Midnight Story

You all know that I am the Midnight Knitter; some of my best work gets done between midnight and 1am. The house is peaceful, the world (and the cats) are asleep and I descend into the calming meditation of smooth knitting while watching the late night talk shows.

So last night I thought it was really nice when Yellow Boy cuddled against my head on the back of the knitting chair while MacKenzie was asleep on my legs. He never does that…

Cat
He was so cute I snapped a picture of him. Look at the sweet face…
Cat
MacKenzie: Wait…what is that smell…
Cat face
Ugh! Not again!! You know what this means…
Wet cat
Bath time!

Yep, while the world was peacefully asleep I had to give this cat (and his poopy bottom) a bath at 1am this morning. It was just horrible. There were shrieking wails at horrific volumes. MacKenzie, the cat not in the sink, cried too as he paced the counters trying to intervene. Crashing, clawing and hissing happened. I got bit (not badly) and there was also a scratch. By the time it was over there was a lot of water on the floor and we were all just exhausted. Strangely, Yellow Boy doesn’t mind the blow dryer too much, so I was able to get him semi-dry before he got cold.

Toy mouse in the water bowl.
This boy recovers quickly. I know that he played overnight because this is what I found in the water bowl this morning.

The trouble here is that Yellow Boy is very furry with lots of “feathers” on his rear end. He has a tiny, but very furry, tail that looks like a bunny rabbit’s; he can’t lift his tail out of the way. He eats my plants and every bug and spider that he can catch; sometimes he has litter box accidents that create these horrific cat-bath events. I’m on immunosuppressants and really can’t risk scratches and bites anymore. I decided to take action!

Clippers
Behold the cat trap that I plugged in by his food bowl.
Clipped Cat
and here he is after getting trapped and clipped: Yellow Boy with all of his butt feathers shaved off and a bob-tail cut. This went a lot better than the bath!
Buddy cats
The traumatized boys even cuddled together this afternoon…
Sleeping cat
and hopefully we will all sleep well tonight. Sweet dreams little guy. 🙂 
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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

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