Trooper would not be amused
Posted by joeabbott on January 19, 2013
Trooper was our first cat and, more correctly, he had been Suzy’s cat when we met. I have no idea what breed he was, but he was a beautiful cat: the purest white, a glossy coat, and all of the confidence of an animal that knows he’s better than you. I loved him.
He was a great companion and whip-smart, solving simple puzzles like “where’d they hide the food” and “how do you get the door open”. Unfortunately, he had been handled a bit roughly as a kitten and some of those habits carried over: if he wasn’t interested in being pet and you continued to pet him, he’d swat you; if you were moving your hand under a blanket to get him to jump on the moving lump, he’d just attack your arm where it went under the covers! He was a smart cat.
But, if you were gentle, watched the signs, and treated him well, you’d have no problems. I can’t recall ever being bit or scratched by him but I remember more than one guest who was determined to win him over (“Cats love me, I know what I’m doing”) and suffered at his paw. Great cat, lots of ego.
And so, I’m a bit stunned to see Suzy’s recent hand at humor in which she’s essentially mocking one of our most beloved pets. But it’s a riot. While Trooper is no longer with us, I’m sure he wouldn’t approve … but that’s OK, I do.
Enjoy four seconds of fun.