There are many ongoing debates in our house. You would assume that as parents to young children, there would be the odd disagreement over how to bring them up.
I understand that it is important to stand together and present a united front. We must cater for the needs of our children, but also our own needs as parents.
We have a certain standard of discipline that we must both enforce.
Sometimes, all children will ask the other parent when they don’t get what they want. But unfortunately, we sometimes just don’t know all the answers.
And one of the eternal issues in this family is boredom.
We do our best to provide food, warmth, shelter, comfort and activities. So it can sometimes become a little irritating when all that goes unnoticed in favour of boredom.
So, you’ve played with bubbles, played the tambourine, run ragged around the house, tripped us up, played with a ball and pestered everybody else that lives here.
You have had food and water, love and attention. You have stopped me from working and forbidden us all from doing anything that doesn’t involve you.
You have watched, stared, turned your back on us and made it known in every conceivable way that you are bored.
And yes, you have finally driven a rift between myself and my husband. A couple who have stood hitherto united in parenthood are now seated at opposite ends of the sofa, debating the eternal question.
Do cats get bored?
In my humble opinion, the answer is clear. Cats are entirely capable of being bored. In fact, a bored cat is rather a dangerous animal to have around the house.
The thing with cats is that when they don’t get enough exercise, they might well maul somebody. But it’s never going to make national news.
So people like my husband go through life believing that cats don’t get bored.
So in the great cat debate, please allow me to present the evidence for the prosecution.
1. Cats get bored and kill things.
Just ask mice, frogs, squirrels or birds.
2. Cats get bored and steal things.
Just ask my daughters. Or any other child who has lost their toys to a bored cat.
Or, as it happens, my husband. He will be presenting the case for the defence later, without his squash balls – the cat stole them.
3. Cats get bored and hurt people
Ask anyone who has tried to stroke a cat that wanted to play.
4. Cats get bored and pick fights.
They will not rest until the battle is won. Ask the dog.
5. Cats get bored and cause arguments.
This blog post is evidence in itself.
And the case for the defence?
“Cats don’t get bored, everyone knows that.”
Does your cat suffer from boredom? I’ve never known one that didn’t.