On Cats and Books

"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person." ~Dan Greenberg

Cat Quote of the Day June 20, 2013 by Catherine Valente

“Because I’m a cat. A big one, the Panther of Rough Storms, in fact. But still a cat. If there’s a saucer of milk to spill, I’d rather spill it than let it lie. If my mistress grows absent-minded and leaves a ball of yarn about, I’ll bat it between my paws, and unravel it. Because it’s fun. Because it’s what cats do best.”

Catherynne M. Valente, “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making”

Original photo by bnilsen

Original photo by bnilsen

Cats and small children are the ultimate scientists.  They knock things over because they can and then watch intently to see the results.  A cat can knock over a glass of water a hundred times and be just as interested in the outcome on time 100 as time one.  Then, of course, he will walk away in a huff because of the irritating wet mess that has suddenly appeared.

I find this endearing in theory and less in practice when it involves a glass of water on my nightstand at 2 a.m.  There are very few things I find endearing at 2 a.m.

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