I don’t always bite your ankles but when I do you are carrying something heavy.
“Fluffy” 18 years old and counting … (88 in human years)
“Based on a survey of 10 reputable sites that discuss the average domestic cat, the numbers are more inconsistent, ranging from 10 to 20 years. The average domestic cat lifespan comes out to 15.1 years.” [http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/how-long-do-cats-live-cat-health-facts]
Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic. ~ Lillian Jackson Braun
random notions of security – a picture on my kitchen wall
You have survived January nights at 30 below
dodged trucks careening down back alleys
sensed bogus treats of antifreeze
eluded budding psychos who would duct tape your legs together
and leave you on the railway tracks.
Your coat is ginger clotted hairballs
raised bloody scars criss-cross your broad skull with its ragged ears.
Your ribs show and your belly is slack so you accept the food
warily at first, then gulp it down
to look behind you.
Then you are off to familiar haunts of alleys and derelict buildings
rife with predators
stronger and bigger than you.
But your claws are still sharp, teeth like needles and legs supple to carry
you away from danger.
And you will live to fight another day.
Feline logic dictates that you must
Leave white fur on my black sweaters
Upend defenceless house plants just for spite
Find my can of tuna on the kitchen counter
Fling cat litter helter skelter
Yet curl up by my side, yawn and sleep the sleep of innocents
Epitome of innocence ~
“A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.”
Our cat Fluffy would not leave this Siamese fighting fish alone. She would watch it and sometimes stick her paw in the bowl to give it a few whacks or try to catch it. One day it was swimming on its side, one fin lifted feebly in the air. I knew it wasn’t long for this world. Fish tend to be short-lived anyway but the cat had probably hastened its demise somehow. A similar thing happened to my daughter’s hamster. She hadn’t closed the lid firmly enough after cleaning the cage. Sure enough, next day no more Nutmeg the hamster gleefully playing in the shavings. Fluffy sat in the corner licking her paws looking totally innocent.
Cats are great but sometimes they can be bloodthirsty little creatures!