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Passed on from gnomi Kitten Break Unless you have a cat fear,… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Passed on from gnomi
Kitten Break
Unless you have a cat fear, this is a good, relaxing, blood-pressuring-lowering site. But it so makes me miss my cat. Why must my landlady have a thing about pets that aren't small enough for cages? (Of course, my roommie isn't wild about the notion of scratched up furniture, either. Or cats climbing the costumes she's making. So I kind of get it. But I WANT A CAT!!!!)

Er, sorry. I loved the ferret, and I miss the ferret, but I am a cat person, born and bred. I won my first blue ribbon for writing an essay about my grandmother's cat, Patches, and how she won a lot of mixed breed ribbons in a cat show. The essay went up at the county fair with a big blue ribbon right on the side of it. I had a dog named Benji that I was crazy about, too, but it's always been the cats that I need. Patches, Snuggles, Popoki, Merlin. Patchie was beautiful, Snuggles kind of needy, Po one of the world's great mousers (she caught her first one when she was too small to kill it!), and Merlin... well, he's just a lovebug, is all. The silly cat "adopted" a baby bird--my mother had found it wounded and taken it in long enough to give it water and so on (careful not to touch it), and ever after, it would keep coming to the door, and it and Merlin would just make noises at each other. Merlin's weren't his, "I like to pretend I'm a hunter" noises; they were the same noises he makes when he "talks" to us. (I don't let my mother forget that she was adamant about getting a female cat, but I was the one who insisted we take home the cute little tom kitten who was following us around and trying to have a conversation.) There is nothing in the world more relaxing than holding a purring cat.

Okay. That was random. I've just been having a lot of cat-related thoughts lately.

I think that animal-rights people who have an anti-pet hang-up have never really observed animals that well. People seek out animals, but honest to G-d, they seek us out, too. This woman at the Earth Day festival said that she couldn't believe the way the Canadian geese just came up beside people. It wasn't natural! It was warped! They shouldn't like people! Now, there's a case to be made that they shouldn't be fed because they need to migrate, but why shouldn't birds be allowed to like people who like them right back? And as to cats, the archaeology suggests that they initiated the relationship, moving in around grain bins and making themselves useful in return for food and companionship. Why is it more unnatural for animals and humans to get along than for animals to get along with each other?
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ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: May 7th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I know exactly what you mean about needing cats. I grew up with (at one time) five cats. But hubby's allergic, and Lady thinks they're snack food, so owning a cat these days is kinda out of the question.

And I don't get anti-pet people, either. Two species living together for mutual benefit isn't animal slavery, it's symbiosis.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 7th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
And I don't get anti-pet people, either. Two species living together for mutual benefit isn't animal slavery, it's symbiosis.

That's a really good way of putting it. Both species live longer and better together... where's the bad here?

(At any rate, anyone who thinks you can make a cat into any sort of slave has obviously never tried to travel with one.)
ivylore From: ivylore Date: May 7th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)

I don't trust anti-pet people or Cat-haters.

It's funny that you posted this because I was just wondering why you don't have a cat when you're obviously such a cat-person. Is there any way you could come to a compromise with the landlady and room mate? A cat from the human society with a clean record of not scratching maybe?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 7th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I don't trust anti-pet people or Cat-haters.

With the landlady, I might be able to work something out. She let one of the former roommates keep a cat she already had. (Her daughter said something about, "Oh, yes, get a cat, just don't let my mother know about it...!" which seemed dodgy.) But most of the furniture is my roommate's, and she does tend to have a lot of fabric lying around just waiting for a curious kitten to climb and snag it. She supplements her income making costumes for a theater troupe, so it's not a small issue. I suppose I could have the cat declawed (my mom's all for that), but... well... ouch.
ivylore From: ivylore Date: May 7th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I don't trust anti-pet people or Cat-haters.

You might luck out if you're checking at the humane society and find a cat that's already been declawed. It's pretty easy to keep a kitten's nails well trimmed too. (Runa has actually never had a clawing problem - she likes door mats and that's about it).
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: May 7th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I don't trust anti-pet people or Cat-haters.

Yeah. Ouch. We had to declaw two of our cats, and it was horrible. My mom said later that if she'd had any idea of what kind of pain it put the cats through, she'd never have had it done.

That being said, I've heard that the newer method of laser declawing is quicker, healthier (if removing part of a cat's fingers is "healthy"), and much less painful. Lucky for me, catless, I don't have to find out.
ivylore From: ivylore Date: May 7th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I don't trust anti-pet people or Cat-haters.

My parents declawed their first cat (the family cat, Scampy) and my mom said the same thing. She said Scampy limped around for almost two weeks meowing and tearing at his bandages until his paws bled. She said never again in her lifetime. I've heard the new method is much more humane too.
minoukatze From: minoukatze Date: May 7th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
:D Thank you for introducing kitten break.

I'm with the above commenter on distrusting cat haters. I can understand preferring dogs, it's a different kind of love, but actively disliking cats sets off alarm bells in my head. I simply don't want to know anyone who can't appreciate a good cat- it's shows a lack of subtlety and wit.

Cats appreciate companionship too- they're just a bit sly about it. One thing I notice about my critters is that they always have to be in the same room as you. They don't necessarily interact with you, but if you change rooms, so do they.

"There is nothing in the world more relaxing than holding a purring cat."

True. I think that's why cat owners have lower blood pressure and longer lives:)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 7th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
actively disliking cats sets off alarm bells in my head
I think there are dog-people who put on a big show of disliking cats, but don't actually hate them. You can tell, those, though--they say they dislike cats because you can't train them to catch a ball or something. They don't just say, "Cats! Eeeewwww!" Or there are people (Jay Leno comes to mind) who are always and forever complaining about their cats, but are so obviously cat people that you have to snicker when they do it. I swear, I watch Leno instead of Letterman because of Cheese the Cat, and the fact that Jay knows how to scratch a cougar cub between the ears.

Thanks to bizarre housing rules, there are people who just aren't used to being around any animals, feline or otherwise. The thought makes me sad. At the same time, if you live in a city--where such rules tend to proliferate--then the best way to pack a room for a presentation is to say that there will be live animals there. If someone ever came up with the idea to open a "petting store" (I hope for the sake of the animals that they don't), it would put fast food places out of business, because people would spend their money and their lunch hours going to cuddle cats and dogs and hamsters and guinea pigs that they can't take home.

They don't necessarily interact with you, but if you change rooms, so do they.

Heh-heh. That sounds familiar. And they remember. My mom said that a few months after I left Albuquerque, my aunt came to stay, and she and my uncle stayed in my old room. Apparently, Merlin saw that the door was closed (as I kept it), and was waiting eagerly in the morning, only to walk away very disappointed when it turned out to be Aunt Carol who came out.
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: May 7th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That whole lowering blood pressure thing makes me wonder if our pets didn't domesticate us as much as we did them. We love to look at animals, to touch them, to pet them. Is that feeling natural to our species, or were we changed by our animals as much as we changed them?
scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: May 7th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Kitten Break is great. I'm not much into small kittens (I don't think they look cute. I think they look weird), but I love a good, affectionate older cat. We've got two living in my house right now, and I love them to death. I didn't realize how much I missed my own cat until Xander and Pierre moved in.

How could anyone be against having a pet, especially if it's a cat or a dog that's allowed to range outside? My old cat, Olympia, was as much a member of our family as anyone and he loved us, as much as any animal can love a person. He would even leave his "kills" on our porch, which, while disgusting, is a huge thing to cats. I don't know what I'll do when we have to put Olympia down (he's sixteen and has gone blind).

Don't you love cats who like to "talk"? Olympia is like that. They can really hold up their end of a conversation, too.
matril From: matril Date: May 7th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I adore cats, though I'll have to learn to live without them since they make my husband stop breathing. I'll just have to visit cat owners often, which has its advantages over owning them since you don't have any responsibilities concerning them. ;)

By the way, Fern, I'm new here (at least I just got an account, though I've been lurking for a while) and I was wondering if you'd mind me friending you. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 7th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind anybody friending me. :)
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truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: May 7th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cats are wonderful, aren't they? Our cat, Rain, just showed up at the house one day a year or two ago, and she's been with us ever since. She's flat out the friendliest cat I've ever met in my life; she loves to be carried and you'd have to really mistreat her before she'd think of harming you. The anti-pet people you speak of are lunatics.
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