Bolly, my new cat, was a cat that my friend Hendrik couldn’t really look after. Bolly kept pestering his younger cat, Timmy, and Hendrik couldn’t bear the fights – such as they weren’t. It is the nature of a mature cat to be territorial, they need this because they have to ensure their supply of food. Their territorial instincts are drawn from this reality and maintain the cat’s future.
This does have downsides for the cat, in that they have to be constantly on the alert which means they get very little sleep. Indeed, Hendrik mentioned that he could only get any sleep when the two cats were in different rooms. It wasn’t so much that fur flew or that blood was drawn; the occasional hiss was enough to keep him awake.
Life is everywhere, it is the metaphor for our earth. It is there that things might live. I want to take a generalized look at the various kinds of life that exist on earth, and take a rational look at what this implies about these forms of life.
In the world around us, the simplest class of life that we can see is the plant. I will leave aside the microscopic organisms as we cannot see them; indeed, I have dealt with these on my private blog, for the misunderstandings about them are legion and it takes some seriously clear thinking to wade through the various illusions.
It’s not a problem for the Dutch alone, but when it comes to walking their dogs, it’s usually a case of the dog walking the Dutch. When a dog’s pulling at the lead, the dog is telling the walker that the dog is boss. It’s not very helpful in a world where the busy road next to them has cars travelling at 60km/h (40mph). Oh, and it’s a 30km/h zone… but again, that’s not something limited to the Dutch alone. But these are problems we’ve created for ourselves.
This is my cat, Misho. He’s adorable, not just because he’s fluffy, but because he’s friendly. Very friendly.
It’s only been some 150 years since cats have been seen as being the stuff of house pets. Before that, they were simply there to keep the place free of rats and mice, either in the home or on the farm. They would have to fend for themselves, but in those times, there were far more mice around. Cities as we know them – concrete, tarmac and solid brick walls were barely known back then and mice could be something of a problem.
A while ago I asked a group of people about their memories from before the age of four or so. I got a series of answers that ranged from very few to rather a lot. Only, well, you know me… the question wasn’t about the memories we had as infants.
Mina, as you’ll know by now, is my cat. and waiting for any passing mouse. Thankfully there aren’t any around here, when there was, Mina straightened like a dart. Her body was stiff and had one purpose and one purpose alone: catch it. There was nothing else in her life at that moment.
I’ve never had a cat as a pet before, and it is quite a different experience to owning a dog. Dogs, compared to cats, are quite expressive. Cats have their own ways, but in being more independent they are also less communicative.
I guess I need to hone my abilities to perceive the subtle signs cats give to their owners. Dogs do things that humans find easier to understand, like jumping up and wagging their tails. But then, like cats, they don’t go around saying thankyou for a nice dinner. They just curl up in their basket and go to sleep. Continue reading “Learning From Mina”→