I don't think we ever realize how much our pets do for us. To them, you are absolutely normal. They like you just the way you are, even if you sing to them in awful operatic voices and pick them up for far too frequent cuddles. Think how serious this is, to be accepted at face value. There is no pretense, no hiding of your true self behind the flimsy disguise you wear for work. To be confronted by a creature that sees you, and likes what she sees, is no small thing.
Other reasons why I like cats:
- They can be ridiculously entertaining, especially when they go on wild dashes about the house as if the hounds of hell are snapping at their heels
- They purr
- They talk to you
- Nothing says welcome like a pair of cats coming to greet you after a long day at work, which is what they usually do, but, as this picture demonstrates, not always
Pope and Sasha rudely awakened from their nap
"I love cats. I love their grace and their elegance. I love their independence and their arrogance and the way they lie and look at you, summing you up, surely to your detriment, with that unnerving, unwinking, appraising stare."--Joyce Stranger.