For Cat Owners

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I realised yesterday that the two posts in my blog that relate specifically to cats may (have) upset cat owners, and therefore I apologise.
It’s not that I’m adverse to cats or dislike them, in fact a landlady at a B&B had one ginger tom that didn’t like people, but he came and sat on my lap (no I was not in his chair) and fell asleep. Another time it was me who saw to a new kitten which had been taken from its mother too early and bottle fed it every few hours.

cats combiIt’s just that I prefer dogs, and therefore it is unlikely that I will opt for a feline companion.

Growing up, our family had a cat, a big black and white tom called Timoty (note: no ‘h’) . Or at least that what I was told he was called if ever I mention him, as I always thought his name was Whiskey .
He was a mouser, and would line up his catch in order of size on the back door step, unbloodied and whole, but very much dead.
His party piece was waiting on the wall column by the gate for the men to come home.
First my grandfather : the cat would jump on his shoulder and be carried indoors, only to exit again and take up his vigil for my Dad, when the performance was repeated, and finally my brother. Timoty would then curl up in front of the fire content that all of us were present and accounted for.

Sadly it was a rat that got the better of him in the end.
The first bite healed, but a few months later a second only scabbed over and the infection spread internally despite the vet’s efforts.
It was a one way trip that day, and I think Timoty accepted it as he purred softly in my grandfather’s arms as Dad drove away.

cats kitten

We never got another cat, but dogs came and went in our household, so I guess that’s why I am more familiar with them.

On our travels this time we met up with a single boater who had a cat rather than a dog on board.
It had beautiful soft velvet grey fur, and stared at Maggie from the galley shutters as she walked by. I thought at one stage there was going to be fisticlaws, but Maggie looked, met the cat’s gaze, and walked on.
Apparently the cat was used to living and traveling on the water, and quite content to sit on the roof either cleaning itself as cats do or surveying all and everyone. It didn’t hiss at anyone, was quite sociable if anyone approached it, and in the cool of the evening, curled up at the feet of its master as he relaxed on the bank (that’s his boat bottom right of this picture).

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There are many dogs here and the three cats that come on to the marina don’t belong to boaters.  We were talking to a lady a little while ago who had enquired about a permanent mooring here and she had two cats as well as a dog.

cats and dogs combi
It doesn’t matter what our choice of pet is, they are our loyal companions and family.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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28 Responses to For Cat Owners

  1. charlypriest says:

    Cats are cruel little creatures, they´re very sneaky. They don´t pay you any attention, they´re selfish and are very prompt to slice you with their paws, they´re dangerous. Dogs are always there wiggling their little tail and they can play with you if you´re very bored. So cat owners, yes, cat owners that´s for you. I will actually ban cats as being pets and categorise them as “dangerous wild life creatures”, and set them all out to the mountains. And people could actually hunt them, with the only rule that you eat what you hunt. Cats are not cool !! They´re….un cool

    • Hm, don’t know quite how to take this, seems a bit OTT to me, though you are entitled to your opinion of course.
      I certainly don’t agree with banning cats as pets or sending them all out into the wild to be hunted.
      However, I have known some to be stand offish but then it all depends on the circumstances.

      • colinandray says:

        Hmmmm ……….. that Comment puzzled me as well. I have had 5 cats and yes they are self serving, but also affectionate ………. especially if you have food. Cats, like dogs, rely heavily on body language so if they give you a “don’t bug me message” and you chose to ignore it????
        Take your pick …….. a possible slash across your hand by a set of very sharp claws (cat), or a possible wound requiring stitches from a set of sharp teeth (dog). Learning to “read” your pet, and giving them due respect, seems to work very well as insurance against attacks! 🙂

      • Yes indeed. Knowing our pets is vital. I made the mistake of getting my hand in the way when my dog was fighting with another. She bit me and I needed a tetanus jab, but it was my fault and I didn’t think.

      • charlypriest says:

        😉 I was just being silly. Not that I don´t like cats, and ofcourse what I said it was just off the wall, but since at the beginning of your post you started by saying sorry to cat pet owners, I was just wondering why would you say sorry. If you don´t like cats well you don´t like cats and prefer dogs, nothing to be sorry about. So it was just my way to say these last words but maybe a bit off the wall.

      • Thanks for clearing that up! (My first cat post was about one eating a chihuahua)

      • charlypriest says:

        haha, just my weird sense of humour that is not intended to be hurtful. People who read me often get it, but I know sometimes it can be confusing.

  2. colinandray says:

    Like you, I have cats in my background so I like to think that I am impartial however, I am going to unashamedly (no pride any more) refer to my Post “Cats & Dog” – Nov 30, 2014. Anybody who is interested can best reach it by simply putting Cats & Dog in the search parameters field (or of course by selecting November in the “drop down”)! 🙂

    • Just read this and agree on all points. Personally I think that a cat tends to be most loyal to whoever feeds it, but then I haven’t had that much experience really. Hubby doesn’t like cats, at all, whereas I don’t mind them.

  3. notquiteold says:

    We have three cats and have always had cats. We are about to take on a puppy. I am very excited. I’ve tried to explain it to the cats. We shall see.

  4. The hubby is getting a cat. I told him I’m going to take it in the car with me – if cats can ride boats, there’s no reason they can’t enjoy the car!

    • I don’t see why a cat shouldn’t enjoy a car ride. We’ve seen people taking their cats (and rabbits for that matter!) for walks on a lead too, so it’s not just a dog thing. 🙂

    • colinandray says:

      Hi Sarah! We had a large Siamese (Skeeta) who just loved to sit on the top of the front passenger seat and watch the world go by. We had a Buick Century so the seats were quite thick. However, our biggest laugh (and entertainment for drivers around us) was when I came to a stop. Skeeta would sway back and forth until she got her balance sorted out. Starting off was much the same so you can imagine the fun we had with traffic signals! 🙂

      • Oh Colin, I would have loved to have seen this!

      • colinandray says:

        Hi Di. It really was hilarious, mainly because she was a big cat (obviously a Siamese X) and so extremely noticeable. When bringing her home I noticed that, when I pulled up to a red light, people were pointing and laughing as they came along side! She also had an unnerving habit of wandering over to my seat and sitting right next to me (my face!) while I was driving!

      • And there I was thinking that cats eyes were only in the road! 🙂 Brilliant, she sounds like she was a real character.

      • colinandray says:

        She was a real character and was one reason why Ray is here now. That, however, is a story unto itself and is covered in his book so I am not going to explain any further! 🙂

      • Shall look forward to it!

      • Oh, this is exactly what I want! Did she enjoy riding in the car from the first day you got her? Or was it something she learned?

      • colinandray says:

        Hi Sarah – That was her “place of choice” after I had picked her up from her previous owners and started the drive home. I guess she wanted a “high spot” so she could see what was going on! 🙂

  5. Ha! I’m a dog person, too. I don’t dislike cats, I just never cared to have one. I guess that’s why, when I created Not CM, I made her a cat person. Unfortunately, I didn’t think far enough ahead and failed to realize that if I have a character who’s a cat person, I should know something about cats – which I don’t. And that’s why Not CM does not currently have a cat, even though she’d like one. Oh well.

  6. tildy1 says:

    Well, I love cats and dogs, but I am really more of a cat person. All of my pampered house kitties have been affectionate, soft and cuddly! I think you get what you give with cats! 😄

  7. janegundogan says:

    The Turk hated cats when he first arrived in Australia. In fact he gave an ultimatum it was either my cat or him! 13 years down the track he loves his cats and, as you know, we support a lot of the strays here in the village. They are a selfish creature but then most humans are too.

    Doesnt matter what your pet is – family is family eh.

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