I’m not talking about hoovering, which is an outrage to the senses of any self-respecting cat. No, I am talking about wiping, a thoroughly under-estimated pastime.
Where can you wipe? There are hundreds of opportunities out there, just waiting for the enthusiastic wiper. Here are a few of the surfaces that I wipe on my regular patrols around the house:
- windows (inside and out)
- computer monitors
- shower screens
- bath tiles
- sideboard doors
- car windscreens (NB: only when stationary)
Technique: Sometimes just one paw is enough, but at other times, I find that standing on my back legs and going at it with both front paws is the only way to proceed. Please use your own judgement, and remember not to strain. Wiping can be an exhausting business.
A word of caution… As you may know, my under-butler dabbles a little in watercolour. He often brings framed paintings downstairs and leans them up against the wall. I find that the glass sometimes requires a little wipe in order to look its best. However, unframed paintings – ones that are still in progress on the board – are better left alone. Always check that glass is present before wiping.
What are you waiting for? It’s a fantastic workout, so get those paws moving!