See this cat; this is how I prefer a cat in my proximity to be.  He/She is chilled out and relaxed.  I need to clarify one thing, I don't dislike cats.  Cats are relatively quiet and they are good companions, but it's the cats that are on edge and that are quick that scare me. The other night, my neighbor's cat leaped behind my head onto a couch and my heart stopped.  Like this one:


Okay, here's what happened to me about 10 or so years ago.  A friend of mine invited me to her house and she had a new kitten named Woofie, a male cat.  Woofie was very rambuncous and his claws were out nonstop.  We were all sitting around and watching TV, well all of sudden I locked eyes with Woofie and I hope I never see that look in another living thing's eyes ever again.  I was sitting on a couch and for some reason, I had laid a pillow across my shins and feet.  Actually, I now remember I placed the pillow there to protect me from Woofie's vengence, I lost.  Woofie came charging at me like a blood-thirsty soldier let loose in battle, and he jumped at my torso claws out; from that point on, I was on guard for the rest of the night.  And I really didn't want to go back to my friend's house.

A few years later, my friend moved and Woofie made the journey as well.  I hadn't seen him in a long time because he had instilled the fear of God in me.  So when I entered the house, I went through the kitchen, no Woofie, I went into the living room to sit down, no Woofie.  I was puzzled.  Had Woofie realized he scared the living crap out of me and he decided to show me some mercy?   To my surprise (and fear), Woofie had grown to the size of oh, let's say a small cougar!  Luckily, he wasn't moving as fast as in his killer kitten days.  My heart stopped racing and I was finally relieved.  I never saw Woofie again and I'm not sure what happened to him.

As long as a cat doesn't pounce on me or toward me, we'll get along, and if he or she can do this, I'll be happy for the rest of my life, watch!

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