Social Whatever from the Pod

So, Ziva, what’s the deal here?

What do you mean Gibbs?

Why is mom home all the time?

Do you have a problem with that?

Well, no, not really. It just seems weird that she’s spending so much time in the bedroom. With us.

That’s because she’s working from home.

Why would she do that? Does mom miss us?

Perhaps, but I heard her talking to the other human. They said something about social distancing and being safer at home.

Social what?


What the heck is that?

I think it means staying home. With us.

Okay, I can be cool with that. After all, I think she’s feeding us more often.

Not a good thing, Gibbs. You’re getting pretty hefty in your middle. Like when I was hefty in the middle.

I’m big-boned and muscular.

Yeah, whatever you want to tell yourself.

That’s what I want to tell myself. As long as mom listens to me when I yowl for food, I’m happy.

Mom needs ear plugs.

For your snoring?

No, for your big mouth.

Ouch. That was hurtful.

Get over yourself. We’re not talking about you, we’re talking about mom being home.

Yeah, what’s with all the stuff she brought into the bedroom…that big black thing that goes up and down and another TV and papers?

Mom is doing her work stuff from home. I think those things are from where she usually goes when she leaves us alone all day.

Mom gets to watch TV all day at work? She could do that at home. Always.

That’s not a TV, Gibbs. I believe mom calls it a computer. It’s like the thing she sits in front of on the weekend when she’s trying to ignore your yowling.

Shut up.

Truth hurts.

Are we supposed to be doing the social whatever thing?


Yeah, that. Are we supposed to be doing something different?

No, Gibbs, we don’t have to because we don’t go anywhere except in that horrible noisy machine once a year.

I go out on the patio.

That doesn’t count.

Well, what counts?Β 

From what I see and understand, mom is not going to church or work, and neither she nor the other human are going to the grocery store very often and keeping distance from other people.

Why is that?

Because humans are getting sick. Really, really sick.

From what?

I don’t know, brother, but it doesn’t sound good.

Will mom and the other human be okay?

I hope so. I think they are taking good care of themselves and being careful about what they bring into the house.

Geez, I hope mom can still bring kibble into the house.

No worries. They wear gloves on their hands and spray everything with something that smells bad and then it’s okay.

That’s good to know.


So, we don’t have to do the social whatever thing, we can still curl up on the bed together?

Of course we can.

I don’t have to keep my distance?

Only when you’re being an ass or farting or pooping a smelly one.

Very funny.

Gibbs, I think we’ll be okay and the humans will be okay. Yes, mom will be home more often and we’ll put up with the extra stuff in the bedroom and the smelly sprays, but it means that we get to see her more often.

And fed more often.

I think she’s putting you on a diet, Gibbs.


A diet. Less food.


Mom’s going to socially distance you from the kibble.

I think I’m going to be sick.

No joking about this.

It’s not fair.

Welcome to the party, Gibbs. Get used to it. We’re going to be here awhile.

27 responses to Social Whatever from the Pod

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Dear Bird Lady, my sister and I are always serious. Except when we’re not. Love, Gibbs.
      PS: Mom, Ziva and I wish you purrfect health.

  1. Herman says:

    Thank goodness we have cats to keeps us company in these difficult times… Jimi puts a smile on my face every day.

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Awww – look at that wonderful belly on Ziva just begging for a tickle or two πŸ’•

    Theo says hi from one of his favourite isolation spots. He’s wondering what all the fuss is … this is life as usual for him πŸ˜‰

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ziva has been letting me touch her belly lately…gently, carefully, for a few seconds. She’s getting soft in her old age.

      Tell Theo “hi” from all of us here at the zoo. 😁 We wish him long and restful naps.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        The poor babies are going to be a bit lost when this is all over and you go back to your normal routine.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Giving them a taste of retirement. Cats perfected social distancing long before we discovered it. The stress of your being home might require a little extra kibble (and a belly rub).

    Keep on taking care (of them and yourself).

    • bikerchick57 says:

      They are already getting extra kibble because our afternoon feeding schedule is off due to me being here. I need to get a grip on that. Gibbs is gaining the weight I’ve lost since being home!

      • Dan Antion says:

        At least the average is consistent. MuMu screams for her food, even when she has eaten or it’s not yet time to eat. We try to ignore her, but…

        Hang in there. I hope the start of week two (or is it three) goes well.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Oh I love this conversation. It rings true, as I remember back on my two kitty cats. You’re so right about how we’re all going to have to get used to this, we’re in this for the long haul.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Ally. I’m trying to prepare for whatever comes our way this month and to stay hunkered down at home. Stay well and be safe.

  5. marianallen says:

    Two beautiful, clever cats. Give them pats from me, a nose sniff from Tipper, and a hearty hiss from Chickie.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m giving the hearty hiss to Gibbs and sending a return sniff from Ziva, but both will get your pats. Thanks Marian!

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’m grateful to have a state Governor that has shut down non-essential business and are asking people to stay at home. However, there are still those who aren’t paying attention to the latter and the politics that made people go out and vote today. Stupid.

      • I was just watching that on the news. If ever there was a time for people to put their toxic partisanship aside… Some politicians are appalling.

  6. joey says:

    It is unfair and it’s definitely for the long haul. For good reason tho, so that’s nice. Also, fattening food cooked up midday. I have been making eggs and cheese on English muffins for most day for weeks now and I have come to love the ritual of lunch with my husband. I don’t know that we’re gaining weight, but the dog may be… πŸ˜›

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha! I think I gave some of my excess weight to Gibbs. One good thing about working from home is that my coworkers can’t bring in bad food for me to eat.

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