Cat Clinging to the Edge of Normal

I do not understand!
Why did you let strange people come in and rip out the rug beneath my feet?
I loved that old brown, wall-to wall, dirty, dusty carpeting.
Where will I go to cough up hairballs now?
Do you expect me to live with this OSB/particle board subfloor?
I am going to get wood splinters in my paws!

Tell me—how can I comfortably lay on a mattress
that is standing up on one side?
Why isn’t it down on the bed frame where it belongs?
This is all so wrong!

And look!
Can’t you see?  Are you blind?
Your furniture is so upset, it’s heading for the door.
Don’t just stand there taking pictures—help me stop it!


I can’t hold on much longer.
I’m clinging to the edge of normal—
and I don’t like change!

Oh my….what a face!
Calm down, sweet kitty!
There is no need to worry.
Life as you know it is not coming to an end.
After a few days, the mattress will be back on the bed.
And the furniture will be returned to the same position that it was in before, I promise!

Personally, I really like the new engineered wood floor. It is hairball free, non-allergenic,  and so much easier to keep clean. Now if I just add a little throw rug for the cat, Siri (a.k.a. Seaweed), I know that ALL will be forgiven.

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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21 Responses to Cat Clinging to the Edge of Normal

  1. katelon says:

    Cute post! Hope you continue to enjoy your new flooring!

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    • Hi! Actually the flooring does make me feel better. Less allergies!
      I have not written much in the past year, because I have been been so concerned about all the changes in the world.
      I don’t know about anyone else, but (in my case) stress seems to squash creativity.
      (I am a lot like my cat…sometimes I feel like I am clinging to the edge of normal).
      I keep wishing that all of the ‘social distancing’ and fear around the world would finally come to an end.
      But it seems to go on and on with no end in sight. Makes me sad!

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      • katelon says:

        I understand. It is part of why I do the work I do daily….to not only end this dark covid agenda but also all those behind it and finally free this planet and all life upon it. Take care Mary ❤

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    I can relate to your beautiful bluepoint having issues with change. The wood floor looks great. We pulled all the carpets out of the house except our bedroom years ago and I put down oak parquet. It’s almost impossible to find real oak parquet these days. I had to replace the parquet in the couple of areas and I had to pay high prices on ebay to get 30 year old stock that hadn’t sold for whatever reason. It was still a fraction of the cost of all new flooring, which I need to do one of these days.

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    • I bet your oak parquet looks awesome. Hard to find anything that is real anymore (that doesn’t cost a fortune).
      I have issues with all of the changes that have been going on in the world recently, so I can totally relate to the way my cat was feeling about furniture being moved out of place.
      Hard to accept change when you don’t know where it is going, or if the end result will be good or bad. Stress.
      Watching my cat ‘guarding’ the furniture, I started to wonder–do dogs get upset when things are changed or moved around the house?
      I don’t know much about dogs, but I don’t think they worry as much as cats do.
      Dogs love to go to new places, riding in cars with their heads hanging out of the window and ears flapping in the wind.
      Cats are much more cautious. I guess they miss out on a lot of good fun because of that…..

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      • Timothy Price says:

        I think it depends on what changes for a dog. Years ago when we had dogs, they, being pack animals, were much more sensitive to a dog dying or being sold or given away. I remember dogs got attached to blankets or whatever they had for bedding. But I don’t think they are as sensitive to reanging furniture and household changes like cats.

        We had a shepard cross and a Chow Chow who always seemed to be more in competition with eachother than buddies. But when the Chow Chow died, the shepard cross never got over it. She was really depressed for the longest time and never really got back to herself after that. Some of our cats have mourned a little or at least notice one of the cats are gone when a kitty dies, but it never changes their personalities like losing the Chow Chow had on the shepard cross.

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        • Thank you so much…that answers my question! I thought there was a big difference between cats and dogs, but I guess I was wrong. Apparently, reactions to situations in life depend completely on individual personalities. My female cat gets worried when things are out of place, but my male cat doesn’t seem to care that much about that. On the other hand, many years ago, he had a litter mate that he dearly loved. They were both 5 1/2 years old when she died suddenly. He got extremely depressed and it was heartbreaking to watch. He went on with life, but he was never really the same. I wrote about that back in 2013. You may have seen the story before– https://storieswithnobooks.com/2013/04/28/love-lives-beyond-death/

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  3. David says:

    I know about how kitty was feeling. A number of years ago, I needed to repaint the interior. When I took everything off the wall, Dino and Pebbles, my Siamese at the time, they got worried … what is happening? It couldn’t be good. When I put everything back on the wall, it was like what a relief.

    And, yes, I can understand about how the pandemic times have upset the best laid of plans. I presume there might be a long hangover in the coming, similar to that other kind of hangover. It would have been bad if you decided the OSB can work as flooring. 🙂 😉

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    • Yes. You are absolutely right! Just like moving the furniture and pictures can upset a Siamese cat, the pandemic (and all of the other things that happened because of it) is very upsetting to me. I certainly wish all of the world’s problems could be solved by simply putting some furniture back in the right place! That would be great.
      I keep hearing that things are not as bad as they appear to be and the best is yet to come.
      I hope that is true.
      You are also right about the OSB. It would not be a good choice for permanent flooring.
      Nobody deserves to have splinters in their paws or feet!

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      • David says:

        I really think we’re rushing much too fast in the return to regular life. My wife is a doc on the COVID frontline. They lost 6 people on Saturday, added 3 into their unit today, Sunday. She says we’re nowhere close to end. If she says so, you can bank that.

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  4. Leya says:

    Fun! Beautiful floor and gorgeous cat portrait!

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    • Thanks Leya! “Seaweed” is a very observant cat. She even caught the 2 scorpions that wandered into the house a few years ago. Nothing gets passed our her, not even wayward furniture. 🙂 The male cat does not worry about much of anything–he knows she has it covered.

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  5. KDKH says:

    Removing all our carpet was the best, ever! I hope your cat adjusts while the humans revel in it!

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    • It is great! However, I haven’t been able to spend much time up here in the past few weeks. I am outside digging up and replacing plants that died during that one week of super cold weather in San Antonio. Hopefully, I will be done with that soon!

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  6. sarasinart says:

    It’s good to hear from you, and I hope you are well. The cat will need a rug, and then will adjust, lol.

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    • Sorry I didn’t see your comment until tonight! I am well and I hope that you are too!
      Instead of sitting here on the computer, I have been out in the yard every day for weeks….digging up plants and bushes that died because of the February week of winter cold here in San Antonio. Most of the things we planted were suitable for Zone 9 (no lower than 20 degrees F). Unfortunately, it went down to 10, 12, and 18 degrees on a few nights. AND over a period of about 4 days, it snowed with ice twice. That may be perfectly normal for Virginia (where I used to live), but that kind of weather is not the norm in San Antonio! Agaves that are filled with water–turned to mush, and palm trees turned a sad shade of brown instead of green.
      On the other hand, all of the weeds survived. There is a lot we can learn from the weeds. 🙂

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  7. Cats will litter in all those carpets and flooring and it leads to moisture. It is one common factor that the flooring will get destroyed its because of the moisture.

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    • So far my 2 cats don’t use flooring as a litter box.
      However, my male cat thinks all carpet needs to be ripped up.
      He is the main reason I took the carpet out. His claws went down deep enough to pull up some of the backing in places.
      The engineered wood floor is no fun for him….and GREAT for me.

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  8. ken riddles says:

    Excellent cat’s perspective – we are similarly instructed by one called Lucy. 😎

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