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Cat House: Polaris & the Spider

Updated on October 20, 2011

Continued adventures of a "crazy cat lady."

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, my cats are a never ending source of amusement!

So, I recently received a “call from Nature” in the middle of the night. I stumbled my way out of bed and down the hall to the bathroom. Along the way, my youngest cat greeted me cheerfully and followed me. The nocturnal creature was doing her usual playing/exploring the room when I spotted a spider in the bath tub.

Now, when it comes to bugs, weeds, etc., I prefer to do things naturally. When I spot a bug, I call the cats. This method accomplishes 2 tasks simultaneously. 1) It eliminates the bug, and 2) it entertains the cats. (Notice: Don’t worry, there are very few—if any—poisonous bugs where I live. If I spotted a suspicious looking one, I wouldn’t let the cats “play” with it!)

So, returning to the story, I picked up Polaris and sat her on the rim of the tub. I didn’t even have to point at the spider—she spotted it and pounced on it. She was having a ton of fun—and making a racket—so within a few moments her sister Teal’c came to investigate. The thing is, Teal’c is my usual #1 bug eliminator—and her sister knew it!

Polaris took one look at Teal’c, picked up the spider in her mouth (ewh!), and sprinted into the living room. Well, the game was on. Teal’c chased after her sister—with me trailing behind laughing. By the time I turned the light on, several of the other cats had heard the commotion and came to join us. I had a circle of cats surrounding the one little spider on the living room floor!

Each cat has her own preferred method of play. Most cats would use their paws to bat the bug around, but not Polaris. Her method was to continue to pick the spider up in her mouth, tilt her head back, and toss the spider through the air.


The poor spider didn’t stand a chance—but, man, were my cats entertained that night!


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    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Awh, thank you! I try to be a good "kitty mommy" but between work, trying to maintain my little old house, and finding time to write the cats don't think that I give them enough attention. Then again, even on the days that I'm home sick and they get to snuggle with me all day they still don't think they get enough love... ;)

      Yeah, the "pest control" thing cracks me up. The way I see it, it's a good all natural way to get rid of the bugs and the cats have a lot of fun doing it so, why not? ;)

    • Lucky Cats profile image


      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      You're wonderful and your kitties are very fortunate to have you as their human companion and "mommy.' And, pest control is a great thing, too. Funny and Up. Love your hubs.

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Thanks! I love my cats; but, living with all of them... I'm always torn between amused and exasperated. They can be really sweet, they can be great cuddlers, but they can also be complete monsters! LOL :)

      Then again, it's the monster moments that usually make great stories... ;)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Your cats sound like so much fun. You are a great "mommy".

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Thanks! I'm glad you liked the story. I love watching cats and dogs interact-- the results are usually hilarious! :)

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      Cute story...I had two cats that are gone now to kitty heaven but would hide under the table and pop the dog on the head as he walked by. The dog did not know what hit him. It was so funny...cats can be so amusing..thanks for sharing.



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