Noll on Passing Over the Stairway Troll

As of late, Uncle Keaks has been acting like the troll under the bridge.
Except it's not so much a bridge as it is stairs.
But it's the best visual I can give you.
Verily, like the Billy Goats Gruff, in order to pass by, one must pass over; as in the next step down or up depending on which way you're going; cause he ain't moving! We cats are nimble enough. The humans are another matter.
Now, you could blithely rejoin with:
Keekerwee, Keekerwee
Let me pass by
Pretty please, pretty please
There's a crunchy
Temptation in it for thee.
But he's a little hard of hearing, so save your breath.
Forcibly nudging Keaks off works 30% of the time. The other 70% gets you on to the next step - because that is as far as he'll move. The 70% factor is typically in play if your hands are full of laundry. Nudging also provokes biting 15% of the time. However, since he is more feisty in the morning, biting occurs 35% more often when the nudge is between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM. So, unless you're quick with the mathematics, don't employ the nudging strategy. Just remember:
Keaks is like a slinky except he's got no slink.
Instead, treat the troll situation like a game of chess and execute d7 to e4.
Pick up and move the "White King" down seven and over 4.
Oh, and since you're near the pantry now, a treat would be nice.


Angel said...

How funny. he is king of the stairs!

Junior and Orion said...

It is so fun to be in the beans way!

The Creek Cats said...

Ha! We used to have a kitty, Sylvester (gone to the bridge) who was the stairs troll!

Tuck said...

Being a stairway toll sounds like something I would enjoy trying!

corster said...


corster said...


one of my favs. sharing with my cat lover friends!

Karen Jo said...

Keaks seems to have the stairway troll game perfected. I hope nobody tries to go up or down in the dark.

pughy said...

Brilliant, king of the stairs.

We love that.

Hugs Ginger Jasper x

Noll's Nip said...

Hi Karen Jo...Keaks does the troll thing only during the day...but there's a night light at the top of the steps just in case.

Cat with a garden said...

Hehehehehehe. We live in a smal appartement and the only stairs we have lead up to our, eh mom's bed. Chilli is a master of wnating to use them the second mom climbs up or down or just sitting on them. Cats- gotta love'em!