Dear Tabby

For some reason, when I present myself1 to my parents, they push me away. I don't understand. I know of no better way to reestablish our connection. But they seem to be offended. What gives?


Presentation is everything, but people don't get that.
(Photo by The Original Turtle.)

Dear Snuggles:

The worst mistake you can make is to think of your people as cats. People are not cats. If you read last week's blog you will know they are one step down the evolutionary tree. They evolved to feed us and provide us homes. This means their sense organs aren't as highly evolved because they don't need to be.

People don't have a highly developed sense of smell. They can only smell strong things like litter boxes and food with fish. This explains why they let litter boxes sit for a day or too instead of cleaning them immediately like they're supposed to. It's pointless to present yourself because people can't detect the subtleties of individual cats.

People also have strange behaviors. For some reason they don't like anything to do with the behind. It could be because they don't have tails of their own so they find behinds embarrassing, especially their own underdeveloped behinds. Or it could be that presenting yourself reminds them that they don't have beautiful tails and that upsets them.

Or they may just hate anything to do with body functions. In our house when we throw up, our mommy cleans it immediately instead of leaving it for the dog.

Just remember, your people really exist to feed you and pet you. You may, with time, grow to love them as though they were cats, but they aren't really cats. They have no appreciation of the finer things, so present yourself to other cats who care, but don't waste your tail on people.

1For our people readers, “presenting yourself” is a long established feline tradition. In order to introduce ourselves, or remind another cat of our bond, we allow them to enjoy the aromas that emanate from beneath our tails. This involves placing our tail just above the nostrils so that our essence will be the most pungent and enjoyable. back

Write Jenny

Don't understand your people? Email Jenny with any people questions. If I can't answer there are plenty of fosters here who can help me. For example:

  • How do I get them away from their plates so I can eat the good stuff?
  • How can I get my people to use that little bed they gave me so I can have the good one all to myself?
  • How do I drive away that pesky dog?

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