|I THINK THEREFORE I AM|
He roams our neighbourhood by day and by night. When it comes to relating to people he is an affable and gregarious creature with human friends of all ages. We all know his name which is Tommy. When called by his name he responds; unless of course he has important business on his mind. He is often to be seen on his way to some urgent or mysterious appointment.
Like many cats he avoids dogs and dog owners. He can sense a dog's presence long before it comes into view. He will casually glance toward his intended escape route long before the dog gets near.
One time, I saw him being attacked by a crow which flew low several times with angry shrieks. The bird had carelessly dropped its bounty and wished to retrieve it but Tommy kept the crow at bay by waving a paw in the air and finally claimed the morsel for himself.
In my picture you will see that his whiskers are forward. This is a good sign. It shows that he is curious concerning my camera and also that he is not afraid of it. He is actually posing for the picture; just like a human in such a situation he shows his best side. He is already figuring out what his reward shall be.
He will decide between something to eat and something to drink. He will tell me with a sign and I will fetch the appropriate item; a glass of milky water or some meat.
Sometimes he repays my generosity by depositing a dead mouse in front of my door in the night so that I will find it when I go outside first thing in the morning. It's his way of saying 'thank you'.
He is over 10 years old and I have known him since he was a young cat. He is not my cat. I think he is not really anybody's cat. He can tell when somebody has died in a house. And he likes to watch children playing. He knows much which he keeps to himself. And he never stops thinking.
This is not the same cat shown 3 posts below.