Saturday, April 04, 2020

Quarantine Tips from My Cat

Above: My cat Carmen. She is always very free with advice.

Nikki Palumbo's cat has provided her with some useful  quarantine tips:
  • Start screaming at 6 a.m., for no reason, at anyone within hearing distance. Yowl at the birds. Walk across (or lie down on) a computer keyboard. Cry in front of the closed door to a room you’re not supposed to be in anyway. Bite a phone. Yell into your full bowl of food.
  • Knock a bunch of coins or small bottles off a table to see how far they bounce and roll.  
  • Chase your own tail. Sprawl on top of a good book. Get scared by something—anything—and race out of the room. 
  • Drink plenty of water, ideally directly from a running faucet.
More tips: The New Yorker


  1. My current situation: Distract yourself by bringing a recently deceased vole in from outside and play soccer with it. Watch Mommy scream when it gets on her lap. Bonus points for almost hitting the ceiling.

    1. Haha. My cats have a large screened porch but I don't let them outside because of the traffic on our street. Every so often they manage to slip out and return with a present for me, usually a mole, a vole or a chipmunk. I feel your horror.