The curve of a cat
curling quiet in corners of my couches
hides in shadow pillows,
conveying comfort and companionship
in stillness and distance,
in long stretches of feline spine.
My pets are, technically, the FAMILY PETS – which basically means that they aren’t mine exclusively. Still, I love them to bits and think of them as mine. 🙂
The pets in question are CATS; and officially, we have three of them – the ones designated as “indoor” cats. In reality, the number of animals that we feed at any given time is closer to TWENTY. I can’t list all twenty cats here, so for the sake of my and yours, I’ll just have to limit this list to the kitties that stay INSIDE our home.
So wanna meet our feline family members?
I’ve talked about Itim/Ninja before. He’s the darling boy who likes playing fetch, and the cat whose photo is very difficult to take. My sister saw him on a street when he was extremely young and, because it was clear that he was alone, picked him up. She was worried that he’ll have trouble getting nutrition. Then he ate EVERYTHING. He’s our heaviest house cat.
Davi is also a stray, and is the most NEUROTIC of the cats we have – which is why she can never be an “outside kitty”. Mind you, it’s not all her fault. We took her to this one vet to get spayed, and it turns out that he didn’t take out ALL the bits he should have. This means that the poor girl still goes into heat (even though she can’t get pregnant). She doesn’t like touching, unless she initiates it.
Curiosity is our oldest cat. Truth be told, we never actually had house cats until she showed up as a kitten in our front lawn, ingratiated herself to us by HISSING at everyone, and then getting herself run over by a car the moment we decide that she’s healthy enough to survive with other cats. Not-so-smart she may have been, but she’s a champion purrer.
I think if you check out some other posts on this blog (you’ll have to look for them), it would be pretty obvious what my favorite animal is.
I love CATS. I grew up with cats. I’ve been cuddling them my whole life…whenever they let me, at least. They don’t beg for your attention; you and your kitty can lovingly ignore each other while sitting on the same couch. They can be utterly graceful, or hilariously clumsy. They are soft, warm balls of fur that ask very little of you apart from food and your undying devotion.
To me, they are absolutely wonderful. And no other animal has even gotten close to being as admirable to me as cats are.