by Janet Blue on May 17, 2013

We don’t want to complain. Who are we kidding, of course, we do. We are being neglected. Mom has chosen to spend time doing things other than catering to our every need. We’ll admit that she’s been playing laser-light tag with us two or three times a day, but she doesn’t even need to get out of her chair to do that. And sometimes she cheats and uses the laser to get us off the catio and in for the night.

Nor is she required to leave her chair to let us in or out whenever we ask. She doesn’t even turn to see who is at the door. If she hears one of us scratching or asking with a polite meow to enter or exit, she opens the door and holds it open for what she thinks is long enough for us to enter/exit. Then she closes it without looking. If we’re a little pokey, she’ll close the door before we ever get in or out. Once she even closed the door right on Astrid.

On Tuesday, she spent three and one-half hours in the garden. We think that is far too many hours in one day, especially as she spent two other days this week planting flowers. One of those days was in the pot garden on the upper deck. We were able to spend time with her, but she wasn’t paying any attention to us, except when she was telling Calista Jo not to eat the pepper plants and chives or grilling us on who dug half the dirt out of the pot of catnip. Did she honestly expect one of us to fess up? She can be so naive!

Then, of course, there’s the riding of the tandem bike. When that happens both the humans are away for at least two hours but sometimes even more if they stop somewhere for lunch.

All the hours she spends reading about cats on other blogs is a pure waste of time. We do have some personal favorite kitties in bloggy world, but we think the eight of us should be enough for her. Even worse, she demands that we write at least 90 percent of the comments on these other blogs, and that is eating into our nap and catio time.

And now she has started reading a book about another cat, The Cujo Cat Chronicles by Douglas Dunn and Cujo. We really find that to be incomprehensible. She’s reading his blog by the same name, and THAT should be enough.

Sewing Supervisor: Giulietta

Sewing Snoopervisor: Giulietta

Plus we read in her e-mail that she is going to make nip toys for Barn Cat Buddies Adoption Event on Saturday. We prayed she’d let us in on this activity but figured she’d shoo us to the catio; even though, it only seemed fair as Calista was adopted from one of these events and both Astrid and Lisbeth are BCBs. And usually if we get enough kitty spit on at least one toy, Mom will give it to us. As you can see from these photos we were able to find a way to get involved. If you click on the following link, you can see a video of Calista helping Mom: Quality Control Inspector #8: C.J.

Giulietta testing the strength of the thread.

Giulietta testing the strength of the thread.

And finally, last weekend Mom and Dad loaded up the tandem and left for almost four whole days. Mom refused our demands earlier in the week to write about this transgression as she hoped we would forget how miffed we were. NO way that ‘s going to happen. We may not be elephants, but we aren’t completely brain dead.

To their credit, they didn’t just fill our food and water bowls and leave us this time. We had our two favorite kitty sitters, Jeanmarie and Maggie. Jeanmarie used to be our vet (we like her anyway) until she moved away to pursue a dermatology specialty. When she comes home for visits, she always takes care of us if the humans are away.

Quality Control Inspector #6: Astrid

Quality Control Inspector #6: Astrid

Lisbeth made friends with Jeanmarie this time. She didn’t know Jeanmarie when she was our vet. And Lily Olivia gave Maggie kisses. We, as well as Maggie, almost dropped dead when that happened. Lily only gives kisses to Mom and Dad and only when she is feeling particularly generous. Lily caved only one night after they returned giving Mom 37 face kisses that night and 23 the next. Traitor!

Quality Control Inspectors 8, 7 & 6: C.J., Lisbeth, Astrid

Quality Control Inspectors 8, 7 & 6: C.J., Lisbeth, Astrid

Once again when the humans returned, they only stayed long enough to feed us and change their clothes. Then they went out to dinner and the symphony. We said we’d give them a symphony: a symphony of their transgressions and our complaints.

Mom said that Fiona could not complain or sign her name to this post as she got to leave the catio and spend a couple hours in the yard with Mom. She reported to us that she was a very good girl. She didn’t even fight or struggle when Dad picked her up and brought her in the house so he could mow the lawn. So that’s another thing that gripes us: Why does Fiona get to go in the garden and the remainder of us (except, of course, Lily, Mauricio and Misty May) are forced to stay in the house or catio? We’ll have to explore that conundrum in another post as we know we have rambled on way too long.

Purrs and hugs and complaints, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette 

Sherri-Ellen T-D. May 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

You all did a pawsu job helpin yer Mum wif da sewin project!!! me findz da Hu’manz have to do more den one fing to be happy!!! Dey like to multi-task n den comeplane about it 😉
Me yowled wif laffter about da symphony remark!!! MOL!!!
Me Mum went awy fer da day diz past Tuesday n left me ALONE!! Shure dere waz 4 bowlz of fuud n 2 bowlz of water n all me toyz to play wif n clean litter n music playin….but dere waz no one to boss er me meanz talk to all day!!!
Me gave Mum me BEST *stink eye* when she came home n she waz all “Sowwy Nylablue” n beggin to stroke me. Me waz emmovable…back turned to her….den she saw she furgot to give me tuna-tuna n she said a bazillion more sowwyz n warmed sum fer me n den me broke down n dove into it!!! Den we had a cuddle sesshun….me cuud not stay angree fer too long….but me gave it a guud attempt!!!
Me also put e paw down about all da blogz Mum iz readin!!! We can bearlee keep us az it iz!!! So me told Mum ferst we werk on our blog & den we bizit otherz….prublem iz we get so far behind (like we did here) n den Mum iz all stressed outn buggin me to read da blogz n tel her what to type…guess we just haz to do hour best to understand dese commpleecated Hu’manz….
Oh gotta go…Mum iz puttin out tuna-tuna fer me!!! 😉
Bye fur now, Nylablue xo

Blue Kitties May 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Wow, do we know how you feel. Sometimes we end up having to comment on four or five posts in a row on just one blog ’cause she lets us get so far behind. Giulietta tries, she really does, but this typing stuff is just not her most favorite thing to do. That’s sleeping on the top perch of the indoor cat tree. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

Cujo Cat May 19, 2013 at 12:36 am

I so feel your pain! Sometimes my two leggers get so wrapped up in their little lives that they neglect the whole reason for their existence (to serve and worship ME). Occasionally they require a smack or five to bring them back into line. If your female travels a lot, might I suggest planting a baggie full of catnip in her luggage. Trust me, it will end her wayfaring for a while.
Thank you so much for the shout out! I hope she is enjoying the book thingy! With your permission, I would like to add a link thingy to your blog thingy on my blog thingy!
Headbonkers to all!

janetblue May 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

We would be honored to have you add a link to our site. Thank you from the bottom of our furry little hearts, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Josette and our mommy, Janet

vera ersilia May 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Well… I come from your Gravatar. You and yr.babies are linked now…! add pictures of all of them! they are so lovely. Vera

Spitty the Kitty May 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Wow, you kids have a LOT to complain about!

Thank you for your nice messages and purrs last week–I am feeling WAAAAAAAAY better now, thought I join your complaint about the Human being too “busy” to cater to my every whim. Hrrrrmph.

Penelope May 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

What is it with our assistant’s these days? Ours is ALWAYS busy these days too!

McGuffy Ann Morris May 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

Oh my…I hope you all have a great weekend! ~xo~

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties May 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Aw, poor kitties. Well, one thing you could consider: Lots of other kitties don’t even have a catio!

Flynn May 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Sounds like your mum is very busy but you were all being very helpful. When my mum spends too much time on the computer I lie on the desk so she can tickle my tum.

Abby May 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Oh dear that is not good.

We hope you have a wondeful love fest this weekend!

LM@motherchuckler May 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

what a cat-astrophe! a-PAW-lling! But mommies and daddies need time to spend together so they can be better parents. I’m sure they didn’t mean to hurt your FELINE-ings!

Jacqueline May 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Your Mommy is so busy, we’re sure hope she enjoyed that vacation; at least you guys loved your sitters and we hope you guys got extra treats from them too!…Happy weekend, dear friends…kisses…Calle, Halle, Sukki

Whisppy May 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

We could see that Calista was very helpful! Your Mommy is so lucky.
Our Mommy doesn’t dare leave us…not even for a night. She worries about the mischief we’ll get into. And that Daddy might lose one of us. MOL!

Marg May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Sounds like your Mom is a very busy lady. We are very lucky in that our Person stays home with us. Hope you have a super week end.

Beverly Harvey May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

A very amusing post. I have heard lots of kitties who have these very same complaints!

Sweet Purrfections May 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

We’ve always wondered why Mom Paula spends so much time visiting other kitties when we’re right here beside her too!

da tabbies o trout towne May 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

therz a mom out ther with a cat on her head who owes sum kittehz BIG TIME….knot gonna men shun any names rite now…………

hay, hope everee one haza grate week oh end !

Timmy Tomcat May 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

Goodness the nerve. We now feel quite lucky that the Dad is one to spend time with us as he does.
Purrs that these wrongs are set right!

Sam and Pam May 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Well I certainly can understand your frustration! Don’t humans realize that THEY are our favorite toys? When they’re gone we have to resort to cat toys instead of watching/pestering/following them about. Well, hopefully you’ll get the time you deserve with your Mum now. Surely after reading this blog by you all she will “GET THE MESSAGE” !!! LOUD AND CLEAR too! 😀 😀 😀

Kitty Hugs, Sammy

HMC May 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

You’re just mad because your mummy’s away. 🙁

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