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Affinity with catkind [Feb. 2nd, 2008|07:48 pm]
In describing my spiritual affinity for cats to people, sometimes I feel like I need to explain that I'm not a furry. I'm not a cat. I'm a human who feels a calling to be a friend of cats. I definitely feel a sense of responsibility/stewardship toward them and don't in any way have any sense of identification as one. I wear cat items (jewelry, even socks) as a reminder of this connection.
It used to be that I sought cats out - scanning neighborhoods I was in for feline occupants, and the like.

Now they seek me out. In my neighborhood, I have made friends with several cats whom I know by name. On my walks, they come up to me.

Recently in a bookstore I'd never visited, I was standing there showing my used books to the manager and a few employees, when a large, fluffy cat came up and introduced himself to me. He must have been thinking, "Aha! New person whom I've never seen before! More attention!", but people close to me notice the affinity and how it's gotten stronger over the years. When I'm at a home of someone who has very shy cats who normally don't come out, frequently they'll come out and start loving on me, and the person will comment that the kitty never does that for strangers.

Of course I'm very close with the cats I have, but I'm not surprised anymore when strange cats appear in my path out of nowhere and sometimes even leap into my arms when I bend to pet them.

I used to have cat statues (a Bast, and a blue glass cat) that were among my collection of religious objects. I don't know what happened to them. I have glass cat candleholders though.

[User Picture]From: earth_nymph
2008-02-03 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this.

So many of the things you wrote here are true of me as well. :)
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[User Picture]From: wmdkitty
2008-02-04 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, good, I'm not the only one that ends up as a moving furpile. *sigh* Love the beasties, really, I do -- but Ryder, you need to spend time with YOUR humans, and stop trying to take over this house. It HAS a cat, thank you!


I, on the other hand, AM a cat, albeit stuck in a human body. I loves mah thumbs!
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[User Picture]From: bastet11191967
2008-02-05 03:39 pm (UTC)
I have always had an affinity for cats since I was a kid. I find that, while there are some cats who will walk up to me, others will stay away. Perhaps they pick up the scent of my four kitties, who, while lovable, have attitudes and don't like to share with other cats. Thanks for sharing this.
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