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Or it may scratch and bite and cling to the ceiling

“A person has other concerns, but at each moment in its life, a cat has only one concern.  This is what gives it such perfect balance, and this is why the spectacle of a confused or frightened cat upsets us: we feel both pity and the desire to laugh.  It faces the source of danger or confusion and its only recourse is to spit a foul breath out between its mottled gums.” — Lydia Davis, “The Cats in the Prison Recreation Hall”

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7 Comments

  1. CJ CJ

    I love watching animals make decisions –as they so clearly do.

    • I’m glad my cats have never decided to take hostages and issue demands.

  2. CJ CJ

    My dog is a punisher. She catches flies like a cat and hides our shoes when we leave her. I’m glad she doesn’t have a law degree.

    • If she had a law degree she’d be pulling the wings off the flies and subleasing your shoes.

  3. CJ CJ

    Instead she snoozing in the sun with a rawhide chew. ah the one percent. They are animals.

  4. CJ CJ

    Instead she’s snoozing in the sun with a rawhide chew. ah the one percent. They are animals.

  5. CJ CJ

    Sorry about that.

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