If you have cats you probably know how they love computer keyboards, this brings a whole new meaning to the old saying, “playing cat and mouse”. It seems like whenever I am on the computer my cats like to come up and be a part of whatever I am doing. This is a warning to everyone out there with cats like mine, beware if you happen to fall asleep with your laptop open.
I have four cats and each one has their own personality, likes, and dislikes. The one thing that they all do have in common is the way they love to come over and sit on whatever I am trying to do at the time. If I have a newspaper spread out to read, they want to sit on it. When I am reading a book they will come and sit right in front of it. Even when I am on the computer and doing research, they will come and sit directly on top of my notes. By far though, their favorite thing to do is sit on the keyboard of my laptop, this shows the other side of the old saying “playing cat and mouse”. Now it is the cat, who plays with the mouse on your computer.
One of my favorite things to do is to look at different things on online stores. I enjoy browsing through QVC and adding things that I would like to buy to my virtual cart, before deleting items that I can’t afford or don’t really need. This way I can look at everything on one screen and make my decision when I see the total price. I thought it was a good way to shop, but I now know that this is not the smart thing to do when you are tired.
Late one night I was perusing QVC as I sat in my recliner with my laptop on my lap tray. I was adding things to my cart when I must have fallen asleep. To my surprise when I awoke a few hours later, there on my computer screen was a message saying “thank you for your order”, and there on my keyboard was one of my cats. I was so tired that it really didn’t dawn on me what happened, I shooed my cat away, hit shut down, closed my computer and fell back to sleep.
The next morning when I woke for the day, I had a vague memory of being on QVC and seeing the “thank you for your order” on my computer screen. It was a school day, so the rush of getting my son up and out the door by 6:30 a.m. came before anything else. By the time I got back from the drive to school, I had other things on my mind and didn’t even think of what I thought I saw the night before.
When I finally opened my computer and checked my emails, there it was, a confirmation from QVC thanking me for my order. It was not a dream, my cat must have pressed just the right sequence of buttons to place my order, after all it was either delete or continue to place your order, and one more button after that. My QVC card is already registered so there is no information needed to place an order, just a few keystrokes. Yes, it can happen when your cats love to sit on your computer keyboard, sometimes the cats get it right, sometimes they get it wrong, it all depends on how you want to look at it.
I have seen my cats change the channel on the TV just by placing a paw on the remote control, start my dishwasher by jumping on the counter, open the kitchen cabinet where their treats are kept, turn on the kitchen faucet, and press the water lever on the refrigerator, so why not order from an online store.
When I went into my email and back on to QVC to cancel my order, low and behold, it was already in process. Darn the people at QVC are fast, when an order is already being processed it cannot be deleted.
Much to cats delight, I now have a soft micro-fleece electric blanket from QVC. It seems like they enjoy it more than I do. Whenever I plug it in and turn it on, there are my cats soaking up every bit of warmth they can. All four cats will sprawl out and stretch their little nails, as cats love to do. My problem is actually getting them off, “their electric blanket” so that I can actually use it.
Now you can see why for me, the old saying “playing cat and mouse”, takes on a whole new meaning. Remember, beware if you are going to shop online when you are tired and you have cats, they may end up ordering something for you.