Cat on a Wire

I love my cat. No surprise there, as most pet owners do develop an emotional attachment to their critters. All in all, my cat is a pretty damn good cat. Except that she loves to chew on cords.

I’ve never had a pet that has done this, so imagine my surprise when I discovered my first plugged in mass of chewed wire. Due to my keen sense of observation, I deduced it was the cat, as I could not fathom my wife crawling behind the nightstand to gnaw on my phone cord.

Compliments of my cat...
Compliments of my cat…

I then examined all the cords in the apartment and you guessed it, all chewed up.

The wife was certain that there was something wrong with the cat, as she had never heard of this before. And unfortunately for Precious, she doesn’t understand that dogs and cats react differently to forms of discipline. You can rub a dog’s nose in a puddle on your carpet and eventually he gets the message. Do the same to a cat and the only response you’re likely to get is a ‘WTF you do that for???’. Thus her idea of ‘punishment’ was not gonna cut it.

Nom, Nom , Nom....
Nom, Nom , Nom….

So I hopped on the internet and did me some investigating. And guess what? Cats chew the hell out of cords all the time. There’s nothing wrong with my cat. Go figure. Says they do it for various reasons. It could be that they’re bored. Or practicing hunting skills. Or maybe just want to play.

But for whatever reason they chew, here are 8 things you can do to protect your cords (And Fluffy).

  1. Find your cords and minimize their accessibility. No duh.
  2. Hide your cords. Another brilliant suggestion that I never would have considered.
  3. Tape all dangling cords and use cord covers.
  4. Make cords unappealing. Spray or wipe down cords with something unappealing to the cat. You can use hot sauce, lavender oil, citrus, vinegar paste, garlic, Vicks, dish soap, etc.. You will have to re-apply these periodically. Also avoid using salt, because cats love salt. Now we’re getting somewhere.
  5. Disguise cords with tape. Both foil and double sided will do the trick. Cats hate sticky stuff.
  6. Try a loud noise or rapid action to distract the cat. But you need to catch them in the act or you’ll get the ‘WTF’ cat look described earlier.
  7. Try distraction. A piece of carpet, a cardboard box, or a chewy dog toy. Also leave plenty of cat toys around. This might help if Fluffy’s just bored and needs some entertainment. I keep a piece of rope lying around.
  8. Buy some cat grass. Grow a little planter specifically for your cat because many cats feel the need to chew on grass. And if there’s no grass around, they look for the next best thing, which are cords.

Well there you have it. The fruits of my research. While I doubt only one solitary action is going to stop your little fur ball from destroying your cords, a combination of several will probably do the trick. I think I’m going to try 1, 4, 5, and 8.

And if you continue to see pictures of Precious on my wife’s Facebook page, you know it worked. If she mysteriously disappears from them….welllll, Precious probably electrocuted her way through all nine lives. Stupid cat. k

 

I Need to Re-Charge, and That’s OK

Today was my day off. I had an appointment and had to run some errands, but other than that, the day was mine. So I took care of what I needed to, and went back home.

Once I returned to my apartment, all my big plans for the day fell to the wayside. For some reason, I’ve been incredibly anxious lately, and it hit me right between the eyes when I finally made it home. So no updates on my LinkedIn profile or to The Ventilator. No power cramming on the half a dozen courses and webinars I’m working on. No networking. No writing.

My phone was still off from my earlier appointment and I never turned it back on. I locked the door, even though it was a beautiful day outside. And I curled up on the couch and slept.

I honestly can not explain why, but this is so true for me.
I honestly can not explain why, but this is so true for me.

I needed to ‘de-sensitize’.

Why am I telling you this? Why should you care?

Because everyone knows someone who has day’s like these. Or maybe they have them. And sometimes we don’t understand what’s going on.

Yup. For me the need to re-charge is as essential as water.
Yup. For me the need to re-charge is as essential as water.

All I know is I’ve been on sensory overload the past few months and now I’m starting to shut down. I’m not angry. I’m not depressed. And I don’t hate people. I just need a massive re-charge. And unfortunately for me, this doesn’t happen overnight. It would probably wouldn’t hurt to re-evaluate my priorities, also.

These are all parts of my ‘introversion’. If this was happening a year ago, I would of ran to my doctor and insisted she upped my meds, because something was seriously wrong with me. But now I know that there’s nothing wrong with me. I just need to learn the skills, that are suited for me, to deal with things.

And I’m working on that. But I’m going to do it my way, at my own pace. I will continue to research the subject. And I will read everything I can get my hands on.

It may take me a bit to get ‘back on track’. But that’s ok by me. So if I seem to disappear for a bit, no worries. It’s just my need to get back my energy. No need to panic, I assure you. I don’t think anyone’s ever died from ‘introversion’.

And if you know of anyone who’s like this, you see that there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with them. Not…a…damn…thing. You just need to be patient.

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I’m currently reading ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain. It’s opened my eyes to many things, and if the subject interest’s you, I would highly recommend it.

So until next time, I’m off to…rest, relax, re-charge.   k

 

The Proper Usage of the Motorized Shopping Cart

It’s time to address the ‘Great Motorized Shopping Cart’ debate. I’m very passionate on this subject, and I’m certain that I will piss a few people off regarding my opinion on their proper usage. I don’t care. Chances are, if you become upset over what I write, you are probably one of the ‘offenders’.

Motorized shopping carts were made and implemented in stores to assist people with disabilities in their shopping. They help maintain a certain amount of independence for these people, allowing them to do things they otherwise would need someone to do for them. This would include people with injuries and the elderly.

Motorized Shopping Carts ready for duty, sir!!!
Motorized Shopping Carts ready for duty, sir!!!

It does not include fat people. Fat. Lazy. People.

Yes, there are people who are overweight due to medical issues. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess maybe 1 out of 10 people fall into this category. I’m not talking about them.

I’m talking about the ones who if they did any exercise like, let’s say…pushing a grocery cart, wouldn’t need that handicapped sticker on their minivan.

I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m heartless and cruel. Maybe I am.

But I get to watch these people every day I work. And I have heard the painful wails of a motorized cart as it tries to move forward with a load meant for a forklift. And I have listened to these same people cuss out the cart, store, and anyone within ear shot. “This cart is a piece of shit!” they scream. No. No it’s not. You’re fat. And you’re lazy. And you exceed the load limit. Period.

I can still hear it's cries for mercy.
I can still hear it’s cries for mercy.

Today I saw a woman, who I kid you not, had to be pushing close to 400 pounds. She was weaving in and out of men’s wear while eating a bag of shredded cheese. She couldn’t even go grocery shopping without stuffing her face. You do not have a disease. You have no self-control and you’re fat.

And while you’re busy abusing all these carts, chowin’ down on cheese…and deli food… and chips… and god knows what else, there are elderly people waiting their turn for a cart. It’s not like the store has an unlimited supply of these carts lying around. If I had my way, fat people would not be allowed to use them. They would have to actually burn some calories to do their shopping, and maybe it might help with their weight issue.

Now this is an idea I can get behind.
Now this is an idea I can get behind.

I don’t know. Just thought I’d throw it out there.   k