Pet Tales: Excitable feline participates in unexpected kitchen remodeling

My boyfriend, Trent, and our cat, Gizmo, don’t always agree on kitty etiquette. Trent thinks Gizmo should be a well-behaved cat, like our other cat, Boo. Gizmo, on the other hand, thinks he’s a wild jungle cat ... maybe a panther. He is always climbing on the top closet shelf, lying in the windowsills, napping in clothes hampers, trying to sneak outside, eating any and every plant he can find, or anything else that will drive us crazy.

Last week I received a call at work from Trent, who had arrived home early. "My cat" (Gizmo) had jumped on the small shelf in the kitchen that held the cooking spices, oil and other cooking necessities. Needless to say, there was no longer a shelf attached to the wall, and it looked like a three-year old had tried to make dinner.

By the time I arrived home, Trent had picked up the shards of glass, oil, spices and kitty kibble that had expanded to the size of quarters when the falling shelf knocked over the cats’ water and food dishes. The floor was clean and all of the surviving kitchen items were awaiting a new home. This, of course, meant a trip to the hardware store to build a bigger and better shelf.


Denine Hicks of San Luis Obispo was nice enough to send me a Web site link with hundreds of photos of cats in sinks. I am definitely not alone with my silly cat that sleeps in the sink. Check out the funny photos at

Tables turned they are

Marla Dawson of Los Osos and her family were adopted about 15 years ago by Yoda, a deaf white cat who was fond of chasing the rats that lived under the ivy in their backyard.

One day as Dawson watched from inside the house, Yoda caught a rat and was playfully tossing it in the air and watching it try to run away, only to catch it again and repeat the process.

"It was great fun for him, but the rat was not enjoying it," Dawson said.

"Eventually, the rat was able to turn the tables and bite Yoda fiercely on the chin and wouldn’t let go. Yoda was trying to back away from the pain, which resulted in some outrageous yowling, and the cat running backwards around the yard with the rat firmly attached to his chin. I stepped outside to separate the two and was able to grab the rat by his tail and he let go.

"Yoda had his revenge, though, as he immediately swatted the rat out of my hand and dispatched it with one well-placed chomp. Every time I remember this crazy cat, I smile as I picture him with his chin in the vise-grip of the rat’s teeth, yowling his heart out, running backwards around the yard — and me with no video camera!"

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