Stella is not shy at all. She has no problem greeting strangers, deals well with odd noises, and she very rarely gets startled.
There is one thing, though, that causes Stella great grief and concern. It’s not the sight of the cat carrier, not a trip to the vet, nor even getting too close to running water. Rather, her arch-enemy is the vacuum cleaner!
She was doing her usual thing in her usual place, and she suddenly heard the subtle sound of the closet door opening, giving her a clue that the vacuum may be coming out. Stella waited in silence trying to listen for the sounds of the cord being plugged in and the vacuum being prepared for use.
At the first sound of the vacuum, she sprinted up the stairs and quickly dove under the bed to get away from this “creature.” She hid as best she could, leaving only a small opening for her to keep an eye out for it getting closer. “Watch out…watch out,” Stella said to Sophia and Brother. “Keep your tail and toys away from that thing!” she reminded the other Guard Cats. Sophia wasn’t paying attention to Stella, however, as she was having a rare moment of vanity enjoying her reflection in the mirror.
Brother heard Stella, but he wasn’t startled by the vacuum probably because he was too tired to move.
Stella was shocked at how calm Sophia and Brother remained as the vacuum got closer. “Get back, get back!” Stella warned.
The vacuum kept moving closer and it backed Stella near the corner. “I warned you,” she repeated. “Now, I’m fighting back,” Stella shouted as she puffed up and hissed causing the vacuum to become silent and stop moving.
“Whew…keep that thing away from me!” Stella said as Mom put the vacuum back in the closet. “Now, I can finish my nap,” she thought as she crawled to one of her favorite spots.
“I hope that’s over with,” Stella commented under her breath. The vacuum episode was over with for now, but the Guard Cats were about to see another unwelcome guest.
Until next time….