Thanksgiving from a Cat’s Perspective

November 27, 2013

By Rocky Williams, feline guest blogger

Some people might say that cats aren’t thankful for anything, because felines are all haughty creatures who think they’re entitled to everything and don’t appreciate stuff. Pshaw, I say!! It’s true we cats do think the world is our oyster and humans were put here to do our bidding (they were, right?) but we also recognize that it doesn’t always work out that way.

For sure, every kitty deserves a warm home with a loving family, lots of yummy food and treats (CANIDAE for me!), endless hours of head scritchin’ and petting, plenty of toys and catnip, and a comfy place to snooze the day away. But just because every kitty deserves all of those things does not mean we all have them.  Just like there are less fortunate humans who don’t have some of the things that make for a safe and happy life, so too are there kitties without the things that make us purr with contentment.

So when you all sit down to your Thanksgiving feast tomorrow and go round the table expressing your gratitude for this and that, you should know that your kitty is doing the same thing. Now, to the untrained eye – i.e. every human – it may look like all we’re doing is sleeping, hiding under the bed or calculating the risk/reward of stealing a nice big hunk of your juicy turkey. But that’s just our façade. Our Outward Kitty, if you will. You see, we put on a pretense because we don’t need people thinking that felines have gone all soft on ya’ll. But the truth is, we have always been soft. And I’m not just talking about our fur.

Every kitty who has it good, definitely knows and appreciates this. Despite whatever vibes Outward Kitty might be giving out, make no mistake that Inward Kitty (our true self) is thankful to be inside where it’s warm and cozy. Inward Kitty is thankful there is at least one special person willing to go to great lengths to make sure he’s well fed and well loved every day of the year. Inward Kitty is thankful that he knows what it’s like to feel truly safe.

Inward Kitty understands that he is one of the lucky ones, and although he may at times take certain things for granted (such as that bite of turkey you’re going to slip him under the table when you think no one is looking) he knows he is very blessed to have found you and saved you from a dreary cat-less life.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

~Love and Kitty Licks,

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  1. Oui Oui says:

    As all formerly unwanted or homeless kitties, we have a lot to be thankful for – a warm home to live in, good food, clean water and love. We don’t need anything more than that.

  2. BeadedTail says:

    Sweet post! Purrfect for Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  3. Clooney says:

    Rocky, you are very wise and I totally agree with you…I appreciate my home for sure. Loved your post, it is awesome and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your fam!

  4. Cathy Keisha says:

    I’m just keeping it real but I’m thankful for this Fancy Feast before me on Thanksgiving and every day.

  5. Catzowey Rockey! Me & Myself mostest meowvalously grateful to be adopted 7 years ago here in San Franfuncisco and be fed my favorito foodz: only Felidae Pure Elements for this EyeTailYun kitty! Happy Turkey Day wishes pal

  6. Fuzzy Tales says:

    Our human says she thinks angel Chumley definitely knew, in his own cat way, how lucky he was to have a home (he’d been abandoned and she thinks mistreated). But we were very young when found and take to the shelter, so we don’t really remember the hard times. Would that no kitty had a bad life to remember.

    Peace to you all on your Thanksgiving, and *thank you* for a wonderful post!

  7. meowmeowmans says:

    Thanks for clearing that up, Rocky. We’ve seen it with all of our rescue kitties — they truly are grateful for a safe and loving home (and that we recognize that our lives would be boring and unfulfilled without them in our lives). 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Awwww! Happy Thanksgiving, Rocky 🙂 xx

  9. Ingrid King says:

    Inward Kitty is a very wise kitty! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Allegra, Ruby and Ingrid.