Do you love cats? These entertaining tales, proudly narrated by Freddy the Cat, will offer you an enjoyable and informative overview of those loving animals that form such an important part of our daily lives. With 50 short stories that range from the serious to the comical, you can explore a great variety of topics, including: feline worship in Ancient Egypt, personality, daily routines, health care, eating and diet, tracking and hunting abilities, their night vision, cat napping, climbing and scratching obsessions, human companionship, old age, and much more. And all of this is written from a cat's perspective about his own species. Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of cats today!
Cat Tale 01: Felis Silvestris Catus
That’s me! Actually, that’s us! You know, cats!
Hi, I’m Freddy the Cat and nice to meet you! I’ll be your tour guide throughout this book and I’m proud to be introducing you to my species in general and offering you a lot of cool details about us. It should be pretty exciting, don’t you think, exploring the wonderful world of us kitties. Ready or not, here we go!
They tell me this Felis silvestris catus designation is a Latin-based term that the humans use in their taxonomical classification systems to refer to the beautiful, cuddly, meowing creatures found living on this planet that so many people lovingly know as felines. I don’t why they have this obsession with using Latin, which I understand is a dead language as they refer to it. Well, dead is dead, so I say why keep a cadaver alive and kicking by messing around with its much-desired eternal rest!
Anyway, this Felis silvestris catus is sort of Roman Empire terminology and could be translated as “domestic cat” or “housecat”—much simpler to deal with, wouldn’t you agree? And it makes sense since we like to hang out in houses and we are fully into the domesticated lounge-on-the-couch, sleep-on-the-bed, and patrol-the-kitchen scene. Cool, huh!
The generally accepted what’s-up-with-us basics are that we’re small, furry, carnivorous mammals that are especially appreciated for our getting along really well with the humans. We’re also known for our super expert hunting skills of spiders, mice, lizards, cockroaches, and other bothersome pests that invade the household territories.
“Small,” they say? Well, that’s a relative term. As long as you don’t use it disrespectfully, I’m okay with that.
“Furry?” Without a doubt. You should see the luxurious coat I wear around for everybody to see!
Carnivorous mammals? Yeah, we like meat. A lot! Beef and maybe pork are acceptable if prepared properly. Chicken is paw licking delicious. And more than anything, if you got any fish on ya, that would be the most recommendable and tasty of all.
By the way, someone told me once that fish is not meat but rather it’s... fish. Say what? Well, who cares. Call it what you want, but for this kitty—fish, fish, and more fish, and don’t be worrying about whether it fits in the carnivorous classification or not. Just pop open one of those little, round cans of the cut-up, savory swimming things and I’ll be meowing my thanks to you in delight!
As for the “hunter of pests” part, we’ve got that situation under control at all times. It’s natural for us to be on the lookout for those crawling or climbing creatures, either using them as movable playthings or simply going for the kill once and for all. In other words, you can feel safe from unwanted invasions or bothersome visits when you’ve got a Freddy the Cat hanging out around the house. We’re on guard duty 24/7, and that’s a 365, okay!