Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Guests, Quotations and Perspective

We, the official members of the Feline Oligarchy, have been fantasizing about writing this post since shortly after midnight on June 23, 2006.

That is when our OtherHuman and HumanGyrrl returned home from their cross-country trip with the two felines from next door:
Patch and Quito.

Patch and Quito moved IN ("just" until their humans came home) and, for the most part, we all moved OUT.

Out to our porch anyway. Quito so dominated the house, we couldn't continue in our regular life. BUT he never figured out how to use the cat door. The porch was OURS.

For the first time in the history of the Oligarchy, THREE of us could be in the same climber at the same time.

(Ok, so our Human had to put a rug over the hole on top of the center tube so no one could stick a foot in and bother Alberta, but she gets upset way too easily.)

We sat together and chanted poignant quotations we had memorized:

Such as:
Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. ~Author Unknown

Fish and visitors smell in three days. ~Benjamin Franklin

Visits always give pleasure - if not the arrival, the departure. ~Portuguese Proverb

Unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone.
Author: William Shakespeare

If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also. ~Russian Proverb

(The last one reminded us that no matter how miserable we were, that we could have it worse.)

We kept waiting for the neighbors to COME home so these invading felines could GO home. This Quito cat had stepped on every last nerve anyone had.

Saturday afternoon. The doorbell rings. Although we haven't seen them since they left last July we recognize the next-door-neighbor woman and her two girls.

They see Patch and Quito and they are so excited. The youngest one takes Quito and holds him and rocks him back and forth. And he let her.

Here she waits for her dad to come carry him home. Good-bye Quito.
This fellow feline we all thought was such a complete jerk brought so much love and joy to his people it was touching. It made us proud to be a small part of helping this family move across country, not once, but twice. It put all our torment and suffering into perspective.

(But we're still glad he's gone.)

Good-bye Patch. (You can come back and visit)

The "guests" have left. Our humans are actually sad.

But, we have survived.

We have our nip box back.

There is fresh nip.

Life is good.

Alberta, Sky, Blackie and Charlie


Lone Star Purrs said...

Yea!!! You gots YOUR house back!!!

Chatham said...

My brother Salem wasn't too good with the cat door, either. My beans had to shove him thru to let him get the idea of how to use it.

Fat Eric said...

Visitors can be fun. But the best bit is when they go and leave the family all in peace to get back to normal! My mum thought Quito was kind of cute, but I am happy you are happy to have your own house to yourselves again!

Feline Oligarchy said...

Problem is that our Humans's thought Quito was really cute. They even told the neighbors that if they ever needed to find a new home for Patch and Quito, they could live with us.

Ayla said...

Ugh. I hate guests. They always disrupt a perfectly good routine. Thankfully we don't get them that much, but the Mom has been talking about getting a bigger house with a guest room Bah.

Emma's Kat said...

I know you all are glad your visitors are gone and I'm proud that you realized how important they are to their family! Btw, love your kitty condo/climber thingy!! Will have to see if my hubby can make one like that!

Patches & Mittens said...

You did really well, considering. I hate company, other cats anyway, although beans are OK, especially if they talk nice to me. Mittens hates both. I think she is antisocial, momma calls it shy, whatever......

Patches Lady

Anonymous said...

our Lady thought Quito was cute too but we're happy fur you that he's gone an we likes your porch an your climby thing

Hot(M)BC said...

Good you survived! Not survivin is baaaaaaad.
~~ Sanjee

Rascal said...

You Cats did good. And now you can rule your own world again without competition or interruption!

You should tell Quito's humans to start a blog so that we can keep up with his antics.

one of us said...

I think that would be called a "Parrot-dox". I've heard Mom use that word before ~Merlin

Zeus said...

I can only imagine the amount of relief that has flooded over all of you. I know how Quito had been maddening these past few weeks, but you all handled it with such class. Enjoy the quiet life now!

William said...

Ahhhh, peace at last!

Beau Beau & Angie said...

All is well in the homestead. Such a nice peaceful feeling when you be jus wif each other.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Quitto's gone, but you can still blame him fur anyfing found broked or bited or wif fur on it! You guys haf a good hire-arky worked out, an Quitto messed it up. But he has his place - at HIS house.