Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tiger, the interior decorator

We've noticed that all our cats have very distinct and different characters, and none of it is trained.  They seem to come with these traits.  

Tiger is our most mild-mannered cat and he seems to like ornaments.  He plays with socks (rolled up in a ball) and keychains with round ornaments.  His current favourite toy is a keychain my son bought from Kuching - it has a toy croissant attached to it and Tiger simply loves it!

Well, I didn't know that Tiger had another talent - interior decorating.

I was putting up little ornaments in the house for Chinese New Year.  As I was doing it, Tiger was watching very intently.  

He was very fascinated with these little plum blossoms.

And the white pebbles.

But he couldn't reach them as they were on this shelf.

We have this Buddha bust and I had placed some white pebbles in front of it.

Tiger could get up onto this shelf, and he did.  What is he doing?  He decided it was too untidy leaving the white pebbles outside, so he started pushing them under the bust.

There, I'm all done.  Isn't it much neater like this?

And Tiger lay next to the bust until my husband got home.  He made little noises to attract my husband's attention to the pebbles.  I then told my husband what Tiger had done with the pebbles. 

It was only after my husband had praised him that Tiger got down from the shelf, quite happy with his finished task in improving my decorating skills!

Thank you, Tiger!

See the pebbles, all neatly tucked Tiger!

Ahh..this isn't good enough....let me do something about it...


Bobby has two more guide-cats!

I had written earlier about Bunny and Cow being Bobby's guide-cats.  Bunny takes care of (almost blind) Bobby inside the house, making sure he doesn't bump into the furniture and guides him up the stairs.  Cow takes Bobby to his food bowl for every meal and accompanies him as he eats.

Well, Bobby has another two guide-cats.  These two look after him when he is outside on the porch and driveway.  

It's Indy and Tiger, our other two male cats.

Take a look...

Bobby was prowling in the driveway and the little gate was open.  As Bobby headed towards the little gate, Tiger came to the rescue and tried to block him from going out.  

But Bobby was adamant, so Tiger had to step out with Bobby as well.

Help, I need reinforcement, says Tiger.  Indy came to the rescue, and they both stood in front of the little gate to block Bobby from going out.  

Hold it, hold it...what's going on here?  Bunny came trotting out of the house.  What's going on?  Why wasn't I informed about this?  (Tiger moves aside to let Bunny take over the task.)

I'll take over from here, Bunny seems to say.  By now, we had closed the little gate, but Bunny was not going to take any chances. 

This is how Bunny blocks Bobby.  He stands in front of him.

You go back, Bobby, you're not getting past me, Bunny says.  Bobby gets the message and turns back.

I might as well go back into the garden, if I can't go out.

Bobby heads back into the house.

Thus ends another episode of Bobby and his Guide-Cats!

Which almost-blind dog can boast of having FOUR guide-cats to help him around? 

As I've said, one good turn deserves another.  Bobby looked after all of them when they were young.  Now, it's their turn!