Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes! —Theophile Gautier
Of course cats have souls. I know after living with cats for decades. I’ve looked and cats do stare without blinking. I know they look deep into others’ souls and the souls of humans. How else could they decide who will be their servants?
If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave. —Theophile Gautier
Cats aren’t slaves or property in any way. They know this. They do become fond of certain humans and befriend those they like. But cats never submit to humans as slaves or property. Cats still retain a simple dignity while bestowing their affection on those worthy of it.
If hissing and growling are ignored, then screaming happens which then leads into a fight. Cat fights aren’t a good thing. I’ve been in too many and I know from experience they can be bad and hard to recover from. I lost part of my ear from a bad fight. Perhaps my girl is right and thinks fighting should be avoided as much as possible.
However, we cats do have a right to defend ourselves from bad humans. Treat us with respect and we won’t fight you. Don’t put us in cages and demand we submit to your tyranny or else we will fight you. We have natural built in weapons that you don’t have.
It’s never good when cats growl. It’s worse than a hiss. A hiss is a warning, but a growl is much worse. It means we’re getting into fighting mode. So, it’s best to step away from us when we growl. A growl is in between a hiss and a scream. Don’t forget we are armed with claws which we sharpen everyday.
A growl means we are angry and don’t want to be bothered for any reason. We may not understand what your intentions are. We feel threatened and will attack to defend ourselves. It’s the way cats are. Best to leave us alone and give us lots of space until we calm down. Or the consequences could be dangerous.
I can’t say I like children. They can be a bit too mean. I can never tell what they will do to me. So, I usually try and tell them to leave me alone. Not that they understand what I’m saying, but I do try. My girl understands and knows I don’t care for children. She never faulted me for it.
I know some cats do like children. Nuri tends to walk up to strange children and will talk kindly to them. That is not something I will do. I’ll stay back. When they get older and respect my boundaries, it’s easier for me to have them around.
Just when that point is, is not something I can pin down. I suppose it has to do with the person. It’s all too easy for young children to want to approach cats and try to pet us. When adults do the same thing, they are much more cautious and prefer to let us come to them. That’s a much better approach. Some of us can’t stand for strangers to get too close.
It’s not you. We just don’t know if we can trust you. When we learn we can, then it’s a different story. It’s just more especially true with young children. They don’t know any better and I do hope they can learn to respect cats as they grow up. Otherwise, I don’t want them around me.
There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten. —Jules Champfleury
Kittens don’t think about the consequences. They just want an adventure and they do find it without trying very hard. They explore and learn all sorts of things. They are more observant than many humans I’ve known in my life.
If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed? —Winifred Carriere
I love how humans think they can give cats rules to follow when in reality, it’s the other way around. The cats are laying down the rules and enforcing them in ways that most humans aren’t aware of. Cats can be adorable and purr. Two ways in which they enforce their possession of humans.
It has been several moons since our dear readers have received a missive from his royal highness Julius. Seasons are once again changing at Casa Julius, and his Highness has completed his transition from his winter to summer quarters yet again — an arduous annual journey from his blanketed chair by the living room fireplace to his blanketed window basket in the summer sun.
So far, this summer has been a quiet one at Casa Julius. There have been no sightings of coyotes in the nearby woods, and the turf wars of last summer with the neighboring cat-kings has yet to resurface. Perhaps that is the influence of Dog, his Highness’ live-in court jester and man-at-arms. What there have been are plenty of birds, and snakes, and frogs, and little insects that scurry around in the garden outside. His Highness has taken to watching their motions throughout the day as his royal entertainment. It is great fun for him to watch inferior creatures travailing in the summer weeds, while he is content and comfortable inside his air-conditioned palace.
Sometimes the sorry little creatures find their way into the house, and his Highness will dispose of these intruders himself, personally. Hunting them is like sport for him — the more dangerous ones, of course, are handled by his soldiers without him even having to lift a paw. But the insects that present no real danger, only fun, definitely are the sport of the emperor. He has taken a great liking to hunting them in the evenings. There is nothing better than engaging in a riveting indoor hunt followed up by a tongue-bath and a little sip of milk. It is not becoming, of course, for an emperor to eat what he has hunted. (Such is the habit of the peasantry.) But his man-at-arms is happy to accept whatever his Highness presents. Another benefit of having a dog in the house — Julius now has a live-in vacuum cleaner as well.
From his summer basket, His Highness sends his regards. He hopes that his followers are having a pleasant opening to summer just as he is.
April showers have definitely brought May flowers to casa Julius this year, dearest readers — a world that was swept with winter and bitter cold just weeks ago has suddenly begun to transform into a realm of green.
Every spring season, the emperor dutifully supervises from the top of his seven foot cat tree as his imperial gardener works her magic in the soil and transforms his winter view into a luxurious summer one. Soon, Julius’ sights will be full of beautiful displays of blooming trees, budding flowers, and singing birds. (The birds are probably the most important feature.)
Being an indoor emperor, Julius himself does not get his paws dirty with gardening. However, at casa Julius we do have admiration for the intrepid cats who take matters into their own paws and get to work shaping their gardens into personal havens complete with endless napping spots, plenty of hunting opportunities, countless snacks, and, perhaps best of all, unlimited litterbox access!
This month, readers, we hope you enjoy our list of our favorite YouTube cats in the garden!
#5. Gardening around a cat…
If you ask me, it sounds from the title that this human isn’t appreciative of the important assistance their feline sage is trying to offer. It’s vital that everything is checked and approved by the cat before it goes into the ground. There is so much to do — testing soil quality, eating weeds, and more. Silly human!
#4. Cookie Cat and Honey Cat
These two are taking matters into their own paws — the best kind of landscapers and gardeners that you could possibly hire. You won’t have to worry about weeds or too-tall grass anymore with these two around.
#3. Energetic Cat Helps Out with Gardening
No, human, you must have my assistance! Faster than lightning, this cat immediately knows where he’s needed. Sensing his human’s incompetence, he wisely decides to rush in and save the day by offering his gardening guidance and expertise. This will probably be the best garden of the year!
#2. Cat’s Day in the Garden
To call this a mini movie doesn’t honestly do the video justice. With beautifully edited footage, gorgeous scenery, and adorable actors to boot, this movie will offer great inspiration when it comes to designing and creating a perfect garden for your feline royalty. Endless opportunities for rewatching, both for relaxation and inspiration. And this channel offers even more gorgeous cat/garden goodness if you want to see more.
#1. Oscar the Garden Cat
Finishing off our list is none other than the courageous, all-knowing, all-doing Oscar the Garden Cat. Oscar is a bonafide gardening expert — if your cat would like a blueprint for how to become the best garden helper there is, Oscar is definitely a must-watch. I have no doubts that any plant he touches grows wonderfully, blessed by wise Oscar’s whiskers! And if you couldn’t get enough of Oscar the first time, don’t worry. There’s a part two!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are completely my own. Neither I nor anyone at Sir Socks Le Chat has any association, affiliation, or other such relationship with any of the YouTubers/YouTube channels listed in this article.
Beware when a cat hisses at you. It’s a warning. We may not like you. We may not like the way you’re treating us. Or perhaps we just don’t feel well. Cats like humans can get irritable. We get sick on occasion. Hopefully, not very often. When our favorite people die or never come back to visit us or be with us, we get depressed. We can get upset when new people come into our lives.
But a hiss is just a warning. It means we want you to give us some space. Just leave us alone for a bit. Perhaps we just need to watch you from afar before we can let you get closer to us. Don’t take it personally and just give us the space we’re asking for.
I wish it wasn’t true. I know it’s true though. Sometimes even cats get overlooked because we’re shy. In my case, I can be fast and I know how to hide. But in my girl’s case, people just like to overlook her because she’s not outgoing enough for them. I don’t understand that attitude.
Being shy shouldn’t cause this reaction. I know we don’t always want to be around others, but does that mean we ask to be overlooked? No, it doesn’t. I know I’m quiet. I still have things to say and write about. I have much to contribute when given a chance with people I feel comfortable with.
Being shy doesn’t mean we don’t know anything and aren’t capable. If anything it’s the quiet ones who know more and are more capable than the ones who just boast. We don’t feel the need to boast about what we know and can do. We just do and go on with our lives quietly.
So, the next time you feel inclined to overlook someone shy, stop and realize they may not feel comfortable sharing with you because they don’t know you very well. It will take time for us to open up. It can’t be done with the snap of your fingers. But we are worth the time and trouble as my girl can say about me.