To the untrained eye my cats can sometimes appear a bit strange. Different. I forgot about this a long time ago, but sometimes I can still see it in visitors’ looks. A course lout who once visited, yelled with his jacket still on: ‘Ouch! What a creep!’ at the sight of my tomcat Pernod. I would have asked for nothing better to save this muttonhead the trouble of taking off his jacket. If it were up to me he should have made a U-turn immediately, back on the street. But, yeah. Decency, good manners. I guess…
My cats themselves live in great peace with their bodies. They don’t make attempts at showing themselves in the best possible light. There is no reason for that. They think their bodies look fine, just the way they are. Unashamedly they hang over the chairs with their silly backs, they sunbathe with an inside out ear for hours on the windowsill.
The thought that someone would look at them and think: ’Don’t they look odd?!’ would never cross their minds. Especially Pernod, not really blessed with a magazine body, is convinced of the divine nature of his appearance. He considers it completely appropriate to be worshipped. He doesn’t care for the fact that almost no hair grows on his belly. Also his wrinkled neck that looks five years older than the rest of his body doesn’t disturb him.
His right eye is watery. Chatblis and I have the task to keep that eye clean, but if we don’t do it: no hard feelings. Because Pernod does not take an interest in it. According to him eye crust is okay. By nature Chatblis is more elegant, it’s in her genes and not caused by her ambition. She also doesn’t worry about the fact that she combines skinny legs with quite the round belly. Sunlight on the carpet: that’s what she’s interested in. Chatblis is always bikini ready. Obviously. I think she looks gorgeous.
But that too is beside the point. They like the way they look. No need to go to school to learn that. But what they do understand very well is the quintessence of happiness.
- Publication out of the book “Miauwkes’ by Veronique Puts. Like this story? Press the blue ‘follow’ button on the blog page and receive an email every time a new story is published.