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!)