Anyway here I am. In charge of the place and it's contents which I suppose means the rats and the degus too. I strolled casually into the front room ready to give them my rules for the day and no-one was up. I decided the best thing to do was go to bed for a while myself. So that's what I did. Taking myself off to 'The Her's' sleeping platform Is settled down.
It's possible I might have dozed for a while because when I woke, the light time was here. It was time to eat. And there was my first shock, someone had forgotten to leave food other than the remains of last nights food, and a dish with a few biscuits. I hoped they wouldn't be out for long. In an attempt to concentrate my mind elsewhere I went back through to the front room only to find all the rodents in both cages were eating.
Priya was eating corn and when she threw some at me it bounced dry and hard. I don't know if she threw it as a gesture of kindness but knowing the rodents that's not the way my mind would go. None of them spoke to me. I wished them all a good-day because I'm obviously polite but Penny was the only one to answer saying " What do you want cat we know you're no friend of ours?"
"Just being polite" I said "and reminding you I'm in charge so if I ask you to jump I'd like to hear. How High?.
The sound of laughter was irritating so with tail and head held high I left.
It's a real talent I have for sleeping so when I next woke the dark was slowly returning. I wandered through to look at the fish who were aimlessly swimming around their tank. Such a boring life. Then I heard the calls." Hey cat, where are you"? and "Oscar, can I have a word" from Bernie and Penny respectively, or in Bernie's case dis-respectively. ( I know this isn't a word but Oscar doesn't). I went back through to them.
"What is it rats" I asked. " The man and woman forgot to feed us before they left and we're peckish" said Amy. "Us too" squealed Saffy.
"And what do you expect from me" I asked.
"Well you can let us out to help ourselves " said Penny, "after all, we know where it is".
"OR"? I asked.
"Well perhaps you can pass some food up to us" said Penny "It's only under the table beneath us.
Starting with the degus because I knew Penny would be cross, I did just that. I passed up some hay and some biscuits, then little pellets that took an age one at a time. Finally Penny asked me to pass up a bag from the table which was a horrible medicine the humans made the rats take. I liked the sound of that and did so. I was tired enough for a nap after that and returned to 'The Her's' bed to relax.
A noise woke me. It was dark, it was late dark I could tell. The front clearway opened and in they walked. The him was still laden down and still carrying the head fur.But now they were both wearing bright skins full of strange patterns.
"Hello Oscar my baby" said 'The Her' to which I responded with a purr as I went to greet her. " I bet you're hungry since we forgot to leave food today." Well that wasn't in doubt.
She sat down t take hew paw covers off and as he walked in laden down she said " Feed Oscar please dear, I must get changed for bed."
H e put me a lovely bowl of chicken out and as I was eating I heard him call "Julia Dear, you didn't leave the sweets near the girls did you, they seem to have got the bag into the cage and eaten the lot."
"WHAT"? she replied "Of course not, in fact I know they were on the table this morning when we left as I thought about giving them one but didn't want to wake them."
He walked past me with a look of puzzlement.