Friday, June 7, 2013

After the Ball Is Over

 Oja:  I want to thank everycat for coming to my soiree yesterday evening and night.  Almost everything went perfectly.  I did wonder why so many of my guests, especially the gentleman cats went out to the patio for a breath of fresh air and came back smiling.  We did have the windows closed, as the evening got rather chilly, so maybe it got a little hot and stuffy in the living room.  The gopher hunting must have gone really well, because I saw Bambino going all crazy pants in the back yard.  I'm really glad I sent his silly self outside during my dignified party, because he doesn't even know how to act dignified.  The only fly in the ointment was my Mom.  Halfway through the evening, just after she got all the trays refilled with canapes and sushi, she said she needed to sit down for a minute.  She sat down in the easy chair by the window and promptly fell asleep.  I was so embarrassed.  At least she didn't snore.  I nearly had to go out to the patio for some fresh air myself at that point, but Jose and I had to get busy passing the trays of snacks around.

Spyro and Rocio:  Whew!

Oja:  What was that?

Spyro:  Nothing Oja.

Oja:  I didn't see you or Rocio all evening.  What were you up to?

Rocio:  We were outside, keeping an eye on Bambino and the younger kitties.
 Spyro:  Psst, Rocio, is Oja out of earshot?

Rocio:  I think so.  We got away with it, didn't we?

Spyro:  We sure did. High five, bro!
 Rocio:  Spyro and I really enjoyed putting one over on Oja.  She still hisses and growls and yowls at me.

Karen Jo:  She wouldn't if you didn't keep smacking her with your paw.

Rocio:  She insists on sitting in the chair I want.

Karen Jo:  This house is full of chairs.  I think you just enjoy annoying Oja.

Rocio:  That could very well be the case.
 Bambino:  I sure had fun in the back yard last night.  Spyro and Rocio let me have just a little niptini.  I'm not that much underage.  I will be a mancat next month, I think.  The younger kitties and I played chase and sniffed the gopher holes and chased moths, though there weren't many of those.

Karen Jo:  That's because I don't have any flowers for them.  One or two of the peony buds opened, but the rest of them turned brown.  I don't know if it was lack of water (probably) or some bugs got them.
Jose:  I enjoyed the soiree very much.  I had never been to a dignified party before.  Oja and I danced together, then we danced with the other guests.  That is until the Mom fell asleep and we had to take over her duties of seeing that everyone got canapes, sushi, shrimp and catmint tea.

Karen Jo:  I apologize.  Throwing two parties in three days tired me out.

Karen Jo:  Now I want to bring up another subject.  Last summer, Spyro loved going outside in his harness and leash.  I think I spoiled it for him this year.  We had a warm day in April and I put his harness on him, but it had been a long time and I forgot how it went.  I got it on him wrong, took him outside and something spooked him.  He pulled strongly on the harness and got out of it and ran to the back door to be let back inside, then hid.  In late April, I tried it again, getting the harness on him right, this time.  Again something spooked him and he jerked the leash right out of my hand.  I opened the door for him and he ran, still wearing the harness and dragging the leash and hid.  I thought he was under the bed and that I would take his harness off of him when he calmed down enough to come out.  I heard a big meow from him and when I went to investigate, I found him in the hall without his harness.  He had gone into Oja's hideyhole, where there isn't much room, gotten the leash caught and managed to wiggle out of the harness.  I tried taking him out on his leash twice more, once in  May and once again today and he lets me put the harness on him, but as soon as he gets outside, he wants right back inside again.  Have I ruined his enjoyment of his harness and leash forever?

17 comments:

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Oja, we are sorry we missed your soiree it sounded like fun. Happy Belated Gotcha Day.

meowmeowmans said...

That soiree was so dignified and lovely, Oja. Thank you for a lovely evening.

We can understand why your mom was so tired -- two parties in a row ... we're tired just imagining that!

Message to Mom Karen Jo: Maybe you could just let Spyro wear his harness a few times around the house (without taking him outside just yet), so that he gets used to how it feels again. That way, it will be one less thing he has to be concerned about when you *do* try to take him outside again. :)

Hugs to you all!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

That was an awesome party, Oja! I really enjoyed myself.

As for the harness, walk outside thing, what meowmeowmans said. Go slow with Spyro and I bet he will come around. One more suggestion - you might try buying a new, very different style of harness and get him used to that. He will hold less negative memories with a new, different harness, I bet.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oja, we had a lovely time at your party too. Though Nicki seemed to need a lot of fresh air. :-p

We, too, were going to suggest just having Spyro wear the harness indoors for a while, until he's okay with it and doesn't manage to get it off. Actually, a new and/or different type of harness might be a great idea. Good luck!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum has no advice regarding harnesses as we just come in and out as we wish during daylight so she can spy on us!
When it's dark we are locked in.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Brian said...

That was a fun pawty sweet Oja! Hey, don't give up on the harness, he will remember the fun!

Gattina said...

First to your party ! You look as if you had too many mousewine !! No wonder that your servant fall asleep so much work !
Now to the harness. It has nothing to do. Some cats just don't want to go outside with or without harness they are just afraid. That's why he runs home immediately. From my 4 cats, Pookie never goes out or just puts her nose out of the French windows if ever we are sitting on the terrace she would come. Arthur is always visiting the neighbors and away. Rosie only goes for little walks in the evening but never far away, she stays around the house and Kim is a real outdoor cat, it's in her character. She doesn't like to be inside. It's just like humans. Some like travelling some are couch potatoes !

Cathy Keisha said...

Yo, Spyro, I'd love to go outside and I'm not scare of anything and you shouldn't be either. In other news, I'm gonna fire TW cos I missed another pawty, even if it was dignified. Heh heh.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Awww, we are sorry yer Mom missed yer Gotcha Day, Oja, an we are sorry WE missed the belated party!

The Florida Furkids said...

We need to fire our Mom....we missed all the fun!!

The Florida Furkids

CATachresis said...

It looks like it was a posh do and I missed it, but being a bit of a moggie, I might have used the wrong fork or something, but I do have my very own tux!!

I won't have anything put on me, so can't advise re harness. Maybe give it a few weeks or get a different kind of harness?

ciao, Austin

Katie Isabella said...

Oh OJA! I missed the pawty! I wish I had been there so much! Oh dear! Now Spyro, other kitties mom's gave good advice. Please tell us if you wear your harness around the house. I hope you can and will. xoxox

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Sushi was served?! Rats! We're sorry that we missed the event.

Thank you for checking on us, friends. We miss our sweet Mom very much but we're doing very well.

Love,

Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Timmy Tomcat said...

Darn the Tomcat family missed the party. We will be at the next. We want to say hello to our new TCC members Rocio Bambino and Jose! Yay and Welcome!

Buddy Sulks: "Wha can Buddy Budd be da inda clubber? Humph!"

Buddy you are not a TABBY! The things I put up with in our home.

Purrs
Timmy Tomcat
PS
Dad says Rumpy had a similar thing happen. He now has a Kitty Holster which is the best harness. More comfy and escape proof. He likes going out. Me no...

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Happy, Happy Belated Gotcha Day Oja and many, many, many mooooooore!!!! We are so sorry we missed your party!!
Your TX furiends,

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaa, I missed out on all of the fun. I am so far behind in things I shall never ever get caught up again. Wishing Oja a belated Happy Gotcha Day. Waaaaaaaaaaa

Julie Baugh said...

Hope you enjoyed your party, a warm welcome to the Tabby Cat Club.