Top 10 Things Your Cat Wished You Knew

Updated on October 19, 2017
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FlourishAnyway is a kick-butt Cat Lady. If she won the lottery, she would spay/neuter both homeless cats and all the cat haters.

Cats make purrfect companions, but it's time you learned a few things about your four-legged friends.  They're ready to dish.
Cats make purrfect companions, but it's time you learned a few things about your four-legged friends. They're ready to dish. | Source

Let's Have a Nose-To-Nose Conversation

Cats are compelling "philoso-furrs," extraordinary companions, and the most trusted of therapists, but they do have job stress of their own, you know. It's time for a nose-to-nose conversation with your kitty, so pull up a lap and learn what cats are really thinking.

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Not Judging You (okay, maybe a little)

Kitty says there's no judgment here.  Okay, you do look a bit "fluffy" in your jeans.
Kitty says there's no judgment here. Okay, you do look a bit "fluffy" in your jeans. | Source

Here Are 10 Things Your Cat Wants You to Know

1. Yes, you do look fat in those pants. But chubby tummies make for better "biscuits."

You squeeze into last year's jeans and inch up that zipper, asking your significant other, "Do these pants make my butt look big?" But the mirror doesn't lie and neither, sista, do I. You're putting a serious hurtin' on those seams.

Call it fat, or call it fluffy. I just call it like it is, but don't you worry. Ain't no judgment between us friends. (Well, maybe just a little.) Chubby tummies make better "biscuits." I like the look and can just imagine kneading your doughy stomach with my paws right now.

Cats: Their Body Language Says It All

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Great story, bro. I'm totally diggin' all those fun details.This cat's body language says it all.Not everyone can be a team player.  Sometimes you need to show no mercy.Company's coming?  Let me make myself scarce.
Great story, bro. I'm totally diggin' all those fun details.
Great story, bro. I'm totally diggin' all those fun details. | Source
This cat's body language says it all.
This cat's body language says it all. | Source
Not everyone can be a team player.  Sometimes you need to show no mercy.
Not everyone can be a team player. Sometimes you need to show no mercy. | Source
Company's coming?  Let me make myself scarce.
Company's coming? Let me make myself scarce. | Source

2. Being a people person is so over-rated. You understand that.

No one ever accused cats of being team players, and cat people understand that being a "people person" is much over-rated. Dogs reliably run to the door to welcome their masters home. They put up with so much human nonsense: playing fetch, leashes, obeying orders, and dressing up in Halloween outfits and Christmas sweaters.

Not so much with cats. We're divas, lone wolves, the kings and queen bees of the pet world. We're all like, "Bow down to me, b*tches."

Cats don't take orders; we give them. If we don't like something, we'll let you know. We can go all Greta Garbo on you in a minute if we think you have visitors, unless, of course, there's a cat hater among them. That's our call to action. We'll sit on their lap just to watch 'em squirm.

Admit it. Somewhere in you lurks an evil something that appreciates all of our people-particular, high and mighty nuances. That, my friend, is what makes our relationship click.

Are Cats Effective Team Players?

A Strong Team Player ...
A Cat ...
Is reliable and consistent; does his or her share of the work.
Reliably knocks items off your counter tops just to see you work.
Communicates positively, constructively and confidently.
Communicates volumes by yawning or turning his or her back to you.
Is flexible and adaptable to change.
Runs for cover when the doorbell rings. Even changes in the brand of kitty litter or food can send Kitty reeling.
Expresses respect for and commitment towards the team.
Rubs up against you to claim you as his/her property.
Considers the viewpoints of others.
Monitors your internet time by walking back and forth across the keyboard.
Shares information, expertise and experience.
Brings you dead animals as gifts because you're a terrible hunter.
Solves problems and focuses on solutions.
Sleeps an average of 15 hours a day (because no problem is worth losing sleep over.)

Stubborn Cat Plays Dead To Avoid Being Walked On A Leash

Pee Happens. Get OdoBan and Get Over It.

Look into these eyes and tell me you've never peed where you're not supposed to.
Look into these eyes and tell me you've never peed where you're not supposed to. | Source

3. What's a little pee between friends?

Cats are the first to acknowledge that when there are major changes, we can come undone, become territorial. Being the creatures of habit that we are, sometimes pee happens. Out of the box. On that pile of dirty laundry laying on the floor. (Didn't someone tell you to pick it up anyway?) On the bathroom rug. Or up against a wall.

While we do appreciate your taking us to the vet to rule out medical problems like a urinary tract infection, the next best thing to do is just get some OdoBan and get over it. Seriously. What's a little pee between friends? And stopping changing things.

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OdoBan 960062-G BioStain and Odor Remover, Ready-to-Use, 128 oz

I swear by this stuff. Especially formulated for pet and "bio" stains, OdoBan is effective at removing the ugly scent that cats can sometimes leave behind on carpets, walls, or other washable surfaces. Pour a cup in your carpet cleaner for great results.

 

Computer Cats: Internet Addicts

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Whoa! So THAT'S where kittens come from?!?Cats are 75% darling, 25% high school mean girl.I hope he won't care that I pressed that DEL key.Geek cat monitors his human's internet use.Who's in there?  The feline computer crew reports for duty.Computer geek catSingle Tabby Tom, recently altered,  Still enjoys to sing out loud.  Seeks lovely lady friend for mutual grooming, affection and quiet evenings in.  Looks unimportant.Excuse me, but this is a private chat ...Kitty says you need a time out from the internet. Please?Facetime, gorgeous!  A cat gazes at herself on the computer screen and enjoys what she sees.I'm not moving off the computer.  That's where all the fun is.Password please.You said you had a mouse?Kitten tries to google herself.
Whoa! So THAT'S where kittens come from?!?
Whoa! So THAT'S where kittens come from?!? | Source
Cats are 75% darling, 25% high school mean girl.
Cats are 75% darling, 25% high school mean girl. | Source
I hope he won't care that I pressed that DEL key.
I hope he won't care that I pressed that DEL key. | Source
Geek cat monitors his human's internet use.
Geek cat monitors his human's internet use. | Source
Who's in there?
Who's in there? | Source
The feline computer crew reports for duty.
The feline computer crew reports for duty. | Source
Computer geek cat
Computer geek cat | Source
Single Tabby Tom, recently altered,  Still enjoys to sing out loud.  Seeks lovely lady friend for mutual grooming, affection and quiet evenings in.  Looks unimportant.
Single Tabby Tom, recently altered, Still enjoys to sing out loud. Seeks lovely lady friend for mutual grooming, affection and quiet evenings in. Looks unimportant. | Source
Excuse me, but this is a private chat ...
Excuse me, but this is a private chat ... | Source
Kitty says you need a time out from the internet. Please?
Kitty says you need a time out from the internet. Please? | Source
Facetime, gorgeous!  A cat gazes at herself on the computer screen and enjoys what she sees.
Facetime, gorgeous! A cat gazes at herself on the computer screen and enjoys what she sees. | Source
I'm not moving off the computer.  That's where all the fun is.
I'm not moving off the computer. That's where all the fun is. | Source
Password please.
Password please. | Source
You said you had a mouse?
You said you had a mouse? | Source
Kitten tries to google herself.
Kitten tries to google herself. | Source

4. Cats really do run the internet.

Whether it's an adorable cat video, funny meme, or kitty eye candy, we cats dominate the internet, paws down. We'll never ask you to come outside and throw Frisbee. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own couch unless it's to feed us. Instead, we beckon you to "like," "share," and simply stare and smile at us online.

Scientists suggest that humans' fascination with cats can be explained by felines' resemblance to human infants. We have dome-shaped noggins, large doe eyes, and tiny button noses that trigger the desire to nurture.1 (Ever wonder why so many cat lovers are women?)

But don't spend so much time online that you neglect your own four-footed wonders. Photos are wonderful, but stroking the downy underside of a cat you love is like touching the gates of heaven itself. That is until Kitty suddenly decides she has had enough affection and nips the hand that feeds her . . . then we just hope you got it on video.

Cats: The Audience In the Bathroom

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You call it a toilet.  I call it a giant water bowl.Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.  Between the two of us there's only one tail.Go about your bathroom business, and don't you mind me.What happens in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom.  Now let me go hack a hairball.All this time you've been stealing the poop from my litter box?  I just don't get it.Cats know all your secrets and love you anyway.I've seen and heard enough for all my nine lives.Humans are so strange! Why do you get in the shower to bathe when you have a tongue that works just fine?  Makes no sense!You won't mind if we share a toothbrush, do you?
You call it a toilet.  I call it a giant water bowl.
You call it a toilet. I call it a giant water bowl. | Source
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.  Between the two of us there's only one tail.
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. Between the two of us there's only one tail. | Source
Go about your bathroom business, and don't you mind me.
Go about your bathroom business, and don't you mind me. | Source
What happens in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom.  Now let me go hack a hairball.
What happens in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom. Now let me go hack a hairball. | Source
All this time you've been stealing the poop from my litter box?  I just don't get it.
All this time you've been stealing the poop from my litter box? I just don't get it. | Source
Cats know all your secrets and love you anyway.
Cats know all your secrets and love you anyway. | Source
I've seen and heard enough for all my nine lives.
I've seen and heard enough for all my nine lives. | Source
Humans are so strange! Why do you get in the shower to bathe when you have a tongue that works just fine?  Makes no sense!
Humans are so strange! Why do you get in the shower to bathe when you have a tongue that works just fine? Makes no sense! | Source
You won't mind if we share a toothbrush, do you?
You won't mind if we share a toothbrush, do you? | Source

5. There's a reason why I follow you to the bathroom.

Do you want to know why I follow you to the bathroom?

You obviously know where my tail is. I flaunt it, swish it, slap it against the ground or bristle it as a warning sign. There's certainly no hiding this important communication tool.

But what about you? I am perplexed why you have your tail on backward. (And some of you seem to hide yours completely.) This is one of life's great mysteries for us cats.

Must Love Cats

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Cats: you can't have just one.Cross my heart, hope not to die, hope these cats don't claw my eyes.No family portrait is complete without a cat in a sweater.Who's the crazy one now?Love me, love my cats!The kid is just  jealous of this cat's natural camo colors.The best remedy for illness is a day in bed, attended to by your cat.Cats make the best coworkers.These orange tabby cats are large and in charge -- exactly the way their cat lady likes them.
Cats: you can't have just one.
Cats: you can't have just one. | Source
Cross my heart, hope not to die, hope these cats don't claw my eyes.
Cross my heart, hope not to die, hope these cats don't claw my eyes. | Source
No family portrait is complete without a cat in a sweater.
No family portrait is complete without a cat in a sweater. | Source
Who's the crazy one now?
Who's the crazy one now? | Source
Love me, love my cats!
Love me, love my cats! | Source
The kid is just  jealous of this cat's natural camo colors.
The kid is just jealous of this cat's natural camo colors. | Source
The best remedy for illness is a day in bed, attended to by your cat.
The best remedy for illness is a day in bed, attended to by your cat. | Source
Cats make the best coworkers.
Cats make the best coworkers. | Source
These orange tabby cats are large and in charge -- exactly the way their cat lady likes them.
These orange tabby cats are large and in charge -- exactly the way their cat lady likes them. | Source

6. Sometimes even I feel like you need to get out more.

I get it that we're close companions, snuggle bunny bed mates, even lunch buddies. We spend an awful lot of time together, and sure, I enjoy it, too.

Sometimes, however, even I feel like you need to expand your horizons. Get out more. Make more human friends. How about just one? (And don't tell me you've never heard this before.)

There's no way any fifth grader is cuter than these kittens!
There's no way any fifth grader is cuter than these kittens! | Source

7. I'm smarter than most fifth graders and way cuter.

Let's face it. When it comes to superhuman abilities, cats are downright awesome. We can:

  • hear in ultrasound2
  • see in ultraviolet3
  • fit through small openings, and
  • (let's face it) we are clever as all get-out

Scientists have tried in vain to study cat intelligence. We frustrate their feeble attempts to understand us better because we won't cooperate with their petty tests.4 (Imagine that!) Let's just say that cats are smarter than most fifth graders and way cuter, too.

Cats are a gift that keep on giving.  A cardboard box and some wrapping paper can provide a world of entertainment.
Cats are a gift that keep on giving. A cardboard box and some wrapping paper can provide a world of entertainment. | Source

8. There's nothing like a cardboard box for hours of entertainment.

Give a cat a cardboard box and you provide hours—if not days—of amusement and comfort. Cats aren't difficult to entertain.

Thus, instead of spending your hard-earned cash on a closet full of fancy cat toys and whirlygigs, why not rotate some cardboard boxes of various sizes through Kitty's world? Then, go ahead and spring for some catnip, ping pong balls, and a running water drinking fountain. She'll let you know what makes her happy!

Entertain Your Cat With These Inexpensive and Makeshift Toys

 
 
 
paper grocery bag
ping pong balls
toilet paper rolls
place catnip inside a lone sock and tie a knot in the end
walnuts in the shell
crinkle some aluminum foil into balls
plastic 2-Liter bottle caps
cardboard boxes
hot glue feathers onto a wine cork

Cat Nap

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Every sleeping cat is an angel.There's nothing like a good stretch in the sun between naps.A windowsill is a good place to nap when you're a cat.Tax returns can wait.  This cat has sleeping to do!Catnip dreamsThis cat is too tired to study anymoreRepeat that last part again.  I dozed.Not a comfy pillow.Block out the world and welcome sleep
Every sleeping cat is an angel.
Every sleeping cat is an angel. | Source
There's nothing like a good stretch in the sun between naps.
There's nothing like a good stretch in the sun between naps. | Source
A windowsill is a good place to nap when you're a cat.
A windowsill is a good place to nap when you're a cat. | Source
Tax returns can wait.  This cat has sleeping to do!
Tax returns can wait. This cat has sleeping to do! | Source
Source
Catnip dreams
Catnip dreams | Source
This cat is too tired to study anymore
This cat is too tired to study anymore | Source
Repeat that last part again.  I dozed.
Repeat that last part again. I dozed. | Source
Not a comfy pillow.
Not a comfy pillow. | Source
Block out the world and welcome sleep
Block out the world and welcome sleep | Source

9. There are few things that cannot be cured with a good nap.

There's nothing like a good nap to clear the mind, restore the body, and cleanse the spirit. Sleep confers important benefits. It

  • improves concentration;
  • clears the brain of toxins and;
  • enhances learning, concentration, and creativity.5

Rather than teasing cats about our love of sleep, why not get a little more sleep yourself? It could be the difference you've been looking for.

Cats are purr-fect companions.
Cats are purr-fect companions. | Source

10. You need me as much as I need you.

Since cats were domesticated nearly 10,000 years, we have offered humans dividends in the gift of health and companion benefits. Cats

  • help ease levels of stress, depression, and anxiety;6
  • lower your blood pressure;7
  • decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke by as much as 30%.

Research shows that sharing your home with a cat is the emotional equivalent of sharing it with a romantic partner.8 Cats are emotionally available. We listen without offering unwanted advice or criticism. We never say, "I told you so," and never demand that you change the channel.

If you snore, we'll consider it as loud purring. We overlook your morning breath even if it smells like the worst litter box ever because that's what real friends do.

In exchange, we need a safe, loving environment where we can reign supreme, with you always acting in our best interest from the time we're vulnerable kittens until we take our last ragged breaths, because that's also what real friends do.

My cat, Bay Bay, was a stray (we call him a "volunteer").  As a deaf 7 month old kitten, he was found following people who were walking their dogs in my neighborhood.  He is like a son to us.
My cat, Bay Bay, was a stray (we call him a "volunteer"). As a deaf 7 month old kitten, he was found following people who were walking their dogs in my neighborhood. He is like a son to us. | Source

Locations with Names Associated with Cats

A
Cats Claw Canyon, Texas, USA:
Cat Claw Cove, Cedar Park, TX, USA

get directions

B
Cats Claw Trail, Arizona, USA:
Cats Claw Trail, AZ, USA

get directions

C
Cat Mountain, New Mexico, USA:
Cat Mountain, NM, USA

get directions

D
Felines, France:
Félines, France

get directions

E
Groom, Texas, USA:
Groom, TX, USA

get directions

F
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA:
Kitty Hawk, NC, USA

get directions

G
Kitty Litter Road, Oregon, USA:
Kitty Litter Road, Silver Lake, OR, USA

get directions

H
Lick, Ohio, USA:
Lick, OH, USA

get directions

I
Meow Pond, Karnataka:
Meow Pond, Karnataka

get directions

J
Whiskers Trail, Michigan, USA:
Whiskers Trail, Lake Station, MI , USA

get directions

Notes

1Stein, Perry. "Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation." The New Republic. Accessed May 6, 2015. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/101283/cats-internet-memes-science-aesthetics.

2Knapton, Sarah. "Sound of Crinkling Tin Foil Can Cause Seizures in Cats - Telegraph." Telegraph.co.uk. Accessed May 6, 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11566131/Sound-of-crinkling-tin-foil-can-cause-seizures-in-cats.html.

3Lewis, Tanya. "Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet." LiveScience.com. Last modified February 18, 2014. http://www.livescience.com/43461-cats-and-dogs-see-in-ultraviolet.html.

4Grimm, David. "Cat Intelligence and Cognition: Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?" Slate Magazine. Last modified April 21, 2014. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/04/cat_intelligence_and_cognition_are_cats_smarter_than_dogs.html.

5Markman, Art. "How Getting More Sleep Can Help You Solve Your Creative Problems | Business + Innovation." Fast Company. Last modified April 27, 2015. http://www.fastcompany.com/3045411/work-smart/how-getting-more-sleep-can-help-you-solve-your-creative-problems.

6Borchard, Therese J. "6 Ways Pets Relieve Depression." Psych Central.com. Last modified January 26, 2015. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/19/6-ways-pets-relieve-depression/.

7Paddock, Catherine. "Cat Owners Have Lower Heart Attack Risk, Study Medical News Today." Medical News Today. Last modified February 25, 2008. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/98432.php.

8Benjamin, Kathy. "8 Benefits of Being a Cat Owner." Mental Floss. Last modified June 14, 2001. http://mentalfloss.com/article/51154/8-benefits-being-cat-owner.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        17 months ago from USA

        Gemini Descendent- Can't you just imagine them saying that? Mine want to know why I'm doing my business in a perfectly good water bowl.

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        GalaxyRat 

        17 months ago

        The bathroom thing about the tail is hailarious!!!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        breathing - I'm so glad you love cats as well. I was awakened this morning at 5 am by my orange cat, Simon, softly purring as he kissed at my face with the breath of cat food left over from the night before. When I didn't get up immediately he gently batted softly at my face then finally in desperation licked my underarms until I laughed like crazy and had to get up. They are funny and cute little companions.

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        Sajib 

        2 years ago from Bangladesh

        Cats are on top of the most favorite domestic animal lists. They also have something of their own which we can hardly understand. This hub is a great resource of what things we should understand so that our cat can have a good happy life with us. They also have lives and we seem to forget this fact at times which is not at all a good thing! By using the tips mentioned here we should apply them with our cats and build up a more intimate relationship with the very favorite pet of ours! After all they are no less than our family members!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Poetryman6969 - The awesome thing about cats is that they've trained us not to care and to put their needs above all! Smart little buggers! And cuddly too!

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        poetryman6969 

        2 years ago

        Most humans who are fed and who have servants to clean their bathroom for them are either invalids and infants--the rich aren't most people. And besides the wealthy make a case in point if compared to pets. There is a case to be made that pets, especially pets that don't do much are the real top of the food chain.

        By the way cat people, yes, I can smell your cat the second I walk in your door. Your friends don't tell you this because they want to remain your friends.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        elle64 - Cats and their cat people are special! Glad you enjoyed this.

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        elle64 

        2 years ago from Scandinavia

        I love. Cate too,funny and quirky hub.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        MizBejabbers - Cats are so awesome and much smarter than we give them credit for. I've got a cat who can open drawers with his "hands" when he's motivated enough. (We keep cat toys, treats, and catnip in a drawer and he stands on his back feet and opens the drawer with his front paws.) Thanks for the follow and for stopping by.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        2 years ago from Beautiful South

        Absolutely love it! (BTW, I thought I was already following you, sorry, at least I am now.) The kitty in the video just kills me. My cat played dead to avoid learning to walk on a leash. We gave up. As for no. 7, cats are much better at trigonometry than humans. Have you ever watched one sit on the floor and calculate a rare angle to hop onto the top of a crowded table or your ironing board? Great and well-researched.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Snakesmum - I cannot remember the last time I used the restroom at home without an audience. Even at night, I have a four-legged escort scurrying from the beg to the bathroom to watch (or listen) to me do my business. They must think we are crazy for not covering it up and for doing it in our water bowl.

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        Snakesmum 

        2 years ago

        Love the pic with "Cats: The Audience In The Bathroom" - what a beautiful animal. Like all the pics though, and you've really captured the nature of the cat. Wouldn't be without my rescue girl!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Julie - Glad you enjoyed this. They are beautiful little rascals. I have one that faithfully wakes me at 3:50 a.m. each day but he's so sweet I can hardly blame him.

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        Julie K Henderson 

        2 years ago

        I enjoyed this. The picture with the caption "WHOA! So that's where kittens come from!?!?" made me laugh out loud. Thank you for sharing.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Lady_E - Thank you for the compliment. Glad you enjoyed!

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        Elena 

        3 years ago from London, UK

        A very unique hub that gave me lots to laugh about.

        Awesome photos too. Thanks.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Nadine - Sophie sounds like quite a character. Cats are such bosses, in quiet or not-so-quiet ways. I have a polydactyl with curly whiskers named Spanky that chatters incessantly. I do wonder what he is trying to share. The fountain is awesome. Our cats love the constant running water and it saves me from turning on the water faucet!

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        Nadine May 

        3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        Funny,awesome and a great read! Everything you wrote about cat's behavior is so very true. We have a Siamese and Sophie is the greatest talker. She knows when its coffee time or dinner time, because that is her lap time. In between she drapes herself around my partner's neck when he is packing books for the courier. I have never heard of a Drinkwell or a Pet Fountain. Must find out if our pet-shop has such a product. Yes Sophie is the real boss in our home and she knows it!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Dolores - Hooray for Banjo for showing you how terrific cats can be. I know of many people whose hearts have been changed by a cat who was willing to work at them patiently. Thanks for reading!

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        Dolores Monet 

        3 years ago from East Coast, United States

        I never really wanted a cat but our Banjo showed up one dark and stormy night, a half starved kitten who stole our hearts. I enjoyed this take on cats and found it so interesting that cat's faces resemble the faces of babies. That explains a lot!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Jackie - Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week to you and your furry ones!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        3 years ago from The Beautiful South

        I'm a cat lover and I sure love your article and pictures!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        AnnaCia - Thank you for visiting and for your kind compliments. Have a great week!

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        AnnaCia 

        3 years ago

        Oh, my dear God. this is so funny, and the way you write as if it is a cat talking to you. HAha. I do have a cat who is such smart. Great hub.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Rajan - I'm sure that dog is your good buddy. My daughter has always been surrounded by cats and all she wants is a dog! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Aww Flourish I just wish I had a cat to get a feel of ... btw, I just have a dog and I sure do need a change. lol!

        Loved reading this. You just made me want to keep a cat.

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        ezzly 

        3 years ago

        I love your writing Flourish. Voted up and funny. "Pee Happens" is hilarious but true. My hubbies uncle acquired his neighbors 'old cats'. They peed everywhere, destroyed the carpets. Apparently they get very incontinent when they are literally dying of old age. His naughty neighbor I guess didn't want the trouble of the poor things.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Kamalesh050 - Thank you for stopping by to read my cat hub. Have a wonderful week.

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        Kamalesh050 

        3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

        I love cats, they are so cute and intelligent. Enjoyed the hub. Excellent and so funny! Well done. Best Wishes.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Rebecca - Thank you! I'm glad it can show through even a top 10 list. Have great week with the bow-wow.

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Oh, Flourish...this is HOTD material and much more. What a wonderful sense of humor your writing shows! I use to have cats, can't have one now, gotta a mean dog. I miss them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        sgbrown - Yes, they do! Thank for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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        Sheila Brown 

        3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

        This is so cute and so true! I love both cats and dogs, they are so different in so many ways! Cats do have an attitude that you just don't find in dogs!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Catherine - The little divas are wonderful to keep company with. Thank you for stopping by and for voting.

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        Catherine Giordano 

        3 years ago from Orlando Florida

        I don't have cats, but I loved this. It is so funny. Also it explains why I don't have cats. voted up++.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        MartieCoetser - Just when I began to feel awful for him, it became obvious he was just playing possum. Cats are so beautifully stubborn. I just love them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        ktnptl - Thank you for stopping by.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Supuni Fernando - Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the visit.

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        Martie Coetser 

        3 years ago from South Africa

        FlourishAnyway, what an enjoyable hub about cats. That cat playing dead in the video takes the cake. Thanks for this beautiful, enlightening and delighting perspective on cats :)

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        ktnptl 

        3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        very informative and very funny.

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        Supuni Fernando 

        3 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

        This is pretty much entertaining I enjoyed it.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Audrey - Meow to you and to Annie, too. I'm sure she makes your heart sing.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I read this hub to Annie my cat. She concluded that it passed her cat-jeopardy-test. But seriously I just adore the entire article. The videos, photos and content. Excellent! Purrrrrfect!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Mary - Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for sharing, voting, pinning. Have a wonderful week and give that doggie a pat for me.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        3 years ago from Florida

        I only have one spoiled Min. Schnauzer. Whenever I want to have a good laugh, I do to a daughter's house. Her cat is very intertaining!!

        You really took a lot of time to write this Hub, and included some awesome photos.

        Voted this UP, and shared. Pinned to my pets board.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        MonkeyShine75 - What a smart kitty! Thank you for telling us about him. Give him a pat on the head for me!

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        Mara Alexander 

        3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

        I love this hub. I'm a cat person, and love my cat who is so human. He acts like he understands everything, and although he loves me, he is crazy about my brother Ryan, and will do anything he tells him. He acts like a dog in a way because my brother even taught him to do tricks. He started using our toilet when he was a very young kitten, and I don't have to buy cat liter.

        Great hub Voted up

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        savvy - Yea, girl. Cats are very Beyonce-like. Bow down, bow down, not bow wow. Thanks for your kind kudos. Glad you enjoyed it!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Carolyn - Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing.Have a great weekend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        ologsinquito - You are so right. I think they have sympathy for us mixed with love and a little disdain. They are such prize animals. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing great. Have a wonderful weekend.

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        Yves 

        3 years ago

        "We're all like, "Bow down to me, b*tches." Now that made me laugh out loud. It's as if that is the supreme right of a cat to think highly of him/herself. None of that tail-wagging, you can treat me bad and I'll still love you nonsense. Sigh. A a cat is like a savvy girl after my own heart. She expects to be treated right---Damn straight.

        BTW, Bay Bay is quite the handsome, dapper fellow. Voting up. This hub is so entertaining. I loved it.

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        ologsinquito 

        3 years ago from USA

        I love this one. My daughter and I have had recent conversations about how cats think. She tells me they view us as big cats who aren't able to hunt very well, and not very good at what we're supposed to be doing. In other words, we're failures as cats.

        This one is going on one of my cat boards.

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        Carolyn Emerick 

        3 years ago

        This was such a great hub! It was so entertaining but also some great tips for cat owners! Upvoted and shared :-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Heidi - Thank you for the warm comment! Cats are such good, relaxing company. And kittens are wild fun, of course, best served up in twos! I hope an awesome cat picks you as his or her family when you're ready. The black ones are especially needy for good homes. I've had more black ones over the years than anything else because no one seems to want to adopt a black one, no matter how sweet. Not fair. Have a great rest of your week!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        3 years ago from Chicago Area

        (Sorry for the delay in commenting! Had my comment all queued up yesterday and then *poof* browser crashes. Didn't want to duplicate my comment!)

        This is soooo cute! After 2+ decades wrangling big dogs, I am so ready for cats as my "retirement" pets. :) Love all the adorable photos (especially of your own kitty-kins). Thanks for sharing the feline fun! Voted up, funny, awesome and beautiful!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Genna - You know that as soon as you're not looking she is all over that coffee table and she uses your toothbrush to get her back teeth especially good. I do hope you leave it out on the bathroom counter for her, bristle side up in a cup by the sink! If so, yeah she uses it.

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        Genna East 

        3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        “Not judging you…okay, maybe a little.” Yes – maybe just a little. I loved this super-funny and super-clever hub. My calico is fond of giving me the “what’s the big problem eyes” when I sternly remind her that she can’t jump up on the coffee table. I must print this out for her. Lol.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        PegCole17 - High five to that awesome aging kitty who can still jump on the bathroom counter to drink from the spigot! They are delightful creatures and I even enjoy their evil streak (do they channel the inner frenemy in all of us?). Have a splendid week ahead!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        PeggyW - My sympathies on the loss of your sweet friend, Dusty. May he rest in peace in everlasting fields of fresh catnip. Poor Peaches, I'm sure, is grieving his loss. I've seen the grief process with my own cats. Hugs to you.

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        Peg Cole 

        3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        Cute and funny lowdown on these creatures that seem to be everywhere on Facebook. I try not to watch the videos but can't help myself. Cats can be really cool or not, depending on their mood. My aunt has a cat who is over seventeen years old and still loves drinking out of the bathroom water spigot.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Loved reading this although it touches a particular chord right now as we had to euthanize our pal Dusty who adopted us some 15 years ago. His feline pal Peaches...along with us...are missing him terribly. Both came to us as strays and have enriched our lives immeasurably.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Stephanie - Now how could I forget Kitty Hawk? I've been there several times! Meow to you and yours!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        MsDora - Thank you for your kind praise. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Audrey - Thank you for both your encouragement and for sharing this. Have a wonderful week, poetess!

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        3 years ago from USA

        I've always loved cats, and I'm certain that there are many things on your list that my kitties wished I knew! Enjoyed your very funny (and true!) hub! Oh, and do add Kitty Hawk, NC to your list of places!

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 years ago from The Caribbean

        Creative, interesting, balanced mix of serious and funny! Totally enjoyable and insightful. Great talent here!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        3 years ago from California

        Aww--I love kitties! And so, so funny! I so enjoyed this and am passing this around!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Linda - Glad you enjoyed the cat nose-to-nose. My feline alarm clock (Bay Bay) had me up at 4 a.m. today. Oh, if they weren't so cute they'd be in trouble. Have a wonderful week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Bill - Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you have a cat in your life, even if not in your home. Have a wonderful week!

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        Bill De Giulio 

        3 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Flourish. Hilarious hub. Sounds like we could learn a lot from our feline friends. We don't have a cat but our kids do and this hub describes them perfectly. Great job, have a great day.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is another funny and very creative hub, Flourish! Thanks for the entertainment and for sharing the information and the cat photos.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        peachpurple - So glad to know you enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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        peachy 

        3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        I am a cat lover too. I think cats love laptop because it is warm

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Frank - Thanks for reading! I'm both a cat mom and a regular one, too, so thank you there too! Have a great weekend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Snakesmum - How very true! Thanks for reading and have a Happy Mother's Day!

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        Frank Atanacio 

        3 years ago from Shelton

        Im not a cat person, but this was a great hub.. I love the pictures too : voted up and shared Frank oh, and Happy mother's day to you if it applies :)

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        Snakesmum 

        3 years ago

        Cats! Can't be without one. They give so much to us, and don't really ask a lot in return, just to be warm, fed, and played with. :-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Faith Reaper - George sounds adorable. Cats seem to know exactly what we need, from entertainment to companionship. They are so intuitive. I'm glad George found his way into your life. Thank you for reading and sharing so widely. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Kathleen - Thank you for the up vote and the kind comment. Cats are truly a blessing. I cannot imagine life without them. Glad you have two who love you. Happy Mother's Day.

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        Faith Reaper 

        3 years ago from southern USA

        Oh, how adorable and hilarious. I love cats. They are a constant amusement and possess great intelligence. Our George is very picky about his drinking water. Although we place fresh water in his bowl every morning, he wants to jump on the tub and drink it from the tub facet! LOL. So, we have to let it drip just for him to have fresh drinking water. He is not afraid of water and lets is run on his head too. He is the first cat we have that actually reclines when he get in the recliner with my hubby. LOL He's a trip. He loves outdoors now, though, and we worry about him being out and about, but so far he returns home.

        Excellent article and we sure can learn tons from cats.

        Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

        Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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        Kathleen Kerswig 

        3 years ago

        Love this hub and voted up! I have two cats and they rule the roost. Of course, I let them because I adore them. Their unconditional love for me is always a demonstration of how I can be with the people I come in contact with on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        susi10 - Must be the catnip! I've got an entire grocery bag right now that I have dried and am reducing to flakes for my cats and you should just see the attention they're giving me. I've got more help than I can handle! Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading!

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        Susan W 

        3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

        Wow! This was absolutely hilarious! I guess we really can learn a lot from cats. They've got such an attitude, and can be really "sassy" at times - but in the end, they're hard to ignore.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        quicksand - ... and the clumsiest. They feel sorry for us. We're big, dumb clumsy cats who cannot hunt. poop in our water bowls, and walk ungracefully on two legs instead of the usual four.

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        quicksand 

        3 years ago

        I have reason to believe that cats think that humans are the dumbest creatures on earth!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Larry - Thank you for the kind encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Perspycacious - "It" (compliments of spay/neuter) is the only gender to be when you're a cat. Mau-Mau sounds like an intellectual feline terrorist. Stay on Mau-Mau's good side!

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        Demas W Jasper 

        3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        Mau-Mau, our resident terrorist so named after those of Kenyan fame, saw this and it (that's right) said it is a howl! It sleeps in the crook of my arm while I'm dozing off for a catnap.

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        Larry Rankin 

        3 years ago from Oklahoma

        What a wonderful and amusingly written article. Great work!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Susie - Divas, darlin'. Total divas. =^..^=

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        Susie Lehto 

        3 years ago from Minnesota

        Internet divas? - I have the giggles.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Sha - I felt sorry for the poor dear until the very end when it just got up and ran away. Obviously he was playing possum really well. Bay Bay appreciates the kind compliment. He is good at sitting on my keyboard and somehow flipping the screen to vertical layout mode (HOW?) or turning the audio on so that with every keystroke it announces exactly what is happening (really annoying if that's not what you want). Cats! Have a terrific weekend, and thanks for reading.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Ann - Thank you for the kind kudos. I wasn't even there but I sure love that cream Siamese's stealth, the fixed stare, the quiet confidence, the "come at me; I dare you" telepathy. It takes a special creature to totally own a situation like that, and cats certainly do. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 years ago from Central Florida

        This was such fun, Flourish! I laughed my tail off at the kitty that didn't want to walk on a leash. Too funny!

        My cats love that I've gained weight. They think my belly is the perfect spot to rest and make dough. Ouch! One of my cats loves to lick my hair. Not a good mix when there's hair spray in it.

        Being a cat lover, I really enjoyed this article. Your Bay Bay is a handsome little guy - so dapper in his shirt collar.

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        Ann Carr 

        3 years ago from SW England

        I'm echoing Bill's hilarious! I love cats, too, but have not had that many. Sorry but I prefer dogs (gasp, horror!). However, cats are fascinating and always rule the roost don't they? I remember going into a stranger's house once and feeling decidedly uneasy for no apparent reason. On looking around the sitting room, I spied, camouflaged against the cream leisure sofa, a Siamese cat, literally fixing me with its stare. I don't think it liked intruders; at least it certainly didn't like me!

        Great hub; love the idea of the cat's perspective.

        Ann

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Theophanes - So glad that you are feeding the neighborhood. I suspect we feed raccoons too sometimes, although not intentionally.

        You are so right about the food. It always seems like it's either emptyish (that's empty, right?) or filled with the wrong type of food (healthy stuff when good old Meow Mix will do). Our rascal cats get fed the high grade stuff like Blue and Nutro, but we find them sneaking into the cupboards and clawing open bags of a Meow Mix, the McDonalds of cat food, that is meant for a feral colony we feed. Gotta admire someone who know what they want!

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        Theophanes Avery 

        3 years ago from New England

        You forgot "My food bowl is empty. No really. Go check it. No, those crumbles at the bottom DO NOT COUNT AS FOOD. I need something fresh." We feed a lot of strays being on a farm and all... lately their complaint is, "A raccoon has been stealing our food." (Had to set up a game cam to prove this one. SIGH.)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Lizzy - Here's a high five from one cat lady to another! We are now down to 7 after the natural passing of several older former rescues in the last year. I sure love each of them. They're like humans, so different in their features and purrsonalities. Have a great weekend!

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        Liz Elias 

        3 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Loved this hub! Voted up +++ all the way across. I love cats; we have "only" 7 of the darlings... ;-)

        You have nailed their purrsonalities with a sharp claw! Our cats are our 'furry kids,' and our last remaining connection to sanity in this crazy world.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Paula - Your Tommy 2 sounds like a he has the heart of a kitten with his pouncing, hiding, and hair chewing. Bless his heart, whatever his age. He sounds adorable. Thanks for the upvotes. Have a great weekend with your four-footed buddies.

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