It may sound ridiculous but currently, we live in a house we bought for a cat. Having bounced around, living in doorways, cars, sofas, spare rooms and all the other dubious choices of habitat…that was alright for me but it is not something a cat should be subjected to. Cats need windows and birdies to look at through those windows. They need a regular place to find their bowl. Were it not for my first kittie, a beautiful Maine Coon named Copernicus (Purrnie), Your Humble Narrator could still be dwelling who-knows-where.
The responsibility of the cat settled me down, ending a wild streak of moving from place to place, city to city, over a number of years. Purrnie outlasted my ex-wife, my parents, several jobs and half a dozen cars. The only stable force in my life for quite sometime was the cat that met me at the door everytime I arrived home. Cats can hear your car miles away. An amazing fact, picked up from Animal Planet, is that your cats cannot only hear your car at least a mile away, it can tell the difference between your car and the exact same model that came off the assembly line immediately before or after your vehicle. They can tell the difference.
We fielded some questions from a fervent kittie fanatic recently. This Beloved Reader reported that “I HAVE A CAT THAT IS NAMED SHADOW IT IS FAT AND LOVEY.”…Now, isn’t that a pleasant thought? A nice fat kittie! The reader was also interested in my status and asked these thought-provoking questions, as well, “DO YOU HAVE A CAT YAS OR NO” and “DO YOU LICK CATS YES OR NO”????
While we do not feel the sense of urgency indicative of a phrase like “YAS OR NO”, we do find the quries to be valid and, in so doing, we address them directly. Yas, is the first answer, there are two cats living in my house. One of them, you may have seen part of, as his white, rear tootsies decorate the wallpaper behind this post.
Do I LICK MY CATS, yes or no? While not directly licking them with my tongue, sometimes I do wet my fingers and pet them in a way that affects them in the way of a washing. The moisture leads the cat to think it was licked and they usually respond by licking my hand in return.
Licking cats is one thing but I think more devotion is shown in the care and grooming of Inkie’s butthole. This is Inkie. In the seven years Inkie has been here, not once would she keep her eyes open when her picture is snapped.