Saturday, February 10, 2007

Cats 'n' Clutter

Cats sure are helpful in dealing with clutter. One of my worst faults is collecting things. No, nothing as interesting as stamps or rocks or antique salt shakers. More like stacks of magazines I think I will get around to reading "some day." Of course, magazines aren't the only thing in these stacks. I also "collect" newspapers, some of the more interesting junk mail (to study, of course), and letters from friends who don't do email.

After a week or so, the pile gets a little high... not bad... but annoying.

So where do the cats come in? Well, they like to jump onto the table where this teetering pile rests, landing on the top magazine, sending themselves, along with several of the slippery publications, off on a slide adventure right back onto the floor.

If I'm not home for a few hours, I find quite a mess when I get back. Oh, not just a scatter of papers all over the floor... it's worse than that. Much worse. There is something about loose paper that attracts many cats. It's a mystery to me, but for some reason, they simply must urinate on it.

I don't get it. But that's OK. At this point, I have no choice but to throw the wet ones away. It's too late to care about reading them now, I'm sure you'll agree.

Although the lesson seems to be, don't let these things pile up, I still do it. I'll never learn, but at least the cats help keep the pile down.

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