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Cat House: The Toilet Toll

Updated on February 2, 2012

Orion, Queen of the In-Basket

The continued adventires of a "crazy cat lady"...

One thing is for certain: when they were handing out personalities, all cats received a double dose. I’m not sure how it happened exactly, but I woke up one morning and realized that I was sharing my little old house with six monsters… e-hem, cats.

My most problematic cat is named Orion. She’s the grumpiest, moodiest animal that I have ever met. To be fair, she can also be super sweet—but her disposition can change as fast as the weather in Oregon (those of you that have ever lived in Oregon will understand what I mean. For those of you that have never had the privilege, my brother likes to sum things up with the following joke: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”).

Orion is also extremely quirky. For instance, she drools when she’s happy. The title of this hub hints at another one of her idiosyncrasies. The cat is familiar with my morning routine: the alarm goes off, and I hit the snooze button. The alarm goes off again a few minutes later and I stumble out of bed. I shuffle downstairs in a stupor and head straight for the bathroom. At this point, Orion has added her own activity to the morning routine. She races across the room, cuts me off, and sprints into the bathroom in front of me. She then sits on top of the toilet lid and refuses to budge until I pet her. I like to think of this behavior as the “Toilet Toll.” Once I pet the cat, she’ll arch her back and hop down onto the floor—and out of the way. I have to pay the cat toll before I can use the toilet. Silly cat…

Silly Kitten
Silly Kitten


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    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Oops! Your comment got lost in my in-box for a few weeks. Sorry about that!

      You make a good point-- I guess it's a win-win situation, huh? ;) (chuckle)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Camille Olivia Strate 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      She sounds pretty smart to me. So who exactly "owns" who? My guess is her demanding you pay the "toll" is a double bonus. She gets the love and you get to pee. See how smart she is? (grin)

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Yes, "quirky" is definately the right word to describe the majority of my cats' antics! LOL I have tons of stories to share, I just need to find the time to type them up and post them on Hub Pages. My house would be so empty and boring without my cats!

      Thanks for the feedback! It's nice to meet another cat woman. :)

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      This is sweet and wonderful because you fully do understand and appreciate what wonderful aninmals cats are...any 'cat woman' is a friend of mine! Love the quirky little things they do. I can't imagine my home without my kitties. UP and FUNNY and beautiful because you can see them. thank you!! Kathy

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      I know what you mean about having a "perfect" cat. My Ginger is a kitty saint. She's sweet, affectionate, and rarely gets into trouble.

      On the flip side, I have Orion-- who is the moodiest, most monstrous cat to ever walk the Earth (or so it seems at times!). But, bad cat or not, she still has her redeeming moments. LOL

      So, I wouldn't worry too much about getting a "bad" cat. I'm sure that the new cat would wiggle it's way into your heart either way! Cats are good at that! LOL :)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      How cute! Love on demand. Cats are realy lovely creatures. I had the bestest cat ever and since he died haven't gotten another. My Cotton was so perfect and if I got a bad cat it would break my heart. You are so right, they got a doubledose of personality and charm too!

    • Reprieve26 profile imageAUTHOR

      HS Contino 

      8 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Yup, I've had cats my entire life-- and I've never had one that didn't have it's own personal quirks. I like to joke to my friends that I don't need cable television-- I can just sit in my living room and watch the cats. It's just as amusing! ;)

      Thanks for the positive feedback! :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Are they each so quirky in their own right? Very cute pictures!! Voted UP, FUNNY & AWESOME!


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