The Hazards of Having a Loving Cat

Cat Love!

For a short while it looked like my cat was out to get me. I kept tripping over him constantly. I am not sure what caused it, but he managed to cause havoc for a few weeks. Either, he learned to stay out of my way or I became more nimble. Here is my account of that time. My cat prefers not to comment.

I love my cat and I think my cat loves me right back, but must he try to trip me every living moment? Does your cat do that?

Heading into this week, I have been unceremoniously tripped by my cat more than once. Normally, I am able to negotiate around him and manage to avoid his lazy paws lying all around me…but lately, I have not been so lucky!

I have wrenched my back and practically demolished the house tripping over my cat as I tried to maintain my balance!

Cat Love...the sweetest thing!

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Because he is banished from the bedroom...

He, already, has been banished from the bedroom; not only, because he gets curious while I am sleeping and sniffs me to see if I am still alive (I suppose); he pokes his whiskers up my nose just for fun.

However, that did not earn him exile. He earned that, ultimately, because he barfed on the comforter in the dead of night! This caused a huge kerfufel and hasty trip to the laundry room to wash and dry the comforter in the dead of night!

Now he only manages a sneak cat nap, once in a while, if I leave the door even slightly ajar. “What?” he seems to say as I find him sleeping comfortably there, “I used to be able to sleep here!”

My cat misses me in the mornings...

Since, I banished him from the bedroom, he misses me terribly in the morning after a whole night’s absence!

He dogs my steps all the way into the kitchen and wherever I happen to move. He isn’t a cuddler, so picking him up and giving him a hug doesn’t work. He resents that. I have tried it. He gives me a low warning growl, as if to say…”Stop that right now and put me down!” For effect, he puts his ears back and his eyes go all black. He looks so cute and positively evil. So I put him back on the floor, gently.

He walks off giving a whole body shake like we do when we have been totally "creeped out" and then he shakes his back leg, for final emphasis. I am certain that I have got the message. .. big "he-males" don’t cuddle!

A Trip Hazard:

One early morning a few days ago, he was lying on the bathroom rug, which is a dark brown. He is mostly black with some dark brown and if his eyes are almost closed -he is an "invisible cat" to me.

In other words, he blends into the floor! The lights were not on except for the nightlight. Cats are supposed to see in low light. Right?

Is my cat blind? I am big and very visible.

I am certain my steps are not so light that he doesn’t sense the eminent danger coming his way. I wear a light blue robe and at that time of night, I kind of lumber around bumping into walls without my glasses on. Has he not been observing? Obviously not!

So it happened that I stepped on his paws and practically wiped out trying not to crush him! He is gone in a blink of an eye, while I am holding my wrenched back.

So he ruined my morning coffee...

This morning, I “thought” I was awake and aware of my cat; but I was mistaken. He missed me even more because it was Saturday and I slept in, so he was doing the usual, schmoozing around my feet and not paying attention …because he trusts I will delicately manoever around him. Such trust!

I was blissfully unaware of the hazard lurking at my feet as I ground the coffee beans, poured the ground coffee into the filter and took a few steps to the coffeemaker. I was thinking of that steaming cup I would soon be enjoying! That is when, I stepped on the cat again!

Once again, I threw up my arms in surprise and the ground coffee and filter flew out of my hands, landing all over the floor. The cat , who had wisely fled the scene, looked out from under a sheltering chair with a look of utter amazement that I would step on him again!


I can hardly wait for his next surprise...

So I had to sweep the floor and re-grind some new coffee beans. Finally, the coffeemaker was brewing the coffee! I went to sit down in my favourite chair in the living room and enjoy the aroma. My eyes focused and I noticed it...

Cat barf all over the sofa!

Yuck. At least, he had tried to get off the furniture. The evidence was there…a trail across the sofa , ending on the floor. Hope you are not having your morning coffee while reading this!

So, this morning, even before I had my first cup of coffee, I was removing the slipcover (yeh, I don’t trust the little varmint) and rinsing off the offending stains in the bathtub and laundering. Then, back to clean up the carpet. Why does it seems to be a law of physics or "something" that cats never throw up on a smooth surface that is easy to wipe!

Finally, when I sat down to that first cup of coffee this morning…I had kind of lost the warm and fuzzy feeling of a lazy Saturday morning.

I can hardly wait for what surprises wait for me tomorrow morning. I am sure it will be special!

Like the day, he couldn’t move and I thought I would have to take him to the vet, wondering what horrible ailment had befallen him, until closer observation revealed he had dried poop on his britches…which I had to wash off.

You try washing a cat's behind in a pail of water...not fun...Well, okay, it was kinda funny for me despite the fact I had to wear rubber gloves and was grossed out...I got even for all the little Love incidents he has pulled off... he was really annoyed...LOL!

Cat love! Sigh!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

This is so cute! One of my cats always trips me up, too. The other two are more aware of my feet, but my cat, Jo, seems to walk right in front of my feet. Your cat sounds adorable, and thanks for sharing about your relationship with him!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you, prairieprincess for your comments! Catlove is a strange and wonderful thing.I can be totally annoyed at my cat one minute and then think he is the cutest thing, exactly, one second later! He is devoted to me (though not cuddly!) and he gets away with so much because I find him funny. Sigh.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I just love a good kitty story because they are all so different and yes when they are funny - they are hilarious - and sooooo cute.

I adopted an almost grown rescued cat nearly two months ago - and surely I thought I would have to do some therapy or drag her out from under the bed. Nope. She came and has not stopped playing and galloping and wrapping around my feet and playing hide n seek. I can leave her in a deep sleep in the middle of the night and tip toe off to the bathroom (I should not drink tea so late) - and sure enough I will get grabbed in the dark. She may come from under my bed, or under my desk. Even worse, when I learned to watch my feet and look on the floor as I walked through the dark - the last time she was hiding on my chair - and grabbed me at waist level when I eased by. Arrgh! She's resting now at 10:30am so I can get a bit of work done. Whew.

Lovely hub and rated up!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

BkCreative Yeh, my cat is a grabber as well. When he doesn't get attention he walks behind me grabbing each leg trying to stop me. Of course,it works!

He has also attacked me from behind and jumped up and tried to give me a push on the butt... LOL. I tell him, I am a little too big for him to take down that way. He loves attention!

Thanks for stopping By! Cheers.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wonderuful hub...so cute. Our cats "speak out" whenever something changes. Our cat is fond othe carpeting too, as opposed to the wood floors. Loved this, with a vote up!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Genna! Aren't cats just so darn cute...even when they are making a huge mess and driving us crazy!?

The very first time my cat ever threw up...was in the litter box and I was so impressed! I thought I had a genius cat, but since then, he has reverted to using large,soft and absorbent furniture...just like every other cat!

Glad you loved this Hub and Thanks for voting up! Cheers!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

You are so funny and clever with writings about your Cat...I found myself laughing and smiling through it all...But it does sound like you have a "special, sick" kind of love for one another...but in the end, it seems to work for both of you. So, a very Happy Valentine's Day, to both of you!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

b. Malin, LOL! Yes, "special, sick" might just sum it all up! Cats are sort of perverse in their dealings with humans, but they have us hooked anyway, because they are so obstinate and infuriatingly,funny!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day from us too! Cheers!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

I love cat stories. How can you sleep without a cat sitting on you?


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Mslizzie! LOL....I can sleep fine without my cat in the bedroom,but my cat is upset he can't sit on me while I am sleeping....I have to barricade the door because he spends the night lightly scratching if he is able to touch it's surface! He is a big bug,I love him, but one barf on the comforter was enough for me! However he still is the cutest furkid!

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

OMG, you must really love your cat! I have enough trouble with our Kitty-trip-me-up, without the barfing and nether-region washing. There's no doubt cats are entertaining, and so was your hub.


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi innerspin! Thank goodness that trip-me-up trouble has lessened somewhat since I have recovered my agility. However, it was a nightmare while it lasted...it made me think how hazardous small and big pets can be for the mobility challenged!

Now I still must encounter the barfing and ""nether region washing...oh God...makes one wonder why we still love them...but we do...even when they trip us!

Enjoyed your comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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