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Dan-ecdotes: The highs and lows of owning a cat, continued

Who's ready for another cat story? When I last wrote on this topic, I discussed how my wife and I adopted a cat, Luna, only to find out a few days later that she was about three weeks pregnant. Not long after, we had Luna and seven kittens in our...

Who's ready for another cat story?

When I last wrote on this topic, I discussed how my wife and I adopted a cat, Luna, only to find out a few days later that she was about three weeks pregnant. Not long after, we had Luna and seven kittens in our two-bedroom apartment, which I can say with absolute confidence is not an ideal situation.

Now, all of the kittens have new homes except for one, as we decided to keep the runt of the litter, Mork.

Goofy name, right? Well, she is a goofy cat, so it all works out.

I thought raising Mork would be easy. Luna has never been a problem so I thought, like mother, like daughter.

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Mork is now 5 months old and is very, very much a kitten at heart. She likes to run, wrestle with Luna and get herself into everything she shouldn't. Our refrigerator now sits in its specified nook at an angle to keep her from squeezing in behind it. Our TV has little pawprints on it and all of our plants now sit on top of our bookshelf - the one place that is still out of reach for the white-footed rapscallion.

One place that was out of reach as of a week ago was our kitchen counter. That, unfortunately, is no longer the case. Mork has now designated the counter-sink area as the "cool" place to hang out. After all, she might find a food crumb or something, right?

We have tried just about everything short of hitting her (which we refuse to do) to keep her off the counters, coffee table and entertainment center. So far, nothing has worked.

We tried the whole "spray her with water" routine. That didn't phase her.

I read online to lay sandpaper down on and around the problem areas, because cats hate that rough texture on their feet. That worked for about 15 minutes before she had no problem walking across it.

We have tried several different home-remedy cat repellents. Results have varied, but they all have ultimately been unsuccessful.

Our greatest failure in cat discipline happened late last week. My wife got the idea to fill our kitchen sink with an inch or two of water. Not enough to be dangerous, but if clumsy Mork were to slip while tight-rope walking around the edge of the sink, she would get wet and be discouraged from going up there again.

It made sense to me at the time, but we didn't take one thing into consideration: What if this little weirdo actually enjoys being in the water?

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It wasn't long after we implemented this grand plan that we found Mork up to her knees (are their leg joints technically knees?) in water with all four feet, batting around a reusable ice cube that was floating in the sink.

So not only did our plan fail, but she now wants to be on the counter even more so she can play in the water. It was certainly not our finest moment as cat owners.

If I make it seem like Mork is a prime candidate for the show "My Cat from Hell," that's not my intention. Mork is still young, and she can be really sweet. It's also worth noting that she absolutely loves my wife, which greatly improves her mood.

I just thought you would enjoy sharing my misery.

As I said in my last cat-related opinion piece, being a pet owner is a very good thing, and it benefits you as well as the critters you adopt.

But if you have any ideas on how to keep a water-loving little monster off the kitchen counter, I'm all ears.

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Opinion by Dan Determan
Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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