Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat... read more
“Instead of sharing my parents' belief that cats were trouble, I decided that they were hardly anything at all, just purring plush toys that wanted to be petted. <...> It never occurred to me that only a person who was duller than a sleeping dog would make such a mistake about a cat.”
“But while owning a couple dogs seemed normal to me, four cats struck me as borderline crazy. I figured that you might as well just move out into a hollow log as live in a house where there were twice as many cats as people.”
“I had long since recovered form my early misconceptions that cats were either devious creatures or as mellow as stuffed toys. There were both, and much more. In fact, they were as complicated as any person that I'd ever met and more intelligent than most people, too.”
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