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Kitty Cornered
How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of
Our House and Made
It Their Home

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by Ducks

How One Man
Went from Head
of the Household
to Bottom of the
Pecking Order

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Fowl Weather
How Thirty-Nine Animals and a
Sock Monkey
Took Over My Life

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Kitty comrades, are you having problems dealing with those people who think they own the place? Don’t ask just one fellow cat for advice. Ask the six cats that star in Bob Tarte’s book, Kitty Cornered. Let Frannie, Agnes, Moobie, Maynard, Tina, and Lucy bat around your question and chew on it a while. The cat who sinks its claws deepest into the subject will cough up an answer.

LucyQ: Every night after dinner my people embarrass me to death by rolling around on the floor and roughhousing with that horrid Rottweiler, Maxwell. Don’t they have any dignity? – Bootsy Boy, Providence, RI

Lucy: Depend on a dog to bring out the worst behavior in humans. All you can do is try to set a good example by being aloof, disdainful, humorless, and nippy.

TinaQ: My person keeps catching and releasing mice but she never lets us cats have any! What can we do to get our fair share?  – June Bug, Toledo, OH

Tina: If your person is finding mice before you do, you don’t deserve them. So forget it. Spend your time instead pestering her day and night to get your squid-on-a-string toy out of the drawer and wiggle it in front of you.

MoobieQ: My two people are going away camping and can’t take me with them. Since the weather is going to be nice, would it be better for them to leave me inside or outside while they’re gone?  – Mimsy, Boone, IA

Moobie: Don’t let them cheat you out of two days of treats and cuddles. Start limping. Or whenever the house is quiet, have a coughing fit. Time it right, and they’ll stay home to take care of you. But don’t overplay it, or you’ll wind up at the vet.

FrannieQ: How can I keep from getting hit on by tomcats when I go outside? – Felina, Tokyo, Japan

Frannie: Run! Hide under the bed! Eek!

AgnesQ: When arranging dead moles on the patio for human enjoyment, is it okay to place them in an Esther Williams synchronized swimming homage, or is this too flashy? – Mr.Grace, Redding, CT

Agnes: As an alpha predator of some renown, I applaud the spirit of your question. But freshly dispatched game is best displayed on a bedspread or quilt.

MaynardQ: I like to carry kibbles from my food dish to my water dish, but an hour later, the kibbles are still floating in the dish. Why won’t people keep my water clean? – Bear, Caledonia, MI

Maynard: They don’t have our cleanliness instinct. You might help them by depositing a whole pile of kibbles in your water dish. When they’re thoroughly soaked, flick them out onto the floor.

TinaQ: Speaking of floors, my human spent hours putting water on the floor, moving it around with something that looked like my hairbrush, and then she soaked it all up again. Why would a human spend time doing such a strange thing? – Rowan, Lowell, MI

Tina: I don’t know, but I’ll bet she’s the first one to complain if you try to help by scouring the woodwork.

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