Rules for Cats to Live By
BATHROOMS: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.
DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get door open,
stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once the door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you
have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important
during very cold weather, rain, snow, or mosquito season.
CHAIRS AND RUGS: If you have to throw up, get to a chair quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there is
no Oriental rug, shag is good. When throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it is as long as a human's
HAMPERING: If one of your humans is engaged in some activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This
is called "helping," otherwise known as "hampering." Following are the rules for "hampering:"
- When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a
better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
- For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book, unless you can lie across the book itself.
- For paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner so as to obscure as much of the work as
possible or at least. Pretend to doze, but every so often reach out and slap the pencil or pen.
- For people paying bills or working on income taxes or Christmas cards, keep in mind the aim: to hamper!
First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged, watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity proceeds
nicely, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed for the second time,
push pens, pencils, and erasers off the table, one at a time.
- When a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her, be sure to jump on the back of the paper. Humans
love to jump.
- When human is working at computer, jump up on desk, walk across keyboard, bat at mouse pointer on screen and
then lay in human's lap across arms, hampering typing in progress.
WALKING: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially: on stairs, when they
have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination
BEDTIME: Always sleep on the human at night so he/she cannot move around.
LITTER BOX: When using the litter box, be sure to kick as much litter out of the box as possible. Humans love the feel of
kitty litter between their toes.
HIDING: Every now and then, hide in a place where the humans cannot find you. Do not come out for three to four hours
under any circumstances. This will cause the humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost.
Once you do come out, the humans will cover you with love and kisses and you will probably get a treat.
ONE LAST THOUGHT: Whenever possible, get close to a human, especially their face, turn around, and present your butt to them.
Humans love this, so do it often. And don't forget guests.