Animal communication affords me the opportunity to talk with many different kinds and flavors of cats. They are such interesting creatures…..and no two are alike. When I talk to a cat, I listen more closely than with any other animal as a cat’s facial movements, voice inflections and choice of words can have many different meanings. Cats can be very expressive and dramatic about what’s bothering them. They will use their whole bodies to get someone to pay attention to them and then will monopolize that person’s time and energy in order to tell their story. This was and continues to be the case with one of my sister’s kitties…..Miss Pumpkin. The object of her attention is me………
My sister adopted Miss Pumpkin a few years ago. “Punky” is a chubby brown and white spotted girl. Unfortunately, she does not have the most well-proportioned body. Her head is rather small and her belly is rather large. Then there’s her tail……but her fur is very soft and thick. Of course no one has ever told Punky about her mismatched body. She wouldn’t believe it anyway. She sees herself as gorgeous and all other kitties as very jealous of her beauty.
My first conversation with Punky was about 3-4 years ago. I have since talked with her several more times at my sister’s request or if Miss Punky decides that she can’t let an opportunity to talk about herself go by. Each conversation is an almost perfect replica of the ones we had at an earlier time. “I am so beautiful. I’m the most beautiful kitty in the world.” Punky also believes that her fur is the prettiest, the softest and the cleanest of any other kitty, especially her two brother kitties. She talks on and on of how she cleans herself everyday and makes sure everything is in place. During the course of the conversation, if Miss Pumpkin does talk about anything else, it always has to do with how she thinks she should be loved and treated……..being that she is the queen of feline perfection.
When I visit my sister, Punky follows me around the house trying to talk to me. When I sit in a chair, she will jump on my lap……all the while having a running conversation with me about how her fur is so much nicer than her brother’s fur. When my sister and I are talking or watching T.V., Punky will sit on the floor and stare up at me asking when we might be able to talk. In order to appease Miss Pumpkin and have some measure of peace during my visit, I finally give in and have a conversation with her. And just as I expected, Miss Pumpkin repeats everything she’s told me in all the conversations I’ve ever had with her. So I listen to Punk and acknowledge once again, her great beauty and poise. I have learned to limit the length of time I let Punky talk about herself. And for the most part, she will listen to me and be satisfied with the time I spend with her…….for the most part.
Punky’s constant bragging and self-promotion have gotten her into trouble at times with her animal family…….Will, Squeaky and Harold. They tolerate her behavior as best they can, but even they have their limits. A few months ago, Punky was relegated to the basement because of her behavior…….Will, Squeaky and Harold let her know somehow that she was not welcome on the first floor by them. So, Punky stayed in the basement all by herself….. only coming up to eat her food. My sister couldn’t figure out where Miss Pumpkin was and why she wasn’t sitting in her usual places……..little did she know about the little soap opera going on right under her nose.
I could probably tell you more about Miss Pumpkin’s behavior….maybe I could put forth a theory as to why she feels such a need to have everyone know about her beauty. Maybe I could tell you more about Punky’s background and her relationships with the other members of the family. Or maybe I could even make comparisons with all the other kitties I’ve talked to over the years. But none of that will make any difference in helping me to understand and explain Miss Pumpkin to you. She is who she is………the most beautiful kitty in the world.
Blessing to you and your beautiful fur balls,