Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lap Cat vs. Laptop

Yesterday marked the first day of my Masters course in Creative Writing.  Since my classes are online, I have to use an Apple laptop instead of any of our Windows computers (not compatible with my classes).  However, I soon discovered a little problem.  My black cat, Slinx, is very jealous of the laptop as it has taken priority over him.  Well, at least over his seating arrangement.

Slinx is different than most cats.  His mother has 25 toes, and he was born with 22 toes.  He's a lonely kitten.  The only sibling he would have had was stillborn.  Once his mother went into heat again, she has had absolutely nothing to do with him.  So, he adopted me.

He's the most unique cat I've ever had.  You can see the jealousy in his attitude, which cats are known for, and now he follows me from room to room more than ever.  He is the first cat I've seen that begs for you to play with him (feathered toy on a stick is his favorite).  He knows where the toy is kept and stares at it, crying until you play with him and tire him down.

Of course, if you've read my series you know I have a soft spot for cats.

Just a note, but Morton says you'll see him again.  He's already plotting to get into the fourth book in my series.  Hmm.  I wonder what he'll do this time.


  1. Hah! We recently adopted two sister kittens one of which finds my laptop very amusing. She like to sit beside me and watch the things move on the screen. Every once in a while she'll make a move to paw at something and I have to scold her.

    On a side note, have you had kitten and mom tested for feline leukemia? Small litters (two is small) and sickly kittens are a sign that mom is not healthy. My husband and I learned this the hard way a few years ago when we had to put a kitten down.

  2. Slinx is a healthy cat, but the mother has always been extremely thin. The stillborn kitten she had one week after the other one was born.

    We've had her four years. Her second litter had six kittens, but none with extra toes.