Monday, April 16, 2007

If She Can Play A Cowbell He Might Consider It.

A few months ago I wrote about losing our pet cat, Mookie. Even though she was an ornery thing who had attacked and scratched every one of us and all of our friends and family members, we still loved her just the same. The girls had grown especially close to her and took her loss very hard, although up until three years ago they were afraid to get near her because of her frequent and unprovoked attacks. One of my earliest memories of the bond between our child and beloved pet is of a 2-year old Kira running into the housse screaming, "Kitty hates me! She's EVIL. EVIIIIIILLLLLL!" Like I said, they were really close.

Ever since she died the girls have been pining for a new cat. I'm all for it but Rigel is holding out, hoping that if he stalls long enough he can put it off for awhile, maybe until the summer or better yet until they get their own apartment. I don't really blame him as most of the cat duties fell on him, from the cleaning of the cat box to the weekly job of removing the ninety-pounds of cat hair that had amassed inside the garage. He'd emerge from these cleanings in a foul mood, cursing out loud about how emasculating it was to use a power drill that was covered in soft black and white kitty fur.

A couple of days ago Rigel's sister sent me this video with the message, "...maybe you could talk Rigel into getting a cat for the girls if the cat could play an instrument and could join his band." I am so not into animal videos, especially ones where people film their pets doing amazingly cute things, but for some reason this one made me laugh so hard I nearly coughed up a furball.



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19 comments:

  1. My damn cat is useless.

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  2. I nearly lost it when she lifted her two paws and started playing.

    if this doesn't win Rigel over, I don't know what will.

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  3. call me naive, but when i heard the first few chords, i thought she was actually going to play "chopsticks." no mystery as to why my entry will be anonymous... duhhhhhh... hahaha!

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  4. I have a cat you can have. Her name is Gina, and she gives hugs. She really, truly does.
    Cant play the piano though, and throws up on a daily basis.

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  5. I have a similar cat (one that attacks, not one that play the piano.)

    She's probably the only cat in the neighborhood that causes the mailman to pull out his mace. I'm not joking.

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  6. All Nora needs is a strappy red satin dress and martini glass full of catnip.

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  7. That is an excellent cat right there. Just excellent!

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  8. gorillabuns.com4/16/2007 9:59 PM

    is there such a thing as a music lover coming back as a cat?

    if so, i believe this cool cat was a composer in his past life.

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  9. My cat (RIP Tayja) that I had in college used to play fetch. She was really good at it too.
    The cat we have now (looks EXACTLY like Nora) is completely useless. Useless.

    I want to cuddle Nora, she's so adorable!

    Hope the video wins hubs over!

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  10. Almost made me miss our psycho attack cat that "disappeared" 4 years ago when we moved . . . almost.

    Carrie

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  11. I want a cat that plays piano!

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  12. Losing a pet is so hard -- even the evil ones are members of the family.

    Nora is the spitting image of my cat who died a couple of years ago. She couldn't play the piano, though.

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  13. we have a really evil cat that i blindly adore because she's never evil to me and she's really cute.

    if she got a hobby like piano playing i'm sure people would chalk up her evil ways to her sheer genius. . .

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  14. Don't get a cat. I'm not a cat hater and I had about 6 of them (not all at once) in college. But, pets are a lot of work and seem to always bring some sort of friction into the household, particularly to the person who ends up cleaning up after them.

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  15. The only thing my pet can do is clear a room with her farts. I feel gypped.

    I'm currently emailing this post to everyone in my address book with a soft spot for cats, including my boss with the standard "Of course, I would NEVER read a blog at work, but..." attached.

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  16. This Nora, out-rocked by a cat. Nice! This clip was mentioned in The Times (or Independent) a few weeks ago, and I meant to check it out. (More for the Nora thing, than the cat thing, I have to admit. Vain, vain, vain!)

    I think your Mookie and my Simon, aka psycho cat, must have been kindred spirits.

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  17. Hah. My cat plays the piano AND empties the toilet bowl of water. Eat that, Nora.

    Thanks for sharing, Sweatpantsmom. Very funny video.

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  18. That is too funny!

    How about a small dog??? I used to have cats and found the dog easier to care for and less attacks on kids!

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  19. Nora loves her piano, that's for sure. Very amusing.

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