Where to scratch your pet:
For the cat lovers...
...and the dog lovers.
Until a few years ago, the only pet I'd ever owned was a dog, and another dog, and another dog and, oh yeah, another dog. You get the picture.
I've never liked cats, and that's the truth of it. When I was 7 years old I got scratched up pretty badly by a cat I'd intended to bring home for a pet. Since then, cats have known I despised them. Even normally docile cats ran in fear from me.
So five years ago, when my dad passed away and his 15-year-old Himalayan cat was left behind, I was sure someone else in the family would take it in. They all know my story. But as it turned out, no one else could take the old boy in. What could I do? Can't put a senior citizen up for adoption. Reluctantly, I took him home.
It's a good thing my husband like cats, because I didn't even know how to clean a litter box or where to dump the doodoo. (I made the mistake of throwing it in the toilet. Bad move.)
Five years later, I not only still have dad's cat, but I have another one, a ragdoll. Yeah, they grew on me.
So when I saw those diagrams of where to scratch your pet, it suddenly struck me: I know cats almost as well as dogs, and I like them almost as much, too. (Notice I said almost...) Does this make me a cat person?
How about you? What kind of pet do you scratch?