My holidays are time off from my job, not from work. During my three weeks, I am kept busy with a number of chores that, while I could perform them during a Saturday or Sunday, would take up the majority of what little free time I have on those days. If they take up the same amount of time on my holidays, it seems much less tragic, as I have more time available.
The biggest chore is always the cleaning of the cat-trees. I feel like it should be a communal task, like the scouring of the White Horse in Berkshire, when whole villages would gather to clean up and uncover the ancient carving of the horse cut into the turf. Unfortunately, my fellow villagers are four-footed, furred and expect me to do all the work. Which I do.
But this year the chore was made easier, thanks to the advice of a fellow cat-blogger. In the past, I have used the wet rubber glove method. But Mary Anne, at Feral Cat Behavior (http://www.feralcatbehavior.com/), suggested I use a curry-comb on the trees. This is a hard-tined comb - perhaps it even qualifies as a brush - that is normally utilized on horses. In my case, I dampened the surfaces of the tree in question (to keep the hair from flying away) and combed them out. It’s still hard and time-consuming work, but it does not take as long as the other method, nor do I think is it as strenuous an action. In any case, I am indebted to Mary Anne for the tip.
The big job of cleaning the cat-trees is done. Now the beasts can get busy with the simple task of undoing it.