You may have missed this - I missed it, March 3 was National If Pets Had Thumbs Day. Who knew?
1. Eat more tuna. I’m embarrassed to even write this since it’s so obvious. Most cats enjoy fish, but I really, really love it, far more than other cats. If I had thumbs and could therefore open the cabinet, grasp the can and work the can opener, I would eat more tuna than any cat ever has.
2. Actually catch that red dot. I am certain that the only reason I can’t catch that evasive red dot (on laser light toys) is because I do not have thumbs. I am consummate hunter, top of the food chain, cousin of lions and tigers, so it cannot be my athletic ability nor can it be a lack of cunning. Therefore it must be the fact that I do not have the correct digits to properly grasp the darn thing.
3. Arrange the blinds. If I had thumbs, I would finally be able to adjust the blinds throughout the house so that I could get maximum sun exposure all day. Think of the improved basking!
4. Perform more advanced acrobatic feats. If you thought I got myself into precarious situations without thumbs, think of all the places I could go if I had the ability to grasp! The banister would pose no problem; the jump to the ceiling fan could be easily executed. Why? Because I had thumbs! You people have no idea how lucky you are. So why don’t you swing off the ceiling fan more often?
5. Comb myself. I do love a good brushing, and, if I had thumbs, I could brush myself for hours a day. Think of how luxurious my coat would look and how handsome I would be. As if being more handsome were even possible.
Cat Stanley would have had more to comment on - and would have done it sooner - but then there was his nap schedule.
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