“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours” – Cheshire Cat
Is it just me, or do you sometimes get the feeling that you have little furry semi-humans in your household? I noticed it when they were small, but the more we all spend time together and the older they get, the more I think of them as little cat people.
Take, for example, communication. As any pet owner will attest, pets are pretty savvy when it comes to conversation. I’m sure most folks think it applies more to dogs, but I beg to differ. Every day as I go through various routines, at least one of the girls is around to talk to. In the morning, it is usually Weezy who joins me as I am getting ready. And let me tell you, I think she looks forward to our ‘talks’ as much as I do. “How is my pretty girl today?” I always ask. She LOVES to hear that and responds favorably by jumping up on the bathroom counter and rubbing against me. Buttons especially responds to her name – even when we are talking about her and not to her. If we start a conversation and she is within earshot, we can see her little ears twitching around as she hones in on what we are saying and the minute her name pops up she’s all over it!
And personality. Each of the girls is looooaded with it. Weezy is quiet and shy – the lady of the group. Unless she is teased by Buttons, then her ninja side is unleashed. Buttons has been on the receiving end of a quick paw maneuver enough times to know she may as well give up but never does! Speaking of Buttons, don’t let her sweet face and cute demeanor catch you off guard. She knows how a simple roll upside down and reaching her little paws in your direction is just the right tactic to get what she wants. But don’t act fast enough and she knows where the curtains are and just how much we don’t want her little claws in them!
Thelma is the strong silent type, but still very playful and incredibly smart. She loves to get her ‘cheeks’ brushed, so she will sit in the back hallway outside the laundry room where we keep the brushes and let us know when it is time. We have a few brushes that we use to groom them, and one has tiny wire bristles. Thelma LOVES to rub her face against them so now when I see her sitting in the hallway I will say “Hey Thelma, are your cheeks itchy? Would you like me to brush them?” She always responds with enthusiastic meows. It is soo cute!
And intelligence. There is no question cats are smart cookies. Just let Google tell you. Google ‘Cat I.Q.’ and you may be surprised at just how many references there are. In fact, one article I came across said that behavioral specialists agree that a cats intelligence level is right up there with a 2-3 year old child! (Or is it behavior level? lol!)
Maybe this is why I am so passionate about what I do. I just love my little cat people. And I think when you finally catch on that that is what they are, they love you a little more, too!