Today is Black Friday, the unofficial day of mass shopping hysteria to encourage you to buy stuff. For those of you not swept up in the consumerism that is this day, today is also the National Day of Listening. It’s a day for you to sit down and actually listen to the stories of your family and friends. You know, sometimes we THINK we know people, but we truly don’t.
Today I’m going to talk with Bubba Cat. He and June Buggie are the senior kitties here at the Rumpydog household.
Bubba: It’s a bitch getting old. These young cats want to run the place and run me and Junior off to hide in another room.
Rumpy: So how old are you, anyway?
Bubba: I’m guessing about 15 human years. I feel a lot older. I was a mere babe when a friend of Jen’s found us and brought us to Jen, so we’ve been with the same human almost all of our lives.
Rumpy: And how are things for you now. I know you have some arthritis and don’t get along as well as you used to.
Bubba: It’s hard, but am still able to jump and climb, and I have a healthy appetite. But it’s those younger cats that give me fits. I have to fuss at them all the time. Then Jen gets upset and has to run in and see if there’s really a fight or if I’m just hollering again. Jen says I can be quite annoying, but hell, I’m old. I SHOULD be annoying!
Rumpy: I’ll give ya that. Now you’ve always had a love of labs. Tell me about your friendship with DeDe.
Bubba: Ours is a friendship of convenience. She is big. She is warm. And those young cats aren’t going to mess around with me when I’m laying beside that dog. I know the dog sometimes gets annoyed with me, but I also leave her food to eat, so it all works out.
Rumpy: Mmmmmm…. cat food. But the litter box? Now you have your own special litter box because you won’t always use the other cat boxes.
Bubba: When I’m not feeling well, I won’t use the other litter boxes out of fear. So Jen has an open box with towels in. I use that. I use the other boxes too, but it’s nice to have special accommodation for an old guy like me.
Rumpy: Well, Bubba, it’s good get a view of our world from your perspective. I hope you give those young cats grief for years to come.