• Is your cat cheating on you? ;)

    From Tigger@21:1/5 to All on Sat Jan 2 21:23:56 2021

    There's a well-known saying that goes, "You don't choose a cat, a cat
    chooses you." So what should you do, asks Anisa Subedar, when a persistent pussycat in the neighbourhood decides to adopt you?

    For me, it began about 18 months ago, one long, hot summer evening when
    two huge wanting eyes, accompanied by serenading mews appeared at the
    kitchen door. It didn't recoil when I approached it. In fact it appeared
    quite pleased when I began speaking in ridiculously high-pitched baby
    speak (imagine the word "choochy-face" being used). Nor did it flinch when
    I softly stroked behind its grey, fluffy ears. Instead it lay on its back
    and allowed me to feel the softness of its white belly fur and loudly
    purred in gratitude. In appreciation that my affections were returned, I
    opened a can of tuna which it hastily scoffed and left.

    I didn't think anything of it at the time other than that it was a cosy exchange. A summer memory made and I had performed a good deed.

    A few days later The Cat returned and we behaved like two long lost
    friends. There was mutual loving, petting and nuzzles. I gave it some more food, it noisily ate and we parted ways again.

    The meetings soon became a daily occurrence and something I found myself looking forward to. The Cat had taken to coming into the house, napping on
    the sofa and didn't mind being put out for the night when I went to bed.
    My evenings were now gloriously cosy. The stresses of the day instantly dissolved when The Cat and I would curl up together to watch television in
    the evenings. In retrospect, I should have stopped to think whether The
    Cat - though apparently in need of food and affection - lived with someone else. But I didn't. That only came later.

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