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I’m heading out to lunch, but before I do let’s continue with our bathtub theme for World Cat Day. Whenever Marian or I get up in the night to use the bathroom, Hopper zips in a few seconds later and immediately jumps into the bathtub. I’ve never figured out why. There’s nothing in the bathtub for her to play with, but that’s where she likes to be. However, she only likes it when one of us is in there doing our business. The rest of the time she shows no interest at all.

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