Monday, July 18, 2016

The rest of the package...





Nao says...

I found myself looking down into the moss green eyes of a tiny white -and -black cat. He gave me a quick sideways glance, then turned his back and started doing that thing that cats do, winding himself through my legs, arching his spine and sticking his tail straight up in the air while extending his front paws, not toward me but away from me, offering me his butt to scratch as well as a nice view of his puckered asshole and his giant furry white balls. Basically, when a cat offers you his butt to scratch you have to do it and not mind the rest of the package.


 A Tale for the Time being by Ruth L. Ozeki


The character Nao from Ruth's book is not the only one to observe a few ifs, ands or cat butts. I asked my Mom once, "Why do cats have tails?" She replied,"To cover their butts!" Well, I think there is more to the story than that. Hmmm. What other services do tails provide?

1) They help cats achieve balance on kitchen counters, narrow book shelves, ceiling fans, fence posts, tree branches and curtain rods. Basically, wherever they're not supposed to be. 

2) They puff up like feather dusters to show fear, anger or surprise. This is my personal favorite.

3) They swing wildly to display fits of irritation or feisty spirited moods.

4) They swing and sway into your popcorn bowl, swipe across your peanut butter toast, test the temperature of soup or drop into anything you happen to be eating while watching T.V.  Because as soon as you start eating, suddenly, cats find your lap irresistible. 

5) They might, on rare occasions, cover their butts with a meek tail display. But, if you're a cat owner, you know that cats purr-fer to proudly raise their tail, sticking it sky high towards the heavens; their full moon beaming like a bright head light in your face. It's a cat thing.








As an artist, I paint it like I see it. Anything else would be a cat-tastrophy. 

6 comments:

Latane Barton said...

What an enlightening look at a cat's tail.... I never thought about it. But, now, whenever I see a cat I am going to be extra aware of which thing they are trying to express.... and try to keep that tail outta my face! (grin)

NC Sue said...

Thanks for letting me know you realized that this wasn't a photo. I won't delete your link this week because I want you to come share your shots next week at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/

DJan said...

I think cats like to show off their cute butts. I's in the nature. And you capture it perfectly in that painting. :-)

Marie C said...

My husband thinks I am funny...I LOVE animals, but I can't watch the eewey stuff on those veterinarian shows, and I just hate seeing a cat or dog's rear "eye." Just gross to me. We have had ad loved cats, but we plan to get another dog when we move, and frankly one with a downward-facing tail is pretty appealing! :-)

Linda Hensley said...

Clearly, dogs are so much better :) I really like the bottom cat.

genie said...

What a treat to find your blog for the first time. I love your artwork. Mine is all on:
http://buttonsforbaga.blogspot.com. Your list is wonderful...all so true. Ours is named "Trouble", a yellow one I rescued at the dumpster. Thanks for making my day. genie from Virginia