Cats: Gotta Love ‘Em

He has learned to live with his tail now, but when he was young, he and his tail had a pretty unruly relationship. He would spend hours chasing it, or just watching it as it flitted around behind him, curling and bouncing all on its own.

He would stalk his own tail, watching it closely as it danced around, then suddenly attacking it, only to have it pull away, leaving him with this “Where did it go?” look on his face.

Raven got along well with our two dogs–Leia, a chocolate lab/setter, and Bandit, a peek-a-poo–and misses them like we do.

He used to pester them both, flitting that tail in their faces; Leia would tolerate it, just walking away patiently as the cat tried to brush up against her; Bandit was not as tolerant and would often chase Raven out the pet door. Raven was bigger than Bandit and could have easily defended himself, but he always played the game.

Raven will now often come in from outside and issue a plaintive yowl, a drawn-out and deep-throated call that is a bit sad and guttural. We think he’s calling his dog buddies.

We understand his sadness, but it’s just us humans here now, so we try to give him some play time when he does it, to take his mind off it.

I think I’ve reconnected with my inner cat, because I’ve been able to give Raven more attention, and it brings back those memories from the farm. I always felt safe and loved when I was surrounded by all those cats.

Dogs are cool; cats rule. What do you think?

Do you have a pet story to share? Maybe you have a different pet other than a dog or cat that PRB readers would love to hear about; anybody own a skunk? I’ve heard they make great pets.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Peachtree City, Ga.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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