This past summer we took in an unusual barn kitty, the part Siamese offspring of a tabby mama. A tiny runt, Pavel (pronounced Pabel) was half the size of his robust litter mates. We’re told he was born pink and hairless, so must have been a premie. Even now, at what should be a nearly full grown size, he only weighs a little over six pounds so is still quite small for a kitten cat. Not that this deters him in any way. And nothing escapes his insatiable curiosity. Ever on the prowl, he continually seeks for that which he can get into, unless he’s snoozing in a sunbeam. We all savor Pavel’s nap times.
Feisty, we guess that’s how he survived, this determined little guy can be very sweet and purry when he so desires and has brought much pleasure into our lives. I particularly like it when he cuddles with me. Mostly he’s busy pouncing on the bigger kitties and other naughtiness. Our two older cats Percy and Minnie Mae are gradually adjusting to him, although relationships are strained. Especially when he tackles them all in good fun and they take offense. At one time, they were the new kid here who had to gain acceptance among the ranks. I tell them sometimes you just need a kitten.
“It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” ~Cynthia E. Varnado
“A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.” ~Barbara Holland
(Pavel and my little pom poo Sadie Sue sitting with me as I write).
“The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” ~Doug Larson
“There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.”
“Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these.”- quoted in “UC’s Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008
“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”~ Mark Twain
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” ~Bill Dana
“If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.” ~J.A. McIntosh
***Image of my niece Cailin with kitty Pavel.
“A Home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove it’s title?” — Mark Twain
***In case you haven’t noticed yet, Mark Twain loved cats. And he’s a distant ancestor of mine, so maybe the connection?
“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” — Anonymous
***Our most recent pic of Pavel, all images taken by my daughter Elise.
“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.” ~Leo Dworken
“Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.” ~F.A. Paradis de Moncrif
“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.” — Tay Hoho
To this I add, I also love dogs. But there is something inherently special about cats. As a child they were always my favorite pet. I could not be without them and will probably become the crazy cat lady. Maybe I already am. Hmmmm….
“Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” — Mark Twain