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CAT

The fat cat on the mat may seem to dream
of nice mice that seem to suffice for him, or cream;
but he free, maybe, walks in thought unbowed, proud,
where loud roared and fought his kin, lean and slim,
or deep in den in the East feasted on beasts and tender men.

The giant lion with iron claw in paw,
and huge ruthless tooth in gory jaw;
the pard dark-starred, fleet upon feet,
that oft soft from aloft leaps on his meat
where woods loom in gloom--far now they be,
fierce and free, and tamed is he;
but fat cat on the mat kept as a pet,
he does not forget.

--J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

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One O'Clock

One of the Clock, and silence deep
Then up the Stairway, back and steep,
The old House-Cat comes creepy-creep

With soft feet goes from room to room
Her green eyes shining through the gloom,
And finds all fast asleep.

-- Katherine Lyle (1863-1938)

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Attack of the Tabby Cat

greytabby.gif (6009 bytes)Slyly crept the cat
Through the damp, green grass
To the big, black hole
Of the big, grey rat

The weather was fair
The sky was blue
As overhead
The robin flew

The robin flew
To warn the rat
Of the attack
Of the tabby cat

The rat, he shriekedrat.gif (1511 bytes)
When he heard the news
For the battle; he knew
He would surely lose

The cat, he chuckled
With a grin
For the battle; he thought
He would surely win

The rat was brave
Despite his fears
But the thought of the cat
Nearly brought him to tears

The cat quickly walked
Through the cluttered backyard
He pounced from the woodpile
And landed quite hard

On the cold, wet cement
Beside the rat’s hole
A sharp glance at his enemy
The rat quickly stole

Though he was frightened
The rat was still brave
But he was certain the cat
Would bring him to his grave

The rat boldly crept
To the front of his hole
And they started the battle
On the green, grassy knoll

The rat was too nervous
The cat was too quick
And the cat, he did win
With one final kick

The cat picked him up
With victory in his eyes
And on the front step
He laid down his prize

-- Heather (1998)

 

Cats Are In Charge


Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer."
 
--Bruce Graham

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." 
--Unknown
 
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."
--Anonymous

 
"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." 
--Jeff Valdez
    

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." 
--English proverb

 
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." 

--Ellen Perry Berkeley

"One cat just leads to another." 
--Ernest Hemingway

 
"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."
--Mary Bly

 
"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." 
 
--Joseph Wood Krutch

 "People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life." 
--Faith Resnick
 
"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." 
 
--Anonymous
 
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
 
--Hippolyte Taine
 
"No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me." 
--Unknown
 
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. 
--Albert Schweitzer

 
"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." 
--Ernest Menaul
 
"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."
--Anonymous

 
"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
--Colette
 
"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel.  True, and they have many other fine qualities as well."
--Missy Dizick


 "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats."
--Colonial American proverb

 
"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
 
--Joseph Wood Krutch
 
"I got rid of my husband.  The cat was allergic.  My husband said it was him or the cat
 ... I miss him sometimes."

--Anonymous

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