Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Don't Be Alarmed, But I Think Someone's Dead

So every once in a while, meaning constantly, Nicki sits in front of the refrigerator and stares at it. I don't know why.

Husbandrinka thinks that she may be hungry, which makes no sense to me because her food isn't in the refrigerator, and she'd have to be a complete and total moron not to know that. I mean, I get her can from the cupboard every morning. She has fur holes for eyes, doesn't she?

So, she sits and stares and I keep thinking "it's not a mouse, it's not a mouse. It's probably a ghost. A ghost who lives under our refrigerator. There are many unsolved murders in NYC, surely it's one of those ghosts. That's why it's under the fridge. Because it's a cold case."

And then I say a quick prayer that Nicki is a better ghost hunter than mouser.

Whenever I start the discussion of why is Nicki sitting in front of the refrigerator with Husbandrinka, he always tries to end it.

"How the hell am I supposed to know why she's sitting there?" He asks. Rhetorically, I have to assume. "She's a cat. That's what they do."

I don't know what Feline Freak Show he's used to, but I've never heard of cats sitting there staring at refrigerators.

She sits and stares. Sometimes she pounces.

The pouncing worries me. Cats pounce at mice. Do cats pounce at ghosts? Maybe if she were Nicki Demi Moore and the ghost were Patrick Swayze, but now I'm worried that the joke is in bad taste, given his poor health. Also, the joke is not funny.

"Is it normal for cats to pounce at invisible objects?" I ask myself, because Husbandrinka has served me with a Cease & Desist Order as it pertains to questions regarding Nicki.

I don't answer, because I'm starting to get on my own nerves.

And then I notice something else.

Why is Nicki semi-camouflaged?

I think I have to move.

Please don't forget to enter my Caption This! contest. Who knows, the donation that I make may save an animal from a lifetime of staring at kitchen appliances.



Blogger ♥ Braja said...

I'm sorry to inform you but your cat's a freakin' nutcase. And I say that with love. Of course.

September 9, 2009 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Lilacspecs said...

Pshaw! Luna practically does backflips pouncing at dust. It's probably a reflection off the fridge or a little bug or something.

September 9, 2009 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Frau said...

Probably a shadow or a dust bunny!

September 9, 2009 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger jill said...

Our friend's cat takes Zoloft because it hallucinates. They actually videotaped the cat freaking out grabbing the air for the vet! Maybe Niki needs meds.

September 9, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger LivingLifeBackwards said...

It's probably a snake, my guess is the snake followed a mouse up to your apartment and ate it and now lives coiled under your fridge. Nicki knows the snake is there because she catches it poking it's venemous head out looking for an ankle to bite whilst someone is getting in the fridge.

Sweet Dreams!

September 9, 2009 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Keyona said...

Your cat is on crack. Or it could be that serial killer waiting for you to be alone again. Hmm...better watch your back.

September 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Heather, Queen of Shake Shake said...

People, people. Niki is totally normal. It's Marinka who hallucinates.

Cats are vicious, predatory animals. They kill for fun and entertainment. In these pictures, Niki is attempting to murder dust bunnies under the fridge.

September 9, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger HaB said...

My guess would be a shadow....My recently deceased cat used to do the same thing.....There is nothing more unnerving to see your cat throwing itself at the fridge door as it tries to attack its own shadow. Fun times I tell times!

September 9, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger C (Kid Things) said...

My cat does that, too, but I think we do have a mouse. Or, it could be just a bug. Or air. Cats are ridiculous sometimes.

September 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Teacher Mommy said...

Cats see things we don't. I'm convinced. We always said they were chasing dragons.

I'd prefer dragons to ghosts, especially if it's a tiny little dragon who hangs out under the fridge. Maybe it's just trying to cool off? If you find her whiskers singed one day, you'll know the truth.

September 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother's cats always pounce at invisible things.

But she has a ghost in her house. For real. So you're probably living with dead people.

September 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger *Akilah Sakai* said...

I'm going to say it's probably 2 ghosts.

September 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Amber, The Unlikely Mama said...

Cats do indeed see things we don't. Not necessarly ghosts, but they see slight differences in light and contrast that our eyes can't make out (sorry, did all my psych degree research on visual perception, hahah).

My cats do the same thing in front of the fridge. They're crazy too :-)

September 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger anymommy said...

Wait, don't you live in NYC? One nasty scuttley word for you: cockroach. In my grandma's apartment in Manhattan they were way bigger than the ghosts or the mice.

Or do you really live in Arkansas or something?

September 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Maddness of Me said...

It's a mouse. Sorry. She's not a nutcase. She us doing what cats do, stalking a mouse. It happens to the best of us. My cat did the EXACT SAME thing, but with the stove. A few other cats in my life gave done this as well, and it's always a mouse.

Without the cat - you wouldn't know it's there.

At some point you will find the evidence, once she captures it and kills it. She might eat it and throw up the undigestible parts... or she may just kill it. Depends on her mood and how much fun she is having.

But make no mistake, it is a mouse.

September 9, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Marinka said...

Everyone who thinks that it's a mouse is super mean and also a bad person.

Ditto to those of you who think it's dust. I pride myself on a dust-free home.

September 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

I think you're actually dealing with the ghost of a mouse.

September 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

When my sister and her dog come to my house, he will sometimes look straight up in the air and then rotate his head as if he's following something INVISIBLE. But my place is haunted so I'm not surprised.

September 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Maureen@IslandRoar said...

It's definitely a cat thing. My cat growing up used to stare out into the darkened hallway at night when I was home alone. At least your cat pounces; he's obviously trying to protect you.

September 9, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cat sits in front of the fridge too, but she's way too lazy to pounce. I wondered what the allure was, so I sat down there with her and noticed warm air comes out from under the fridge. Nicki is just cold natured and does the occasional happy dance because she loves the warm air. You may now I reject all comments regarding mice.

September 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Expat mum said...

Don't they go for cockroaches too? Sorry :-}

September 9, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Lia said...

One of my cats does the exact same thing. She will spend hours in front of the fridge and she'll pounce occasionally. My other cat who's the clever one never does.

My mother-in-law thinks it's a mouse she swears she had to clean up a dead mouse at our apartment when we were away on holiday but no one else has ever seen a mouse here.

September 9, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Nenette AM said...

It's either a mouse or a dust bunny, or it's time to get your cat a tin foil hat. Either way, sorry, my dear. :)

September 9, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Madge said...

she's messing with you. she understands all your conversations with husbandrinka and she is just sitting there messing with you.

they all do it.

September 9, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

I can't wait til Nikki delivers a mouse to you as a present. Oh, that will be the best post ever.

September 9, 2009 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Maddness of Me said...

I can't wait until she eats the mouse, decides I'm not eatin' no mouse ass... and throws up the butt, tail, and back legs.

I'm just sayin'.

September 9, 2009 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Maddness of Me said...

I agree with HaB. It's a shadow alright. The shadow of a MOUSE. Yeah that's right, I capped it.

September 9, 2009 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger bethsix said...

I saw Patrick Swayze on something recently. I don't remember what, but I remember remarking that he's looking healthy again. Carry on.

September 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger CSY said...

You know what will REALLY suck?!?!?! When she leaves the dead, headless mouse on y our pillow. In your room. On your bed. What? They do that, too!!! Ours brought my mom the head of a gopher when we lived in CA

September 10, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger ShallowGal said...

In the first picture, Nicki looks exactly like Joe Biden when that guy heckled the President.

xo, SG

September 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

My cat does the same thing and for the longest time I had no idea why. I think I've solved now solved the mystery. My fridge has a drip pan underneath and every so often water trickles into it. My cat loves to play with water so she waits by the fridge until she hears the drip and then sticks her paw in to try to get it. Or it could be a ghost mouse. That is another good theory.

September 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Shiri said...

I'm a little late, but! My cat did the same thing. Then we got a new fridge, which he doesn't care about at all. The new fridge, though, doesn't have coils that are so old that they vibrate. It was the vibrating. He thought the fridge was alive.

You might still have a mouse, though. I did, and it died on its own and the cat never even noticed. So who knows.

September 14, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Woo222 said...

Are you sure any cat toys haven't rolled under the fridge? My cats used to do this with the oven until I discovered that i had about 20 cat toys under there. I had been wondering where they all went ;)

September 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I agree with Woo222: most likely a lovely selection of cat toys under/behind the fridge.

Or mice (plural).

September 21, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

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