MARLEY: I had some questions ta ask TBT, but I had ta be careful about it. Well, they were about Iza, and finding a time when she isn't nearly attached to him isn't easy. So I decide ta sit on the back of the chair and whisper...
So, it went like this:
ME: Psst, I got an embarassing question ta ask. Why does Iza smell so bad?
TBT: Well, I think she has always had some tummy troubles. Plus there is a part of you cats called an "anal gland". It releases a scent marker. Sometimes it causes problems, though. Iza has that problem. And it is why she sometimes drags her butt along the carpet.
ME: Do I have that problem?
TBT: No, you smell like baby powder. And yes, that is good... Ayla smells good too.
TBT: Well, I've had the vet squeeze bad stuff out each visit, but it doesn't last long. I've wondered if I could learn to do it myself.
ME: So why don't you? Ayla and I would appreciate it.
TBT: And I would appreciate it too. But it isn't easy, Iza would fight about it. It really takes 2 Beins ta do it.
ME: Could you hire someone?
TBT: Well, that would be the vet almost every month.
TBT: That would come out of your treat money...
ME: Ooh. That doesn't sound good either. It might even smell worse.
TBT: Sometimes we all have to just put up with small problems.
ME: Yeah. Well, I'm sure glad I whispered all this to you. I love Iza and wouldn't want her to be embarassed.
TBT: Me too, but I think I will talk to the vet about learning if I can do that stuff myself. And if I start bringing Iza to the vet every couple of months, she is going to get her front claws clipped too.
TBT: But you and Ayla would too.
ME: NO, I need those ta catch the voles!