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Our Home-Grown Extortion Cats

Be careful, very careful, when you make new friends. When I first met Sarah, my one thought was to make her my friend so she wouldn't run away from me. Such a beautiful kitty, I thought, would make a wonderful feline friend. So I began to slowly get near her to take her photo, first with the zoom lens, and gradually without it. She would still run if she thought I was too close.

One day I had to get a book from the book shed, and Sarah was on her porch. I had something else on my mind and I walked right past her. On the way back, she tried to get my attention, so she let me approach her without running away. (She hates being ignored, and thought I needed to give her the attention she deserved.)I reached out my hand for her to sniff. And then I went to put the book in the house.

I went back outside with a cat treat in my hand and went back towards her. I held out the treat and put it where she could get it. Then she let me pet her. When I started to walk back toward my house, she followed. The first cat treat appears to have been a mistake. She now has developed an entitlement mentality. She expects cat treats when ever I'm around. She lets me pet her often now, as long she thinks there may be a treat in her future.

Garfield took a lot longer to stop runing away. Sometimes he still runs away. But he hangs out on our porch with Sarah much more now. He has learned it pays. I think she is his agent.

Here's what they've got going. They have figured out that we are no longer living near them full-time. They have our schedule down pretty well. They know we normally give them treats when we leave to go home, whether separately or together. They know who belongs to each car when both cars are there. This is what we see when we drive up.

I took the photo.

Sarah often stations herself on the chair outside the door when I am around. She acts like a toll booth operator. She thinks she should get a treat for letting me pass.

I took the photo.

Things get really bad when it's time to come back over here at night. Doesn't matter if it's 6 PM or midnight. This is what I see when I need to leave. I'm trying to get to the car, which you see is behind my reflection in the driveway. It's hard to pass unless I distract them with treats.

I took the photo.

Sometimes it's even worse. That's when they just lie in front of the door where I will trip over them. But by that time I'm locking up. I leave them there hoping and go out the other door where I won't need to step over them. They have now become an extortion ring of two. I took this picture when only Sarah was doing this. Now Garfield lies next to her. I wonder when they will get the kitten to join them.

I took the photo.

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melody23 wrote on September 7, 2014, 6:51 AM

We took in a stray cat once, it was a very friendly cat that had clearly been loved by someone, I am assuming it had gotten accidently separated from its owner just because of how friendly it was. It would follow me home from work and even started waiting on me finishing my shifts, but it would not come in the house. We could pick it up but as soon as we carried it too close to the front door it started scratching and hissing and jumped down to get away. So I did the cat treat thing, and of course it worked. However he ended up just like yours, with a sense of entitlement. He would sit at the window waiting for it to open, you could open the window all day long and he would not jump through it unless there was something in it for him. In the end he had to be put down, turns out he was very ill at the time and we just didn't know it which makes me wonder if he was deliberately abandoned after all.

LoudMan wrote on September 7, 2014, 8:02 AM

Cats certainly have the "warlord gangster" mentality. Just think how dangerous they could be if they had opposable thumbs.

LynnWrites wrote on September 7, 2014, 9:41 AM

LOL...what a delightful story. You have quite the cats. They have such unique personalities, and they bring so much joy.

BNelson wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:35 AM

Those are great pictures, I love the toll booth operator picture!

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:34 PM

Melody, that is a truly sad story.

melody23 wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:37 PM

LOL. I am laughing because that reminds me of an advert we used to have over here, I am heading to youtube to look for a link.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:38 PM

Hate to think about it. I start feeling guilty just looking at these pictures of their "feed me" faces. And, of course, the whole time they are begging they have a bowl of food sitting across the driveway for them if they are really hungry. `

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:39 PM

We do get a lot of laughs out of them.

melody23 wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:39 PM

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:39 PM

Believe me. It feels just as if there is a toll booth there sometimes.

oldies909 wrote on September 7, 2014, 12:54 PM

I love cats. Thanks for sharing those pics of such cute kitties!

Kasman wrote on September 7, 2014, 1:11 PM

There's a whole bunch of hilarious 'Thumbcat' videos on YouTube! :)

melody23 wrote on September 7, 2014, 1:31 PM

I loved the 'Thumbcat' adverts, god I am so sad!

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:01 AM

I cracked up watching a few of those. Sure does remind me of our gang.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:02 AM

I think cats are fascinating, and I know we are not alone.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:20 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. Mission accomplished. You are now officially trained. Now to just practice proper human maintenance.

BarbRad wrote on September 9, 2014, 12:14 AM

Don't be too sure. This servant may be forced to retire fairly soon.

JanetJenson wrote on September 9, 2014, 1:02 PM

This is Poof the Cat and I side with Sarah. You pass a cat, you pay a Troll.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 9, 2014, 9:59 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. I side with Sarah, too. Fork over the treats.

BarbRad wrote on September 10, 2014, 3:14 AM

Looks like I'm outvoted by the cat blogger lobby.

MegL wrote on April 14, 2016, 2:16 AM

That was very good. Never saw it before. Some people are HIGHLY creative!

MegL wrote on April 14, 2016, 2:17 AM

Cats are in it only for themselves, whether strokes or treats!