I’m not a cat person. I’ve had hamsters, ducks, rabbits, geckos and other reptiles, parrots, and several dogs, but I’ve never had a cat as a pet. Oh, I’ve known some delightful cats who managed to combine elegance and aloofness with winning moments of affection. I’ve also known some CFH (cats from hell). One in particular terrorized me in my first post-college apartment. The furball in question was my roommate’s and we shared a small place in a questionable block on the upper, upper west side of Manhattan. It was the kind of block that, back in the day, you were scared to walk through alone at night, especially if you were young and female. And yet, I felt safer among the drug dealers and pimps who owned the neighborhood than in my apartment with the homicidal cat. My roommate, who loved the beast, thought her kitty was adorable—even when he flew at you with claws fully extended and spittle flying from his open mouth (seriously, he was possessed by Satan). Happily, our association ended without harm to animal or human, but it could have gone badly for both. After that episode, I considered pot-bellied pigs, skunks, spider monkeys and miniature horses as pets (actually, I considered them for my husband who is crazy about animals) but never a cat.
So, yeah, I’m not a cat person. And yet, I love pictures of cats doing silly, stupid, adorable things. I’m the audience for all those websites that show cats with Post-it notes on them or dangling from chandeliers or typing away at a computer keyboard. ‘Cause, really, who can resist cute kitties and how much better is it when you don’t have to vacuum cat hair off all your clothes and furnishings to get your feline fix.
Because it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and any of you reading this blog are preoccupied with thoughts of stuffing and how to avoid great-aunt Greta at dinner, instead of e-book pricing and effective query letters, I thought I’d treat you to this site, where every time you hit the 100-word mark you are rewarded with a picture of a pretty puss.
Enjoy! And happy Thanksgiving to all!