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Shopping with Shiva
It all started at Toys-R-Us when Shiva was a baby. It was his first time there and he loved it! So many things to see. Then he saw IT... As we went through the gift wrap section this naked arm shot out of the kiddy seat and grabbed something??? He had this big green bow. There was no doubt it was his!
We finished shopping and went to the check out. The cashier said he couldn't have it because it didn't have a tag. We told him he must have eaten the tag and offered to get another one for the price. He still totally refused to sell it. I didn’t want to take it from Shiva. He was sitting there holding it with both paws against his chest. I finally looked at the guy and said, “Fine...you take it from him”. Shiva had a death grip on it. The guy looked at Shiva and at the bow. He decided to let him have it for 45 cents.
Shiva shopped with us alot and always "picked out" things. He was never selfish about it either. He found toys he knew the other cats would like... he liked feathers. He loved the bird section at Pet Smart. His favorite birds have always been Finches. Maybe I'll get him one when he's well.
We never thought much about Shiva's quick paw...
The scene is years later. His other human Mom died of breast cancer. We have moved from California to Washington state and are in the local pet store for the first time.
My brother had dropped me off. He was taking dad home and coming back for me. He took forever. They didn't have shopping carts so they loaned me this little wheel barrel. Shiva thought it was real cool. He just sat in it and looked at things. I had promised Shiva a present. After looking at a lot of stuff he picked a PVC Cat Bed.
I was looking at everything for the 10th time...still no brother. Shiva was having a good time. Although they didn’t have Finches...only baby chicks. So we looked at fish. He likes to touch the plastic plants.
I remember at one point some lady talking to him about a fur mouse. I never saw any fur mice. At the time I didn't even think about it. At last Charles is here... The store was to a point where they were really watching me. I really hate that, but understand. So I go up and pay for Shiva's bed and my stuff. The lady had been real nice until I picked Shiva up. ... There were at least 6 cat toys under his butt including a huge fur mouse.
I said, “the cat did it”. I really don't think she believed me. She looked at me..."yeah the cat picked up toys and hid them in your cart." I added, “Under his butt." She was about to call the manager when the paw shot out and grabbed the mouse off the counter. Her face was great! She apologized and admitted she had been watching me because I was here so long...."but I didn't watch the cat".
So now Shiva get's strip searched when he goes there.
I finally bought him a stroller. There were instructions on how to get him used to it. Just leave it open and encourage him with treats. LOLOLOLOLOL He jumped in it. I had to remove him from it at bedtime and hide the thing so he would sleep with me! Shiva LOVES his stroller and it's "Paw Proof".
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