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Let’s Talk About Cats
By Megan Rossman
October 25, 2012
I have two cats. Tanji is a geriatric feline born ten years ago on a relative’s farm in Poteau. When I moved to my current home, she developed a habit of hurling herself into windows whenever she saw another cat outside, and, if given the opportunity, tackling them outdoors in loud, fur-flying attacks. I came to the conclusion that she was bored and needed a friend, so I adopted a kitten from Oklahoma City Animal Control. He died days later from kidney disease, so I adopted another kitten I named Gozer. Within weeks, exhausted from fending off kitten attacks, Tanji’s aggression subsided.
Cats get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, they kill indiscriminately, poop in gardens and/or boxes in your home, barf up hairballs, carry a parasite that can cause mental illness in humans, and inspire some of the most mind-numbing Internet memes and websites imaginable. Jonathan Franzen called them “the sociopaths of the pet world” in his cerulean warbler-loving novel Freedom.
But there’s so much more to cats.
They spend most of their time sleeping, about two-thirds of every day, in fact. In America, a nation of productivity and hypertension, some might view frequent napping as a less-than-admirable behavioral trait, maybe even European. But I think it’s a healthy response to boredom and fatigue. If we all slept more, maybe we’d see a decrease in the consumption of anti-depressants and cheeseburgers.
Another fun cat fact: They’re adorable! See examples below.
Some of my coworkers have labeled me a dog hater. This simply is not true. Dogs are nice creatures; I admire their gregarious nature. They’re the friendly village drunkards of the pet world. I would happily live out the remainder of my days raising gaggles of Pekingese in a quaint country town. The truth of the matter is, I’m just more of a cat person.
So, Heather, Jet, Lucy, Tia, Mariah, Mr. Sugarboots, and Maximus, Gozer, Tanji, and all the other cats of the world, here’s to you.