Ears that can hear the tiniest rustle in the grass or the sound of a food tin opening from across the house. Eyes that can see clearly in the dark of night, with the exacting depth perception needed to pounce on an errant foot beneath the blankets. The ability to leap several times her height to get that feather toy held tantalizingly out of reach. And retractable sabers honed and razor sharp.
Cats are built to hunt. Yet even with the sophisticated weaponry that comes as standard feline equipment, sometimes they don’t get their prey.
Just ask Elsa Clair. Using her onboard computer to do the complex calculations, she can determine if an insect is within swatting range. It really bugs her when it’s not.
All haiku and photography by Susan C. Willett
Dawn loves to watch the birdies that land on our porch roof. Ears forward, tail flicking, she focuses on the titmouse singing the avian version of “U Can’t Touch This.”
The squirrels know it, too, dancing across our deck and driving cats and dogs nuts. Calvin thinks windows are evil inventions.
What frustrates your hunter cat? Tell us in the comments, or better yet, ask your kitty to write a haiku about it.
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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. She lives in New Jersey with three dogs and four cats (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by Dog™, Haiku by Cat™, and Dogs and Cats Texting.