Cat #1616: Slinky
espying Sandrine Laura perusing Ebi...
|Treat me kindly, dear
master. Accord me the courtesy due to a cat — and
I for my part will love you, amuse you and cheer your heart as only
a cat can do.
Give me a sunny spot to sleep in when morning dawns and I will warm
your lap on cold evenings.
Respect my independence and my need to walk alone at times and I
will look after myself, so that you may come and go as you please.
Speak to me in our secret kitty language, let me hear my name sung
in the music of your voice, and I will meow happily in sweet harmony
Stroke my fur gently and lovingly and I will soothe you with the
soft purrs that can only come from a happy cat.
Indulge my curiosity and I will show you the joys of bird watching,
star gazing and other kitty pleasures.
Play with me and see me rejoice! Toss a humble ball of yarn and I
will delight you with my cleverness and acrobatic leaps.
But do not laugh at me or allow me to be teased for there is nothing
I prize more than my dignity.
Keep my surroundings neat and clean and I will be fastidious in my
Feed me and be fair and I will teach you how to tell "kitty
time" by instinct and tummy tunes.
And when I am old and the time comes to say farewell, hold me gently
in your arms and I will go without a whimper.
For with you I am trusting, safe and secure. A cat who walked alone
but loved you with a full and happy heart.
- Phylis Feiner Johnson
R.I. P. Slinky.