Cat Compulsions – Red Light/Green Light
What is it about cats that they cannot control the urge to chase the red dot from a laser pen? As you well know, if a cat doesn’t want to do something, they won’t. But yet, take the laser pen out and they will wake from a deep sleep or stop whatever they are doing to chase that dot – almost like when a light changes from yellow to green and it’s full speed ahead, all systems go! Even the laziest cat on earth, our Miss Harley is powerless to the spell of the laser pen and is unable to NOT try to capture this elusive red monster.I was thinking how odd that must be, to be that compelled to do something that it almost puts you in a hypnotic state. Then I realized I hadn’t fallen too far from the cat condo myself and was EXACTLY like my feline companions and had no right to question (or laugh at) their culpability. You know that little red box that pops up on facebook when someone either “likes” or comments to a post string you are part of? Well, I have no self-control whatsoever when I see that notification and I have to instantly click on it. My hand reacts before my brain can tell me that it’s probably not that critically important that I find out Jane Doe likes the picture I posted of Kizmet looking ridiculously cute… Yet, I MUST CLICK… I used to have a droid phone that would flash a little green light anytime I got an email notification – naturally, the moment I saw the light, I would pick up the phone so that I could read that really important message sent to me from the nice folks at Viagra who are concerned about improving my sex life. I no longer have that phone – I now have an iPhone and sadly there is no light to let me know of these important opportunities that are being sent to me. I have to actually pick the phone up when I feel compelled to do so to see if I have any messages… Man, what a cumbersome drag that is…
So, yeah, I’m
overly a bit compulsive and driven by colors like my cats, but to my credit, I have contained my addiction to colors only and not sounds. I have silenced ALL the sound effects for text and email notifications on my phone and my ringtone is set to vibrate so that I am no longer a slave like the Pavlovian dog who was trained to salivate when hearing a bell ring when I hear a certain noise. I don’t allow my phone to interfere with my day while I am at work with crazy noises and I eat my dinner in peace without special sound effects. Now, of course, the cats are an entirely different story…. they have no problem at all interfering with my dinner. Perhaps I should keep the laser pen nearby so that one quick flick of the switch and their attention goes from my dinner to that all powerful red dot!