July 14, 2004

Se unwemmed catt

Recently I read The Unadulterated Cat, written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Gray Jolliffe. It’s an amusing look at what cats get up to, and it contains perhaps the most astute statement I’ve ever read about them:

What other animal gets fed, not because it’s useful, or guards the house, or sings, but because when it does get fed it looks pleased? And purrs. The purr is very important. It’s the purr that does it every time.

Definitely a book I would recommend to any cat owner.

Although I’ve now read two Terry Pratchett books (the other being The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents), I’m not really a Pratchett fan (as my wife is) — his writing is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the two I’ve read, but I still have no burning desire to read more. The main reason I’ve read the two I have is because they are about cats, and anyone who knows me can attest to how devoted a cat owner I am. The book I’m reading now is No One Noticed the Cat by Anne McCaffrey, another of my wife’s favourite authors. Again, I don’t imagine I’ll become an Anne McCaffrey fan; I’m just reading it for the cat.

I think my beloved cat Tigger would definitely qualify as a “real unadulterated cat” according to Pratchett’s definition. Sadly, however, after his vet visit on Monday we got the news that Tigger has been adulterated by FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). Though this doesn’t mean he is in any immediate danger — at the moment he’s perfectly healthy — it does mean that he will have health problems in his future. I don’t think I can express here how distressed I am about this, but I’m sure you can all imagine. Anyway, here’s a picture of Tigger engaging in one of his favourite pursuits — sleeping in a bag:


Posted by Mark at July 14, 2004 04:27 PM

Oh no! So sorry to hear about Tigger’s health problems. Mike and I can empathize, it’s very upsetting indeed to see your pet in pain or peril.

But hopefully with this kind of warning he’ll still have years of heath ahead of him. And of course he’s in the very best possible hands with the two of you.

Posted by: Tyla at July 14, 2004 10:52 PM

I’m very sorry to hear your news as well. Tigger is such a cutie, and I enjoy popping over here to see what news of him there is. I don’t know anything about FIV, but I agree that he could not be in better hands. Give him a treat for us!

Posted by: Julie M. at July 21, 2004 10:48 AM