My roommate’s cat Harashou is awesome, but she’s a black cat with a very strong sense of what she wants, and this has called for some adjustments. I haven’t lived with a black cat for a long time, but now I’m seeing the benefits. I used to think that blue or striped or orange & white cats were the best, but I realized that since I wear a lot of red nail polish and gold-colored jewelry, black cats really are the chicest choice for an accessory.
But most of the adjustments I’ve had to make are because Harashou owns this place. She requires constant attention (which she likes).
+When I open the refrigerator, I have to make sure that she hasn’t climbed all the way in before I close the door.
+We live on the 3rd floor, so she’s allowed to go outside because she really can’t get too far, but the other day I accidentally let her out too long without checking on her (i.e. 3 minutes), and she had already make her way through a neighbor’s open door up into their second floor (he didn’t notice either even though he was also on the second floor at the time, apparently she is very good at skulking around).
+When we let her out, she will stand outside people’s closed doors, rubbing up against them and meowing, even if they aren’t home. I think she really must want a change of scenery.
+She sleeps on the end of MJ’s bed, and won’t get out of bed in the morning until MJ gets up.
+She is the opposite of a vampire. The carpeting in my room is dark, so sometimes I see her reflection in the mirror before I see her.
+She licks things before she sniffs them.
+She literally always sleeps with one eye open. I don’t know what she’s worried about, but I have pretty much never seen her truly asleep.
+She meows ALL THE TIME. And the tone of her meows changes. As in, if she’s standing by the front door making a fuss about wanting to go outside, and we’re ignoring her, she’ll start using a different meow.
+Sometimes when she thinks I’m not paying enough attention to her, she’ll follow me around and get in my way so that I can’t do whatever it was that’s keeping me from petting her.
“You didn’t think you were really about to put on that make-up, did you?”