Saturday, July 10, 2010

The furry hot-waterbottle

Cats of course, want nothing more than to go into rooms they are not allowed into. Open the door to a cat-free zone and they're in faster than lightning that's been soaked in muttonbird oil for three weeks. If you leave the door open, belike they'll saunter out, leaving the hayfever/catfur allergy sufferer to cough and sneeze at the hair that doesn't follow them out.

Clare was all snuggly tucked up with a fur-covered hot-water bottle. Pink fur as it happens, but in the dark all fur is grey. She discovered that the door had been less than well closed and during the course of the night a kitty took a tour of her bed, letting her know that a certain cat was in who should be out (she's a great favorite with the cats, and usually seems to have at least one with her, but that room is a cat-free zone). So she sleepily put out the protesting pussy, and scrambled back into bed. And to her horror sat on a cat.

Which - if she'd had the light on, she'd have seen had pink fur :-)


  1. One of my cats took a dump in a box of papers today. Lazy bastard didn't want to go outside in the rain... I followed him all the way upstairs with the box (he knew he'd done the wrong thing. Much fleeing ensued!) hauled him out from under the bed, reintroduced him to his recently abandoned droppings, and promptly hurled him out into the rain he was trying to avoid.

    Now my study smells like cat pee. I hate that. Even with the lavender and citrus spray, and the box long gone.


  2. Luckily for us our 3 are almost paranoidly clean. They don't even like cat boxes, but must go out. I've seen them stalk out under the eaves in the snow, and in South African thunderstorms to go and find a bit of earth. I've smelt cat-wee houses and it lingers.

  3. Anise oil wherever the smell lingers (unless you don't like anise, of course)

  4. Hum... ages ago, in Baltimore in the summer, I experienced toxic waste of the crab variety (through TWO heavy-duty plastic bags). After cleaning up the mess, the floor still stunk. A local said, "Go to the hardware store and get the Old Fisherman's Remedy." I got it -- four bucks for a little tiny bottle? Something like that. Expensive for me at the time. The directions said, "Put two drops on the affected area." So I did, and magically, the aroma vanished. I still don't know what that stuff was, but at least for fish smells, it worked.

    Might check whether there is still something like that out there. I'll bet it would work on cat smells, too.

  5. Yeah, I had some stuff called Non-Scents for fishermen, or for trappers to use before they handled traps. As I recall, it was mostly anise oil.