If cats seem distant and aloof….
I’m a very structured person. I even schedule my play time, down time, spontaneity….
One of the things I do each day is to read a page from The Cat Lover’s Book of Days: A year of cat history, lore, and laughter, by Peg Silloway, owner of The Silloway Press.
The thing I like most about this book is that the pages are by date but the dates have no days. Every other book that I have ever bought like this is only good for one time every seven years because the pages are “Wednesday, August 29,” Sometimes they are only good for one year because the pages include the year: “Wednesday, August 29, 2012.” This book is simply “August 29″ so it’s good every year. It even has a “February 29” for leap years. I never skip it, preferring to simply read two pages on February 28 if there won’t be a February 29.
Peg (yes, I do know her, but she doesn’t give me a commission for posts like this one) has collected pictures, sayings, facts, etc., about cats, all kinds of cats, and put it all here in one special book.
Here are some examples:
“If cats seem distant and aloof, it is because this is not their native planet — they are here just to visit and dominate.” — Hank Roll
Commander Data had a cat on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Originally played by a Somali, it was replaced in later episodes by an orange tabby.
“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.” — Leo Dworken
“Never belittle the comfort offered by a cat — she has no words, but by small touchings and buttings and leanings, she shows her love for you — and tries to distract you from your sorrow.” — Pam Brown
“Cats like doors left open — in case they change their minds.” — Rosemary Nisbet
Do you know who invented the cat flap? Sir Isaac Newton. He was working on some light experiments that required a dark room. His cat kept nudging the door open, which let in light and spoiled his experiments. Newton cut a hole in the door and installed a flap of felt so that his cat could come and go at will while he continued to work effectively.
A cat isn’t fussy — just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate, from which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.” — Arthur Bridges
Rule 1 for Cats: “When in doubt, wash!”
“Cats keep their cool, no matter what. Even when they do things like fall or lose their balance, they’ll walk away with an attitude that seems to say, ‘I meant to do that.’ ” — Michael Jordan
“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” — English proverb
“There is no such thing as ‘just a cat.’ ” — Robert A. Heinlein
“You’re nobody until you’ve been ignored by a cat.” — Unknown
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” — Bill Dana
And this rhyming riddle:
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives;
Every wife had seven sacks;
Every sack had seven cats;
Every cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
The Cat Lover’s Book of Days is just $19.95. Peg will autograph a copy just for you, and you don’t even have to tell her that Russel Ray sent you her way (although it would be nice if you did……….lol). Visit Peg Silloway Press.
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