Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Home maintenance for the domestic short-haired feline

Everybody knows that cats are remarkably clean animals. It's a knowledge, in my case, gleaned through empirical observation of mesdames Harriet and Beatrice, who make a habit of licking each others' anuses with their antiseptic tongues and burying their poos with such sanitary rigour, such hygienic applications of the poo-burying muscles, that fæcal matter and clumps of kitty litter can be found in every corner of my bathroom - if indeed the first person possessive pronoun pertains in the case of a bathroom overrun by kitten excrement.

So here Harriet and Beatrice (last seen up on the kitchen bench eating the sourdough I left out for my lunch) share with you some of their thoughts about domestic hygiene.

"Clean the sink so it don't stink". Thus runs the old housewifely adage, and sepia-toned Beatrice contemplates a bathroom sink well licked. Note especially her careful removal of the plastic drain pipe cover, which was restored to its rightful place on my pillow.

"Who doth not prance upon the clothes airing rack catcheth no invisible moths" (Mrs. Beeton). What is a clean shirt without a smudgy paw print, I ask you?

"The price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance." As Harriet reminds us here, the fact that you are licking your sister's forehead is no excuse for not keeping an ear out for the neighbour's chickens. Amateur forehead-lickers, take note.

Also remember that the toilet isn't just for sitting on, it's for falling into. If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right.


Ampersand Duck said...

Bless, such thoughtful kitties.

Spare a thought for us, getting a new government-sponsored greener loo tomorrow, but not able to put FULL WEIGHT on it for 24 hours... thigh muscles like watermelons, we'll have.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

This is the kind of thing TimT writes poems about, Duck. I hope you too find the experience inspiring. (And good luck! and enjoy virtuous excretion.)

nailpolishblues said...

If the kittens are sharing a litter tray they might behave better if you get another. Cats are not keen on sharing.

Oh, and so very cute.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

They've been sharing (so much so that if one gets in to do something, the other joins in and has a play). Harriet helps bury Beatrice's poos. It's excessively vigorous burying that's been my problem. They kick a bit too hard and a spray of kitty litter ends up on the other side of the room.

Jayne said...

Saves on the dunny brush and Jay's Bloo!

JahTeh said...

Baron, there have been no updates on the emotional state of Leonard.
Please let me know that dear Leonard is not vet shopping for copious amounts of Zoloft or Prozac.