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A Cat's Day (a poem)

Updated on January 9, 2017
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I have owned cats for over 50 years. Between them and their vets, I have learned a great deal about how they tick.

What do you mean you want to get through?

Salty in his favorite pose.
Salty in his favorite pose. | Source

The poem is below, but first some intro:

I love cats because of their unique independent nature and desire to 'rule the roost'. They can growl at you one minute and purr the next. They might ask for pets or attention one moment and then run off as soon as you reach for them. And they have their own sense of justice. They will leave little reminders around if their box needs cleaning, or they will tip over the water bowl if it seems to be too dirty for them. They know how to communicate without ever lowering themselves to a 'human’s' level (haha).

They make horrible demands for my time and my affection, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My cats are all my babies and they have all been rescued from some desperate situation. Salty is the son of a cat we rescued from a snowstorm a few years back. She was skinny as a rail, and you could count her ribs. We took her to the vet only to find out that she was due to deliver kittens (we couldn’t imagine where she was keeping them) within the next four weeks. The vet didn’t think the kittens would live, but as you can see by Salty’s size that he is quite healthy (as are his two brothers).

Because the cats seem to have such expressive faces, I love to capture them on film in their different poses and actions. I then create a story or poem based on what I have captured on film. The cats seem to thrive on this sort of attention and Salty is no exception. On this particular day, Salty had been rather grumpy and I was reminded of how an outside cat might behave if he was in trouble (don’t ask me how that happened, it just did). Salty hasn’t been outside his entire life, but I wrote this poem as though he had been. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Do you like cats? It's okay if you don't because dogs are good too, sometimes.

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That looks like goo!
That looks like goo! | Source
I'll scratch the chair!
I'll scratch the chair! | Source

A cat’s day

I stand on the step and scream my dislike as the neighbor boy aims his bike.

I know he’ll charge any minute now. I have to be ready, I can’t be slow.

The door remains shut tight to me. I’m in need of help, can’t she see?

Suddenly I hear the knob, it turns and clicks. The door swings wide to my pet and her stick.

The boy hits the brakes, his plot destroyed. He’ll have to think of another ploy.

I walk through the door and up to my bowl. It’s empty so I fill the room with my howl.

My pet responds like she’s supposed to do. But what is this? it looks like goo.

How dare she give me less than the best? I’ll show her I can be a pest!

I’ll scratch the chair; I’ll scratch the door. I’ll dig my claws into the floor.

Take that, and that, you’ll soon see; I don’t accept what’s not worthy of me.

Yawn, I guess that’s enough, I’ll end it here. I need to find a bed that’s near.

The pillows on her bed are soft. Good night my pet, to sleep I’m off.


Good night, my pet, to sleep I'm off.
Good night, my pet, to sleep I'm off. | Source

The ending to the story

I don't know about you, but my cats walk around as if they own the place. They whip their tails when they are angry and they scream when they want attention. They even sit on my pillow and curl themselves up in my hair. I get hair in my nose. I find hair balls under my bed. I sneeze from the dust their hair can contain. My cats tell me how angry they are when I have to leave the house. They tell me how happy they are that I am back and sitting down so they can have my lap. What more could you ask for from a companion? I say it again: I love cats!

© 2011 Cheryl Simonds

What are your thoughts about cats?

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      Cheryl Simonds 4 years ago from Connecticut

      phdast7, thank you for the compliment and the sharing. I spend so much time with my cats that I can sometimes tell what they want with just a look. :) Glad you rescue cats because they are so precious and wonderful to have.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Cats are wonderful and I loved your poem, written from the cat's point of view. My family has rescued a number of cats over the years and they have all turned out to be independent, fascinating, and loving animals. I recently wrote about one of my cats -- the poem is The Library Ladies and Five Kittens. Anyway, I think that's the title. Good hub. Sharing.

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      Cheryl Simonds 4 years ago from Connecticut

      kidscrafts, Aren't cats great? I love how they think they own me all the time and try to tell me what to do----wait, they do tell me what to do :) Guess we all just can't help love our cats. I'm so glad you opted to adopt rather than buy. Those on the street need us much more than those who have been 'bred for their looks and grace'. Thanks for the votes!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Are you sure you are not talking about "MY CATS" in your poem ;-)

      As a principle, I don't buy cats; I adopt them. There are enough cats around to not buy one. One of my sons had a cat who adopted him last winter. The car just came to the front door and when my son came back from shopping, she just entered and decided it was a nice place to stay. He tried to find the owner but she was quite thin so may be she was lost or abandonned since a while.

      Always nice to meet someone else who loves cats :-)

      Great hub!

      Voted up and beautiful :-)

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      Cheryl Simonds 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you, Chris, yes Salty is a poser. He loves to stretch out and pose for the family. I don't often catch him on film though because he darts away when the camera comes out :( But I caught him that time :)

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Lovely poem, Salty's adorable, you can really tell that he's posing in that picture :) so cute.

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      nenytridiana, Salty is now five years old. He is a rescue, like all my kities and they are spoiled rotten. Thanks for stopping by and reading about Salty's day.

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      nenytridiana 6 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      He is cute! How old is he? I have a cat and now she has 2 kitten. My kids love them. Happy cat's day! cherylone!

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Lucky Cats, not only am I glad you stopped by, but I love your name!!!!! Thanks for the agreement.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Love it cherylone! And I agree with all you've said 100%

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you carolinemd21.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Very cute and endearing. :)

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      She'll definitely teach the neighbor a lesson, and she is a special cat. Thank you so much for the poem, I love it!

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      andycool 6 years ago

      She is a special cat you're talking about

      Can't she beat a pest in her winning bout?

      I'll congratulate her in her every move

      She'll help you coming out off a dangerous groove!

      I wish she'll stay with you forever

      I know she'll teach a lesson your neighbor!