Sunday 30 June 2013

Share It Sunday, Cat Austin!

Nominated by last weeks' guest The Cat From Hell!
Just an ordinary cat.
Having recently finished reading the amazing story of Homer the Blind Wonder Cat, I have had to face up to the fact that Austin, much as I love him, is just a fair-to-middling kind of puss.

Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful that his eyes and ears are working. Ok, he has a wonky hip, but it doesn't seem to hinder him jumping and wriggling - in fact he's quite a bendy cat. But when it comes to getting up to mischief, he seems to be missing a gene or two. For instance he doesn't seem particularly curious about dark holes, warm linen cupboards or the inner workings of the washing machine, and after 3 and a bit years his trips over the road in front of the house can be counted on one hand (as far as I know!)

To my certain knowledge, he's only done one roof walk and I think that's because he scared himself too much to try anything like it again. He freaks at the sound of rustling, but is quite chilled when Henry the Hoover is doing his dance with the long tail thingy. He does draw the line, though, at being frisked by Harry the Handheld when I try to cut corners during the Big Moult!

He comes when called. I suppose that's quite unusual. Oh and there is, of course, the B-R-U-S-H habit. I get the hint (several times a day) when he rushes and headbutts the drawer where the B-R-U-S-H is kept. There follows much creaking of knees (mine) and deafening purrs (his) as we play out the ritual of the all over body massage and whisker realigning. This activity is his drug of choice nowadays and is rated way above catnip and fabric conditioner! This I know I've mentioned before! He even lets me B-R-U-S-H his tummy without giving in to the temptation to maul my hand. He's realised there is a law called "effect and cause" - if he effects scratchy/bitey, it will cause me to leak red stuff and stop.

This detente doesn't extend to cuddling though. I so wanted a cat to cuddle at will. Sadly, it is not to be. He is the cuddler and I am the cuddlee. This has meant, over the years, that harsh words, bites and claws have been exchanged on many occasion. In fact I've pawsed in the narrative to go and test this once again, only to emerge with a thick lip and a bloody nose :(

Yet when he wants cuddles, there is nothing I can do except sit and receive his love and droolly nuzzles. If I don't sit, he nags. Oh yes he does! He's found that verbal bullying gives him a buzz and me an earache. I give in and he positions himself so he's well wedged between my knees with his front paws stretched out around my ankles, so that the slightest movement results in a piercing of the flesh quickly followed by a piercing shriek!

Austin's verbal dexterity is quite well developed. I have seen the little cogs working in his brain from day one:

Humans are so thick, they don't understand the subtle nuances of cat body language.

Humans need upgrading.

If Microsoft had created the human, it would still be the beta version - plenty of bugs and needing patches!

We cats are already alpha ++

It is obvious that humans have not participated in the evolutionary process in quite the same way as we cats. They are barely on the first rung of the ladder. We cats have managed to claw our way up to the top rung and can look out rather imperiously over our catdom. Humans, however, are still at the point of searching out the recipe for primeval soup.

So we cats need to exhibit extreme patience while we educate, elucidate, enlighten ..... and, if all that fails ........ MEOW very LOUDLY! 

Actually Austin seems to have things pretty well sussed for just an ordinary cat!
Oooops! Our highly evolved superhero seems to have his head wedged under the bookcase!
Cat Austin!
Continuing to give something back on my ‘Share It Sunday’. We all share and we grow together.  Pop over say hello and make a new friend.

From the author Molly The Wally. 


  1. Alfie will do anything for a cuddle.. Have a wonderful Sunday Molly and Mom, wez all behind again.. xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. You are a gracious hostess Miz Molly....letting a cat be center stage! WE LOVE YA ALL!!!!! Big hugs Miz M., and to your peeps.

  3. LOVE the name Austin. Glad to know that Austin knows the "come" command. Happy Sunday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. What a cute kitty, i think i'll pop over and say hi!!
    Love Milo :)

  5. That Austin is a very cool dude and a very good friend!!!

  6. Hey! Thank you Molly for featuring me and also Nellie for nominating me :) Sorry I was a bit verbose! I blame the human. She can't cut it short however hard I moan!! Happy Sunday ;)


  7. Hey Molly....
    We met Austin last week he is a handsome Mancat for sure.

    OMDS. Mom read Homer's book too and she actually got to meet his Mom when she came to our city for a book reading. Amazing kitty for sure.
    Hugs madi your bFFF

  8. Austin looks adorable!!
    Kisses from Brucy xoxo

  9. Hello Austin. I too have Cats. I too am very aware of the "cat trap", which is an exposed belly. It looks wonderful for licking, but no - it is a trap. Ouch. My person did something called "putting that book on hold at the library". I don't mind when she read books. It is not a Walk, but it is quiet time together. This is good, so I hope the book comes soon.


  10. A smart cat!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Ambassadors of Love

  11. Enjoyed meeting Austin today Molly...he does sound like a farily evolved kitty...Have a lovely Sunday

  12. Austin is such a silly kitty! Love him!

  13. We have just discovered Autin's blog and enjoy reading about his exploits. Never mind Austin, one day you will train your human :)
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  14. Glad to meet Austin. He sounds like a character!

    Critter Alley

  15. Miz Molly! You are finally having fine weather my sweet pup? YAY!!!!!! Go and find a pool and plunge in for should see the retrievers out here at the cannot keep them out of the water.


  16. Dood, we loves ya even if we do think you're weird for wanting the B-R-U-S-H!

  17. Austin is a hansum kitteh. :)

  18. I love Austin and his human is quite funny too. I'm sure if Austin didn't have a girlcat furrend, I'd be first in line.

  19. Parents just don't get it
    Benny & Lily

  20. It's great to meet new friends. Thank you Molly and thanks everyone for your lovely comments! :) Now I have to go and nag … I mean ……. gently encourage The Staff to get on with our blogging week ;) ciao, Austin xxx

  21. Me and mom LOVE Austin <3
    Fun to read about him over at your place , Molly :)
    I do anyting for treats !
    Especially Dreamies :)

  22. My cats like cuddles on their terms and get cross if the bipeds try for a cuddle at other times.