News stories about cats being killers last week turned tabloid tawdry. The headlines begin benignly enough: Behaviour of House Cats Under Scanner but quickly escalated to The Kitty Cam Shows Your Outdoor Cat Could be a Killer or Kittycam Study Shows Cats Are Virtual Killing Machines But then it ramped up a notch to Kitty Surveillance Cams Show Cats Are Total Murderers and the sensationalistic Cats Are Killing Everyone And Everything
All covered the same story with various degrees of journalistic skill or lack there of. Words whether spoken or written have the power to injure or influence. Cats have been maligned for centuries. Yes, of course cats are hardwired to hunt and always have been. The last thing we need is to give uninformed idiots reasons to dislike cats or worse, suffer the consequences of bad publicity.
This article Not All Cats Are Killers explains the kitty cam experiment and found 44% of cats didn’t kill prey. Sure they might have nibbled on bugs or lapped up puddle water. So what? This is no revelation. These were ordinary well fed house cats who probably weren’t hungry. My only takeaway was a curiosity at what my cat Odin would do with a kitty cam. Under safe supervised conditions cats can and do thrive being indoor/outdoor cat as our four are.
And that’s my rant for the year and a slightly different Cat Saturday or Caturday post. Merlin says to turn a blind eye.
He’s had a good week except for one hissy fit late one night. Some days he likes Odin and other days Merlin turns into a caterwauling horror out of the Exorcist when Odin jumps into bed for some cuddling with me. Odin slinks off and if the poor boy wants his cuddles, we have to coordinate it when Merlin nods off. My arms are reserved for the rest of the night for Merlin and all is well. Gris Gris and Domino spent much of the week snoopervising from a safe distance the neighbor’s noisy excavation for a swimming pool. Their project (happily for us) originally planned to complete in June ran into a permit snag and we enjoyed a relatively quiet summer.
Breaking news: Gris Gris who never sits on anyone’s lap was seen on his cat daddy’s lap. I think it had something to do with treats but still…
On a much lighter note, I came across the most delightfully zany cat crazy blogger called Cute in Korea. A post about this cat cafe will make you smile.