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The Big Grey Cat- A Short Story

Updated on January 6, 2012
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This is a story about Yum Yum, the big, fat, grey Persian cat. I cat sit for him when his mommy goes out of town. He is a good cat, loves to be petted and played with. He also loves his cat treats, but sometimes thinks that he is a dog.

When you look at Yum Yum, you kind of wonder why he was named so. He is 10 years old, weighs about 18 pounds and is not delicate at all by any means. I haven't asked his mommy why she named him that, but I guess it's because whenever he eats his food, he make a funny noise which sounds like "Yum Yum." It's kind of funny but strange at the same time. I've never known a cat to do that before.

Anyway, every time I go to "his" place, he's always there to greet me at the door. He then "meows" and wants to be petted and scratched underneath his chin. He purrs to show me that he's happy someone came to see him. He's so funny. I think he thinks that he is a dog because he will follow me around the apartment as I am getting his food and water for him. I think he thinks that he is "supervising" me.

We have this routine. I will come over, pet him for a few minutes and then give him fresh food and water, then clean out his litter box. Then I will throw some of his little toys around. He actually is so fat that he has a hard time "running" around to get them. He will get ready as if he is going to "fetch" his toy but after I throw it. He sits up and looks at me and then at his toy, as if I am supposed to be the one fetching it for him. This goes on for a few minutes and then he gets bored.

He sits on the carpet and starts licking himself clean, as if "playing" made him dirty. As I go over there trying talk him into "playing" for some more time, he gets wary and sits up again, thinking that I am going to hurt him. I don't know why that is, but know that I would never hurt him. He's too cute!

Sometimes when he is sitting there "cleaning" himself, I will actually start singing or talking with him. It is so funny the way cats respond. Many people do not believe this, but cats are pretty intelligent creatures. He will look at me, or move his ears back and forth depending upon the pitch I am singing at, and also his tail will be wagging. I think he is just grateful for the company.

After he licks himself "clean", I go and get his favorite cat treats. He hears me shake the packets and his ears perk up and he wags his tail. I ask him if he wants some treats and he looks up at me expectantly, knowing that I will give him the treats. I give him 4 or 5 treats where he is sitting. As he is enjoying those, I scatter some treats in the hallway and around his food bowls for him. I know he will like that.

As I am about to leave, I always tell him goodbye. He seems to know that and watches me as I open the door. Then, all of a sudden, he gets this wave of energy and suddenly jumps up on the chair closest to the door with a look in his eyes like, "Why are you leaving me so soon?" So I shut the door and pet him a few times, reassuring him that I will be back tomorrow. He seems content as he purrs. I slowly open the door, say my goodbyes again and leave.


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    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you Jeff! Haha your cat sounds like a real player :).

      @Perspycacious: Our cat Krystal used to sit at the window and watch for dad's car when my dad was leaving. Dad used to wave at her. LOL!

      @Aygabtu: Cats are great pets. Thanks for stopping by!

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      7 years ago

      Ruff, ruff...nothing can replace a dog, but cats are nice pets too.

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      Stoill Barzakov 

      7 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      My cat says goodbye too when I go to work :)

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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Great vignettes Jeff! We all love our cats (who have cats.) and they all have stories or give rise to them. Now I will Hub hop and read yours, while you Hub hop and read mine.

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      Jeff Hileman 

      7 years ago

      Hi rlaha,

      Great hub story. Yum Yumm has got you right where he wants you? My cat hub was about Rag doll cats if you would like to read it. My old buddy Bub bah past away last year. He was a orange Tabby, that thought he was a person. In Fact he would baby sit the older deaf and blind Poodle. For example, Bub would gently push the Poodle in the door when they were done out-side. "Well, we'll call it a gentle butt slap" LOL. Bub bah would yell down the steps when dinner was ready. Bub bah would wait to eat his saucer of food at supper time, til every one sat down and The Poodle named Tiny would eat. Then Bub would enjoy his own plate. When the poodle past away, Bub walked through the house every night around bed time, calling out and looking for his friend Tiny the poodle. Each cat has their own unique personality's for sure.


    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Persypcacious!

      Yum Yum is an indoor cat but he certainly thinks he is "hunting" when he prepares to chase his toys. Unfornately, he is so heavy that he can't get off his back legs to run after them because his belly is too heavy for his legs. It's really funny.

      Mau Mau sounds like another Yum Yumm :). Hope he is a good cat too. Thanks for stopping by!

      Hi Eiddwen!

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful day as well!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Oh what a beautiufl story; which I have to vote up.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good photo such as on my story of mine. If I compared Yum Yum to Mau-Mau, the biggest difference would be that before you could even leave, Mau-Mau would be out the open door and back to his hunting portion of his routine (hunt, eat, sleep, hunt, eat, sleep, etc.) Compare the other differences and let me know what you think.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Cara. Cats are wonderful! I love them no matter how antisocial they can be :). Just hearing them purr makes me feel happy and relaxed myself. Thanks for stopping by!

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      7 years ago from New York

      I just posted a cat hub and saw yours and chuckled to myself and had to read your story. I can relate to the spastic play of the cat. So funny. They are smart, Buster always seemed to find me if I was sad and curl up on my lap and purr.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Sunnie.

      Thanks. I love taking care of him. He's a good cat. Cats are much different than dogs, and I actually like cats better than dogs. My husband is terrified of all animals so we are not going to have any pets (except maybe for fish). Thanks for stopping by!


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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Hi riaha,

      Ahhh..such a nice story..Yum Yum is very lucky to have such good care while his momma is away. Cats are different than dogs..they just seem to have their own funny..I use to have two cats but they passed on with age and they only liked my that I think of it he takes all the animals

      Thanks again,



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