When I travel abroad, my cats can’t come with me. Hotel rooms aren’t suited for cats. I did consider it at first, but the idea brought on nightmares. I could see myself trying to catch running shadows holding a fish in their mouths in dark cellars of French hotels. Some common sense is necessary.
By the way: I know a good address for Cunning & Guile Ltd. I leave them there with bags filled with luggage: litter box, food, toys and their private blanket. Even then I must try hard not to get sentimental as my car leaves the street. Yeah, I’m really tough.
A trustworthy guest house is priceless, since handing over your beloved animal is quite something. I know someone who left her cats and got them back after a week, with a 25 percent weight loss. And with nervous, skittish eyes. I try to put this out of my mind. Kingdoms have faltered under lesser misdemeanours.
My tigers’ holidays are of the all inclusive type. They get all you can eat delicacies and wellness treatments are included. A mum and her two teenagers also live on their temporary address. In line with the maxim ‘divide and rule’ each cat gets one teenager for overall efficiency. Cootje cuddles up to the daughter, Pernod pillows his head on the son’s shoulder. Hereby both of them have their own petting machine. Mum takes care of them during school hours and provides their food and drinks. When they are hanging in the curtains with their nails they get a round of applause. And every sly look towards the candy closet is awarded in the appropriate manner.
After two weeks there I am, panting and with my travel clothes still on, standing at the front door to fetch Ltd. I stupidly hope for an enthusiastic welcome. But no. Once again they haven’t missed me at all. With their shiny caressed coat of fur and some more weight around their belly they look surprised when I enter the room. They give me this funny look: ‘Anything wrong? Have you been away then? Haven’t noticed at all.’ Cats…
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