Cool Cat. Fat Cat. Black Cat. Alley Cat. Fraidy Cat. Scaredy Cat. You’ve heard all the sayings about cats. I’m about to come out of the closet – I’m not a cat person. Oh sure, cats love me – I mean, what’s not to love, right? I do love animals, but I’ve just never figured out what cats are supposed to do. What is their purpose? Well, recently a dear friend of mine finally gave me the 411 on cats.
On a recent trip, I stumbled across this guy in Jerusalem. He just stared at me. He didn’t blink. Neither did I. I wasn’t about to lose this staring contest. But I did. He outlasted me. So, as a consolation, he let me take his picture. Cool cat indeed.
After that, I noticed feral cats wherever I traveled in Israel. People even stopped what they were doing to feed the cats. Random people, not owners, but caretakers. Cat in Hebrew is: chatul (pronounced hatool). When describing cats, I have become bilingual (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Many people are superstitious when it comes to cats. When I inquired about the many cats roaming the country and about the strangers who go out of their way to care for them, my friend explained it to me. She said, “You see, we are surrounded by people who wish to kill us. For no other reason than our religion. The cats know this, and they have powers that protect us and watch over us. So therefore, we must care for the cat, so that the cat may care for us.” Finally! Now, I see the purpose of the cat. I’m a slow learner, but I eventually get to the picnic. Perhaps now, I’ll look at cats a bit differently, and maybe with a little more understanding.
I’ll tell you one thing, I won’t be out cattin’ around anytime soon. If I did, I’d probably need a cat to protect me.
Enjoy you cats.