Cats and Dog Family
I was looking at my Page-A-Day Cat Calendar for today, I
was struck with the photograph. Actually, for the weekend
cats, they are on one page. Both of these cats were dressed
up in what appeared to be nightshirts. All my mind went
to was how in the world they got these shirts on the cats.
have a strong mind of their own. Try to give a cat a pill,
or catch a cat that doesn’t want to be caught or do
anything that you want the cat to do and you’ve got
a big job ahead of you.
watching the news the other night, when the final report
was questioning whether cats saw pictures when they watched
TV. Turns out that mainly, "slower cats" tend
to watch TV. Not "smarter" cats, as some cat owners
have thought. And the reason this is, is because cats have
to react quickly to the visual input of small rodents or
birds jumping away from them in order to catch their dinner.
Apparently the TV watchers wouldn’t make very good
that as it may, I was delighted that the story made national
news. By the way, it seems the "smarter, faster"
cats see only lines which form images on the TV screen and
are too fast for the human eye. Which is why we wouldn’t
be fast enough to catch rodents. Ick! As if we would ever
point of all this is that we shouldn’t attribute human
traits to our cats. As much as we’d like to. And I’m
speaking from a lifetime of being "owned by cats’"
as Cleveland Amory would say. Now, keep in mind that I call
myself a "mother" to my cats. I think this is
consistent with most cat owners. We feel simply like parents.
Now, also keep in mind I’ve never been a parent. So,
maybe that’s how I can feel like one. I also consider
Sally to be Sam’s "sister" even though they
Moxie, our Dalmatian, is considered to be a "sister"
to Sam and Sally, even though she’s of a different
species. How weird is that? But I think if you asked any
pet owners, they would say they consider their pets to be
their kids. So maybe it isn’t so weird. Even Herman,
who is a parent to two girls and a boy, considers our pets
to be our kids now that his are grown and on their own.
a totally different note, I do not consider myself a "step-mom."
Nor do I think his kids consider me one, although I’m
sometimes referred to that way for lack of a better title.
enjoy your pets, those of you who have them. And if you
don’t have them, I would strongly suggest it. Studies
show pet owners live longer and are more content with life.
And I can add my two cents worth to that!