People change over time. They develop new interests, try new things, and find new ways to avoid terminal boredom.
Case in point: Way, way back in 2013, I said that Watanuki isn’t “aggressive about sitting on newspapers…doesn’t have much interest in chewing on books…doesn’t unroll the toilet paper…and given his choice of dens, he’s more likely to hole up in a plastic cat carrier than a cardboard box.”
‘Nuki didn’t just stroll into the box and sit down. He had to knock it on its side first. That took several tries. Then there was a period of cautious sniffage, followed by multiple changes of position before he was comfortable.
Perhaps Watanuki has outgrown his early “reverse Maru’s syndrome”. He has taken to sitting on the recycle pile–which is primarily newspaper–and has been seen
droolingnibbling on the corner of Maggie’s ebook reader (call it meta-paper).
Or maybe he’s just doing it to mess with our minds. I wouldn’t put it past our house-thug.
Regardless, Rhubarb wants to make it clear that he had nothing to do with ‘Nuki’s behavioral change, has never met Watanuki, and in fact, doesn’t even see the cat to his right.
While it’s true that times and people change, some things remain the same.
No matter how lazy a cat may get (Garfield notwithstanding), mice remain a hunter’s favorite target.