There are a couple of vet clinics I drive by on a regular basis. One of them always has a cute saying on their marquee.
This week it's :
Cats don't like change without their consent.
And so true it is!
The saying really struck home this week. Because after being home all summer, I went back to work--teacher staff development and workdays to get ready for the new school year which starts Monday.
And I've got not one, but two very spoiled cats--Smokie, a gray tabby striped female, and Bear, a red and white tabby stripped male.
Bear is definitely a people kitty. He thinks anyone who comes into the house should love him and rub his belly. Smokie, on the other hand, is very much a mama's girl. When people come into the house, she runs and hides until they're gone. She's not a people kitty. In fact, she just tolerates my husband and son, though she is letting them pet her a little more. But with me, she follows me around the house.
Smokie's also my little thief.
The change from my summer routine back to work has been a little difficult for her. She's become extremely vocal in the mornings and this week has stolen my emery board (found it in the kitchen half-way under the stove), purposely knocked my nail polish off the table (luckily it was closed) and has stolen several pens from my desk (the ones I was using). And this is just the stuff I know about so far.
Smokie's "stealing" is not a new thing. I've lost more pens, paperclips, and whole pads of sticky notes to her. One morning she took off with my flashdrive. Luckily, I caught her before she hid it. And she absolutely loves hair bands. She thinks they all belong to her.