We adopted two stray cats, one after the other, in the past. It was a stray cat which would roam around in our society. We named her Kaalu. Kaalu would climb the stairs to our door and meow when she wanted to be let in. We would give her fried snacks and occasionally some sweetmeats. I would play with her when she came. Kaalu would doze off on the dining chair, after filling her tummy. We used to cover her with a cloth when she slept, in winters. After a few hours, she would wake up and walk to the door, a sign to be let out to answer nature’s call and roam about.
Next we adopted Kaalu’s female kitten and she was given the name, Golu. Golu would sleep in any place imaginable, demand whatever we were eating and meow sometime after midnight, Mother would open the door for her then. She was the undisputed queen of our household. She got all the royal treatment she didn’t deserve. After a few days, she started killing pigeons on our building terrace and would bring it to our floor, have her fill and leave the remains behind. This infuriated the neighbours. By then, everybody knew that Golu was our unofficially adopted pet. Mother had to clear out all the remains, and we being vegetarians, it was considered to be an abhorrent task. Thus ended the reign of Golu.
I have observed that power play takes place among cats too. They don’t accept the entry of a new cat into the scene. They drive away the enemy by uttering wierd sounds and fighting it till the death of any one would seem certain.
Not all cats come to you when you call them. A lot of them are scaredy cats, while a few are brave. They allow you to pet them and feed them. Some females sit on your lap; but males don’t, they feel shy it seems.
Two days back, a new male was seen roaming in our society. He meowed when I called to him and he allowed me to pet him. I held a piece of bread to his mouth and he was about to eat it, when suddenly he spotted a female lurking in the bushes. Proud cat wouldn’t eat from my hand, even though I’m sure he was feeling extremely hungry.
Some, only some females care for their kittens, beyond an age limit, like humans.
Like humans, male cats are on the heavier side in terms of weight.
There are many similarities between cat and human behaviour. I love to observe them when I get some time to spend as I like.
Posted by Vaishnavi