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I went to sleep late, slept rather soundly, yet woke early. So I got myself back to sleep a couple of times. During that time, Stretch was somehow replaced by Simba. I realized, as I reached out to pat the furry purring thing that I haven't heard Stretch purr. I am sure he's got it in him, though. He's very friendly. He even reaches out, so to speak, to the other cats. When I reach down to pet him, he rises on his hind legs to reach my hand. Very Siamese-like, which I'd expect, given his shape.

He jumps on things. He knocked over lots of things in the middle of the night. He does seem pretty comfortable here, though. Much more than I expected, for being imprisoned suddenly.


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Nov. 23rd, 2002 08:30 am (UTC)
I can never understand the attraction of pets.
Nov. 23rd, 2002 08:46 am (UTC)
Of course you have plenty of company. I think there are different attractions for different people.

For me, a cat who lives in my home has accepted me, does not ask much of me, does not expect me to grow, change, look different, act differently. I never have to worry about unfinished business, about keeping up appearances or having the cat lose interest. The cat's trust in me is amazing to me - I wish I could trust that way. And the cat's acceptance of the world as a place he deserves to be is so simple and somehow gratifying to me.

I think it's funny that many efforts to reach nirvana involve living life in the moment, accepting ourselves as we are, not grasping for things, taking life one moment at a time...and these are all things other animals do naturally. I think we "self-aware" humans work hard to be more like non-human animals, to accept ourselves as they do.

All that said, I don't bring cats into my life because I need or want them. I take them in because they need me. (Which, of course, doesn't keep me from enjoying them and appreciating them and knowing they enrich my life.) They no longer have a natural habitat, other than the homes of people. For this reason, I would not take in exotic species that belong in the wild.
Nov. 23rd, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
Ahh so to precis your comment you are mutually attached?
Nov. 24th, 2002 07:38 am (UTC)
I seem to become attached easily. So, yes.

Last night there was evidence of a cat at the mission where we sang. I didn't see the cat itself, but saw its feeding dish, sleeping area, and a can of cat food. I found myself looking around for "my cat". I have this funny feeling that all cats are, in a sense, "mine". Maybe they feel the same way about me.
Nov. 24th, 2002 09:35 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling, but not in relation to cats. Be careful not to be caught Cat-Napping.
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