[From “Stand Up for Your Cats,” by Julia Baird, New York Times, March 29, 2015]
Cat men and women, we have the numbers. There are now roughly 95.6 million cats in America [compared to 83.3 million dogs].
Part of the appeal of cats is that they are independent and discerning. They have few needs. They come to you when they want; you can’t force them, or cajole them. They can be fiercely affectionate. They are gloriously indifferent. Cats don’t pretend to like you, and don’t care if you like them.
[From Honorable Cat, by Paul Gallico (Crown Publishers), pages 8-9]
Everything a cat is and does physically is … beautiful, lovely, stimulating, soothing, attractive and an enchantment.
It begins … with the compactness of construction, composition, size, proportion and general overall form. The domesticated cat is the tidiest of all animals. There is an almost divine neatness and economy about the animal. Completely packaged in fur with not a bald spot showing, rarely two specimens wholly alike, it often comes decorated with designs that Picasso might envy and always functionally streamlined for every activity; just another case of the practical made glamorous.