As I mentioned, Edgar is really an expert at this, having been an indoor cat for ten years now, so here are a few more little tips from his store of “avoiding cabin fever” wisdom.
Hello from the outside …
Edgar reminds you to get some fresh air, even if you just stick your face out of the window and breath, for a slightly different perspective.
Don’t think, even for a second, about slacking on the physical distancing.
Edgar has his eyes (both of them) on you!
Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe, in the words of the wonderful Dr. Bonnie Henry.
You can do this!
[The actual story behind Edgar’s disgusted look — I was finally baking Phillip’s birthday cake and it overflowed in the oven, so batter was burning and making everything smokey, in spite of open doors and window. He did not appreciate the pollution of his indoor air quality.]
GETTING ALONG WITH YOUR POD-MATES
By now, things could be getting kind of tense with those you are sharing your socially distanced “pod” with, no matter how much you love them.
Small grievances or failures of etiquette can lead to dark places, without the use of some careful diplomacy.
Edgar, having led a harmonious indoor life for so many years, getting along with so many uncouth species, shows us how it’s done.
The morning begins with Edgar in his “rightful” spot in front of the fire.
Geordie wanders over and Edgar gets up to give him his morning head bump.
Geordie accepts the morning caress but then — oh dear — misinterprets the situation and moves into the fireside vacancy.
Now, this could have gone rather badly for Geordie (and you can see he’s thinking the same thing) but Edgar decides to take the high ground, satisfying his honour by subjecting Geordie to a slightly passive aggressive “butt in the face disguised as a snuggle” manoeuvre, before retiring gracefully to his second “rightful” place beside the fire.
So that’s how it’s done folks. Win, win and no noses scratched.
Edgar would love to hear about your domestic diplomacy victories in the comments.