Wednesday, September 06, 2006


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I had not anticipated the need to childproof our home at this point in our lives. No, I'm not pregnant - the cat we adopted two months ago, Felix, is into everything.

At first he was mellow. He seemed thankful to have been made a member of our family. Even though he was playful from the start, he wasn't bold about getting into things, making messes, or mouthing off. Oh, how things have changed!

I can mostly deal with the howling responses I receive when I tell him "no" and his insistence on covertly jumping onto my bedside table. But there is one thing I (specifically my head) can't handle: his habit of using his paw to open the bathroom cabinet doors and pulling it back to let the doors BANG shut - over and over and over again. I don't really care that he likes to shut himself in the cabinet and tear up the toilet paper we store there. But the banging is excrutiating.

As I'm sure many of you can relate to, I spend a lot of time in the bathroom both when I have a migraine coming on and when I'm in the throws of it. I don't suppose I need to elaborate on this topic. The problem is that Felix always wants to be in there with me and indulge his pasttime of opening and closing cabinet doors. I appreciate his company during this time, but the banging has got to stop. My head just can't take it!

Therefore, I'm considering an operation to "kittyproof" the bathroom cabinets by putting childproofing locks on the doors. I think my head will thank me for it.

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