The cat is a magnificent animal. The relations of these two house cats are of course the kings of the jungle. My wife Lynne Armstrong spends some of her time drawing them on the graffiti program on Facebook, and has become quite proficient at capturing their mixture of helplessness and superiority.
Her current entry leaves the Graffiti competition today – you’re only allowed to submit your entry for one week – and has been popular enough to have been voted the number one spot on several of those days.
If cats really did rule our world it would undoubtedly be an even crazier place to live in than it already is.
See what TS Elliot wrote about them:
You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse–
But all may be described in verse.
You’ve seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
How would you ad-dress a Cat?
So first, your memory I’ll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste–
He’s sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he’s finished, licks his paws
So’s not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat’s entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.
So this is this, and that is that:
And there’s how you AD-DRESS A CAT.