Have you ever noticed...
how both cats and humans react to certain situations in similar ways, especially cats and children? I was reminiscing about my last year of teaching fourth grade, while simultaneously watching my cats play, when this thought first occurred to me.
For example, you ask a child a question that requires an answer such as "Yes, I'm the one who ate Sara's last cookie". It is highly unlikely that you will get an immediate verbal response. Instead, the child's eyes will wander to the ceiling, or her face will assume the "deer in the headlights" expression.
My feline friends do the exact same thing. When asked why my phone charger was no longer sitting on the counter but lying on the floor instead, Gracie began searching the ceiling for the answer. Benjamin is not any different. His usual response to any question insinuating guilt on his part is to manifest a feline version of the "deer in headlights" look. Of course, this is assuming that I can find either cat to question them in the first place.
Which leads me to my next behavior - hiding. Both cats and children seem to think that hiding is an excellent way to avoid taking responsibility for an unpleasant or unwise action. My students would often seek refuge in the school clinic after breaking a rule, never considering that it was located next to the Principal's office. My cats duck under my bed to avoid repercussions from naughty behavior, usually forgetting to take their tales under the bed with them. As you can imagine, both are always forced to face the repercussions of their actions eventually. But the temptation to run and hide never goes away, no matter how many times they are found.
Finally, there is the nagging phenomenon. Even though I had two large clocks mounted on separate walls in my classroom, my students constantly wanted to know how much time was left before lunch. Over and over this question would be asked, and my answer was always the same. "Look at the clock and figure it out."
Gracie and Benjamin Bunny are the same way. Everyday they nag me for food, and everyday I feed them at the exact same times. No matter what I say or do, the nagging persists. You would think that when I haven't caved in to their demands by this point, they would let it go. But just like human children, that isn't part of their psyche.
I guess this is why my fellow cat-caregivers laughed when I naively announced one of my initial reasons for adopting Gracie and Benjamin Bunny. Since my human children were grown, I was now free to spend time with some mature feline friends.
Enlightening comments about today's thought are welcomed, so please feel free to share.
Until next time, remember...
We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat
- St. George Mivart