|There are two things Tricksy hates - paper and birds. She couldn't resist.|
Tricksy has an anxiety attack before dinner that generally starts an HOUR before dinner EVERY night. Usually she gets so crazy we can't stand her and the new verb entry-wayed has come into play. We try to catch her and then put her by herself in the entryway and she calms down a bit.* You can also put her in a file box with a lid, but we don't often have an empty one just lying around. We used to, but we've made great strides in our decluttering. Also - when she is really going nuts she can just push the top off the box, but I've yet to see her break down a door.
So yesterday I didn't catch her in time.
I cut some birds out of a calendar the other day to decoupage my table later in the spring. The scissor work was all very precise and it was impressive. I hadn't yet found a home for these birds though. Temporarily, a box with mail to go through was their habitat. Tricksy found them and proceeded to chew and rip at the pieces of paper.
This one was the worst - most of the others just had a few bite marks. I hope they don't turn into paper vampire-werecat paper birds. Even if they do, it's ok because I have them safely imprisoned in a nice flat box now. Since they are only made from paper - that should be strong enough. If not then I'll just spray them with water. That messes up paper pretty quick.
*In case you think I am super mean to my cat - she isn't traumatized by her time outs. She really does seem to relax with the lack of stimulus. If she starts meowing sadly from the other side of the door then I go sit in and pet her. The other solution would be a continuous rolling back of dinner time until you are feeding them in the middle of the afternoon. Which leads to feeding them 3 - 4 times a day (which from my friends' stories includes middle-of-the-night or ass-crack-of-dawn feedings. We aren't going down that road!