I’m certain my pets are full of big ideas.
It’s obvious in the way my dog will perk up her ears and trot suddenly out of the room like she just remembered she has an important meeting to attend. Or maybe she was struck by a brilliant thought about the best method for removing fuzz from her tennis ball.
Alas, I’ll never know. I can’t read animal minds, which is a damn shame. Maybe there’s a perfectly good reason for snacking out of the litter box.
It’s not just my dog who has big ideas. My three cats seem to have a complex array of thought patterns and plans that I can’t possibly decipher.
Take naptime, for example.
Well, in a cat’s world, that’s pretty much all the time.
There’s a complicated schedule for napping that my three whiskered beasts have obviously put a great deal of thought into. How do they decide, for instance, that Blue Cat will take the foot of the bed for the first half of the night while Matt the Cat makes himself at home on the edge of my pillow?
Then at 3 a.m. they’ll communicate a thoughtfully-crafted plan that involves Blue Cat relocating to the dog’s bed, Matt shifting to the foot of my bed, and the crazy feral cat, Ivy, appearing from her hiding spot under the bed and hacking up a hairball in my sneaker.
How do they arrive at their agreement on sleep scheduling? Is it based on seniority, weight, or on who performed best in the evening’s Scrabble tournament? I’d give anything to have them walk me through the thought process.
I’d also love to know what’s so terrifying about the vacuum cleaner.
Do your pets have big ideas? Do you sometimes suspect they might even be smarter than you? Please share!
I’ll be trying to figure out what prompted Matt to drag a roll of toilet paper through the cat door.