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Topic C: CATS

I do not really remember the cat that lived with us when I was a kid back in Chicago.  I must’ve been about five.  I think his name was Tiger.  The only vague memory I have of him is that he would climb our neighbor’s tree and then jump onto their roof and start yowling.  “Meow!  Meow!”  Eventually one of us—usually one of my sisters, perhaps—would go up through the neighbor’s attic and out the window to retrieve him and bring him back down.  We would laugh at how silly he was, not able to get down on his own.  Looking back, I think we were well trained.

At some point before we moved to California, the cat ran away.  My mom was worried about him being lost.  However, she did find him, sitting and purring on an old lady’s lap a few blocks away.  They both looked very content, so my mom let the woman keep him.  This experience is what I knew about cats, other than the neighborhood strays that messed up the garden and stalked the birds.  When I was in graduate school, I visited a cousin who had a Siamese—pretty cat.  But crazy.  Maybe a little mean.  At first I felt pretty good that the cat seemed to take to me, even fell asleep on my lap while I was reading.  But when she woke up, she stretched and then reached out and bit my hand before she jumped away.  My cousin said something reassuring like, “She does that.”

Can you blame me for not being crazy about cats? 

Obviously, it is no surprise that I am not a cat-person (vs. a dog-person).  But I actually grew to like cats.  Once I met a few more.  The first great cats I got to know lived with some friends, when we all lived in Texas.  Those cats were lovely felines:  sleek and beautiful, patient but eventually willing to get to know me, curious and creative in how they played.  And they did not bite!  I saw their personalities, their interplay with their owners, their habits and quirks and fell in love with them.  I may never troll websites for cat videos, but I do now appreciate cats for their beauty, agility, independence, curiosity, playfulness, and assertiveness.  I would not call them aloof, just thoughtful and cautious.  Admit it:  there is something special about a cat sleeping on your lap, purring against your legs, trotting to the door to say hello, and playing with empty boxes or some other silly thing.

I expect some of my readers are cat-people and can share some great cat stories to make me like cats even more than I do already.  If I owned a cat, I think I might be persuaded to build a wall of boxes like the guy in the video below did.  I especially like how he shared the design plans with the cat before construction.

Below are some photos and quotes that show some of the cats I have gotten to know and some quotes that capture the essence of cats.  ENJOY!

Cats always seem so very wise, when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking, “I’ll be nice, and maybe she will feed me twice?”   Bette Midler

almost asleep 2

barney gray with yellow eyes

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.  Nan Porter

Booj what do you want

cat under table

You cannot look at a sleeping cat and be tense.  Jane Pauley

napping

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.    Joseph Wood Krutch

MEOW

A cat in grass is a tiger in the jungle.  English Proverb

Patti Hunting

If there is one spot of sunshine spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.  J. A. McIntosh

cat stripes

The ideal of calm exists in a cat.  H. G. Frommer

so demure

 Happy is the home with at least one cat.  Italian Proverb

Hiding in plain sight

What greater gift than the love of a cat?   Charles Dickens

gorgeous blue eyes

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  Edgar Allan Poe

Syd's Tail

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life—music and cats.  Albert Schweitzer

One cat just leads to another.  Ernest Hemingway

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten.  Terry Prachett

Comments on: "Topic C: CATS" (7)

  1. that’s a lovely video! worked so hard for building something for the cat 🙂

    • I’m glad you stopped by. . . and liked the video. It struck me as such a grand gesture. A friend had sent the link months ago in an email–and I as pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find it again through a simple internet search.

  2. Ah cats..I live with 2 now. I love all animals but cats fit my lifestyle best and the 2 I have now are my best furry friends. Love this post 🙂

  3. Great cat quotes, Patti. Even though I am not fond of cats ( we had a huge feral cat problem in our yard in San Antonio, and they stalked our birds and killed so many, we finally had to remove our bird feeders), these are lovely cat photos. Now, talk about a yellow lab, and you would have me hooked.

    • Thanks for stopping by. A woman after my own heart. My dog was a yellow lab mix and I still miss him dearly. Sorry you had to give up the bird feeders–what a shame. As an amateur bird watcher, I loved having feeders in the yard, when I had a yard!

  4. […] cite, I still contend that I am indeed a Dog Person, even though I have not owned a dog lately and actually like cats as […]

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