That Cat Thinks He's People!

"Frilly, Rolly, Furly" was inspired by this cat. As was "The Curious Tale of Curious Quentin Quail."

You would understand his language, too!
You would understand his language, too! | Source
The cat used to sleep on top of that shelf! It's warmer up there; nicer in the winter.
The cat used to sleep on top of that shelf! It's warmer up there; nicer in the winter. | Source
First I had to turn out that lamp.
First I had to turn out that lamp. | Source

First he comforted the dog. Now he comforts us.

One day we looked out our restaurant window and saw what had been unbelievable before.

There in the small garden area where our old German shepherd dog, Shepherdess II, was aging faster than we wanted her to, was a small kitten feeding from the same dish as the dog!

Where he came from is really anyone's guess, but there he was, and our big German shepherd seemed happy for the company. The kitten seemed happy for the food. Old age had met desperation, giving new hope for the days of lions laying down with lambs.

Certainly "ferrel" would likely have been the category for the kitten, had it not been for his fortuitous arrival at the garden where "Shep" was housed and contained.

Certainly "somewhat lonely" will be the category we will fall into, when ultimately the now full-grown kitten passes away, just as we all must one day.

"Skittenish" at first, the kitten would dash up a nearby small tree when we approached with water or food, and that continued for the short time before Shep died of old age. We didn't change the menu until much later.

One day my wife looked out the kitchen window and saw the kitten gently stroking Shep's fur where both were enjoying some morning sun. The kitten was not sharpening its claws. It was in fact caressing the dog!

If the dog was sitting up, the kitten was typically sitting up too, and right between the dog's two front paws. I wish I had a video to show you, but the kitten's behavior and the dogs circumstances, led us to label the kitten "a hospice cat!"

When Shep died, we buried her at our home, but we continued to feed and water the kitten, and the kitten gradually (perhaps in need of the missing companionship) stayed nearby when we came with food and water. And it was not long before it allowed us to give it the caressing it had formerly given to the dog.

Not long after the dog died, and having converted our restaurant gradually into a health store, we no longer needed a full kitchen, a walk-in refrigerator, and the expense of a monthly lease, etc., so we moved the health store to our home after converting our two-car carport into a store and a classroom.

The young cat had become at home in the health store, and moved with us to spend full-time at our real home, in the garden, and in the store/classroom area.

Our business, our property, and our family were now complete, our children having grown, flown, and been on their own.

Darned if that cat didn't listen attentively to any conversation which had his name mentioned, and we even came to believe that he understood a lot more than we had given him credit for!

Likewise, we have become accustomed to his language, too, albeit much of it is body language...especially when the message is his front claws gently digging into my right thigh when I am sitting here at the computer and he wants to go out!

If he wasn't using his and our bodies for his plea, he is stretching his full length toward the door handle which means freedom; his intent is equally clear.

He is also persistent in caterwauling (well, not quite that raucous) for fresh replacement water and concerning emptiness appearing in either his upstairs or downstairs food dishes which normally hold dried cat food not dissimilar to the dried dog food he grew up eating.

Ask him a question and we have grown to think we can distinguish between his "Yes" and his "No" answers. That may be carrying the relationship too far, but it's what we think we've learned, and laugh about between ourselves.

There is another aspect to our cat-people relationship, and that is the cat's cat-quail relationship which has turned into a children's book, which is available here now on HubPages with the title "The Curious Tale Of Curious Quentin Quail.".

But, as the saying goes: "That's another story!"


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KaisMom 5 years ago from Keizer, Oregon

What a great story. It's true that pets pick US and not the other way around. Thank you!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great story, truely enjoyed. Voted up and awesome.


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ChaplinSpeaks 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

A wonderful heartwarming story. Can't wait to read the children's book. I have two cats and they both picked us, one a stray "gutter kitty" and the other abandoned his owners for us b/c we were around more I guess!

Voted UP, awesome.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Lovely story! I had a german shepherd by the same name growing up. But now I usually know what my cat is saying too.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I am an equal opportunity Cat/Dog lover and to prove this, have 2 of each. I also love and spoil them all equally. My male cat, "Tommy," the trouble-maker, is actually half-human/half-dog. Your story touched my heart. I DO believe you can translate what your cat says. I would defend you in a court of law! I too wish I'd have video-taped some of the antics....just to prove I am NOT crazy. "HE REALLY DOES DO THAT!!!" Up & awesome!! BTW, welcome to HP! 3 months and you've written 123 hubs??!! Bless your fingertips, Sir!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

A videotape alone wouldn't do this cat justice! But I know what you mean about dogs and cats: they grow on us, and despite their varied ways, a precious connection would be missed were we to never have one (or both!)

My aunt and uncle had a beagle dog and a tiger cat which would rough house and play in their "adult" years, with the cat even allowing the dog to catch it by the head! I wish I had a video of that, too, but the memory of laughing with tears in my eyes at seeing so-called traditional enemies enjoying their friendship to the fullest lingers forever.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Researchers have determined that most domesticated cats and dogs have a human vocabulary of up to 250 words. Most are under 100, but there are certain words they do understand, having been exposed to them frequently.

Having grown up on a farm, I know that animals have their own individual dispositions and personalities. They understand much more than they are given credit for, but many humans do seem to need something or someone they can look down upon in order to feel superior.

Enjoyed your story. Voted UP and sharing with my followers. Thank you for SHARING!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Au fait: Thanks for adding so much knowledge to this tory with your Comment. The votes and sharing are icing on the cake.


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Interesting story here! I'm glad you're learning "cat-speak" :) Pretty soon, the cat will have you all trained up haha. I agree with the first commenter... it seems this kitty picked you. That's pretty amazing, I think, and I'm glad you're enjoying time with this special feline. Sorry to hear your dog passed on but I'm glad the cat is filling in where possible. Maybe the cat arrived to help with transition. My Cree and Metis peers say a domestic cat is/carries within it a transformer/transitional spirit and a healing spirit. My rescue cat picked me and we have done a lot of healing together. Enjoy your feline!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mythbuster: And who says" "There won't be any pets in Heaven." Why do you think we each need a mansion!


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Perspycacious 5 days ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Here we are four years after this story was written. Mau-Mau is now approaching 18 years of age. He is still frisky, a trait of cats neutered at a young age. He will spend time with us any time the two of us are together. If we are in separate rooms at home, he is more likely to be where I am (although he has a special liking to a window sill directly above a baseboard heater, following his winter excursions in the frozen, sometimes snowy gardens.) He has a companion from three houses west of us that comes over to help patrol our yard and gardens, and they enjoy both watching each other's movements, and staring at each other in their moments of repose.

I was somewhat surprised that readers of the story had such a strong preference for pet cats over pet dogs, but that could be simply that the story attracted "cat people" readers and was skipped over by dog lovers.

If you are presently "petless," may I suggest that you consider having a Mau-Mau join you for the holidays and all the days ahead?

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