Her name is Nikki and she's a pretty ordinary tabby, as far as tabbies go, in that she lives in my house and never goes outside except to see her 'friend' the vet or to move to a new house.
There is one pretty strange thing about Nikki though, she has a birth defect in her vocal cords that interferes with her ability to make any sounds...
For the first year of her life she never made a single sound at all other than scratching the appliances to hear the sound of her claws or shaking her tail on plastic to hear it rattle!
I used to call her the 'Mime cat' because it was pretty funny to see a cat go through the motions of meowing with no audio track turned on. Mind you, there does seem to be some sort of cosmic compensation going on here, as you can hear that cat purr from across the room!Since it really sounds somewhat like a cat in trouble she generally gets a good reaction, so she must figure it's worth the effort... Personally, I'd like to find her volume control and turn it back off! She was pretty well perfect the other way as far as I was concerned!
Did you ever stop and think about cats? I'm convinced that they see the world very differently than we do, they're pretty sure that they own us and we are staff!
On top of that, I have a sneaking suspicion that my cat thinks that the level of service has degraded in recent years... She was pretty annoyed by moving from the west coast of Canada out to the east coast. Nowadays, if you bring out a box and start packing it, she'll look at you like she'd like to give you a little bite to get you to stop...I don't blame her though, I figured it out recently and over the last seventeen years, she's moved approximately half a dozen times. For a cat, that's a lot, they aren't the most flexible pets... Especially if you consider that she's made the trip by truck across Canada four times!
--> For the dog, it was all oh boy, a walk, my favourite! Oh boy, dog food, my favourite! Oh boy... You get the idea...For the cat, it read like a conspiracy novel!
I'm pretty sure my cat would agree! I think my Mime cat actually thinks she's a tiger... I'd hate to tell her she's a bit short.
Images by Teresa Young:
1. Tiger Tracks -Apr.2004, 2. Nikki Smiles - 2009, 3. Nikki in her natural state - 2009, 4. Howling (Yawning) at the moon - 2009, 5. Nikki's Self Image - May 2010.