The Cat on the Table

08 January 2011 · 5 comments

While emptying my camera’s memory card the other day, I found a photo I’d forgotten I took. It’s funny.

My family generally celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve. We get together for a pizza dinner before exchanging gifts. This year, Kris and I hosted. We bought several take-n-bake crusts and provided toppings so people could customize their pies.

When we sat down to eat, however, Toto decided she wanted in on the action. She hopped up on the table, and demanded that Aunt Stephanie share a slice of pizza:

Toto Wants Pizza

Toto has always sat on the table at meal times. I know this grosses some people out, but that’s just how it is with her, and Kris and I deal with it. (She’s not allowed to do this when company is around — though obviously, sometimes she breaks the rules.) Lately, though, she’s become brazen. Instead of waiting for a possible nibble or snack, she barges right in to take a bite.

It’s as if she’s trying to play the pity card: “Look at me: I’m dying. The least you can do is share your food.”

When Toto does die — and it’ll probably be in 2011 — this photo will be one of a handful I’ll flag to remember her by. This captures her personality and one of her trademark moves. I love it.

1 Tyler Tervooren January 8, 2011 at 12:02

‘Tis easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Go Toto!

2 Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer January 8, 2011 at 12:05

That’s a wonderful picture! We have a cat that thinks it’s okay to jump on the table when we are eating as well. No matter how many times we remove him, he will always try, try again.

3 Kevin M January 10, 2011 at 08:45

Reminds me of my dog, Scout. He’s always lurking around the kitchen at mealtime waiting for something to fall or for one of us to turn our back. He is quick too!

4 Claudia Gates January 20, 2011 at 16:17

Thanks for sharing Toto’s photo. It’s a great action shot of your old cat. Many years ago, I took a picture of Toto on your dining room table in Canby. He was a kitten then, and was curled up on a bowl. He was very cute then too.

5 Sarah January 22, 2011 at 07:57

I love this photo – and we have the same thing happening here! One of our cats is currently ill (he has already lived longer than expected, but it can’t be too much longer) and suddenly, after 15+ years of incredibly polite behavior, he is just barging right into anything. Hopping on the counter, whipping food out of people’s plates and running off with it. Luckily for him, we just find it kind of funny.

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