I have a feeling that disaster is only a short time away in my house. Of course, this imminent disaster will be TOTALLY Gizmos fault, and I have almost resigned myself to the fact that it IS going to happen, it’s just a case of when. I’m convinced chaos WILL occur and many tears WILL be cried (as usual, they will be my tears, not Gizmos)…
You see, today, I decided to buy new curtains for my living room. This might not sound like a potentially distressing situation, but that’s because you haven’t met Gizmo. This angelic looking tabby kitty enjoys nothing more than shredding curtains (and wallpaper), and trying in his own way to restyle my house.
In the 16 months he has lived with me, I cant begin to tell you how much destruction he has caused. Admittedly, the curtains in my front room were 30 years old. They had seen better days, and they were starting to look worn. However, Gizmo seemed to enjoy adding to the ‘distressed’ appearance of the curtains by climbing them in the first few months he was here. And when he decided he was getting too heavy to lift his bodyweight up and down the curtains, he would regularly sink his claws into them and do his yoga stretches on them instead…
I’m actually too ashamed of the state of the curtains to include a recent photo of the damage. But take it from me, Gizmo had contributed to several rips, numerous teeth marks, and some pretty impressive tears that I could actually fit my fist through?! Hmmm. Not desired kitty behaviour, I think you will agree…!!?
I guess that Giz clearly thinks he has some interior decoration skills, but I’m still not sure I approve of his style, or his method of demonstrating his creativity?! In some ways, he has done me a favour I suppose. The curtains DID need replacing, but I would have preferred to have made the decision myself, without Gizmo taking things into his own claws…?!
So today, having seen the curtains disintegrating before my eyes in the past few days, I went to Dunelm Mill and bought some beautiful new curtains. Admittedly, they weren’t the cheapest curtains I could have bought, but they were in the sale and had 50% off so I couldn’t resist. But on the drive home, I started to worry about the mistake I’d just made!? I could have bought curtains MUCH cheaper than the ones I ended up with, just incase the inevitable happened, and Gizmo destroyed them with one swipe of his paw but hindsight is a wonderful thing…?! I did consider phoning the house insurance provider and seeing how many times in a year they would pay to replace the curtains, if the unthinkable happens?! I’m not sure that they insure against ‘recurrent kitty destruction’ so I decided against calling them…?!
I’m hoping that Gizmo has now grown out of his curtain destruction stage, but only time will tell. However, Gizmo will be in serious trouble if any of his paws go near the nice new expensive curtains?!
So far, I’m pleased to say the new curtains have lasted a total of 1 hour and 52 minutes…but that’s because Gizmo hasn’t noticed them….yet?!