Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cat Comfort

Hours ago I watched a crying child as his fury rose, as his parents tried to soothe him, as his fat cheeks glowed with frustration.
The family cat, curled tight beside me, awoke with green eyes blazing wide. She leaped from the chair, padded across the living room, stood on her back legs, pressed her front limbs against the high chair and extended one slim black paw to the bawling baby. The latter stopped his wailing mid-gasp, and held the cat's foot in his own little hand.
Thus satisfied, the cat slipped under the kitchen table and left the rest of us, bewildered humans, to remark on what had just taken place: and we found that words were scarce.


Kelli said...

I'm speechless too! Wow!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful! have you heard of oscar the cat who live(s/d) in a nursing home and would go comfort dying patients....cats have remarkable powers!!!!

Pappy said...

I just caught up after 12 days away from the blogging world. Great stuff as usual. Noisy neighbors, and slow to progress guitar man set against one another, and a cat with baby sitting potential. Now where can you find that kind of literature but here? Pappy

Beth said...

Cats can be very comforting. I have read about the cat that mouse mentioned in her comment--Oscar lives in a nursing home and seems to know if someone is about to die. He slips into their room and curls up beside them--what a comfort that must be.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Kelli, it was a wonderful sight to see the cat. I really didn't know what to say :)

Kimy, I had actually heard of Oscar, that's an incredible story. Thanks for the reminder.

Texican, a super comment, as always. You always sum it up so well :)

Beth, that cat just wanted to soothe the baby. I've never seen anything like it. As I said I had heard of Oscar but when you see it with your own eyes.... no doubt animals bring comfort to people in distress. I had always attributed that to dogs, however, and not so much cats. I was wrong.

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