Rules of Cat Etiquette

If you have to throw up, get into a chair quickly. If you cannot manage this in time, get on to an Oriental rug, or a shagpile carpet.

Determine which guest hates cats. Sit on that lap during the evening. The guest wont dare push you off and will even call you 'nice kitty.' If you can arrange to have cat food on your breath, so much the better.

Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.

For guests who say 'I love kitties', be ready with aloof disdain, claws applied to stockings or a quick nip on the ankles.

Do not allow closed doors in any room. To get one open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once the door is opened for you, it is not necessary to use it. You can change your mind. When you have ordered an outside door opened, stand half in and half out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather or mosquito season.

If one person is busy and the other is idle, sit with the busy one. For book readers, get in close under the chin, unless you can lie across the book itself.

For ladies knitting, curl quietly into the lap and pretend to doze. Then reach out and slap knitting needles sharply. This is what she calls a dropped stitch. She will try to distract you. Ignore it.

For people doing homework, sit on the paper being worked on. After being removed for the second time, push anything movable off the table - pens, pencils, erasers - one at a time.

Get enough sleep during the daytime so that you are fresh for playing at night between 2 and 4 am.


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