Normally, I get together with family members and my church family on Easter Sunday. This year, though, the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a need to get together with others through online video conferencing. My cats participated in my church's online worship service this morning. They heard the voices of new people, saw images of these people on my laptop's screen, and heard the music of a worship service. All three of them enjoyed this experience, and one of them kept on jumping up next to my laptop and rubbing against it. Seeing the loving actions of my cats, touching soft cat fur, and hearing the purrs of my cats during an Easter worship service in my home was a new experience for me and my cats. Love is always an essential part of Easter and every other day.
Here's one of my most helpful and sweetest cats. He's a Flamepoint Siamese and very loving. I sometimes call him "Honey" because of his sweetness and color. A couple of days ago, while I was setting up my laptop for a conference at work, he kept bumping his head against me and my computer. Some people might think such interruptions are distracting, but I find them helpful. Especially during hard times, his actions help me to smile a lot. :-)
I rescued all three of my cats from rescue centers. The cat in this picture was about a year and a half old when he was rescued by Target employees and brought to the Taunton Animal Rescue. A few weeks later, he was all mine for only $200. :-)
I still find it tough to believe that such a loving, sweet cat did not have a home. Because he's so smart, I've often wondered if he escaped, rather than being dropped off somewhere.
The cat in this picture was one of my favorite cats. Like all Siamese cats, he was very smart. He used to jump up onto windowsills and doors. He also used to open cupboard doors and push dishes out. Yes, he broke multiple glasses and coffee mugs. I think his playfulness was partially because his polydactyl paws made him similar to some of the cats that were owned by Ernest Hemingway. The extra toes in his paws gave him the ability to move a part of his front paws like he had thumbs. He even used to try to turn the water faucets on.
I'll be working at home again tomorrow. While I'm working from home, my cats are often trying to figure out why I'm still at home. They also don't know what day of the week it is and cannot figure out why there's so little traffic on nearby roads. As usual, they are still very smart in many ways. They are helping each other, as well as myself. Their presence with purrs and love is sometimes distracting, but more often makes my home-work environment more positive.
My pets love to look out the windows. They often see squirrels, birds, other cats, and me while I’m doing yard work. My cats’ views from windows are even more entertaining than when they’re watching TV. Yes, they sometimes do watch TV, especially if animal noises are a part of a show. While looking through windows, my cats and other animals communicate with each other through their body language. Most of the time, they appear interested in one another, rather than trying to attack each other. Some more examples of animal viewpoints are seen in the poetry of my just-released book: Amazing Holiday Paws.
Leo, my favorite cat, won the cover design page of Amazing Holiday Paws. Leo is a perfect cat with lots of purrs, loving head bumps, and many loving cat actions. He's like a dog in some ways because he usually listens to what I tell him to do. While I had to take more than fifty pictures, several were nice ones for Amazing Holiday Paws. When I first rescued him from an animal rescue center, he walked right from the cage in the rescue center into the open door of my cat carrier. Then and now--he has always been nice with my other cats and loves to look at his and other cats' paws.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, Holidays Amaze, and Amazing Holiday Paws. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful animals in our world.