Friday Cat Blogging – 27 September 2013


Today you get two Dominos in one. For reasons that escape us, she decided a few weeks ago that her new favorite thing was drinking water out of the tap. So whenever I brush my teeth, she hops up on the counter and demands that I turn on the water. I figure she’ll get bored of it eventually. Note the untouched water bowl on the floor, which she passed directly by on her way to the sink. If I pick it up and put it on the counter, she’ll drink out of it. But not if it’s on the floor.

(When I’m around, anyway. When I’m not around, she’s perfectly happy to drink out of it. Kinda makes you think there’s some ulterior motive at work here, doesn’t it?)

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