There they crouch. The words "cat" and "courage" lurking in the same sentence. As an American man, I understand how I´m supposed to react. "Cats?" I should object. "Give me a good mud-loving hound any day." Despising felines—or pretending to—is a sex-role rule for us males as powerful as pulling on pants. Buddies of mine complain on and on about the fact that cats don´t "come when called." Some friends insist that they´re arrogant—measurably more so than we men. Above all, there is the threatening realization that women obviously seem to enjoy cats to emotional and cerebral depths that we guys don´t
I came from a family that raise German Shepherds-but one day my Dad brought home a tiny little alley cat who took over the house-and the dog. Four out of 5 of us are now all ´cat people´ - now we have also owned German Shepherds-but we are never without a cat-or two or three. I have noticed that men who like cats, seem to better understand women, or at least like them as ´people´ rather than strange objects they has to adjust too. Just saying--a theory that needs work, but so far has legs.
I hate to be condemned as a "speciest", but cats have always struck me as a lesser degree predator compared to mankind, who is their alpha predator to the cat as a beta predator.
Alphas tolerate betas as long as food is plentiful, and the beta doesn´t suffer risk from the alpha unless the former is a food competitor.
I´ve owned cats and they are unique creatures, but then so are dogs. The dog is really an ally of the human, whereas the cat is largely indifferent. Dogs can fetch game killed by a human, without eating it outright. Try duck hunting with a cat and see how successful that experience is. The dog is content to eat the kill which the human apportions to it.
Wait until humans develop a taste for mice, and then watch the fur fly!
Our last cat Elsa used to love it when I changed the tablecloth on the dining room table to a gold, jacquard print. She would climb on top of the table and roll from one end to the next. If you came near her table, she´d get to her feet and walk the perimeter, swiping at you if you got too close. She was so funny and totally bossy. Lived to 16 years. My son grew up with her and from an early age I taught him cat philosophy so he would know how to treat a cat and also to interpret its many moods. Cats are his preferred animals (mine too).
We have too many dogs and two cats. My husband calls Frankie (one of those cats) a natural born killer. I made Frankie, who´s getting a big lazy, go outside one evening and after several days of him not coming home, well I felt really guilty figuring he had turned into coyote poop. Eleven days later, I come downstairs to let the dogs out and there is Frankie at the front door. Imagine my surprise. Only the Lord in heaven knows what that cat did outside for 11 days and nights.
The author thinks cats have "two-legged rulers." Cats know better.
I think my cat thinks of me as "the noisy can opener"--as in, "The noisy can opener is failing to provide food units. I will rub it until it begins to function properly again." He also periodically allows me to rub his chin, provided I observe the correct protocols. I am well trained.
If cats sang Christmas carols, they would sing "Oh come let you adore me."
[My cat is sitting next to me as I write this, and he approves this message.]
I was watching a talk show (don´t remember which one) and one of the guests said that when he comes home at night his dog is all silly and jumping around and acting like "where have you been all day" while the cat just sits there and looks like "what do you want". Even so, I love both dogs and cats.
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The Other Guy, 8/26/2013 9:43:23 AM (No. 9491705)
Dogs don´t want much and are grateful for everything they get. Cats don´t know what they want, but they want more of it. Not an original observation, I read it years ago. We´ve had both, sometimes concurrently and sometimes individually. I like either equally and appreciate their respective traits.
I remember Rush´s words about cats: Dogs have masters, cats have staff.
We have two Boxers and four alley cats in our household. Peaceable Kingdom. Most of the time.
If you can find it [it´s old] look for a documentary called "Caressing The Tiger," about the origins and domestication of the house cat of today, and comparing Big Jungle Cat behavior in the jungle, to behavior in the "tame world" of house cats in society --hunting for food, taking care of their young, etc. Very interesting movie.
I once rescued a cat to give my mother companionship when her health deteriorated ....... but she didn´t really like cats as pets.
My father however, bonded with this large gangly male cat ....... who became his boon companion after my mother´s death.
I have thereafter suggested friends get an older shelter cat for recent elderly widows and widowers who live alone and have lost a lifelong spouse.
Older nondescript cats, particularly male, are rarely adopted and are often the first cats euthanized. It´s a win-win situation. The older, more sedentary cat has a life and a home.
And the senior now has an instant companion, a reason to get up mornings, go shopping, keep the place clean and a bit of affection,. Soon they learn to love their new friend, who brightens their days, no matter how long both of them will have.
This is particularly true of older MEN whose wives had been their closest friend ........ and retirees lacking nearby relatives, who may have had no non-work friends, and few hobbies.
NOTE. I have seen this work when I have re-homed the older cats of elderly deceased neighbors, to senior MEN and well as women.
NOTE Studies show that seniors living alone, survive longer with better health when they have animal companions. This includes cats, which are often easier to care for as they do not have to be walked outside, which might be difficult due to physical limitations or neighborhoods. Also some building that prohibit dogs do allow cat.
In Britain they have charities to help pay vet costs for elderly pensioners.
We recently lost one of our two 18-year old sisters. It´s my practice to let the other cats see the deceased cat; that way they don´t look and cry for her (heartbreaking to see that) and simply accept that she´s dead. I was going through the routine when the surviving sister came up. She looked and sniffed at Woolly Bear, then turned to me and tried to wipe a tear from my cheekbone. I´m not making this up. She spread a front paw wide and gently swiped, several times, at my nearest eye area. I´ve heard of similar actions from dogs but never cats.
#27, one painful thing about having a cat is their limited capacity for understanding needful things. I cannot explain to my friend why veterinarians are necessary. He knows only fear and discomfort despite my reassurances. We are with you in spirit.
I greatly admire your way with the surviving sister. Her touching response has touched my heart too.
#30, Thank you very much for expressing your thoughts. Both sisters were untouchable for years until our vet prescribed Valium for them. Half a 5mg tab an hour before the appointment and the cat is a very happy cat. I hate to do it but I´ve had some serious bites in the past and this is better for all concerned.
P.S. After 17 years, Bambi (formerly known as Rambo) has began to cuddle up when I take my nap and will lick my nose if I´m not quick enough.
When I was a kid we had a cat that lived to be 18 years old. Whenever we´d go outside to play she´d be there, watching over us.
I currently have a dog and a cat. I love them both, but have discovered that the dog is the needier of the two. Our cat does her own thing, but also has her schedule. She waits at the stairs every morning to give my husband an update on the events of the night before, then she goes into my son´s room to wake him up for school. The dog needs constant reassurance, but the cat is indifferent. I´m jealous of her confident indifference. Wouldn´t it be great to be well fed and cared for, but have to do nothing for it? I think it´s a cat´s life for me!
I have three oafs and an Ober Fuehrer aka three dogs and a cat. After having lived with them for quite awhile now I find I identify more with the oafs probably because when I leave I´m told, the oafs vocally express distress, while der Fuehrer usually doesn´t notice I´m gone.
The cat comes when called, speaks, argues with you, and alerts you to anything that moves outside.He has more comprehension that some people I know. If he needs immediate attention, he taps you with his paw.
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