Fly Patrol


The one (of many) benefits of having cats is fly patrol. During the summer months in California, I let an inordinate amount of flies into the house. In my pre-cat days, this was a nuisance. In my current cat days, I almost usher them in. Flies for cat people not only are guaranteed to be caught within minutes and properly discarded (aka digested) but also serve as sophisticated cat toys that never get old and high-intensity acrobatic exercise. Mitten had too many treats? Let the fly parade in! He’s back to svelte in no time. (This is only a hypothetical example. The real Mitten is immune to exercise. He carefully counterbalances his calorie burn with treat consumption to maintain his foot-ball sized fat pouch. Perhaps one day soon, it will hang low enough that it can function as a broom.)

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