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a) "Catch Mouse": The humans would have you believe that those
lumps under the covers are their feet and hands. They are
lying. They are actually Bed Mice, rumored to be the most
delicious of all the mice in the world, though no cat has
ever been able to catch one. Rumor also has it that only
the most ferocious attack can stun them long enough for you
to dive under the covers to get them. Maybe YOU can be the
first to taste the Bed Mouse!

b) "King of the Hill": This game must be played with at least
one other cat. The more, the merrier! One or both of the
sleeping humans is Hill 303 which must be defended at all
costs from the other cat(s). Anything goes. This game
allows for the development of unusual tactics as one must
take the unstable playing theater into account.

WARNING: Playing games (a) and (b) to excess will result in
expulsion from the bed and possibly from the bedroom. Should
the humans grow restless, immediately begin purring and
cuddle up to them. This should buy you some time until they
fall asleep again. If one happens to be on a human when this
occurs, this cat wins the round of "King of the Hill."

c) "Tag" (Also known by humans as "Charge of the Light
Brigade"): Obviously this game also requires two or more
cats, and may include a dog as well. One cat is "it." The
other(s) chase him around the apartment until they catch up
to him. Then follows the "Scrum", after which the cat who
caught the other becomes "it" and is chased around. Great
fun, but has the greatest potential for loss of Dignity from
maneuvers such as the Non-Carpeted Floor Skid and the Throw
Rug Wipeout. Whenever such a situation occurs, all feline
participants must immediately wash themselves. Dogs are
generally too stupid to do this and may continue to play. In
this case, the dog automatically becomes "it: and should be
subjected to the Pileup.

d) "Tube Mouse": This is a game played in the bathroom. Next
to the Big White Drinking Bowl is a roll of soft white paper
which is artfully attached to the wall so that it can spin.
Inside this roll is the Tube Mouse. When you grab the paper,
the Tube Mouse will spin frantically as it tries to escape
from you. When the Mouse is exposed, it dies of fright and
stops spinning. But that's OK because you now have a great
new toy to pounce on, play with, and shred! Part two of the
game is to make the angry human believe that the other cat
did it.

e) "Fetch": Only dogs will run after a ball or stick that
humans throw, take it back to them, and continue doing this
until they drop. As established earlier, dogs are not
bright. A dignified cat MAY fetch a ball for its human, but
if the human persists in continually throwing the ball away,
assume that the human truly does not want it, and leave it.

4.2) TOYS Any small item is a potential toy. If a human tries
to confiscate it, this means that it is a Good Toy. Run
with it under the bed. Look suitably outraged when the
human grabs you and takes it away anyways. Watch where it
is put so you can steal it later. Two reliable sources of
toys are dresser tops and wastebaskets. Below are listed
several types of cat toys.

a) Bright shiny things like keys, brooches or coins should be
hidden so that the other cat(s) or humans can't play with
them. They are generally good for playing hockey with on
uncarpeted floors.

b) Dangly and/or string-like things such as shoelaces, cords,
gold chains and dental floss also make excellent toys. They
are favorites of humans who like to drag them across the
floor for us to pounce on. When a string is dragged under a
newspaper or throw rug, it magically becomes the Paper/Rug
Mouse and should be killed at, all costs. Take care, though.
Humans are sneaky and will try to make you lose your Dignity.
Note that playing with shoelaces when the human is trying to
tie them is another form of Hampering.

c) Within paper bags dwell the Bag Mice. They are small and
camouflaged to be the same color as the bag, so they are hard
to see, but you can easily hear the crinkling noises they
make as they scurry around the bag. Anything, up to and
including shredding the bag, can be done to kill them. Note:
any other cat you may find in a bag hunting for Bag Mice is
fair game for a Sneak Attack, which will usually result in a
great Tag match.

5. FOOD: In order, to get the energy to sleep, play, and
hamper, a cat must eat. Eating, however, is only half the
fun. The other half is getting the food. Cats have two ways
to obtain food: convincing a human you are starving to death
and must be fed "NOW"; and hunting for it oneself. The
following are guidelines for getting fed.

a) When the humans are eating, make sure you leave the tip of
your tail in their dishes when they are not looking.

b) Never eat food from your own bowl if you can steal some from
the table.

c) Never drink from your own water bowl if a human's glass is
full enough to drink from.

d) The best times to inform humans of your dish's emptiness are
when they are unable to ignore you, such as when they are
sleeping or on the toilet.

e) Should you catch something of your own outside, it is only
polite to attempt to get to know it. Be insistent - your
food will usually not be so polite and try to leave.

f) Table scraps are delicacies with which the humans are
unfortunately unwilling to readily part. It is beneath the
Dignity of a cat to beg outright for food as lower forms of
life such as dogs will, but several techniques exist for
ensuring that the humans don't forget you exist. These
include, but are not limited to: jumping onto the lap of the
"softest" human and purring loudly; lying down in the doorway
between the dining room and the kitchen, the Direct Stare,
and twining around people's legs as they sit and eat while
meowing plaintively.

g) ELIXIR OF LIFE: Coffee is known to be rejuvenating for both
cats and human. Whenever a human sets a cup of coffee on the
floor within your reach, s/he is showing you great respect
and worship. Softly blow the divine liquid until cool (you
may even put your paw in it to make sure the temperature is
just right) and then daintily drink it.

6. SLEEPING: As mentioned above, in order to have enough
energy for playing, a cat must get plenty of sleep. It is
generally not difficult to find a comfortable place to curl
up. Any place a human Likes to sit is good, especially if it
contrasts with your fur color. If it's in a sunbeam or near
a heating duct or radiator so much the better. Of course,
good places also exist outdoors, but have the disadvantages
of being seasonal and dependent on current and previous
weather conditions such as rain. Open windows are a good

7. SCRATCHING POSTS: It is advised that cats use any
scratching post the humans may provide. They are very
protective of what they think is their property and will
object strongly if they catch you sharpening your claws on
it. Being sneaky and doing it when they aren't around won't
help, as they are very observant. If you are an outdoor
kitty, trees are good. Sharpening your claws on a human is a
definite no-no!

8. WATER: Water would be really great if it wasn't so "WET"!
Dripping taps are the best sources of fresh water in the
whole house. Toilets are the next best (but the water inside
must be COLORLESS and contain NOTHING!) Therefore it is
imperative that any sound of running water be immediately
investigated in case a free drink may be obtained. The
bathtub is the best place to lurk in the bathroom when a
human is present. A plaintive meow or two and perhaps
hopefully licking the faucet usually will get most humans to
turn on the tap for you. If the bathroom door is closed,
demand entry noisily (see DOORS). The water dish is to be
used only as a last resort in case the humans leave the
toilet lid down and the tub and sink are dry.

9. THE VACUUM CLEANER: This appalling Beast is known by many
names, "Cat Eater" being the most prevalent. Normally
pliable, agreeable humans will turn into raging monsters
while under its influence, running around the house sucking
up all the carefully shed cat hair and terrorizing the feline
residents with evil glee. Nothing can stop it until the
influence is over and the foul device is put back into its
closet. All you can do is run and hide when you hear the
engine roar to life and hope that It doesn't find you. On
some occasions, however, the humans are forced to open up the
vacuum cleaner and remove a swollen dusty bag from within.
This is its stomach, and must be destroyed if you can get the
chance. Do not worry if the human yells at you, for the yell
is really that of the Beast in pain.

10. HUMANS: Humans have three primary functions: to feed us,
to play with and give attention to us, and to clean the
litter box. It is important to maintain one's Dignity when
around humans so that they will not forget who is the master
of the house.

It is not known why humans like to sleep when it gets dark,
just when the day is young and the masters of the house are
fresh and ready for play. It is known, however, that
sleeping humans are boring to be around and that they
occasionally must be roused to attend to our needs, such as
to get fresh food or water or to retrieve a toy that was
batted under the sofa. Almost all of them strongly dislike
being dragged out of bed in their so-called "wee hours."
Some will even pretend to be asleep even when we know
they're not, hoping we'll give up and go away.
Persistence is the key to success in any case.

One nearly always successful method of rejuvenating a
dormant human is the "direct approach", namely jumping on
the bed and doing one or more of the following: trampling,
licking and/or nibbling any exposed parts, purring, meowing,
head-butting, or playing "Catch Mouse" or "King of the
Hill." This may only result in your being ejected from the
bed, but at least you now have the human's attention. If
the human is being stubborn, you may have to resort to more
drastic tactics, such as ripping down posters, rattling
blinds, knocking over and looting a wastebasket, knocking
items off the dresser, or singing at the top of your voice.
Eventually the human will get up and do what you want,
usually employing some bad language while doing so.

WARNING: It is not advised to do this on a regular basis.
It will very likely result in your being "banished" from and
denied access to the bedroom altogether, in which case it
becomes much more difficult to get them to respond to your
wishes. Thumping the door or yowling may be initially
effective, but will likely result in being further banished
to the basement or even the kitty carrier! Discretion is
thus strongly recommended.

Of course, if the human gets up on his own in the wee hours
to go to the bathroom, you are free to get him to do your
bidding while he is too sleepy to put up much resistance.

MORNINGS: In order to provide and care for you,. the humans
must leave the domain every morning (usually before you take
your first cat nap). To help them on their way, either yowl
loudly, massage their scalps with your claws, or gently
bounce on top of them in bed. See also GAMES. The best time
to do this is about 24 minutes before their clock begins to
blare or ring. We must protect them from the blaring noise
because it could ruin their sense of hearing.

11. MEDICINE: The vet is the person to whom your human will
take you when you are sick. The place smells funny, there
are usually other cats and dogs in the waiting room, and
awful things like needles and pill prescriptions will happen
there. The usual result is that you will get better, which
is good, but you just can't let those humans cat-handle you.
The following are some tips for dealing with vets and

a) Unless you are really sick, when you see the carrier come
out, run and hide somewhere inaccessible, such as under the
bed or behind a couch. Once the human finally grabs you,
struggle gamely. Splay your legs out so that it is difficult
to cram you into the carrier. If the human is trying to put
you in with another pet, try to allow the other pet to bolt
out the door. In the car, meow plaintively all the way down
to the vet's. If possible, reach through the bars of the
portable prison and try to caw the human as s/he drives. At
the vet's, splay your legs and brace yourself against the
carrier's walls if you can so that they can't dump you out

b) If you are well enough, you must resist attempts to feed you
pills or any liquid medicine. As soon as you hear the pill
bottle rattle, hide as explained in part a). Resist attempts
to open your mouth. Squirming is good. Once the medicine is
in, try to spit it out, preferably by shaking your head
vigorously. Refuse any food that looks or smells like it may
have had medicine sprinkled on it. Unfortunately, humans can
be REALLY unfair and put it in tuna. In this case, accept
grudgingly. Look aggrieved after the medicine session is
post #2 of 4
I saw this a couple days ago and Loved it!

I almost sent it to someone to post since I still cant , I'm so glad you did!

With all the purrpals you have, you've probably played ALL these games! :laughing:
post #3 of 4
These were wonderful!
Thanks for the chuckles - I read them to the cats...the looks at me with great distain. AAh the joy of being owned by several kitties.
post #4 of 4
in my house we play bed mice all the time! :LOL:
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