Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Weather According to Cats

Yep, it's raining again. No, wait! It's snowing! No, it's raining ... snowing? It can't make up its mind right now. It doesn't really matter - either way it's cold and wet outside.

Before there was The Weather Channel, people used to predict the weather by watching the behavior of the animals around them. One Wives' Tale I always remember is "Cat on brain, it's going to rain" meaning that if the cat is curled up with her head upside down, then there is rain coming soon. It was also believed that if a cat sneezes it means rain is on the way and that a cat sitting with her back to the fire means a storm is imminent.

I use my cats to tell me the weather all the time, although not in the same way as the wives' tales. If one of the cats sneezes I just figure he's been playing with dust bunnies under the bed. I have figured out the following:

Sign: Tyrone waits in the window instead of coming to meet me at the car in the morning.
Meaning: It's really effin' cold outside!

Sign: Diedra's hanging out on one of the bookshelves.
Meaning: It's wet outside and she wants me to curl up with a book so she can snuggle.

Sign: Bobby is spread out on one of the beds.
Meaning: It's raining and he needs to dry off. Those flannel sheets really soak up water well!

Sign: Tyrone and Diedra both curl up on my bed at the same time.
I know you can't actually see both of them. They stay as far apart as possible.
Meaning: It's below freezing outside and they're willing to put up with each other for the electric blanket.

Sign: My armpit is cold and wet.
Meaning: It's raining and a soggy Tyrone is trying to get warm.

Sign: One of the cats is snuggling with a Fleece/Gortex jacket.
Meaning: Better break out the snow tires!

Sign: Ashi is burrowed into the middle of a laundry basket.
Meaning: It's cold and wet and no one will turn on the dryer for her.

Sign: Tyrone is curled up with something fluffy and pink.
Meaning: This has nothing to do with the weather. He just feels FABulous!

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