am sorry you are under the weather/coffeetable & I hope you get well soon. As we were offline for a week we missed alot. I hope this si nothign serious. Sending you love, Sherri-Ellen 🙂
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prancer pie January 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

When our peeps worked all the time (Dad still does) that quickly abandoned the no cats on countertops rule, too.
It was all downhill from there much to our glee!
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Annabelle January 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

We hope you feel better very soon.
As far as counter surfing when Mom and Dad were working she knew the kitties would go where ever they pleased so she just disinfects safely each time the kitties leave the counters.
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Hemingway and Shakespeare January 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

Humans should know by now that they can’t make rules for us kitties. We just laugh when Mom tries to keep us off the tables. We need to be up high to see what’s going on!
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Ellen Pilch January 20, 2015 at 8:56 am

Cute photo! We gave up rules several cats ago 🙂 The yo-yo made me laugh, we used to have a Barnie the boomerang ( I miss her 🙁 )

Caren Gittleman January 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

Cody isn’t allowed on countertops either but also “surfs” when we are in bed or not around. I don’t fight it, I just keep things that could be harmful to him, away from him.
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Katie isabella January 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

For some reason, I am pretty much at the same end of the counter where mom’s and my desk is next to. And I have no interest in human fuds at all. Not even once.
Fee better soon. Today would be good! xo

Charles Huss January 20, 2015 at 6:09 am

Chris made sure our countertop ban was overturned. It just became too much trouble to enforce it.
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Sometimes Cats Herd You January 20, 2015 at 6:03 am

We’re purring that you feel better soon! The rules here are for no cats on the countertops, but Newton believes that rules are for other, lesser cats.
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Molly The Wally January 20, 2015 at 5:56 am

LOL cat yo-yo. That cracked us up. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly
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Summer January 20, 2015 at 2:26 am

The humans here are still trying to enforce the no kitties on the counter rule – pretty foolish of them, if you ask me. Feel better soon!
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Bev Green January 20, 2015 at 2:03 am

Oh I sympathise…we have lost the counter battle..i spend all day wiping with antibacterial stuff…no wonder I have dishpan hands hahahaa:) but they outnumber us too! What a gorgeous pic with all the good stuff included..floof..toes..tails…ahh 🙂 take care and hope you feel better soon sweets 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx
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emma and buster January 20, 2015 at 1:28 am

our humans try to keep us off the counters, but they fail. we don’t really like to lounge on the countertop so this was no problem for the humans. we jump there to check out what canned food they’re opening.
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Lone Star Cats January 20, 2015 at 12:43 am

Da peeps tried to keep us off da countertops. It didn’t work.
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Beverly and Sophie January 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

I had to move Sophie’s food dish up off the floor because the dog LOVES cat food. One day I couldn’t move fast enough to get it off the floor and the dog gobbled it down in a flash. We both paid for that infraction the next day.
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