Good Yawning World

Zzzzzz

Come to think of it, every time I pop out to see what my bunch of five are up to, they are mostly asleep.

Not light nap nap types. But real deep deep sleep.

Occasionally,

they will wake up in order to

make their sleeping position even more comfy

or

to get some food

or

sharpen their hunting skills by crouching & jumping at a passing tiny fly.

The flies almost always escape their craftiest moves.

It’s a bright world out there.

“Good Yawning!

New day for you,”

says my cats,

time for us to sleep.

Got to get that rest

to catch a fly.”

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In the dustpan

My kitten was spotted cosily asleep in the dustpan.

Until of course I rudely interrupted to take her picture.

Her thoughts: Damn these human beings & their gadgets. Won’t let a cat have any peace.

Mama Mia found a cosy nook to get a nap.

Uninterrupted for a change.

Cats may be cute, but mind their claws

Our kitten Tiger (featured in the picture) recently escaped. On a Saturday & at night.

During the search operation, he was found nervously hanging around the neighbours turf.

On discovering him there, I  rushed in to get him without thinking of consequences.

Outside were the four stray dogs, arch rivals to these fuzz balls.

I was unprepared for what was to follow.

While Tiger, recognised me, he was overpowered by fear in an alien location. So there a major difference between cats & dogs I discovered! He wasn’t able to perceive that I was there to save him.

I acted on impulse without any thoughts of potential danger to myself.  I managed to catch Tiger for the first time but he furiously fought me off & escaped.

With luck, I managed to catch him the second time & ensured a tighter grip. He again furiously fought me off. In the process I was awarded a nasty scratch & ended up with a 2 inch  gash on my wrist. It was God’s Grace that it wasn’t worse.

Another person was called in to help who finally managed to catch the elusive fellow & bring him home safe.

I enquired with a feline expert later who told me that the kittens behaviour was out of fear &  shared the  right way to catch it.

I share this simply because each of us act on the spur of the moment in an emergency.  I wish I knew then what I know now.

So for all who are new to cats & their mysterious ways, please be aware of the following –

1. Unlike dogs, cats react out of fear even if they recognise you.

2. Fear makes cats lash out even if the noble  intention is to save the creature.

3. Never plunge in to save a cat bare handed.

4. When going to rescue a cat, ensure you carry a thick towel to throw over it & only then proceed to pick it up.

I had to learn this the hard way. I discovered the right way after the incident.

Cats are entertaining creatures, but it sure helps to know how to save them as they put their proverbial nine lives to the test.

Cat Tales

“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”
Paul Gray

If any animal can throw attitude & get you to stay humble, it has to be cats.

On second thoughts…do cats even consider themselves animals?

I doubt.

Their calling in life is far superior.

I have also come to realise something else.

With cats & kittens in your life there is not much need to go to the movies for entertainment.

Or to the theatre for that matter.

Better still it’s free.

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