REASON 4: USING BAGS TO SCARE PEOPLE
There are a lot of recyclable bags in our home, we use them for everything from groceries to carting toys over to grandma’s house. If a bag is on the floor, table or pretty much anywhere, Coco will find it. Empty, filled with a couple of items or packed to the brim, it is guaranteed to have a cat in it.
You’d think after months of her doing this, we would know better. But no, inevitably someone will walk by a seemingly empty bag and have the bejesus scared out of them. I guess if it works, why give up the fun?
Occasionally, we do get sweet revenge. If we find Coco first, she is treated to a little sack ride around the house (or a longer one with the boys). Unfortunately, both Coco and the boys love this!
REASON 5: GETTING MAD AT US FOR GETTING STUCK IN PLASTIC BAGS
Yup, Taeven had a plastic bag in his room. Guess who found it. Coco. She not only got stuck in it, but was a total JERK about getting help. Like it’s my fault, she decided to walk through the handle.
Perhaps, we were all jerks on this particular evening. The boys were going to bed, and Coco was “helping,” as she often does. AKA, getting in trouble while we try to get through the nighttime routine. Finding the bag, she promptly entered it and got stuck. She tore back and forth through the halls until the handle was wedged nicely around her waist. When she finally stopped running, she had a humiliated but pissed off look on her face as she sat there impatiently waiting for help.
After having a good laugh at her expense, I went to find the camera to document another ridiculous Coco moment.
(We have since had a discussion with the boys about the importance of not leaving plastic bags around. That not only is this potentially dangerous for Coco, but it is extremely embarrassing. Especially when we take photos and share them with others.)
REASON 6: SHOWING NO RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY
UH, DOROTHY? THE CAT DESTROYED MY MAGAZINE PROOF
Even my briefcase is just another fun thing to get into and tear up papers. I find it particularly entertaining when she tries to fit into the tiny pocket that will barely fit her head. Like her bag fetish, Coco also enjoys hiding out in school bags, hockey bags and cereal boxes. If it’s even remotely cat-sized, there’s a cat in it.
Her little escapades wouldn’t be so bad if she didn’t make such a mess with the treasures she finds. School bags provide particularly profitable hauls from food to odd toy-like objects. Coco’s favourite find was a pipe cleaner and button bracelet that Desmond had made at daycare. It provided days of entertainment.