21 September 2007

Feline Friday: Straw Obsession

Visit our house and you'll likely find plastic drinking straws stashed in most any room.

Lily is completely obsessed with straws, especially Starbucks straws. But really, any straw will do.

If you happen to bring home a drink with a straw, watch out! She'll quietly wait until you're distracted, then she'll knock over the cup (spilling the contents) and pull the straw right out. She'll pick it up and run to some secret place where she can sit and chew on it until the ends are flat and slobbery.

Few things, I might add, are cuter than Lily running across the room with a straw in her mouth like a tightrope walker carrying a balancing pole.

This straw obsession started one day when Lily was just a baby. She was riding in the car on DD's lap and got squirmy, so we looked for anything we could find to distract her. There happened to be a Starbucks straw on the dashboard so we grabbed it, and Baby Lily (teething at the time) chewed contentedly on the heavy plastic like a dog for the rest of the trip. Since that day, she's been completely obsessed. She can spot a straw the minute you walk in the door.

Now when I go to Starbucks for my Triple Grande Caramel Latte with Whip and Drizzle Heated to 170 Degrees, I make sure I also get a cup of water, with a straw, for Lily.

It makes her day. And mine.

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Maureen said...

Awwww.... so cute. I can just see Lily running across the floor with that prize in her teeth... lucky her for you getting her very own straw when you go to Starbucks. But I'll bet you don't tell THEM who the extra drink is for ;)

Heather said...

That is so sweet!

Here & there with {memories} said...

Ha ha good one! Can pix it how Lily run with the straw.


toners said...

Another great Feline Friday entry! So sweet! One of our cats also likes the little plastic wrappers that the juice box straws are held in. She doesn't eat them; she just carries them around :)

Linda said...

What a cute story, made me lol too.

Lynn said...

She sure is a cutie! How cute to get her, her own drink when you go out. We do the same thing when we go to the ice cream place. I always get a small dish of vanilla ice cream for Lacey. She loves it and the workers love watching her from the window wagging her tail in pleasure.

Shirley said...

so cute!

KarenSueM said...

very cute!

we've got one like that,
but he'll chew it and leave it in your drink...yucky!

Jill said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!!! And way better than my kitty Nimue's choice of teethers - tampons! :-0

jp said...

Thanks for your comments, guys! I wish you could see her running with it. I can't seem to catch a photo of that!

Maureen - You're right...I don't tell the Starbucks guy! He pretty much knows my order, including the water!

Toners - That must be so cute! I have to watch Lily with stuff like that. If it fits in her mouth, she'll eat it! She loves the tiny straws that are in juice bags!

Lynn-How sweet that you take Lacey for ice cream! Maybe I should just take Lily to Starbucks, huh?

KarenSue-Lily will do that, too, if she's in a rush. Or she'll just lick the straw and you may never realize it! Ewwww!!! :-)

Jill-Lily has expressed some interest in tampons...still prefers the Always pads, though! L0L

EquineSpirit said...

LOL! A couple of our cats LOVE straws too. If ya leave a cup out with a straw in it it WILL get confiscated and chewed...LOL!