Compromises and Adjustments


    No-one could accuse me of being obstinate or refusing to accept a truth. With that in mind I have been able to come to terms with the fact that the rodents are here to stay, and while they will not, indeed cannot replace me in my ‘The Her’s’ affections, they are to be a fixture and she obviously for some reason unfathomable to me, likes them.

While I accept the realities of this situation I’m not sure the rodents were able to so I felt it my duty to place the facts before them and reach a compromise suitable for both parties. I waited until after they’d had their breakfast from my ‘The Him’ and been out for a bit of exercise with my ‘The Her’. Only one thing might have marred the discussions and that’s when I approached the seating place and the large one called Penny looked down at me as I walked past. I couldn’t help but look back and go closer. Instead of backing away she put her nose to mine and sniffed. I brought my paw up and smacked her. My ‘The Her’ was most displeased but with me? and not with Penny. I didn’t understand this and was going to argue but being a most placid fellow I walked away.

Back in their cage and the Longlegs having left the room I sauntered slowly up to the cage. There were hisses of derision but I didn’t let it bother me as I settled two feet away.
“What do you want cat” ? said Amy, the biggest of them and their obvious leader.
” I’ve decided to let you stay” I replied, “But, there are some things we’d better get straight.”
” Oh yes, and what would those be Pussykins” chipped in the one they call Bernie.
Reminding myself I had a debt to pay sometime I looked at Amy and told her, ” Firstly, I don’t want to see you move if you’re outside the cage and I come into the room.
Secondly, there’s to be no more name calling if we both live in the same place and lastly I’ll make sure the Longlegs tolerate you if you remember my word is law here.”
“Well Mr. Cat” she replied, “I think we can probably manage to do without the name calling if it works both ways but I’m not sure we can adjust to not moving once we’re out of the cage since it’s what the humans expect of us. As far as your word being law, I’m afraid we can’t agree to that since you might just expect us to do things that will go against our nature. Tell you what. let’s agree to no more name calling and see how it goes. If you don’t annoy us I won’t ask Penny to tweak your tail, how’s that?”

As you can see I’m a very reasonable cat but even I couldn’t agree to that and lose face so I had to leave the room and here we are with a dilemma. How can I learn to live with these rodents if they won’t accept the most reasonable of terms?

                                                            Waiting forever for ice-cream.
                                                                   Let Them Eat Cake.
Something totally new….
Wishing you all a wonderful new week full of hugs.


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79 responses to “Compromises and Adjustments

  1. LOL. It had to be a thrill a minute, living in a household with a cat and rats. I’m happy it inspired your wonderful stories about Oscar. Thanks for this cool video, David. What a marvelous voice he has! Mega hugs.

    • Ha,, I’m none too sure Oscar would have agreed with you Teagan.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the music video, He has a remarkable voice and I wouldn’t be surprised to find this track a hit worldwide.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  2. It appears that Oscar is making some headway with the rats, setting boundaries and negotiating with them. I think that Oscar has been king of the castle for so long it may take a while to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties but I cannot see him abdicating his position as the king anytime soon, but it’s a start. I had to chuckle yesterday, when I was taking the subway home I watched a NYC subway rat dragging a large piece of newspaper to the hole under the track where his/her home must be, the rat was persistent and determined but just couldn’t get that newspaper to fit. I thought he/she might benefit from some advise from Amy and Penny and the gang as they are very intelligent. They might have some tips for the little guy or gal. Have an amazing week, I loved this weeks installment and mega hugs my friend.

    • I don’t think Oscar was a cat of his word Suzanne. I’m pretty sure the girls didn’t trust him as far as they could throw him ( for Penny that might have been quite far) and knew there was safety in numbers. You’re probably right that he wouldn’t abdicate easily but the girls were never going to bow down to him.
      Your subway rat story is very good but I’m sure it would have thought t out and done it in the end, just maybe a bit faster with Amy’s help.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode and came to let me know. I love seeing you.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  3. Love the Funny Tom & Jerry Home encounters! Talking cats and rats! Gotta Love them. Also the song as a great beat and a timely message especially for all the hell breaking out in the USA. Music with a Message much needed. Thanks.

  4. I just love the photos! Ice cream and cake… what more could we want. Rats and cats? Let’s live in harmony.

    • I’m all for harmonious living Judith but it can’t work when the terms are set by just one side. Unfortunately, Oscar only had his side.The grandies were at an ice cream farm so I promise the wait wasn’t too long.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  5. I’m not holding out a lot of hope for Oscar being ‘Top Cat’ – rats are pretty sneaky individuals! Lovely photos of the little ones waiting for their treats 🙂
    I saw that singer on Graham Norton’s show recently. He is different!

    • I don’t think Oscar was cut out for the democratic life but the girls were always fair. Oscar is part politician saying one thing but doing another.
      The little ones did get their treat eventually but when it’s ice cream it always feels a long time.
      I only became aware of Rag n’ Bone Man after seeing an advert for a new serial on TV called S.S.GB. I wouldn’t want to meet him on a dark night but I thought the voice was exceptional.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

  6. Another delightful post, David. Hugs

  7. Stand your ground, Oscar. There may be more of them, but you are bigger (and were there first).
    Woof! TINK

    • Don’t encourage him Tink. The girls are the non-aggressors here and Oscar’s word is not all it could be.He is very much ‘bow down to me’ while the girls are live and let live.
      xxx Sending Hugs and some strokes xxx

  8. Seems the cat and rats tolerated each other. Cute pictures of the children. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • The rats didn’t mind anyone Suzanne but Oscar could be funny with some people.(including me) he was definitely Mummy’s boy. Thank you I thought the pictures were good.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  9. Poor Oscar. He has my sympathy, anyway!

  10. Great pics of the kids, David. Thank you! And thank you for that song. I LOVE it. 🙂

  11. Hahahaha – gotta love Oscar. Oscar rules! Hugs all around ❤

  12. Poor Oscar…never a happy position when the court favourite feels his position threatened…

    • He was still always spoiled and treated like the Ruler rather than court favourite Helen.No excuse for bad behaviour through jealousy.
      Hope you’re well.
      xxx Sending Hugs Galore xxx

  13. As always, Love your stories of Oscar and his companions. Rats can make strange bedfellows, particularly to a cat! Got to give him credit for that. Ice cream never comes fast enough! Love love the pictures 💚💙hugsgalore💚💙

  14. These posts keep reminding me of The Irish Rovers song:
    There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
    Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees.
    Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
    The loveliest of all was the unicorn.
    Are you expecting a unicorn any time soon? lol 😉
    I hope the ice cream (finally) was yummy and thanks for the song and the hugs and the lovely photos. 🙂
    Hope this week treats you kindly, dear David.
    Mega compromise, adjustment, accommodation and modification hugs xoxxo

    • No unicorns due love, sorry they were out of stock. No elephants either as it seems my landlord has it written into the lease. Maybe I should chance my arm with the long-necked geese?
      I’m sure the kiddies lapped up the ice cream, the farm do lots of flavours. I’m not a fan of ice cream, Gasp.
      xxx Stupendous Hugs beautiful friend xxx

  15. Cute story. Oscar is something else, isn’t he? The children are too cute!!!

  16. I feel for Oscar. He is royal, the rats are what? He was there first, wasn’t he? Hard being an ignored cat. Don’t believe his nature can take it for long. Something big is coming, a showdown, but I hate to think of it. 😀

    • You’re right that something big is coming Tess but Oscar was never an ignored cat neither his nature nor his temper would ever allow that. He still got the same amount of attention and love but perhaps it wasn’t just when he wanted it all the time.
      If you’re making cats Royalty then rats would have to be the scientists of the animal world. Clever and inquisitive.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs Tess xxx

  17. Your posts are a slice of sheer joy, David.
    Thank you.

  18. Always an adventure with the Oscar and the Rats. 🙂

    The grandkids are adorable.

    Hugs, David!

    • The Boy and The Girls seem to make their own adventures and do well as long as I’m around to act as secretary.
      Thank you. I agree they’re adorable but I’m biased.
      xxx Massive Hugs Merril xxx

  19. Cats rule. Rats are food. Love your grands — so cute. Love the link to Human. I bought it on iTunes right away. We’ve been listening to Hamilton a lot. Glad for a break.

  20. Love these little people. So patiently waiting for an ice cream, such sweethearts.
    Of course the word of a cat is the law 🙂
    Great song, aren’t we all humans. Don’t throw a stone, as they say.

    Many hugs! xxxx

    • You just have to hope the ice cream gets there before the patience runs out……….
      The cat’s word is backed up by the cat’s claw so I won’t argue.
      I agree Inese, we are all human and we should behave so. I really liked this song from the first time I heard it.
      xxx Sending Hugs Galore xxx

  21. I bet that cats and rats have interesting conversations when we’re not around 😉 Great read!

  22. Well, it seems that Oscar and the rats are at least trying to work things out. Perhaps there will be peace and cooperation in the future. Adorable grandchildren, David. I love watching them grow. ((Massive Hugs))

    • One side is conciliatory and one side scheming so I suppose not a lot different from us then Diana. Trouble is the wrong people are always in charge. If they let me be the beneficial dictator of the World things would be fine.
      Thank you, the children are growing all the time, there’s no keeping up with them.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  23. Rats eh? Can’t live with ’em and, um…

    Well, can’t live with ’em.

    • A very narrow World view there Bun. I think you can live with rats provided you forget about taking them for walks or letting them sleep on your bed.
      Other than that they’re a doddle.

      • I have heard they’re very smart, David. Perhaps I could be persuaded to live with one if it could show me how to operate our TV remote control. 🙂

      • Oh very smart. Th biggest problem is getting someone to show them how to operate the remote first. Since, like you, I never mastered mine there was no-one to teach mine the operation.If you could teach them, then they’d be able to use it for you all the time but if you had the skill to teach them it would negate your need for them to learn.

      • Oh dear, it seems the rats and I would be caught forever in an unbroken circle of ignorance. Guess I’ll have to keep relying on the kids after all.

      • Ha, much as I did and do to this day. T’is not unknown for me to drag a stranger off the streets who can set to record something that I don’t want to watch at that moment.

      • Yep, that’s a good way to handle the problem.

  24. Hi David,
    Another charming post. On a different note, I have a question. I’ve been looking for your book reviews, do you have any? If yes, where can I find them?
    (who was also born in 1955;-)

    • Hello Martie, thank you, that’s very kind. Do you mean reviews for my books or reviews I’ve written for books I’ve read ? The answer is the same in both cases really, they’re on Amazon, though sometimes I put mine on other sites if requested. I hope that answers your question.

      You were also born in 1955 ? As well as whom? You’re just a youngster as I was born in 1951.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

      • Thank you, yes that answered my question. I guess I messed up with your birth year, thanks for making me feel young.

      • If I went out with you I’d be accused of cradle snatching or told I have a toy girl. Really I should be pleased that anyone thought I was bon in 1955 and taken a few years off me.
        xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  25. You always have great wit in your writing. 🙂

  26. I like your style of humor David, there must be a lot of give and take in your household, you sound as if you are the final arbiter between all Waring factions.
    Cheers and keep up the good work as Peacemaker or Peace breaker.

  27. Now that our newest family member Ben, Benjamin Franklin Fiddler, our BFF is growing, five months old the seventeenth past, you’ve given me inspiration to tell the tales of he and our feline Simon as they coexist. No rats in the house but some bats in the belfry as herself and the Rooster age.

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