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Loving that cat!

 

Taking care of our cats is in some ways very easy: they are independent, sleep for about 16 hours a day, and have no trouble asking for what they want. However, our feline friends can also be demanding: they are fussy about their food, and don’t easily accept change in this regard. Woe betide the cat “owner” (for who really owns a cat?) who tries a new flavour or brand of cat food. While some cats will lap up a saucer of milk, as in the stereotypical image of cats, many are simply not interested. Fish? Another stereotypical image of the cat as a lover of fish has caused many a cat owner to despair when kitty simply turns that little nose up at such an offering!

 

Simply put, cats have their individual personalities. While they all share the idea that they are gods, in other ways they simply refuse to be categorized. All we can do is just love them the way they are, and try our best to please them. The rewards for this are just so great that we know we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

“In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have never quite forgotten this.” – Anonymous

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It’s a fact that cat lovers all have their personal favourite when it comes to cat stories or sayings about cats, such as “Dogs have masters, cats have slaves”, and “Women and cats will do what they want, and men and dogs just have to get used to it.”

 

One of my all-time personal favourites is the following: “Dogs look at their owners and think, ‘These people take such good care of me; they feed me and give me water; they keep me sheltered; they take care of all my needs, and they love me. They must be gods.” A cat looks at its owners and thinks,  ‘These people take such good care of me; they feed me and give me water; they keep me sheltered; they take care of all my needs, and they love me. I must be a god!”

 

And that just about sums up everything we know – or think we know – about these wonderful felines! They manipulate us endlessly, give us concerns about their whereabouts, refuse to come when called and generally are just so maddening. But then they allow us to pick them up, stroke their silky little bodies and purr like a runaway train – all frustration just melts away and we know exactly why we love them so!