So, did anyone notice that there was a cat-shaped entity in the background photo of Liam Wallace assessing the golden raspberries and their need for Anita? You did! You did see a meowie because Liam Wallace has been cat sitting his maternal aunt’s brown tabby Gollum.
That is “Gollum” as in Sméagol, because that maternal aunt is really into LOTR. We don’t know if she cosplays an elf or anything, because that behind closed doors stuff is really none of our business.
The Micro-Dragon has been learning and enjoying the responsibility of cat sitting Gollum, though he only tried literal cat sitting one time. Cat moves, butt hits floor, no repeats – one of those straightforward “what have we learned today?” scenarios.
This would be the two of them doing the morning cat rubdown to limber up that fur in advance of the day’s activities.
And a “hi meowie!” and cat rub every time he sees Gollum to make sure his guest is having a good time.
In spite of the the Micro-Dragon checking to see if everything is acceptable, it’s still been a bit of a change for Gollum as he’s had to adapt to changes in his here and now. This table is a comparator of what he has had to bear, and which locale might be preferred.
Table 1. Cat activities – daily routine vs vacation
|Children||three, alternately ignoring him or engaged in pitched battle with the meowie as potential collateral casualty||one Micro-Dragon massaging fur and cat butt||vacation
|Air conditioning||no||central air
|Sunbathing||variable||45% window; sunlight > 14 hours/day||vacation
(often found snoozing in sun)
|Litter change||?||4-5 day interval||undetermined|
|Water service||?||twice daily||undetermined|
|Meals||evening bowl of dry food, access to meal items dropped by children||evening bowl of dry food||home|
|Snacks||plants, neighborhood insect and small creature smørrebrød, access to snack items dropped by children||none||home|
|Entertainment||three children, TV, owner, cat toys, designated scratching areas||Micro-Dragon, BabyTV, Patrem providing tummy rubs, cat yoga||undetermined|
|Sleeping arrangement||cat bed, beds||cat bed, beds, yoga mat||equivalent|
|Dedicated pillow||?||the Mom||undetermined|
Of course, there’s really no real way to tell whether he has noticed the differences or is enjoying his vacation because as far as we can tell, Gollum doesn’t speak human and lacks the opposable thumbs to write out an answer.
This speaks volumes at the suffering he is enduring from being separated from his family though:
Still, the Micro-Dragon is more than happy to do more cat sitting should Gollum feel the need to have another getaway.