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The Cat that Only Sat - Educational fiction children's story (lesson on exercise and eating well)

Updated on July 7, 2016
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The Cat That Only Sat


The Cat That Only Sat

Phat Cat brushed against the mirror on his way to his favorite brown leather couch. The hefty cat looked at the dining room table for leftovers which he ate every chance he could get. They called him Phat Cat. He watched television just like the family did, and heard the word Phat meant a good thing so he always walked proudly with his tail up in the air.

Phat Cat had a rounded body with long gray fur. When he walked his belly wobbled back and forth. Lucky for him, Brendan the boy that lived in the house was a fussy eater. There wasn’t a day that went by that Phat Cat didn’t lick every morsel off of Brendan’s plate.

Phat Cat spent his day either watching television or looking outside the window at the neighborhood cat who strolled by at the same time every morning. Tail up in the air, smooth dark fur, and slender as a panther, the cat outside always made Phat Cat look up and take notice. Peering through the sunbeams he put his head between his paws thinking. His green eyes narrowed as he watched Ebony walk down the street.

Ebony was a fabled cat, and all the outside cats were in awe of him. He was quite the street fighter and most cats were glad they never went outside. No one ever bothered Ebony, but Phat Cat was getting tired of the meows praising Ebony’s fights and beauty. He hefted himself up on two paws with his behind seated on the couch and let out a furious hiss when Ebony walked by.

Phat Cat looked out of the large picture window and knew he was safe from fleas and diseases he could catch, from being outside.

It was time to take action!

Phat Cat wandered down the stairs to the family room where his mistress was exercising on the treadmill. With a strained jump he got on the treadmill in back of her.

Exercise was a nasty thing to Phat Cat, but it sure was fun on the treadmill pretending he was the main cat on the street and walking behind his mistress for everyone to envy. His owner's name was Sally, and she looked in back of her seeing him walk on the treadmill and laughed.

Sally was the lady of the house and cooked healthy meals, with lots of vegetables and fish. With daily exercise he was soon able to jump on the stool in the kitchen. In fact he impressed Sally so much she went out and bought him a cat climbing tree with lots of toys on it.

Ebony quickly lost his popularity causing so many fights with the outdoor cats. His fur was ruffled and his ear chewed, and one morning he hobbled by Phat Cat’s home. That was the same morning that Sally left the door slightly open which was an invitation for Ebony to walk inside.

Phat Cat was eating with fine manners from his crystal bowl filled with fish and vegetables, and looked out of the corner of his eye seeing Ebony had something in his mouth. They both stared at each other waiting to see who was going to back down and leave the house.

Oh cats can laugh, and the smile on Phat Cat’s face was precious.

He took his paw and slid the dish over to Ebony who looked tired and bedraggled. The mouse was left outside the door, and Ebony gratefully learned that green vegetables were very good for you, and the tiny bits of carrots beat any mouse he had ever caught outside.

Graciously Sally invited Ebony to stay, but not before bathing him and cleaning his ears. Phat Cat was glad to welcome Ebony into his home, and to this day a gray faced cat AND an ebony face cat press their noses to the window looking outside.

They are happy eating fresh fish sprinkled with herbs and vegetables, and follow Sally on the treadmill every day. Exercise became fun, especially when you have someone else to exercise with.

So you see vegetables, fresh fish, and exercise taught the children in the neighborhood to follow the cat’s examples. Everyone in Phat Cat’s house became the healthiest people on Walker Street, just by following Phat Cat’s example.


Copyright/All Rights Reserved B. A. Williams

Many children mimic stories.

If you are encouraged by your child in their response to your stories that you read and act out at night, this story is one to add to them. Take advantage of the weather and get your child to help you garden, even if it is a patio garden.

Remember picking and eating colorful fresh vegetables makes it fun for all.



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    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Jackie, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is very good; great imagination.

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Jodah appreciate the feedback. One of my favorite genres in writing, the sneaky bit too. LOL

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting and fun kid's story (I'm a big kid)with a good message of healthy eating. You have to be a little sneaky to get them to take notice. This story should do it...lol. Voted up.

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks sweetheart and yes friendships form in the oddest circumstances. Glad you enjoyed it and I will be following your work. Thanks for reading!

    • sweethearts2 profile image

      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Love the story, not only sets an example of healthy eating and exercise but that friendships can develop from unusual circumstances. Just like I witnessed above and many other sites on hubpages.

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Epi,

      Loving music like I do and being friends with Sonny Rollins who is a great jazz musician and plays sax I had to listen to Jan Garbarek. Awesome music, I have it on now while I am writing. You always describe your home and weather in such cozy tones it makes one want to join you for that cup of coffee.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Good afternoon Barb - I sincerely hope this little comment finds you well and I arrived here looking for your black rose and with much delight I re-read your classic character (story) about Phat Cat - I love writing children's stories myself in epi-verse (lol) and I love the minds of cats whether imagined or real - it's lake erie time 12:40pm and we've had a ton bucket of rain this morning and last night. I am having a nice cup of coffee with some nice Jan Garbarek music on saxophone and the cats ventured out but quickly came back in - they're not so keen on all of this wet weather too

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      6 years ago from USA

      mmmm going to the lake and a nice dinner lucky you. You have spurred me on to do some writing, and I thank you for that.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...yes I certainly will my friend - I will read a couple more tonight before I go to night shift and I just came out of the lake and I am having a nice pasta dinner - hope you are well too and I will be back - lake erie time 5:33pm

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      6 years ago from USA

      WOW epi that was so nice of you to say. There are many more short stories in here, take your time and read a few. Certainly this gave me a little boost morale wise, and thank you very much.

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      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...let me be the first to proudly tell you that I am not a child but now I feel like a grown up child after reading this beauty and with the approval of my two furried children Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel who give you their furried paw salute and agree with their dad the epi-man that you are one terrific short story writer - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 7:12pm

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