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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kiki, The Helper Cat

My cat loves to help, and she's very diligent about her responsibilities.

At various points of the day, Kiki is a kitchen cat. If anyone goes into the kitchen, surely they must need her assistance. So she takes the short-cut, darting beneath the dining room table to cut them off and rub between their legs. She's particularly keen to help any time the refrigerator door opens. Kiki sticks her head between the refrigerator and the door and makes sure you select the proper item. Also, if you're washing dishes at the sink, you can count on my cat to make a flying leap up your back to perch herself on your shoulder. She does a very good job of making sure you don't miss a step.

Kiki is also a very good laundry cat. When you head back to load the washing machine, she jumps up on top and supervises, making sure you don't forget a step. Her favorite part, however, is when the clean, dry clothes come out of the dryer. Rest assured, you will not be sorting, folding, and hanging your clothes alone. Not in my house. Kiki will rush to your rescue, jumping in the pile of clothes and making herself comfortable. Each time you select an item to fold, she'll swat at your hands until she decides that you've made an acceptable selection. If you fold and stack some pieces before they are put in a drawer, she'll snuggle up on the first one--forcing you to cover her with the next item. She's been known to stay in her cocoon of warm, dry clothes for as long as you'll leave her there.

She's also rather fond of helping put clothes away. Say, for example, you open the drawer for your PJ's. Kiki will jump in and worm herself behind the drawer. The next thing you know, she'll have rearranged the contents of your dresser. Clearly, socks did not belong in drawer #2, but are much better off in drawer #4. Silly humans.

Perhaps the thing she most likes to help with, though, is writing. Kiki especially likes it when I write on my laptop, sitting in my recliner in the living room. As soon as I sit down and pull the laptop onto my lap, Kiki jumps up and nestles between my legs (Read: forcefully shoves my legs into the position she wants them in), so that she is nice and snug, and has the exhaust from the laptop fan warming her ears. Once she's in place, the writing can commence.

Do you have pets or kids who like to "help" you with the things you do? What sort of assistance do they prefer to give?

9 comments:

  1. How funny - my little dog follows me everywhere and she thinks she rules so she bosses all the boys if they aren't doing what she thinks they should be doing.

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  2. The Dowager Feline Clancy (19) has been assisting me in all my writing efforts since I first began this crazy journey. She nestles on my lap, watched the cursor fly across the screen, and puts her paw on my laptop if she is concerned about where the scene is going. She is ever the faithful editor and encourager!

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  3. Wait...P.L., you mean you dog isn't REALLY the boss? She only thinks she is? Hard to imagine. Very cute though, that she likes to control the kids. Kiki's other great responsibility is herding my dad around. She acts like she's a service-cat-in-training, preparing for when he's blind and needs someone to help him around. She goes everywhere with him, purring up a storm the whole way.

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  4. Aw, Christine, sounds like you've got quite the diligent feline editor there. Clancy is very lucky, indeed, to have a writer for her human, since she loves helping on the computer. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your Kiki stories - she sounds like such a character! My pup tries to creep up between the armrests of my chair when I write at my desk. So cute to see that little nose sneaking in :)

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  6. Kiki is a character, you say? Hmm, Erin, seems like you might have met her. She may only be six pounds, but she's got a personality the size of a gorilla. Your puppy sounds like my nephew. He doesn't. Coming up through the armrests of a chair. Yeah, the Monster does that pretty regularly. :)

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  7. LOL Your cat sounds more human than cat. The only assistance mine gives is keeping me alert for accidental falls. HE's always going to be the cause.

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  8. When our dog was a puppy, our daughter was a toddler. They liked to help me with the dishes. Our daughter would drag out dirty silverware as I was trying to load the dishwasher and the dog would lick it clean.

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  9. Oh, Heather, you just made Kiki's day. She thinks she IS a human, you know. And she knows all about helping people fall. I seriously worry that she's going to kill my dad one of these days, the way she darts around in his path as he walks everywhere. She does that to everyone, at least on occasion--but he can hardly move without her assistance.

    And Samantha, my first cat was a dishwasher cat. He'd sit on the open door to it and supervise as I put things in or took them out. Luckily, he never licked anything. LOL. If it had smelled like bread, I'm sure he would have, though. Sadly, he thought the oven door was the same as the dishwasher door. One day when he was a kitten, he jumped up on it while it was hot before I could stop him. Then he learned the difference between the oven and the dishwasher. Poor little guy.

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