A Not So Typical Day (For a Cat)
Today was not typical at all, if you’re a cat living in a household with two humans and three dogs. Things got off to a rocky start when the cleaning lady came first thing and started making all kinds of noise with the vacuum cleaner. The cat had to hide under the bed in fear for her life. She spent half the morning under the bed. This happens every two weeks for some reason, and she has never understood it.
Then right after that madness was over, the people got out all the dog leashes and the dogs went all crazy. The people said they were taking the dogs to get a bath and get their nails trimmed. So there was a lot of barking and running around and a lot of confusion, and then they all went out the front door, locking it behind them.
After that it got even worse. The house was empty. There were no people and no dogs. For the longest time there was silence in the house. If you’re a cat who is used to the TV going all day and dogs running in and out, it can be really confusing, scary even. It’s just too much for one day.
So when the people and all the dogs got back late in the afternoon, the dogs were going crazy again because they had been cooped up at the groomers for way too long, so they ran all around the house for a while, begging to go out, and then begging for treats because they had been so good. Never mind that the cat had been good all day, and traumatized on top of it all. So she had to hide again for a while.
The dogs settled into their evening, just glad to be getting their dinner and a place to relax, while the cat surveyed the whole scene from the shadows, wondering if life was ever going to get back to normal. She was sure she had done nothing to deserve all this confusion. Finally, very tentatively, she climbed up on the couch and curled up in the mom’s lap.
The collage shown above was done in the studio while the cleaning lady was working in the other part of the house.