Grumpy Cats

What makes these cats so cross? People, mostly. And one rabbit who’s really going out of his way to get smacked. Cats will only take so much guff before they let you have it.

It reminds me of my friend who wanted to show off by sticking his tongue out at his iguana. How disappointed he was, when the iguana nipped off the tip of it.

Cats don’t generally remove pieces of you when they get annoyed.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

8 responses to “Grumpy Cats

  • Erlene Talbott

    Wow, I’ve never had a cat that hateful; at least not with people. Maybe
    with other cats, or animals, but not with people.

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  • unknowable2

    Like all of us, cats have bad days now and then. My normally gentle little one was sort of peevish a week or so ago. She had a trip to the vet that stressed her out and she needed some time to cool down, followed by some extra sleep, followed by a good cuddle. She was so angry at the vet that even the pros their kept their distance.

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  • Erlene Talbott

    Makes me wonder what they really feel inside. They are probably so upset that they throw caution to the wind.

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    • unknowable2

      In the case of my little cat, she was very distressed by something at the vet’s office; quite possibly a scent. She was almost inconsolable and when he examined her and administered her injections, she tried to bite. Here’s where it gets interesting. I put my hand down and she put her mouth around my finger, but she wouldn’t bite me. She was frightened, upset and wanted to escape, but she was still in control.

      They don’t have the “tools” available that we have. They can’t speak nor can they understand the meaning when we try to explain to them what’s happening. They can signal displeasure with their voice or with their actions, but that’s about it.

      After that trip to the vet, she was exhausted and spent. She laid a few feet away from me, but wanted to be left alone. Then she napped, and was back to normal. All I can interpret is that she felt fear, probably because the scents at the vet’s office and her every instinct was to flee, but I wouldn’t let her. She’s a good, obedient pet, but she was obviously distressed and was not herself.

      I think that the hardest thing for us humans, is understanding the way they experience things. They sense things differently than us. Many animals use scent as a primary sense, while humans have exceptionally acute vision and that overrides almost anything else we experience. Even tonight, after spending much of the day together, my cat will sniff my hand if I place it close to where she’s laying. I’m the only person in the house, and she knows me by sight, but she still needs to verify my identity by scent.

      I once had a cat that would become afraid of me if I put on a hat. He could see me placing the hat on my head, but as soon as I did so, he’d want to flee. I’d put the hat on and take it off, talking softly the whole time, but even when he could see what was happening he’d be afraid of me when the hat was on. That makes no sense to a human, but makes perfect sense to a cat.

      Animals aren’t stupid. I’ve seen them do some very clever things and they are wise in the gifts the Creator gives them. Job 12:7
      “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
      the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
      8 or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
      and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
      9 Who among all these does not know
      that the hand of the Lord has done this?

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  • Lisa Beth

    Wow, my crabby Becky would be a star here! 😺

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  • Ina McDougall

    Think the best one was the one saying no. At least that is what it sounded like.

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