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The Big Grey Cat- A Short Story
this is a true story
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.