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Our Pet Cat and His Tendencies: Thursday Musings III…

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“If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” ~ Mark Twain

Our Pet Cat .... just kidding! via Chris Jones

Our Pet Cat: Tangy’s Tendencies…
We love our family cat, Tangy, not only because we got him from an animal shelter but especially because he is a very playful and loving cat. He’s an American short hair cat; ginger orange in color, has a good disposition and a tendency to snooze … a lot. He doesn’t fit the stereotype people often have about cats; he’s not aloof, territorial or even aggressive. I chuckle as I write this because whatever aggressive tendencies he might have lingering somewhere in his body has been taken out on our living room furniture…

I wrote about Tangy’s story last year and he has grown into quite the personality since then. We have had Tangy for about 4-5 years and during the summer seasons, noticed that Tangy tends to nap more during the day. It must have something to do with the languid, summer days that make a house cat yawn and curl up on the sofa. He takes several naps throughout the day and then perks up around 8pm, ready to rock and roll, and run around playfully engaging everyone in his antics. We are fine with what I just described. But occasionally, it shifts once bedtime time rolls around and we want to call it a day.

“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.” ~Joseph Wood Krutch

Tangy: Our Cat in Repose

Tangy sleeps in the living room; he has a cat bed even though he sometimes prefers to stretch out on the sofa or the dining table at nighttime. Once we turn in for the night, he waits for a few minutes and then starts his door scratching routine. He goes from bedroom door to bedroom room door scratching and thumping on the door till we shoo him away. He dashes down the hallway   back to his quarters and after about 30 minutes or so, he tries his little game again. He does this a few times or until one of us comes out and settles him back in his space where he spends time playing with his imaginary friends.

When he is in a particularly playful mood, he will try this stunt a few more times and run at top speed down the hallway when one of us opens a door or comes out of our bedroom. For him, it is all about playing and the late hour is irrelevant. For us, it can be wearing especially after a long and hectic day. I’ve often wondered if others have cats who do this because my friends with cats don’t always see the same behavior in their cats.

Another thing he does is to shove rubber bands under the sofa or under the hallway door, and then wait for one of us to retrieve them for him. We often catch him pawing away at the sofa or hallway door trying to reach the now hidden rubber bands as if, by pawing, they would fly back to him… Don’t ask, but for some reason, he loves playing with rubber bands … not the colorful ones, but the standard issue brown ones that come wrapped around some of the mail our mailman delivers. We play along with him but, sometimes, I wonder why he paws the closed hallway door to get a band that has fallen down several steps.

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” ~ Charles Dickens

Our Pet Cat Tangy... in his element

When I first read the assignment above, I thought “Hmm, how do you look for unlikable qualities in a pet?” Our pets give us love without much debate and when we don’t honor a request to play or feed them extra food or let them terrorize another stuffed rabbit, they whine or pout and glare and then all is okay once a new distraction is introduced.

I asked my kids and they simply said, “Tangy has no faults. Humans have faults and look for them in each other…” Oh, the wisdom of children! I had to look at the exercise through a new set of lenses. I decided my focus won’t be about likable/dis-likable qualities but more on what he does that isn’t part of his typical daily routine.

Recently, I playfully informed Tangy that I will take him to a psychic pet channeler/reader and he stared at me and walked off. He sat on the rocking chair and rocking back and forth, fixed his eyes on me as if trying to tell me something. When I said I wont do it after all, he yawned, got off the rocking chair and sat next to me on the sofa. Ah, what a smart cat. He must be psychic too. LOL!

We can definitely learn a lot about freedom and playfulness from our pets. Even when we find some of their behavior tiring, they see it all as play. What can we learn from this? Your thoughts? Thank you!

Photo of African Lion by Chris Jones via NatGeo ~ courtesy of National Geographic
Photos of Tangy from my collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

23 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/09/2010 5:56 pm

    Great post!
    I have a dog who is so afraid of any kind of sounds that he jumps here and there and bark.

    • 24/09/2010 8:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tarunita. Have you ever had a cat? Our cat doesn’t like loud noise either; especially the noise of vacuum cleaners… He runs and hides whenever we start to vacuum.
      I think most animals are sensitive to noise… just like we are. 🙂

  2. 24/09/2010 2:51 am

    Thanks a ton for visiting my blog yesterday! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Tangy, because I love cats a bunch. But, sadly, my hubby is highly allergic, so I now have to love them from afar.


    • 24/09/2010 8:00 pm

      Sorry to read about your hubby’s allergies. I am somewhat allergic to all that fur but our cat is so loving, it makes up for the discomfort. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed reading your piece too. 🙂

  3. Bree permalink
    24/09/2010 4:11 am

    What an adorable cat and a heartwarming story.
    People either love dogs or cats.
    I like the fact that cats are clean and don’t take up a lot of room in a home; unless, like you they have a big cat! Lol!
    Liked the joke part.

    • 24/09/2010 7:58 pm

      Thank you… I thought it would be a funny transition to the habits/quirks of our small cat.
      I grew up with dogs but do love Tangy.
      Yes, they are very clean pets and that helps… only thing is his fur is every where 🙂

  4. 25/09/2010 1:11 am

    what a sweetie, and what smart children you have.

    • 25/09/2010 1:58 pm

      Thank you Wendy … Yes, we can’t compete against smart children and pets! lol! 🙂

  5. 25/09/2010 3:23 am

    Tangy sounds like a delight. I considered writing on this prompt, myself. The only thing I could think of was the tendency of every cat I’ve ever known to want to be on the other side of any closed door. 😉

    • 25/09/2010 2:00 pm

      Thank you Margaret, I take it this door banging behavior isn’t so unique after all… 🙂
      I enjoyed your school piece very much. Thanks again for stopping by.

  6. 26/09/2010 11:39 am

    Love reading about Tangy and I especially love the first pic as lions are my soul mates (although Tangy’s a fine figure of feline himself!)

    Thanks for visiting and sharing in my SITS day. Pleased to meet another Ibo sitstah indeed 🙂

    • 30/09/2010 8:01 pm

      Thank you too! I enjoyed visiting your site and you make me want to move back to Londre!
      Lions are my fav too, so the big cat and little cat theme gave me a good chuckle.
      ta love! 🙂

  7. Rose Casanova permalink
    01/10/2010 12:31 am

    I recently read an article called, “how to tell a good story,” and it said to write about cats. My cats freak out when I shut the door, one of them scratches every time I go into the bathroom.

  8. 16/11/2010 3:15 am

    The two cats who live next door to me have annexed our porch and I get to enjoy their company, since my husband is allergic and I do not have one of my own.

    • 16/11/2010 6:34 am

      Oh nice… at least they don’t fight!
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  9. 02/11/2011 11:43 pm

    I’m glad that you have this cat:
    it’s a perfect writer’s challenge for you 🙂

  10. 02/11/2011 11:45 pm

    “…but I never heard of one cat who suffered from insomnia.”

  11. 02/11/2011 11:46 pm

    that’s wrong: my cat Emily jumps the whole night long on my belly to wake me up!!!


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