Saturday, 24 April 2010

Cats In Sinks

The old proverb is true. In a cat's eye, everything belongs to cats. That includes, well, everything - including your sink. What has a certain use for us may be interpreted as useful in an altogether different way by our feline friends.  So it is with that useful household item, the sink.  Cats love them - but for very different reasons to us.  Prepared to be bemused and amused at the same time.  The words are related - we need no better excuse. So, because they can so can we - welcome to the world of cats in sinks.

They may always be quite certain what they are doing there themselves, as Phoebe the gorgeous Persian here seems to be indicating with that rather sullen but perplexed look on her face.  Perhaps that old Moroccan saying is true, after all - you cannot teach an old cat to dance.

Oliver has more of an idea.  A sink is the perfect place for a lying back, spreading out and surveying what little of the world there is left to survey.  After all, curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.  Go, Oliver.  Let's see another shot of the boy in action.

Sinks may seem fairly small to us but...

...to a cat they may just be the perfect hiding place.
It could be that there is something very secret, very hush hush to do in the sink - and as such, when you are caught be prepared to give only your name, rank and serial number. Penny should have been watching out for human interlopers much better, which means that Muttley has been caught out.  Or perhaps he is just trying to do his job.  After all the Chinese say that when rats infest the palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse.

Image Credit Flickr User William McCamment
This is Punky.  His owner was convinced that Punky in sinky meant an ensuing furball situation.  Personally, we think that Punky just found another place to chill out and ignore the rest of the world.  You can learn a lot from your cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sink. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner.  Talking of naps...
 

Image Credit Flickr User IBM4832 
This is Buff, who is eight months old and has suddenly rebelled against his usual sleeping quarters.  His owner thought perhaps he was just proving his independence and hoped that he would outgrow it - or the sink.  Wilful is a word that could be used to describe cats (just a little) - so don't live in hope.  He will make his mind up - but if and when is up to him.  Cats make kindly masters, but only as long as you remember your place.

Sinks are also very good places for philosophical contemplation.  No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat and they will remember things way after you have forgotten about them.  Oh, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.

Did we say that sinks are good places to have a nap?


Or just waiting to nap.  This is Panda.  For a long time he slept in the sink.  Then, he changed his mind and slept in a slither of sunlight that fell on the bedroom floor.  After eighteen months of doing that he was back in the sink.  Nothing to do with the 'owners' of course. Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other.

Kafka the cat likes that sinking feeling too. Why?  Because he wants to. The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world.  Besides, of all animals, it is the cat alone attains to the Contemplative Life.

Even before a sink is installed for human use it has a feline one.  They say that the term domesticated cat is an oxymoron.  Cleo certainly looks like a cat who can get her own way easily enough.  It is, inevitably, true that cats are cleverer than dogs.  After all, when did you last see eight cats pulling a sleigh?  They're all in the sink having a snooze (or in this case a slinky pose).

JellyBean - yet another cat who loves to cosy up in the sink.

At the end of the day there is little reason to speculate as to why cats like to sit (or lie) in sinks.  It may be obvious why, but don't be fooled.  The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal...its also the reason they hate birds.  Who can, then, say why they do this and risk being wrong? The only safe answer to the question is because they can.


7 comments:

  1. I may be a little drunk but this gave me great joy. I am belly laughing (I don't know how to write that in LOL speak). Your comments made it even better. I need to find a big sink. Thanks.

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  2. Lindos!
    Adorei as fotos e o blog!!
    Parabéns!

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  3. Não tem bicho mais fofo! Amo gatos! ;)

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  4. Hi! I have a photo of my cat doing that... he looks really cute doing that. I'd like to send it to you :)

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  5. As a kid I had a cat that gave birth to a litter of kittens in our bathroom sink which was awaiting installation. One of the kittens slid down the pipe, my dad had to take it apart to get the kitten out, he was not a happy camper.

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  6. I have a cat that loves the sink ... glad to know it's not all that uncommon. I can't keep him out of it. when I do the dishes, he wants to be right in with it all too!

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  7. We had a cat that didn't so much as sleep in sinks or sit in them, but loved to drink from dripping faucets. Every morning she'd mrowr and swerve and get in our way as she waited for us to set the faucet to drip mode so she could drink for a while. She appeared to enjoy it much more than a normal bowl of water--perhaps a little like getting it straight from the source. It was the most irritating thing, but also the highlight of my mornings (for I am not a morning person in any way).

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