My bipeds asked me to thank you all for being so kind and enquiring about them. I am pleased to tell you that they are fully recovered now. I am planning to up their exercise levels soon with lots of hikes to make up for lost time!
I’d like to tell you about something that happened a few weeks ago, while I was busy preparing to move my blog. The bipeds went out for a few hours and asked me to keep an eye on the cats. I thought it would be an ideal time to do some packing. I was quite tired when I’d packed the first box, so I decided to rest for a moment before doing some more.
I’d only just started on the next box when the noise began! I had expected the cats to take a nap, but obviously they were up to something and I needed to investigate. They had a group of friends with them and they were having a catnip party. I asked them to keep the noise down as I had lots to do.
Pippin and Mulberry realised that I was a bit stressed about trying to get everything done and they said that they and their friends would help me. I looked dubiously at the cats rolling around on the floor in the way that cats do when they sniff catnip.
Pippin said, “Don’t worry, we can get them back to normal in no time! We just need you to fetch one thing for us.”
I asked, “A pot of black coffee?”
Pippin replied, “No, a can of tuna!”
When I returned with the tuna, they had gathered up most of the catnip and some of the cats were already asking what was happening. Pippin asked me to open the can and then he started wafting the smell towards the cats.
Then he and Mulberry shouted, “Tuna!”
It worked like a charm. All the cats were now alert. They agreed that they would like to help. They would pack some cardboard boxes for me.
I decided to take them at their word and left them to get on with it. Cats. Cardboard boxes. What could possibly go wrong?
I packed a few more boxes and then thought it was too quiet, so I went to check on the cats. I was pleasantly surprised to find some boxes stacked and taped up neatly.
Mulberry said, “I think we’re running out of empty boxes.”
Then I looked around the room. This is the first box I saw!
This is the second!
There were lots of boxes occupied by cats, but I noticed that there didn’t seem to be as many cats as there had been. I asked Mulberry and Pippin if some of their friends had gone home. They said they didn’t think so. Then we heard it – a strange noise coming from the stack of boxes! We went closer, it sounded like a cat was inside one of the boxes.
I listened harder to work out which box it was. My heart sank – many of the boxes were making noises. I began opening boxes as fast as I could to release cats. Each time I opened a box, a cat leapt out like a jack-in-the-box.
Then I heard my bipeds talking. One of them said, “It looks as though Clowie’s dreaming. Her legs are moving, she’s probably chasing rabbits.”
I opened my eyes. Mulberry and Pippin were fast asleep on the other side of the room. I couldn’t see any other cats. There was one packed box and a stack of empty ones waiting to be packed.
One of the bipeds said, “We thought you’d get more than one box packed before you took a nap, but not to worry we’ll help you with the rest later.”
I was disappointed that I hadn’t done as much packing as I thought I had. On the other paw, I was relieved I didn’t have to explain that catnip party, or the cats trapped in boxes, to the bipeds!
See you next Wednesday!