Monday, March 28, 2011

A word of wisdom about cats

My friend, Tom, has blogged today about an incidence of vicious, bloodthirsty, killer cats.  You can read about it on his blog by clicking here.  Just scroll down past his commentary on elephant seals.  Or, better yet, read about the much larger and more threatening seals to get to a link about the sweet little house cat.  Then come back here.

Okay.  Done now?  Then to lead further credence to his story, I'll relate one of my own which occurred only yesterday.  I was sitting in an easy chair, watching a basketball game on television, when a large black cat landed in my lap.  My beloved Blackwell.  But he's gotten pretty fat and pretty heavy and a surprise is a surprise.  So, to tease him a bit, I picked him up and suspended him for a moment or two upside down.  Now, I can tell you, cats don't like to be upside down.  I don't know why.  Perhaps it is uncertainty about whether they will remain suspended or be dropped.  At any rate, he lashed out.  Not viciously.  Just looking for some element of "purchase", as my wife's father used to say.  He found it.  Here's the proof.

So it goes.  Never tease a creature that is much faster and has longer sharper claws than you do.


Tom Cochrun said...

No, no, no. Never turn a cat upside down--good thing you were not wearing feathers!

quilteddogs said...

Do the words "cat scratch fever" mean anything to you (other than a Ted Nugent song)?

Catalyst said...

I have been warned repeatedly about cat scratch fever. With as many times as I've been scratched, I believe I have immunity. No red lines going up my arm but thanks!

Meggie said...

Morty did that same thing to me on Friday last week. My friend suggested I have a tetanus shot, but all seems well, and has almost healed now. He is an unpredictable cat, & we feel he must have had a very unhappy kittenhood!

Catalyst said...

Meggie, they are just evil creatures!