I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.
The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.
If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.
And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.
We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.
Catios: Keeping Cats and Local Wildlife Safe
A catio – or “cat patio” – is an outdoor enclosure that keeps pet cats and wildlife safe. Catios offer pet cats healthy exercise time as well as safety from outdoor hazards like cars, predators and poisons. It’s a win-win!
When it comes to cat enclosures, there are many options. Choose a pre-made pen, a kit, or design one yourself. Furnish it creatively: old tree stumps and perches for climbing and scratching opportunities; planted boxes of cat-friendly turf and other vegetation; tarps to provide shade and protection from the elements; even enclosed ladders for safe access to and from the house…
(find out more: Audubon Society of Portland)
As creepy as it may be for the owner when cats come home with dead animals/insects, you cannot get mad at them. In fact, praise them, tell them thank you. Because when a cat kills an animal for you, it means they love you, and are eternally grateful for the life you’ve given them. It’s the most honorable thing you could possibly receive from your kitty.
Actually, that’s a common misconception. Cats kill animals and bring them to you because they think you’re a shitty hunter and they don’t want you to starve.
So it’s kind of love, but it’s mostly because you suck at catching food
I’m pretty sure “I don’t want you to starve” is the maximum level of love cats are able to give.
TARA THE GREAT, TARA THE BRAVE, TARA THE CAT
She goes in once, she goes after the dog twice, she goes a third time around the car, then when the dog is gone she gets fluffed and scared like OH SHIT WHAT DID I JUST DO.
Way to go, Tara.
- Dinner of coffee, eggs, and Old Wives’ Lore for Gardeners
- Which has beautiful illustrations
- I put potatoes in the ground. Should get out and do radishes too.
- Took all three cats to the vet. Bandit bit the vet. At least he’s tiny and can’t break skin. Nelly made friends with the vet, which is what Nellies do. The vet took notes on the meat/kibble diet I’m feeding them and said, “I might recommend this to some canine patients with allergy problems!” Still not recommended for cats tho lol. Still, she looked me in the eye and said, “You are doing a really good job.” and I thought I would die of pride.
Save the kittens.
As y’all know, I work with ACR, a 501c3 cat rescue organization. We are in desperate need of fosters for the cats already in our systems, and for continued pulls off the kill list at Animal Control.
Please reblog this and ask any friends and family you may have in the area if they are interested in fostering.
- Fostering can be long or short term. If you are fostering cats from within our system, they can always be returned back to us if something doesn’t work out.
- Fostering is absolutely a possibility for people who already have pets. We can help you with introductions if you’ve never done it before.
- All medical expenses will be covered by ACR. It would be great if you could pay for food and litter because we do not have extensive funds, but if that’s not a possibility, we can help you out with that as well.
- We work around what you would like in a foster cat. There are dozens of cats in need and more coming in every day.
I can personally speak to you about fostering if you have any questions; if you think you’re ready to foster, you can fill out the very simple application on our website by clicking “Foster/Adoption Application” on the left-hand side. Feel free to leave me asks (‘queen’ on tumblr) or email me at email@example.com. You can list me, Talena Smith, as how you found out about ACR on the application.
PLEASE REBLOG EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN THE AREA.
Thank you for your support!
Got fur balls?
Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!
omg they are so offended if you lick them back.
Fun fact! Dogs lick the mouths of those they consider higher in rank! So if you lick them back, they are not offended, they just don’t see themselves as higher than you and they are confused! The second dog must be a very loyal dog because he or she literally refuses to be licked back haha! I love dogs.
i started reading that expecting an angry rant and it turned out to be one of the nicest things ever.
I have reblogged this like ten times
My cat grooms me. What does that mean?
It means your cat thinks your style is wack and is trying to help