Saturday, 16 March 2013

10/3/13 Mischief Making

This sounds a bit like one of the spells from the "Harry Potter" book series, however, is actually referring to a small, mischievous black cat called Bubbles!

I had already guessed that once the lounge decorating had taken place, with all the loose, frayed pieces of wallpaper having suddenly vanished from the grasp of tiny, furry paws; Bubbles would be soon seeking other forms of mischief.... I was not wrong!

Suddenly the subwoofer speaker, which has always innocently existed within the lounge, has come under attack! With military precision, Bubbles skips up to it, looks jauntily over her shoulder to make sure we ARE watching, then cheekily stretches out in a rather lazy manner as if quite innocent until.... SNAG! Her claws grip the protective black felt and naughtily try to pluck a tuft out. She then gives us another looong look over her shoulder - waiting for a reaction.

When my other half notices what she is doing he claps his hands together to make a sharp noise. This is partially a planned reaction which is supposed to deter destructive behaviour. He also says her name firmly in a loud voice, which is another behavioural strategy, yet through the panic of his precious speaker being snagged his voice tends to come out in more of a panic stricken shriek.... further exciting the naughty moggy who then bounds crazily around the lounge floor in the style of Pepe Le Pew.

We have now removed the subwoofer speaker out of reach as we do not want to keep on rewarding any negative behaviours with attention! (We would also rather like the subwoofer to remain intact!)

Bubbles did have a little sulk at no longer being able to reach the lovely, textured fabric, however, has now reverted to her less destructive habits of having "mad half hours", playing interactive "fetch" games with us and one of her favourites.... "killing" her toy mice!

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