Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Have My Reasons

You know...I think Kath may have just hit the nail on the head when she suggested that the addition of an Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty to my household might be part of the reason behind the lack of progress on my list of summer projects.  It does make a certain amount of sense.  I find that I seem to spend a rather inordinate amount of time tending to kitty-related issues around here these days.  Plus, there's all the experiments.

No...not like animal experimenting.  That's wrong.  I'm talking more along the lines of Things I Do Because They Interest And Amuse Me.  And maybe because I need a hobby.  Whatever...

Here's a fun trick I learned.  It seems that Absurdly Gi-normous Kitties really like to have their noses rubbed.  We call 'em Snooty Rubs over here, in case you are interested.




Mmmmm...Me Luvs Mine Snooty Rubz!

In fact, when you do a Snooty Rub you will observe a rather interesting phenomenon.


Automatic And Spontaneous Reverting To Mouth-Breather Status


Even more interesting, this phenomenon will continue even after the subject is no longer experiencing Snooty Rubbing.


The hand is removed and yet the subject's need to catch flies orally remains fully in effect.


He'll stay like that for up to ten minutes.  This amuses me beyond all measure.  Is it mean to post pictures of your cat on the inter-webs with a stupid expression on his face?  Maybe even a little bit wrong in the moral sense?  Probably.  But I don't care.  I don't feel badly.  Not even one little bit.

You see, my own snooty is smarting somewhat right now.  It seems that, yesterday while I was conducting a rather brilliantly worded lecture on the reasons why it is wrong to eat the yarn, I underestimated how closely the AGK was listening.  In fact, I was under the impression that he was not listening at all.  Which is why I moved in a little closer.  I thought that proximity might add a little more emphasis to my words of wisdom.  

And that's about the time he snapped me right on the beak.  Drew blood, even.  Apparently he was more aware of my presence than I thought.  And clearly we were of differing opinions with regard to the matter of yarn consumption.  

I still maintain that it is wrong to eat yarn.  However, in the future, I shall make a point of delivering this opinion from a safer distance.

I don't have any problem with posting funny looking pictures in retaliation, though.  What's he gonna do about it?  I'll just rub his widdle nose and he'll be out like a light, breathing from the mouth and maybe drooling a little bit.  

Heck, I may have even discovered the newest method in feline behavior modification!  Lectures are old news and the fastest way to a bloody nose.  The secret is in the Snooty Rub!!!  I'll just need to run a few more tests to be sure...


Don't.  Even.  Think.  About.  It.

SA

15 comments:

trek said...

Bad Kitty! Never bite the nose that brings you tooner!

Hope the nose heals quickly. Aren't you glad there's no school tomorrow?

Jeanne said...

Oh, the Snooty Rub Face photo is so funny! (As is the BFK's expression)

My dearly departed Vincent would sit on my lap facing me, and I'd cup his face in my hands and pet his ears with my thumbs in such a way that he'd get a glazed-over expression on his face and not move a muscle for several minutes. My Mom called it "ossified".

Cats are such entertainment!

Beth said...

I just love that BFK and her attitude!

Mia said...

i think he's at least part Ragdoll :)

kalkette said...

This post completely makes me think of this shark show we watched this morning on Shark Week. They rubbed their noses to put them into a tonic state that was like a trance. So what kitty is doing. Mouth breather. hee hee.

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Donna Lee said...

My Calvin likes his nose rubbed too. Maybe it's a male thing. I'll have to experiment when PK comes home from work today....

Karen said...

BFK knows whose in charge. AGK is still learning.

Cursing Mama said...

Come on....let see you snooty rub the BFK.........from a safe distance of course.

Teri S. said...

Ouch! Snoot biting is not a good thing. Snoots tend to be tender. But aren't you afraid that snooty rubs will actually encourage yarn chewing? The AGK reasoning might go something like this:

"I chew yarn and the Sheep gives me Snooty Rubs. So if I chew more yarn, I'll get more Snooty Rubs. Where's the yarn?! I want lots of Snooty Rubs!"

Knitting Linguist said...

That last picture is priceless! And I completely understand the entertainment and distraction value of a pair of cats -- it's a good thing.

KnitKicky said...

My Kitty (Pudders) does something similar--she curls up when you pet her, and starts rapidly licking her tail--and then she'll twitch the tail away from her mouth, and keep licking -- AIR! It's hilarious!

Tenacious said...

I heard somewhere that the snooty rub was the way to calm cats because that's what mother cats do to their kittens - although with their tongues :)

But it doesn't work nearly as well with my cats as it does with AGK - so sweet!

mehitabel said...

Cats really are the best buddies. Hi-Hi has taken to "hunting" and has turned into a talker--this after years of being the strong silent type! I think he's learning that he's now the Senior Cat and can throw his (considerable) weight around. Simon is just a lovable goofball so helets him get away with it!

Kath said...

Purely in the interest of the advancement of Kitty Science, I have conducted an experiment on the effectiveness of Snooty Rubs in the inducement of Mouth Breathing. Three subjects were tested (admittedly a convenience sample, not random) and in repeated trials while the subjects reacted quite positively to the treatment, absolutely no Mouth Breathing was observed.