Friday, January 4, 2013

Practical Cat


Okay, I do try to keep the cat posts to a minimum.  But this cat is not mine, so it's okay, right??? 

When I'm walking around town and see a kitty safely ensconced on his porch, I try not to make eye contact.  Cats put a lot of stock in eye contact.  If you don't look at them, they will often not come your way, and hence will not be in danger of being too near the street.  That, you see, is my Clever Plan for Feline Safety.  However, this little fellow, the cat-whose-name-I-don't-know, was on his way to the sidewalk before we could look at him (or not).  So, we did as was expected, and got to pettin'!  

After a short time, including a good deal of rolling around on the warm sidewalk (the cat, I mean, not the people), a loud truck came down the road.  I was worried about our new little friend, and was trying to come up with another Clever Plan for getting him back up to his porch.  As the truck got closer, Mr. Cat perked up a bit. Then he looked toward the sound, casually turned around, and sauntered back to his porch/safety zone.  No problem.  Crisis averted.  Man -  They are so much smarter than we are...


The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn't just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names...
~ T.S. Eliot

(Here's the rest of the poem, if you'd like 
to read it again, or for the first time!)



20 comments:

  1. I can't help notice that this sweet kitty is sticking to the path (referring back to your post day before yesterday)...Wonderful :).

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    1. So true, LOL! :-) Such a good kitty.

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  2. oh come on, you know you were rolling around on the sidewalk too :D have a great weekend!

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    1. Well, okay... Maybe just a little bit!

      Enjoy the weekend!! :-)

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  3. My cat must be weird, because mine will walk up and try to get the attention of someone who does not make eye contact... My cat especially likes people who ignore her/don't make eye contact... funny, huh? or she's insecure?

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    1. Well, they are nothing if not individuals! Plus, my eye contact theory tends to be for cats I see outdoors. I think indoors is likely a whole different ball game!

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  4. Aw, cute *and* smart? Some folks (creatures) have it all! I'll be taking a page from your feline safety plan & avoiding eye contact next time I see a kitty too close-for-comfort to the road. (Also, no such thing as too many 4-legged furry posts:)

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    1. This guy was definitely cute and smart! Try my feline safety plan, and see if it works. ...and thank you - I try to keep it to a minimum, but sometimes I just can't help it!

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  5. That cat looks like it has a bit of attitude; good for it.

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  6. Oh I love this kitty tail, I mean tale. My Meeps can really stare me down, especially when she's ready for me to get up in the morning!

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog. To answer your question, YES, I have a lot of photos. She's a writer and we're going to hopefully publish a book chronicling a year in the life of her garden. We started in Dec. and are having a ball!

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    1. Thank you, Virginia! I really enjoy your blog. That morning stare-down is really something, isn't it?

      How interesting that you two are putting together a book. I look forward to seeing more from the garden!

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  7. I love cat shots and this one is great with those golden leaves.

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    1. Thanks, Randy! The leaves are, I'm sure, a nuisance for some, but they are SO pretty.

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  8. I think you can and should post as many cats as possible.

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    1. Thank you, PB. It is likely that more cat posts will occur at some point!

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  9. He's a handsome devil...and I think he knows it!!! My little female tabby always knows who doesn't particularly like cats and zeros in on their laps!!!

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    1. I think he knows it, too - he should! :) So this is an interesting thing. I'm really thinking my theory only works with cats who are outdoors. Will have to do further research, both inside and out!

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    1. It's not a bad friendship, when cultivated correctly! :-)

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