The joy of cats

About 2 months ago we went to the animal shelter and adopted  a new kitty (after my old cat had so sadly died in the spring at the age of 17). It didn’t have to be a kitten but my daughter insisted and so now we have this kitten:

And the kitten’s companion is this 9 year cat we already have (yeah, I know, but diets don’t seem to work for him. I swear he isn’t that size on what we feed him!)

The kitten could fit on an iPad when she first came to us (awww!)….

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… and both cats are great companions for the kids…

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The older cat and the kitten are now even starting to become friends (when she doesn’t jump him to play with him).

As a child growing up we always had dogs and I so wanted a cat. In my twenties I finally got my cats: two sisters who were foundling kittens born on the edge of Jerusalem near Bethlehem. I brought them home from Israel, we called them our Palestinian refugees.

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The cat on the right is the one that died last spring (her sister had died some years before)… What is it about cats that makes them so adorable?

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They are tame (but careful about who they trust) and playful and lazy and never completely bend to the will of humans… I love that independence! They are fun to watch and loving and cuddly and yes, little predators when they chase fake mice at the end of a string or roll around with a feather or chase butterflies in the garden. I think it’s the combination of being sassy and smart and soft and that little edge of danger, defying their cuteness. I can’t resist them and am so glad that the instinct I had as a child (that a cat must be an awesome pet to have) has proven to be true. I still love dogs, but cats really are something extra special.

Some time ago Richard Armitage was asked whether he was a dog person or a cat person, his response was:

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Hmmm… a dog person then… I adore the man (and I really do love dogs) but he needs to be taught a thing or two about the miracle of cats…

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