Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cats can see into the future!

I have always suspected that cats had powers we mere humans could not comprehend:  they can hear a refrigerator door open at 100m; they can identify those who are uncomfortable around felines and head straight for them; they can leap huge walls at a single bound;  and they can see into the future.  My cats  can see into the future and DO NOT like what they see. 

I haven't taken my suitcase out of the cupboard, nor have I made little piles of things I mustn't forget.  I haven't packed my sunblock and hat -- I haven't even wrapped the presents, but THEY know, and they are grumbling.

Ratty won't leave my side.  Usually he doesn't venture up the stairs as Mr Macc and Miss Ming have ruled the bedrooms out of bounds to interloper cats.  This morning Ratty came up and joined me while I was having my bath.  I was wallowing in luxury - my last bath for three weeks as timed showers are the order of the day in Australia.  Ratty came bouncing in yeowlling.  'There you are!  I've been looking for you!  Why did you leave me by myself?'  And so on.  If he crept in quietly and sat beside the bath like Ming does, nobody would have noticed except me.  No, Ratty has a fanfare everywhere he goes and the 'parent cats' were not amused.

After I got dressed and I began to tidy the bedroom - you know putting away shoes that have been lying about for a week, and jackets that won't be worn for another six weeks -  Ratty was everywhere.  In the cupboards, helping me with my knapsack, spooking himself in the mirror and finally leaping onto the bed (first time since the meltdown).  Then he followed me into my study which is Ming Central while I found another Christmas card to write, and he jumped up on Macc's chair, while Ming peered around the edge of the curtain at him, disapproval screaming across her whiskers.

I haven't begun to pack.  That mountain is looming before me.

They know I will begin soon.  Tonight we leave for Australia and family Christmas.  I hate packing.  I hate travelling. I shudder to think what size my carbon footprint is. We will eat far too much and spend far too much and we will come back from our 'holiday' exhausted.

Rest assured the cats will be well cared for in my absence.  As well as my domestic assistant who will be in charge of day to day care, I have a roster of friends organised to cope with emergencies.

I hope you all have happy and peaceful Christmases (or appropriate festivities if you don't partake of Christmas).  I've enjoyed your company while in exile and hope to see you all (virtually at least) in the new year.

Best wishes, Isabel x



Anonymous said...

Have a great trip!

Wishing you a merry Xmas and peaceful New Year

susan t. landry said...

safe travels, isabel. steal some quiet time for yourself. we need to tailor our holidays to fit us better.


Suz said...

oh dear you have just described my kingdom....only Miss Kitty O'Shea rules here
and my little Webster, like your Ratty used to cruble before my eyes..he just knew when I was planning a weekend away...and Abigail...well she alwys crumbles..and now Little Boo..he wants to know why he can't come...
Enjoy you holiday with your family...don't worry about carbon footprints...Merry Christmas..take photos

Marylinn Kelly said...

Merry Christmas, Isabel. Sometimes a bit of excess puts things in balance. And Merry Christmas, Ratty. Not to exclude any others but the extra attention is warranted. xo

Susannah said...

What a wonderful photo that last one is! I love it. :-)

Have a wonderful time and enjoy the festivities. x

Susie Clevenger said...

Merry Christmas...enjoy the holidays...I have two cats who can tell even if I am going to the store let alone a trip... :)

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Happy Holiday!

jabblog said...

Isabel, have a lovely time with family and friends. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Peaceful and Healthy 2012

Janice x

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Re cats making a beeline for those who are uncomfortable with or don't like them - I remember reading a long time ago that if you stare at a cat for these very reasons as in 'Please stay away from me!' said cat interprets this as actual liking. Do you think this is true? (I'm a bit nervous round cats - don't know why).

Happy Christmas!

Anna :o]

Penelope said...

Go gently. Wishing you a happy Christmas and rich family time. Thanks for your blog posts this year — I always open them with curiosity.

Friko said...

And if I don't see you before then, best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Jenny Woolf said...

Ah what depths of nothingness can be found in a cat's eyes! Amazing pic!