It needs a new entry or four. Things like “The trackball mouse is not a kitty toy. I will not knock it off Dad’s desk so the ball pops out and rolls around making a neat noise so I can chase it.” That one has cost the Husband a replacement trackball mouse because we couldn’t find where they’d managed to put the blasted ball.
As a corollary, “Mom’s wireless mouse is not a kitty toy. I will not knock it off Mom’s desk so I can take the back off and get the batteries out and roll them around the floor.” I’m currently waiting on delivery of the replacement, since I managed to find everything except the little plastic bit that keeps the batteries in place (and most of the dust out).
For that matter, “I will not chew the cord of Mom’s/Dad’s headphones. Broken headphones are Bad and Mom and Dad will growl at me.”
And “I will not step on the power key of Mom’s laptop. She growls at me.”
And “I will not play with the keys of Mom’s laptop. When I pull them loose it’s a real pain for Mom to put everything back together and she’ll growl at me all day.” Seriously. Dell laptop keys are a right bastard to put back together. I needed to find videos that showed the general process plus several almost-there how-to pages – not to mention the teeny plastic bits that were almost impossible to see properly and had to be seated just right.
The end result was me getting a laptop stand and using a different keyboard just to stop the damage from when Westley (he’s the biggest offender) flopped on it and performed a hard shutdown or caught some completely bizarre control key combination, or highlighted all of the several thousand emails in my inbox then opened them all (that does one heck of a job of eating all the memory in a machine).
There’s also “I will not chew cables. I don’t know which ones are live and will give me a shocking experience if I chew through them.”
And “Mom hides the ribbon because she doesn’t want me to play with it. I will not climb the shelves and knock everything off until I find it. I will not untie it and drag it all over the house.”
And, of course, the ever popular (or unpopular) “I will not puke on the electronics.”
For those interested, the full compiled list (I found the site again after a lot of searching) is at BadKitty.pdf (badpets.net) – it’s gotten so big they don’t even keep it as a web page. It’s a 145 page PDF file, most of it similar tales of kitty misdeeds.
Oh, and the featured image shows one of the reasons why I got the laptop stand and the separate keyboard. Westley is “helping”. Again.