Have you ever wondered...
if there is an underlying message behind some of your cat's urgent dashes to use a scratching post? Is there something he or she is trying to tell you in a not so subtle manner?
I began to consider this possibility earlier today when I refused to give in to Gracie's persistent pleas for a second helping of dental treats. She finished gobbling up her initial set of treats before I even had a chance to close the bag. Apparently not satisfied with the amount she was given, Gracie proceeded to follow me into the kitchen mewing for more. The closer I got to the pantry the louder her mews became.
It was what happened after I locked the treats inside the pantry that caused my concern. The moment the pantry door shut Gracie took off running towards the nearest scratching post. Once there, she paused for a moment and glared intensely at me. Then, she attacked the scratching post, clawing at it as hard as she could.
It was almost as if she was reminding me that she had claws and wasn't afraid to use them to get what she wanted. That idea is a little disconcerting to say the least. Having a similar personality - what a surprise - my initial reaction was to go and tap on a can of catfood to remind her that I have fingers which won't open this can if she misbehaves.
Whatever the case, I am going to start paying more attention to the events preceeding Gracie's attacks on her scratching posts in the future. You know what they say - the best defense is a good offense.
And so it seems, I am missing yet one more piece to the puzzle that is a cat.
Enlightening comments about today's thought are welcomed, so please feel free to share.
Until next time, remember...
We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat
- St. George Mivart