|Purred: Tue Jun 8, '10 5:02am PST |
|Regarding letting cats outdoors: I don't. Many Tokyoites feel as Tambi does, and let their cats outdoors daily, thinking that it would be cruel if they didn't. Here, we don't have rabies, coyotes, or heartworm (I think), but we sure have FIV, FeLV, and CARS. Today I took a taxi to work, and saw something squished on the road--blood and guts--that was too small to be an armadillo, and too large to be a rat. I assumed it was a kitty (there are lease laws here, so it was unlikely to be a dog), which seemed like a bad omen for the day (obviously, bad for the cat--well, omen refers to the future, but you know what I mean), but I'm superstitious, and indeed, there was another unpleasant moment at work today.
As I wrote on "Fake Cats," my first Tokyo cat was regularly allowed out for her nightly stroll, but one night never came back, and the SO I was living with at the time and I never really got over it, and eventually broke up. Now, not only do I never let my cats out, I never even open the windows, because the cats can slide open the screens. Windows shut all summer long, air conditioning going full blast. Actually, that's supposed to be good for Maine Coons, and I like it, too.
But your question is "Who is the most important person in your household?" When I first read this, I assumed you were speaking from the cat's (or cats') point of view. Well, I am not the only Catster who is the only Human in a household of cats. I call the shots, but they get their revenge. They are not vindictive. They just think that because there are more of them than us, they have precedence. Talk about attitude. Sometimes I think I'm just their factotum--I feed and water them, change their litter pans--really, little better than a scullery maid. Who is the most important Human in this household? Me, of course, but I rank #14 after he #13 cats.
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