What is it Like to Own some Cats?

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 12th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article is an outcome of the inspiration I got from reading Sheila Newton's article 'What is it Like to Own a Cat?' that was written for "Mark's February Factual Writing Challenge".

I never thought I could write about pets. I was thinking this "pets business" was not my forte. But I'm excited tell you some cat experiences of mine from my childhood.

Cats were our friends, when I was at my village-home

I didn't have an inkling of writing this page when I first saw "Mark's February Factual Writing Challenge" but my memory brought back the experiences I had in my childhood that I spent at my village, after reading Sheila Newton's 'What is it Like to Own a Cat?'.

Mark Gordon Brown once prompted me to write about my village; he wrote this comment,
"I would love to see pictures of your home village - perhaps one time you will do a Travel article!" , but I could not write one as I don't have pictures of my village. But this one is my village experience.

Owning a cat is a beautiful experience, though I never owned one for myself, but cats used to enter my house at the village, and as children we always enjoyed holding them and playing with them.

And my mother used to warn us to be very careful with cats, telling that they might pounce on us if we were not cool enough with them while playing. She used to say, "Any cat is like a wild tiger in the jungle, and when it gets angry it might behave as wildly as a hunting tiger.

In most of the villages in India, cats and dogs are a part of a farmer's family and, though they're not specially raised with great care, they help the farmer in many ways.

We never raised the cats as pets. But there used to be some cats around the houses in the village, though they were never kept as pets. Cats used to lay their kitties in some farmer's cattle shed and they they freely entered any house in search of food.

How the cat killed a snake entering our house?

Sometimes, my mother used to feed the cat that used to visit our house and they used to have some peculiar way of talking. She was able to understand the cat's language and she would throw the leftovers when it entered the house with a hunger-cry.

After relishing its food, when the cat would go very close to my mom to express its gratitude, she used to keep herself away from it, saying, "Now go away, it's done. Go out now".

The cat would visit us in the morning and night especially at the supper time. It knows we would not drive it away without feeding something.

One night, after our meal was over, the cat was continuously meowing at my mother and she sensed something had happened. The cat would come to her, meowing all the way and return back to the window on the wall of front-yard.

She followed the cat as it hurriedly guided her to the window and showed a snake hanging from the window. The cat had already cut its throat and it was almost half-dead.

We were all surprised to know how a cat could sense the danger of a snake entering the house. I could never forget this incident in my life.

We were as casual as we used to be from the following day, but we never entertained the cat to be out pet even after such an unforgettable event of the previous night.

We never had the habit of raising a pet, and the same is true even now.

But, it's fact that cats as pets are very loving and helpful to the humankind.

Image credits:
A cat can be as ferocious as a tiger! from Wikimedia under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Such a cat can kill a snake easily! By Clavecin (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons

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Click and see his page about "What It Is Like To Own An Arowana".

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Animals constantly amaze me and can be very protective, Rathna. We have owned Cats in the past, though I am an out and out Dog lover and we always rehome rescue dogs. There is a lovely quote I read that said 'Dogs come when they are called..Cats tell you to leave a message and they will get back to you!' lol..They are such independent pets and can be quite aloof. Another saying I read was that 'Cats remember when they were once worshipped as Gods, and they have never quite forgotten this.' lol.. Great Star Page as always my dear friend..and a great share.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow, thank you my dear friend Songbird.

Your kind words and quotes have added value to this page.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Rathna, what a wonderful story of you, your family and this very kind and grateful cat. I am sorry I was not able to look at the video. If I did I would have dreams of snakes for days on end. One of my few fears. Well done star page my friend, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Feb 2012 (#)

A really well-written article, Ratna. Definitely deserved the star it garnered for you. Other than that, Songbird and Denise have said it all for me.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

My dear friend, this is really a great share. I'd never known before that cats can battle snakes, like the latters' arch enemy, the mongoose! Well-deserved STAR! And thanks for unselfishly putting a link to my recent page! Namaste!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Great article Rath. I have a few cats myself. I still look forward to a time when you can share images of your village.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
12th Feb 2012 (#)

I loved this story of your experiences with the cats in your village, especially the part where the cat protected your house from the snake. I have 4 of them and can't imagine living my life without these amazing furry creatures. Their intelligence never fails to amaze me. Thank you, my friend!

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing your stories with us Rathna. I know that the cats would be very grateful to you for looking after them :-) A great star page,,,

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Cats and dogs enrich our lives though I rarely had pets. Staying in an apartment in a city, it is tough to look after them when we have to be away for days. Thanks Rathna for a personal take on cats that not only enriched your life but might have saved yours also! siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

What an amazing piece of writing, Rathna. And what images - and what a brilliant video - WoW, you've STORMED this! Fantastic star page. And thanks so much for the mention. I'm touched. So we both got a star out of pussycats, eh, Rathna????

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author avatar Jules Castillo
13th Feb 2012 (#)

i love cats...but i love dogs better...great star page, the answer to my friend Sheila's article...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Rathnashikamani:
This is a very special page. You mentioned your family, your home and the cats. I didn't watch the video in case the snake came out and got on my keyboard.
Congratulations on the star. I haven't seen a star for a long time. I haven't seen a rainbow either.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Feb 2012 (#)

wonderful page I enjoyed reading this so much Rathnashikamani, thank you....

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author avatar Retired
15th Feb 2012 (#)

You're so versatile! Nice star page--congrats! :)

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author avatar NancyG in TN
16th Feb 2012 (#)

very good!

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
17th Feb 2012 (#)

Cats are a real mystery. And it is written in a beautiful short story by Rudyard Kipling: The Cat that Walked by Himself. It is really worth reading it if you want to learn more about the myth of CAT.
Anyway it is one of the sweetest thing to cuddle a soft, warm, purring thing. I think God created cats to let us have the experience to meet a wild predator without a real deathly danger.
Cats have been the part of my life for long-long years and they are real joy of my life.
Somewhere I read 'The more people I meet the more I love my cat.' It is true in a way that they never lie to you and they never want to deceive you. And if they show their affection to you it is a real feeling.
Rathna, I can just suggest you to get a cat as a pet and you will see wonders.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

A very excellent read my friend. I enjoyed your experience with the cats. Even though you never had one for a pet, my experience with have them as pets are really nice. Thank your for this great article.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
9th Apr 2012 (#)

I love my cats too! I have four now and many stories! I think I will post them here!!

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author avatar Quescout
30th Jun 2013 (#)

Hi Rathnashikamani

I liked your section about the snake attack, and the cat wanting to show your mother. I have owned cats all my life. Both tame and in the wild I find them caring and loving. They just do not show it very well.

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