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Once There Was A Spider

what window spidersSee that? There in the corner?

Yeah, me neither.

A spider used to hang out in this forgotten corner of my abode. He’d spun an elaborate web and kept the area clean of whatever bugs they manage to trap.

I have no idea what kind of spider it was. All I knew was that it left me alone, it was way out of sight, and it trapped and ate tiny pests. I figured, may as well leave it alone. It’s nature doing its thing.

Then I got a cat and the cat found the spider.

The last time I saw him, he was trapped beneath a paw. He was down to just two legs as Dobson had eaten the other six. Or maybe they just fell off. He was one of those spiders with the really long flimsy legs.

Dobson swallowed the remains and I haven’t seen another spider since.

 

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  • So there’s actually a good thing about having a cat? That spider might have pleaded for it’s life but I think it didn’t have a leg – or six – to stand on.

  • I’ve only read two other’s posts so far, and they both end in Spidercide (Arachnacide?).
    Doesn’t anybody have one where the spider earns acceptance and the respect of his neighbors and opens a thread shop or runs for local office?

  • Hmm…cats eat spiders…tempting…but still no.

  • I wish our cats would catch more spiders for us, but I’ve only ever seen a couple that are actually dead!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    The image of a cat eating a spider is not how I wanted to start my day. I think I’m going to throw up.

  • Yes, any little bug, is likely to meet it’s maker if there is a cat in the house.  My Carmen would be in prison if this was a punishable offense.  Please note: Dobson’s cell mate is in for the same crime.

  • Dobson = bad ass. Awesome.

  • Hooray for Dobson’s mad spider killing skillz!

  • Yay cause he’s awesome, but boo cause I have no bug killing spiders!

  • When it comes to spiders, Dobson is judge and jury.

  • Trust me, I didn’t want it to turn out that way. Looks like there’s a lot of arachnacide going around today.

  • Come on, cats also wake you up at 5am after you’ve been up until 2am writing about spiders. How good does that sound?

  • Hahaa…your graphic is hilarious. How much time in the slammer does a cat get for murder?

  • I have a feeling cats make you throw up whether they’re eating a  spider or not.

  • It’s funny, the whole point of my post is that I hoped he would leave it alone. Turns out, everyone (almost) is on the cat’s side.

  • He’s amazing, except I kind of want my spider back.

  • I would guess about 30 minutes.  Based on the fact they have nine lives and probably will kill a lot more spiders/ants/bugs in the future, they probably won’t do much time for a first offense. 

  • That’s because almost everyone is creeped out by spiders. I really hate to kill any living creature, but fear overrides that with spiders, unfortunately.

  • Wendy

    I love spiders. Read my post. Spiders are wonderful to have in basements. In my(broke) student days ,I lived in a closet-size basement apartment, and there were spider apartments in each corner. Literally, corner webs layered from the floor to abI love spiders. Read my post. Spiders are wonderful to have in basements. In my(broke) student days ,I lived in a closet-size basement apartment, and there were spider apartments in each corner. Literally, corner webs layered from the floor to about bed level, with a spider in each web. The fact that they thrived there tells you, there were a LOT of insects to keep them full. Better a multitude of happy spiders than insects on my pillow. out bed level, with a spider in each web. The fact that they thrived there tells you, there were a LOT of insects to keep them full. Better a multitude of happy spiders than insects on my pillow. 

  • When we first brought Smokey home as a kitten, he and I were alone one day.  He was in the hallway seemingly choking.  I thought, “Oh dear God,  I need to give him CPR.  I picked up the cat and shook him quite hard to keep him breathing.  He finally coughed and a big black spider ran out of his mouth and down the hall.  Smokey was quite pissed off over losing his new playmate.

  • My dog kept those exact hours last night!

  • Cats are good for that sort of thing.  All of our female cats have liked to catch the camel crickets that infest our basement from time to time.  Unfortunately, they never eat the legs.

  • 🙂

  • MalisaHargrove

    Too funny, Cheryl!

  • MalisaHargrove

    I survived 30 Days of Cat Photography and now the first time I tune into 30 Day of Writing, the first story I read is about a cat! Is this a sign? Is some greater power guiding me to get a cat? 

  • Ha ha you better watch out, you might end up with a wolf spider in your home. Then you will come in and find your cat strapped down like Gulliver and there will be a million baby spiders crawling around the ropes!

  • Spiders are just another fascinating piece of the puzzle. And while I wouldn’t be too thrilled about one crawling into my mouth while I slept, they have a job that they do really well.

  • Dobson had no problem swallowing that spider. He did meet a moth and it got stuck to his nose, which caused him to sneeze and kill it. They can be pretty fragile.

  •  I’m picturing a basement just packed to the ceiling with cricket legs.

  •  Oh, it’s a sign alright. And there’s way more where that came from 🙂

  • The day Canada get Wolf Spiders is the day I go live on the moon!

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