The Politics of Cat Food on a Floor

We inherited BBC, which is an acronym for Big Black Cat. My wife says that BBC is healthy, but he is very big and very obese. We’ve been running a fat-cat camp.

BBC always wants to eat, and he’s pretty smart at getting food.

We’ve tried just about everything, ranging from putting the food in the closet to transferring the food from its bag to a closed container. Still, we recently came home to discover the container had been burgled and its contents spread across the floor.

What’s impressive about this is that BBC seems to be choosing clever moments to strike. When we’ve gone to the gym on Sunday morning, BBC somehow realizes that his time has come. He takes out his tools and gets to work liberating cat food from storage containers. Because he has all the time in the world to rob us and we only have limited time to monitor the food stores, BBC has leverage over us.

That’s power.

But he’s a cat.

So we’ll just think about it for a few minutes and come up with a new system that is convenient but still BBC proof.

If only all power struggles could be so easily resolved. These struggles can occur with disobedient cats, but they can also occur in marriage, and in this case it’s unfortunate that my wife is smarter than her cat — not to mention her husband. I strongly dislike the idea that marriage can be likened to political maneuvering, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t power struggles in relationships.

Who’s going to clean up the cat food?

BBC most certainly isn’t my cat.

Possession is 9/10s of the law, but it avails me nothing in this situation.

One of my wife’s friends recently told me that the thing about cleanliness and marriage is that the person with the lower standards is the one with the power. On the whole, the person that prefers not to live in a toxic wasteland will go out of his or her way to keep things tidy.

I’m making a move for power.

I have just discovered that my wife doesn’t like it when the ironing board is left standing.

A house that smells like cat food?

No problem.

But put that ironing board away.

That’s leverage, and I’d bet that there’s more where that came from.

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4 Responses to “The Politics of Cat Food on a Floor”

  1. You’re a brave man.

  2. I’m thinking you are on thin ice my friend.

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