Friday, January 06, 2006


I grew up in a house with lots of pets. They all lived in the aquarium, and swam around, not bothering anyone. Some of them lasted a few months, others lived for years in our 20 gallon tank.

Fish are nice pets because they don't make any noise, don't climb on you, and are very low maintenance. If a fish dies, no one cares; you toss it in the toilet, and when you are low on fish, you just go out and buy a few more fish.

But there was one week, when I was probably about 12, when we had a cat. My dad had his medical practice out in the sticks. As he was driving home one day, he passed a farmhouse with a sign that offered free kittens. To everyone's surprise, he came home one day with the cat.

The cat was pure white, and we named it Snowball. I don't know if anyone ever checked whether it was male or female.

Anyway, Snowball was a cat, and we had been having a problem with mice in our house, and my dad thought if he brought a cat home, the mouse problem would take care of itself.

I should start with this. My mother never liked snowball. Neither did anyone else. And no one really knew anything about taking care of a cat. Every night, at bed time, the cat would suddenly get very active, and start running all over the house, turning bed time into a circus.

Also, I should add, if you put this cat in a box with a mouse, I'm not sure the cat would win. I think Snowball would have just gone to sleep.

Anyway, one day I was nice to the cat. I held her and petted her. She repaid my kindness by walking on me in the middle of the night, and waking me up. It is frightening to wake up in the middle of the night looking at a cat, and I was never nice to the cat again.

This all happened the week before Succos. On erev Succos, Snowball disappeared. We looked all over the house for Snowball, but the cat was nowhere to be found. We searched outside for a short time, but it was freezing cold that year, and we gave up. We were quite certain that Snowball had gone outside, got lost, and froze to death.

That night, while we were all sitting in the Succah, my mom went into the house to get the soup. When she went inside, she heard and eerie sound coming from the dining room. Snowball had somehow gotten wedged between the china cabinet and the wall, and had been stuck there all day long.

My dad moved the China cabinet enough so that Snowball could get out, and on the first day of Chol HaMoed, he returned Snowball to the farmhouse where he found her.

I don't have a good reason for telling you this story. I was reading another blog which talked about how sad that were that their cat died, and it reminded me of Snowball, the cat I hated.


Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

I'm allergic to cats. My mother-in-law, however, had a mangy cat that everyone hated too. But noone as much as I being that I heeded heavy doses of allergy meds just to step in their house. Sleeping over was out of the question. when my wife and kids would go there for Shabbos, I'd sleep at home.

The cat died on my 30th Birthday. Everyone wished me a happy birthday and asked me if i enjoyed my present. Morbid...but, yeah. I was thrilled.

January 06, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

Cats are disgusting.

January 07, 2006 8:01 PM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

I don't like cats because while they look nice & cute, and their clean, are just disloyal. You can have a cat for years and one day you're petting it and it just decides to scratch you. Now a dog....will die for you.

January 07, 2006 11:10 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Well I've grown up with cats.There hasnt been a day in my life when we didnt own a cat.And I'm still not crazy about them.And by the way air,cats are nocturnal,so human bed time is kitty play time.just wanted to point that out.

January 07, 2006 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

living with animals is primitive.

January 08, 2006 3:55 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

Krunk, although I have suspected who you are for quite some time, your "cat" comment gave you away.

January 08, 2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Lol ok Veev,but I though you knew who I was a LOOONG time ago.And I'm assuming you guessed because you know my mother?

January 08, 2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

And I have been to your menagerie.

January 08, 2006 5:31 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

You have?Cool!Want a cat?Pleeeeeeeeease???(And just by the way,when was this?)

January 08, 2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

I'm sure you remember, I did some work for your sisters...

January 08, 2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Oh yeah,I remember now.Good job by the way!:)

January 09, 2006 2:01 AM  
Blogger Veev said...


January 09, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Cats are aweful creatures. People say they're easy pets because they're house-trained and stuff. They're not easy. They get caught in between stuff, as you know. They rip up furniture, scratch people, and just breed like there's no tomorrow.

Only tom cats are good for cathing mice and rats. But, if you don't have a barn or farm, what's the point?

January 10, 2006 7:39 AM  
Blogger da shevster said...

i want a horse.

January 11, 2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

Because you miss Sam the horse?

January 12, 2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger iSrAeLiWannab said...

before my time. but then again, so was snowball. now cinnamon...actually no. i dont miss cinnamon. but i still want a horse.

January 12, 2006 9:47 PM  
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