Why I think cats are awesome (Even if I’m a dog lover)

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By Nina S. Custodio


Saturday, May 3, 2014

I AM, first and foremost, a dog person. Dogs have always been my pet of choice more than any other animal I ever considered having as my non-human companion. It just felt so right to me, and I am more comfortable being around them too. In my life, I have only really loved two felines; Hello Kitty and my beloved Garfield. Other than that, I found cats to be sinister and scary so most of my life I stayed clear of them; more so when I developed asthma.

I don’t even remember having any relatives who were into cats when I was growing up. My vivid memories of cats as a child consisted of rather cruel deeds done by neighbours to them, like putting them in a sack or tying tin cans to its tail. They weren’t my type of pets but I felt it was rather awful to ever do that to an animal.



These past few years, I seemed to have developed a weird liking to them. There is something about cats that naturally draws me to them. They had this regal ‘air’ about them, an air of pride that they unabashedly flaunt fort everyone to see. The give off an impression that they can be very uncompromising--they know what they want and they will stick to it, no matter what. They carry that sense of “take it or leave it’ attitude that comes off as "I don’t really care what you think, I’m going to be what I want to be: Me!"

I like black cats particularly. I get lost in their eyes whenever I look at them. They seem to stare back at me irked, and demanding an explanation why I was staring! I like how their eyes glimmer in in the dark. Yes, it can be quite scary to see two eyes looking at you in complete darkness but it is quite commendable to have your eyes wide open when natural human tendency would often make you want to curl up like a ball and close your eyes tightly. It has somehow impressed on me that I should try and live my life with my eyes wide open because life with all its colors and beauty, can also be fleeting. That being said, it would be nice to witness as much as you can--good and bad. Don’t you think?

I like the way they sashay as they walk towards you. It always makes me wonder what their thought were and how it seems they always seem to survive the challenges of being an animal in a world of humans. Hmm. I realized that there is so much to admire about them, more than just their shiny fur coat or their piercing stare that can stop anyone dead in their tracks. Cats, to me, have always had that mystical air about them. They look, act and walk like they know something that I don’t! I am always in awe of these creatures, and I was always wondering why. A few days ago, I would like to believe, that I have found the answer to my question and it was closely related to three characteristics that I actually admire in cats.

They walk the walk and they don’t care what you think.

Cats have THE stride of confidence. They are light on their feet but swift. They always seem to know where they want to go and have every intention of actually getting there, no matter what. They are sure of themselves, thus commanding careful regard of their movement. However, when you get to see look unsure, they never seem to hesitate about stopping completely to survey the environment and reevaluate before they go on their way again. I would eit6her have run full steam ahead and slammed on a wall hard or, hesitated and fully stopped..forever. There are scary things that can happen to us out there and some them can actually paralyze us with fear.

Cats have always been mysterious..even mystical. It begins with those eyes that seem to see past your flesh and bones and right into your soul. It always makes me wonder if cats have their own opinions about people. Unlike dogs who are often always receptive and reciprocate human touch and affection, cats tend to be quite aloof and uncommunicative. It can feel like something is a about to happen but you're somehow not in on the fun. That sense of mystery always keeps you on your toes and quite curious. That’s probably why they will always be interesting to me.

Cats always land on their feet. No matter how anyone may seem to mistreat them, they always seem to bounce back from adversity. People have stuffed them in sacks, hung them upside down and even treated them worse but they are always able to bounce back and just go on. I think that’s why cats have “nine lives”--they never quit. They just continue living until they are not able to go any further.

In more ways that i care to elaborate, I somehow identify with cats and aspire to develop the cool characteristics that they possess. Who does not one to command a sense of awe from other people and to have that air of mystery about them that will always keep anybody interested? It is not having that ‘walk’ of confidence that cats have when they strut their stuff but that sense of knowing your self-worth and always having that self confidence that you can always achieve what you set your heart out to achieve. It is having that awareness too that there is a need to pay attention to what is happening around you so that you can make better decisions and make less mistakes.

And life. Who doesn’t struggle with trying to live life the way you want it? Who has never ever struggled with hurtful, painful experiences that make you want to just shrivel and die? It would just be so cool to have ‘extra’ lives. To rise above the adversity and live another life the way a cat is able to land on her feet majestically after being thrown out or treated wrong. Somehow, after realizing all these, being Catwoman doesn’t seem like such a bad idea anymore. Talk about putting the in life!

Happy Sunday Everyone! :)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 04, 2014.


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