That's Frankie on the left and Abby on the right.

Me and Lois were talking only yesterday, on one of the threads, about opposable thumbs. It must have been at pretty much the same time that Larry posted this photo on his blog showing his cat that has an opposable thumb.

I tell you, they're evolving fast. It's only a matter of time before we will be their slaves; tolerated only for our ability to throw balls and for our comfortable laps. Of course, some of us are already in that lowly position as far as our so-called "pets" are concerned.

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  1. There’s something wrong with this picture. In my experience the cat would have been the one on the comfortable blanket.
    Some animals are more equal than others.

  2. That is true, cymraeg. But sometimes cats will deliberately lie in uncomfortable positions just to punish their humans. I have never worked out the logic behind this but it usually follows a human committing some great sin such as making it rain outside or, if it is sunny outside, failing to open the back door quick enough and exactly when the cat wanted to go out.

  3. To prove my previous comment — a mere 30 seconds after I hit “send” one of my girls inserted a claw in me to remind me that I had not opened the dining room drape so that she could recline in the sun.

  4. You’re right, Ellie. I have to work hard on my relationships with dogs but cats love me. Unlike Mrs MP, I have endless patience when it comes to cats and their requirements and I’m the sort of cat person who, if a cat sticks its claws into my hand will put up with the pain without moving until the cat decides to let go. I’ve found that if you can do that you get respect from the cat – you will have past the test.

  5. Oh, tell me about it, Whiteycat. This morning I wouldn’t open the door to the lounge because Mrs MP is getting tetchy about him clawing at the furniture. So he peed on one of the dogs’ blankets. He has never done that before, he is a very clean cat. It was pure spite.

  6. Should you venture over and read this post and the previous you will learn that Abby is terminal. She was just diagnosed last Sunday with Feline Leukemia Virus. She is responding well to steriods which is bringing her blood count back up slowly but in all likelihood I will lose her in a year or so (she’s only 1 1/2). The disease is very similar to HIV and will continue to hit her with illness. There is a small chance it can go into remission so pray really hard. The good news is her sister (biological) tested negative so Cal is ok. Oh, and Abby has TWO opposable thumbs one on each hand.

  7. “It was pure spite.”

    Yup. That’s what they do. Many, many moons ago (late 70s, I’d say) my cat got annoyed with me and peed on my BIBLE – the one my great-aunt had given me and that was full of my underlinings and marginal notes. It was, of course, completely ruined and I had to start all over with a new one.

  8. We do not, so far, have spiteful cats—possibly because they are supplied with everything they want, on the double. Well, except for the Siamese: when he discovers once again every morning that he can no longer get into the closet becaue the bi-fold door is bungee-corded shut, he claws open a kitchen cabinet door and sits inside the cabinet until one of us notices him.

    I only hope that when they develop opposable thumbs they consent to keep us around for the ear scritches and chin rubs.