My mornings invariably begin like yours, with the newspaper and morning coffee. My cat does not meow! It maintains a stoic silence and does not communicate until breakfast time. Then it keeps hitting all the legs it can see, mine, my brother’s, the table leg, the chair leg, and then it meows.
I really do not know cat language so I don’t know what it is talking about. Maybe there is a leg missing or something, or is it telling me about the rat it saw last night? Before you begin to wonder why I am so interested in the cat’s meow, let me explain.
The cat is renowned for its supreme laziness. And does not bite, at least, not the domesticated ones. This rules out the possibility that it is a warning signal. Take dogs for instance, they always bark before they bite. Or am I wrong? I have heard ‘biting dogs do not bark’.
Coming back to cats, since they do meow and not bite anyone, I think they are trying to communicate. This logical conclusion puts my mind at rest. Since they are only trying to say something, their intention must be peaceful. I don’t think they want to go shopping. I mean, I have never seen a cat with a shopping bag, not at the supermarket anyway.
So, why did the cat meow? I have spent some nights wondering if they are alien spies. You know, sort of in disguise, undercover agents who report everything at a different frequency to the aliens who are listening. The messages sound like ‘meow, meow’ and since it does not make sense, we give the cat milk.
Maybe the cat does not drink milk. Maybe it is a subterfuge to make us believe that the ‘meow’ actually means ‘milk’. Do you believe it? Welcome to my morning.