Brighid is not a happy cat right now. But Kaliyah is a satisfied ferret. One of Brighid’s favorite toys is now in Ferret Stah Number Three. It still had food in it! She is now making her displeasure known with rather loud meowing. Fairly soon I will have to rescue her toy.
1. Lesson one- never underestimate a ferret. Trouble can come from small things.
Kaliyah loves her dig pit. She buries herself hunting for her hidden toys. She leaps out of the box and does the Weasel War Dance then runs up into the play tubes. She enjoys it more when her human plays “bury ferret.” Pounce on the hand. Pounce at the human. Jump out the pit and jump at the human. Scratch. Because a ferret always needs a good scratch. Hide under the bookcase then charge out and climb in the box again. Each exit scatters the startch peanuts. (The dissolvable kind). She just plays openly an happily; totally in the moment. She has ferret business such as stealing cat toys and exploring the house. She needs to know her territory hasn’t changed. Or maybe there’s something new to explore.
2. Lesson Two- play with abandon. Don’t let fear of judgement hold you back. Enjoy simple things.
Brighid hunts her toys and loves to chase and leap. This is often followed by a meal, if it’s feeding time, or a nap. Or both. There is nothing like a good nap in the sunshine.
3. Lesson three- play, eat, and sleep
There is nothing like jumping up on the human, shoving her wet nose in the human’s face, and purring like crazy. The best is managing to leave fur on the human’s face. Bonus points if it goes into her eyes or face. Then, settle in for a good cuddle and pet before sleep.
4. Lesson four- if you love someone, tell them.
A ferret in a hammock is adorable. She sleeps deeply, snoring softly. Then jumping down and scratch vigorisly, eat, drink, poop, and go back to sleep.
5. Lesson five- there is nothing more refreshing than a good nap and scratch. And stay hydrated.
A ferret and cat play together and occasionally nap together.
6. Lesson six- everyone needs “odd” friends.
The most important lesson they teach me is to laugh at simple things. There is peace in just being. Just be. That’s what matters.