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Henning 4148
08-28-2008, 04:05 PM
We are in the process of being adopted by a cat. Wait, adopted is not the right word. Subdued might be better. Anyway, a neighbor has a few (2 - 4, can't say exactly, seems to change) cats and the oldest, smallest seems to have a problem to get enough to eat. A few times, over the past years, in holidays, it seems cat feeding was not arranged for at all or whatever. So, we jumped in and fed this old, small, thin one. It's only half tame. Now, the neighbor has moved into another flat in the same house, different door, and it seems feeding works even less well than before for this cat. No cat flap in the new door either. So, we have this cat trying to jump ship (so to say, after all, this a boat forum). It has gone to the stage of dropping a dead mouse in front of our door, sneaking in when we leave the doors open, sitting on the hood of our car most of the time and mauzing at us whenever we go by.

A thing or two about cats have become very apparent in this process.
1. It is the house the cat is focused on. To be more precise, the doors.
2. It regards us as some sort of servants, linked to the house.
3. It clearly expects us to be reigned by its will.

Now, although this may be speculation, this behavior has reminded me, that cats were temple pets in times long gone by. Clearly, this one behaves as if our house was a temple, we were temple servants and it is the superior power that owns the temple and has a right to be served. This might be some sort of arrogance or reality loss on the cats side - but as they all behave this way, I have now come up with another thesis.

Cats actually do rule the world. There, I have written it on the internet.

Have a look around - most cats I know are served by humans. No doubt that most cat owning humans are reigned by the wills of their cats. Think of Ish. There can only be one explanation for this - the cats are the superior intelligence on this planet, they know this and they rule this planet through the people they rule, for the best of themselves. I think we can regard this thesis as proven by the simple fact, that man don't seem to rule the planet for their own best but most cats are doing pretty well. Could be, that cats are an alien species, that has stranded on earth and had to arrange itself with the conditions. It seems they did this remarkably well. As a superior intelligence would do.

Don't know yet whether we should just arrange ourselves with the facts or fight and defend our freedom. One thing is clear - whatever autonomy we give up with a cat we can never take back.

John of Phoenix
08-28-2008, 04:09 PM
This cat is going to be so proud of you. You're learning so quickly.

Katherine
08-28-2008, 04:23 PM
It never fails to amaze me just how much of my day is planned around caring for my animals. Failure of me to adhere to the cats regular schedule usually leaves me with very unhappy cats' who aren't afraid to let me know it. The dogs are a little more forgiving.

Another One
08-28-2008, 04:27 PM
EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair ... must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer". More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...

Paul Pless
08-28-2008, 04:40 PM
It never fails to amaze me just how much of my day is planned around caring for my animals. About 7 to 9 hours a day here.;)

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-28-2008, 04:45 PM
Cats were once gods; they have never forgotten this, nor have the people they own.

Thorne
08-28-2008, 04:53 PM
Dogs have owners.

Cats have staff.

BTW, I don't normally ask for best wishes and all that stuff, but this guy of ours is extremely ill with a respiratory problem, so any happy thoughts for his survival will be appreciated. He's called Pepper -

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elf
08-28-2008, 04:55 PM
An outdoor cat which is very thin probably has worms and fleas. Make your decision about adoption and then get the cat cleand up so it can thrive on the food you give it.

It you wish to do that repeatedly, let the cat out.

Milo Christensen
08-28-2008, 05:57 PM
I'm owned by a couple of cats at present.

I have an extension to your aliens theory. Regular house cats are just the advance wave of a much superior feline civilization orbiting the planet in the mother ship. Periodically, signals are sent from the mother ship for the cat(s) to go nuts so that human reactions can be judged. When most humans accept cats without reservation, the advanced felines will come down and we will be their servants. Note that all dogs and those who own only dogs will not survive the invasion. Those who own cats and dogs will be spared, but alas for their dogs.

The Bigfella
09-14-2008, 06:23 AM
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