Hi. I’m MacKenzie.
The Mother of Cats spends all of her time knitting and knitting on her new sweater, and she will NOT let me play with it the way she should!! Every time I put a paw on it she grabs it and moves it OFF THE SWEATER! She won’t even let me touch it. Sure, she gives me the ball of yarn and little scraps to play with… who does she think she is dealing with here? I want the sweater!!! Why are my needs always ignored!! I deserve all of the attention, all of the time!!
The Mother of Cats says that this is a hamster and that it is not a mouse, but I don’t care. THIS IS MY MOUSE!!! Finally I have a little friend to hang out with me that belongs just to me. I talked it over with the hamster-mouse and we have decided that her name is Little Miss Pitty-Pat. It’s just an accident that her name rhymes with “Kitty-Cat”.
I’m such a good boy.
Can I have some cookies now?
Notes from the Mother of Cats:
MacKenzie has never really recovered from the loss of Yellow Boy last summer. It has been clear that he needs a companion, but he is too old for a kitten, too savvy to have a bird, and not at all interested in fish. This hamster, selected after consultation with employees of my local PetSmart, is a long-haired Syrian hamster, a very calm and large breed. She comes right up to the wire to check out the cat and runs in her wheel endlessly while MacKenzie watches her: this hamster is so calm she ran in her wheel all the way home in the car! MacKenzie has made no effort to smack at the hamster through the wire or to get into the cage; she is just great cat company and entertainment for him. He checks on her several times a night while she is most active.
Here’s the big change in my life: I’m sleeping great with the new pet in the house! MacKenzie doesn’t wake me up at night since the hamster came home, and the noise of the hamster running her wheel is like “white noise” helping me sleep. MacKenzie is already eating more food at mealtime and seems calmer. Who knew we needed a hamster this badly!!