Friday, October 30, 2009

When the Cats Away...

It's mischief night, the night when all the real goblins and witches go out and get up to....well, mischief. This is the night for highflying Glenda's and land locked Igor's to teepee houses (witches on broomsticks give that roll of toilet paper a nice high and tight look) soap windows with soap made of ghoul's bones and ready to snatch up any bit of sugar they might find. Then, on Hallow'een the JackO'Lanterns can light the way for the little human goblins, ghosties and ghoulies to go about their job of Highway Robbery.

This morning I found the cats all gathered in a circle talking amongst themselves. BatGirl, the Calico, shushed them all when I came into the room, sleepy eyes looking for a coffee pot, and I spoke to them. "What's up kids?" Tousle my hair now...yawn...they ignore me, walking their separate ways. There are six of them. Lillibet, the newest among them, giggles. She is still so tiny and the girls (Hound and Cher anyway, grooming another being beneath BatGirl's dignity) are constantly washing her (or tenderizing her for a cannibal feast). This is her first Hallow'een. I pay them no attention, I go through this ritual every year. The cats are sneaky and pondering ways to trip me up. Normally so loving and gentle, they get taken over by the spirit(s) of the season long about now.

Except for Pye. The big fat Siamese, blue eyes shining, refuses to get out of his favorite chair, rolls and shows his belly for a good scratch on the tummy, and promises to tell all. Later. As I head back to the bedroom, coffee cup in hand, it dawns on me that for ten years now, Pye has promised to tell all. He never has. When Ariel (that sleek black witches cat with green glowing eyes) was the Queen of the house, I never expected him to break his vow of silence, but now that BatGirl is Resident Queen, I expect it even less. You see, BatGirl is a Psychopath. She takes delight in ripping the heads off tiny mice and the stray grackle that wanders into her sight. She charms snakes and sends them off to the happy hunting grounds with aplomb. There are times that when I catch her gaze on me, I wonder what she's planning. I know she's planning something...cats are always planning something.

So here we are, Mischief night, and when I awaken tomorrow, my taken over Pride...BatGirl, Pyewacit, Hound, Sonny and Cher plus Lillibet will all return to normal. But the key word here is return. Because you see, for some odd reason that I've never been able to put my finger on, they'll disappear long bout midnight. No one will want breakfast. No one will want noise. They'll all want an icepack for their aching heads. Now that's a party I'm glad I'll be missing.

35 comments:

Donna said...

HAhahahaa.....What Fun!! Have a happy Halloween Sweetie!!hughugs
PS-Don't let 'em trip you!!lolol

Mickle in NZ said...

Oh Sandi - you've got me laughing so much. Waa, why - Zebbycat avoids other felines coz they might just beat him up, and he is a bit slow on what any other motives they have may be, apart from wanting to gobble down his food (help me, Mickle here too).

For protection he relies on me. And to avoid nasty, expensive vet bills for Abscess treatment he gets shut inside overnight and whenever I am out. Zeb would be completely baffled by the Eve of Halloween behaviour by your dear felines. Loving Pye's aloofness, true stroppy siamese.

While a moggy, Zebbycat is obviously part burmese - the mushy, love me-hug me-protect me, and I'll deliver much affection part.

Oh, come on, you must know by now that I'm a complete pussycat pushover! Zebby is the winner!!!

much care and love from us, downunder, Michelle and Zebby, xxx and purrrrrrumbling

Brenda Eason said...

My kitty is kinda wild today.Maybe it is the air out due to Halloween =)
Stay safe girl.Great story.

gaelikaa said...

I suppose a bit of madness from the feline species is to be expected right now - all to be forgiven and forgotten in a couple of days!

Akelamalu said...

Are those cats familiar(s)? LOL

Great post for Halloween Sandi. :)

Moannie said...

We have LM's cat, and it seems that it might be permanant now that she has a new Mr. and etc etc. This is the Pink Pussy, remember her? 13 years old and skitters like a kitten and not a mean bone in her lissome body. e love her and, all the while she gets her tuna flakes she loves us.
This was a lovely post Sandi-all those Familiars under one roof. Hubble bubble...
XO

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I wonder if they meet out in that beautiful meadow with the forest rimming it - the photo in your sidebar...

Have a great Halloween.

Country Cottage Chic said...

We have a Witchy Kitty too - there's no telling what's going on behind those green eyes & the purring which lulls you into a false sense of security.....

Jayne

Carver said...

What a great Halloween story. Such fun. Happy Halloween!

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

What a fun post! I love it.

Maggie May said...

You have to really watch cats when they gather together like that! They might cast a spell or something.Be careful. LOL

Nuts in May

tardevil said...

Be careful out there, Sandi! Those cats sound out of control. You're welcome at my parties anytime! I'm certain the invite was lost in the mail. Hope you're doing well & will have a great Halloween! Thanks for stopping by. It's hard for me to visit everyone regularly, but do know that I'm still thinking of you!

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

I can see I am going to have to watch my cats more closely tonight!!!

Anya said...

What a LOVELY halloween story !!
In The Netherlands is no Halloween.
:(

My sweetie,
BatGirl I love you also
but I have so many girlfriends
in bloggieworld
next time I put you on my blog
I promise
hugs love from
Kareltje =^.^=

Lee said...

Wow, so this is what you were up to while I was back to work. :-) Happy Halloween, Sandi! Great post! Cats do have an uncanny ability to know what nights are of special significance don't they. I'll have to keep an eye on my two.

Hugs,
Lee

Tara said...

Happy Hallowed Eve, Sandi! What frollicking going on at your place!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Just perfect, as always!!

Yep, the witches are crawling onto their broomsticks ... very soon! ♥

i beati said...

so true I found a snake on the porch the other morning and mysterious chairs and benches knocked over. I was not invited.

SandyCarlson said...

That was a great read. I only wish I were sitting around a campfire hearing you tell it.

Lynne said...

Sounds some party!
I've just posted a pic of Paddy over at mine. I know how you like to see pics of the Hounds. I put a pic on for you 15th Oct on my Pink Thoughts post.

Jeanne said...

hehe Must be why my Oliver is so riled up this evening. He's been running from window to window with a hankering.

Shadow said...

your household sounds delightful. good luck to all on this hallow's night...

Bruce said...

Happy Halloween to you too Sandi!

Nessa said...

Happy Halloween!

Ghost, Goblins, Ghouls, Oh, My

CatHerder said...

Great post!!! You are right, cats are always planning something...thanks for your post on my page..you made coffee come out my nose lol!

Anya said...

Happy Halloween Sandi :)
I hope you have many fun today
Anya :)

NitWit1 said...

Great story. At least they all come home to roost, (I hope).

Luckie will miss out on Halloween, I think. We are a 60% retirement community and not much trick or treat activity. We don't even buy candy or turn on a porch light Several years ago we discovered we age all the candy as no one came by.

Sally said...

Awwww, you tickle me, Sandi. :)

Have a wonderful day!!

jay said...

Hahaha! Very clever and funny, too!

Yep, I think I'm going to leave the partying to the cats - as usual. LOL!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Cute post, Sandi!!

Happy Halloween!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Happy Halloween my Friend...m.

mihalisThalassis - halkida said...

Hello Morning. Hi I was glad the new you.
Health and chara.Michael

Merisi said...

Thanks for the giggles! :-)

Have you ever seen the French movie "When the Cat's Away"? I am sure you'd love it:
http://www.amazon.com/When-Cats-Away-Garance-Clavel/dp/0800182588

Hugs,
Merisi

Hilary said...

You tell a wonderful tale. You got my imagination working and you made me laugh. Thanks for that. :)

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