Friday, April 27, 2007
The things I learn from the dog are simple, kind of obvious and mostly "other-centered". The dog teaches me about enthusiasm, loyalty, persistence, forgiveness and devotion. The cat is ... different.
The cat is all about the cat. She is a contrarian and will never do what you want or ask her to do if you approach is straighforwardly. Reverse psychology seems to work pretty well, though. She runs away and hides when she doesn't like what's going on. She spends a lot of time curled up sleeping on the cushiest surfaces she can find and seems always ready to join in on a nap. She growls at the dog and looks upon us all with utter disdain when required to be in his presence. She never looks hang-dog when she knocks something over. She just flees the scene or ignores it. She has no compunction about walking all over me in the middle of the night. There's almost something regal in her absence of eagerness to please.
Wonderful boyfriend says there is plenty to be learned from watching a cat. I suppose that's true, but I also think the the cat attitude is a lot more charming on a cat than on a person.