Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Life with Cat

A cat lives with me. Or, more accurately, he permits me to live with him. His name is Cat. That's all, just Cat. Of course, there are other names I use for him, depending on the circumstances, but I won't include them here.

I think Cat is a Republican. All the signs are there. He wants his food, and he wants it now; he wants your food, too, if he can get it. And he doesn't care whether anyone else eats or not. If he could get his claws on a bird or a mouse, he'd eat it, too. And he wouldn't care about his victim's underprivileged background, early childhood abuse, or lack of health insurance.

He may be a Democrat, though. Certain parts of his private anatomy were removed by the vet, and that should qualify him. He also likes Martin Sheen and the Dixie Chicks. And for all I know, even though he isn't a U.S. citizen, he may be registered to vote in Ohio.

But he could also be an Independent. Hard to tell with cats.

One nice thing about Cat is he's exceptionally quiet. None of that loud, raucous meowing when he's hungry. He just gets as close to my face as he can and stares me in the eye until he gets fed. About the only noise he ever makes is a weird, low-volume kind of "mimi" once in a while, especially when he's chasing a flying bug or stalking a pigeon on the windowsill. But the minute he's in the car in his travel box, he lets loose with high-volume yowling that doesn't stop until the car stops. I don't take him on car trips.

I was holding him against my chest one day when he was only a few months old, still a kitten. He somehow got his head inside my robe, found something he thought was promising, and started trying to nurse. Talk about a weird feeling! Not being a pervert, I made him stop. Almost immediately. After hearing this story, one of my friends declared that Cat obviously thinks I'm his mama. I'm pretty sure he knows who his real mama is, but I've been stuck with the title of "Cat's mama" ever since.

He's frequently a pain, but he seems to like me a lot. That counts. And in the dark of night, when everything is quiet, there's another heartbeat in the house.

Being Cat's mama ain't all bad.


Blogger Zelda said...

Cute cat.

9:06 PM, December 06, 2004  
Blogger Ms. Lori said...

What a great post, Tom! And your Cat truly is finger lickin' cute.

Oh God, no. My teeth. My teeeeeth! Must. Bite. Must. Bite...

(It's okay -- tell Cat that he's safe in daddy's arms from the weird ol' Ms. Lori.)

Anyway, I shall be linking you a.s.a.p.

By the way, after reading your profile, I just have to mention that I think you are an extraordinarily interesting man.

7:01 PM, December 08, 2004  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Libertarian. Live and let live, and go for the jugular as necessary. Great post and great cat.

Sissy Willis

3:15 AM, December 12, 2004  
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3:28 AM, December 14, 2004  
Blogger FallenStardust said...

Heh, your cat is cute, but weird. I'm beginning to think that all psycho cats are cute just to get people to like them, then *bang* they go crazy. Hmm.....I think my cat is a communist! Good luck, Cat Mama!

10:41 AM, December 15, 2004  
Blogger Esther said...

Great post, Tom. Glad you linked to it again since I missed it the first time around.

My sister's cat liked to suck earlobes. Just means they got weaned away from Mama too early, I think.

One of my cats, if given the chance, will run off with the food from my plate, which she has done a couple of times. We've wrestled over a lamb chop and once, while after breaking off a piece of chicken breast to place on the ground for her, she took the rest of the breast and ran in the opposite direction. They're fun companions. Enjoy Cat!

5:25 PM, February 23, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Esther, fun but as mentioned above, weird! Sometimes I think Cat is actually an alien....

3:57 PM, February 24, 2005  
Blogger zennist said...

Aha! I think you've come up with a plausible explanation. Cats *are* aliens. Have you noticed how many there are? They're going to gradually colonize earth. They're smartere than we are, you know.

Fun post!!

11:06 AM, April 25, 2005  
Blogger morealyera said...

too cute. Thanks for the chuckle!

2:52 PM, July 24, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Thanks for the comment. Cat is a good guy most of the time, but he has his own personality quirks. I guess he would say the same thing about me!

4:09 PM, July 24, 2005  

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