WHICHEVER way you look at it, cats are pretty remarkable creatures aren’t they? Of course, I’m preaching to the converted here, but if ever proof was needed of just why we all love and admire our favourite felines so much, a story or two will crop up which reminds us exactly why cats are so special. And there’s two such special cats featured in this issue…
Mimine le chat takes a stroll in her new home town of Tréveray
Take for example Mimine, the French moggy who decided that she didn’t like the house where her original owners had rehomed her when they moved away, so she decided to follow them to their new house. So 13 months and 500 miles later, she fetched up on their doorstep, having trekked all the way from Toulouse in Southern France to Treveray in the north. But how did she do it? How did she know where to find her family?
Of course, Mimine’s tale, amazing though it is, is not unique. Over the decades there have been hundreds of similar stories of cats travelling vast distances, often over a long period of time, to find their old homes, or to follow their owners to new homes. What strange sixth sense do cats have? Is it some kind of psychic sat nav? There’s plenty of theories as to how and why, but no one knows for sure – except the cats, of course – and isn’t it great that one of the true mysteries, a real animal enigma, can be ascribed to the domestic cat?
Nora, the piano-playing puss
Another remarkable moggy story concerns Nora, the piano playing puss. Of course, it depends on your definition of ‘playing’, but as the video shot by Nora’s owners and shown on YouTube proves, she certainly enjoys ‘tickling the ivories’… she even sits at a piano stool with her front paws on the piano keys. Judging by the dozens of similar video clips sent in by the owners of other pianist pussies, it seems that Nora, like Mimine, is not unique in what she does.
Now, whether the cats are aping their piano-playing owners, or whether it’s just that they like the feel of the keys and the sound they make, quite why they do it is a mystery… and isn’t that nice?
As the great TS Elliot famously said of cats: ‘The cat alone knows…’
News & Features Editor
OUR CATS AT THE SHOWS - Manchester Show - May 5th
The OUR CATS Stand will be dusted off once more for a trip to its closest show of the year - Manchester.
Come along to the stand where you can sign up for a subscription, buy a goody bag or check out our range of books. Issues of OUR CATS will be available to buy, as will copies of the 2007 Annual. We even have copies of OUR DOGS for sale for the dog lovers among you!
SPECIAL OFFERS ON VARIOUS BOOKS AND BACK ISSUE ANNUALS IN OUR SPRING SALE
Robert Fox (Photographer)
OUR CATS and Hills Official Photographer at GCCF Shows, also Official Photographer of Champion & Grand Champion Winners at shows for Royal Canin, will be attending the following:
19/05/07 - SUFFOLK & NORFOLK CAT CLUB,
20/05/07 - MIDLAND COUNTIES CAT CLUB,
Wolverhampton, W. Midlands
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