Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cat people


I'm not a cat person. I've had them pretty much all my life, but they've been more utilitarian cats, earning their keep rather than being lap warmers. My last cat died nearly a year ago at the age of 18 and she too earned her keep once she arrived on the farm. She would proudly present a line of freshly caught mice for me in the morning with a pleased grin on her face.

After she died, I had no intention of getting another cat or dog or any inside animal. There were enough in the barn in the form of geese, ducks, chickens and horses. Then along came this feral cat - Tripod.

He's now insistent that I pay attention to him and if I don't do so quickly enough he lands on top of whatever I'm doing and makes sure I know what he wants. Today he leaped up onto the laptop and I finally had him on my lap while I tried to draw with his head resting on my sketchpad. I warned him that if he drooled on the paper, he was out of here! He didn't. He lay there and purred.

This drawing of him shows the misgivings he had when he and I first made contact. I probably had a similar look...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeannette-

That is exactly how I feel about cats - very utilitarian! But our cat Leo is also rather bloggable because we always try to imagine his inner life. After 8 years, he's starting to grow on me b/c we have an understanding - I don't have to touch him. My kids do that.

Katherine said...

Well sounds to me like he's got you where he wants you.........but you draw better than him! ;)

There are an interesting set of cats who blog.....
see http://www.squidoo.com/groups/aboutcats

Mary said...

I love the expression in the eyes, Jeanette, it is kind of like he is telling you he will get his way. Mine leans against the screen to feel the warmth and doesn't let me see anything.