Fort Collins Conservation District

Ron Neher

Cats, - in a world all their own

By: Ron Neher, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Retired

One thing that can be predicted in this world is that the next cat born will be completely different than the last one. Cat personalities are as varied as a weather forecast from your favorite coffee shop. They come in all attitudes, temperaments, dispositions, and who know what else. Try reading a cat’s mind is exploring a world unknown, - oftentimes a place you do not want to venture.

The attitude of a cat is one to be held in concern. Some are exceptionally busy and will plan, - or at least attempt to, - your complete day’s schedule and activities. They will constantly check on you during the day to see if you are accomplishing things correctly. Their constant stare at you, trying to convince you of an error, is a common ploy. If you don’t do it their way you are wrong. Consequences can follow.

Other cats couldn’t care less whether you exist or not. Regardless of what we wish they think of us, their main concern is keep me supplied with food and leave me alone. And no I don’t want to be held. Just leave me alone. What type of “NO” don’t you understand!

Some cats feel they have to be working all the time, - constantly on sentry duty patrolling the house and noting any discrepancies. Others are not concerned outside of their space. The whole world could erupt twenty feet from them but as long as they are secure they continue on with their well maintained “who cares” attitude.

As far as temperaments and dispositions with cats are concerned, cats are either calm or have excessive expendable energy akin to atomic power. Some cats are so calm they will not even move on their own power from point A to point B. They will wait for their spoiled owner to move them. Others seem to be a constant blur zooming around with a potential accomplishment of who knows what in mind. Before you can note their whereabouts, they are already in the next room on the back of the couch, on the mantle, or off to someplace else.

And then there is the lazy cat, - or maybe “lazy” is to active a word. Doing anything in the form of work is strictly out of the question. Their main vocation in life is to get back to sleep as soon as possible, - and why did I wake up to begin with.

Don’t forget opposition with the other species of pet they have to share space with, - where a cat and dog live together but are constantly at odds, - each keeping a wary eye on the other. They each display a hatred for each other but still realize they can’t live without each other.

So if you ask a group of cats and dogs who’s the most important around a house, the dog will probably be the first to answer. However, don’t forget to get an answer from the cat and weigh it properly, - if you know what’s good for you.