Mysteries abound in pet sitting. Why does a dog or cat do thus-and-such? Why isn’t the cat using the litter box? If the diabetic dog didn’t eat this morning, should I give insulin anyway, and how much? And why does the dog insist on humping my leg? Perhaps the biggest mystery of all, especially in modern kitchens: where is the trash??? We spend more time looking for kitchen trash containers than most anything else. Kitchen planners have done way too good a job of disguising the trash bin location.
But my newest mystery I’ve dubbed Stonehenge. E., a cat I’ve cared for over the last couple years or so, has these cute little stuffed balls that he enjoys. And lately, it seems like he’s using them to communicate something. The kitty’s people are moving (sob…) and every time a potential buyer has come through the house, E. has gone and found the balls (put away, of course, so as not to distract potential buyers) and E. arranges them in a straight line.
What this means is anybody’s guess. Stonehenge is thought to be an ancient burial site. Is E. trying to bury the potential buyers?
Just to see what would happen, I’ve been putting them in a pile each day when I visit, and E. rearranges them before my next visit. No two days have been alike.
If any of you speak Kitty Stonehenge and can guess what E. is trying to tell us, we would be glad for the enlightenment. E sits happily looking at his creation, and, at least so far, keeping the mystery to himself.
Which, I suppose, is pretty normal for any self-respecting cat. Cat and mystery are pretty much synonymous in my experience, but that doesn’t keep me from being curious.