Cat People

The Lazer Speaks

My youngest is a cat person. Loves them to death. My mermaid is not a cat person at all. Maybe it’s her fishy background that makes her shy away from the feline predators. So, when the youngest said—hey, let’s get a cat, she was met with an icy stare.

So, it was very interesting to me to find the Brooklyn Cat Café in Brooklyn Heights. In a historic building on Montague Street that was once home to a bucolic restaurant called, Friend of the Farmer. The Cat Café serves neither cats nor has cat on the menu. Instead, its mission is to help abandoned cats find a home. And they have come up with a novel concept: you pay seven dollars to enter the premises; you can bring your own food and drink, or order stuff there; and, you get to socialize with the dozens of cats roaming the premises. The thought is that humans can de-stress by holding on to purring balls of fur, and the cats get the company of someone who may actually adopt them. Pretty cool idea.

I immediately called my daughter to let her know about this discovery, and she was thrilled! Blocked by momma mermaid from having a cat at our house, and unable to have a pet in the building she lives in, this café provides the perfect “rent-a-cat” scenario for a cat lover. On a side note, did you see the research report recently on cats and whether they can hear and understand when humans call them? It turns out that they can, they just don’t care and can’t be bothered with some human calling after them. Purrrfect!!

We have a bird feeder in our backyard and are constantly amazed at the feathered friends who stop in to see and eat with us. Cardinals, finches, mockingbirds, doves, starlings, all visit frequently and bring joy to our backyard. Last year we realized that our flying friends were acting cautiously and saw we had a feral cat as a visitor. Turns out our feline friend was expecting and delivered several kittens behind the garage. While they were cute, they were highly suspicious, and kept their distance. When momma kitty grabbed a sparrow in its mouth and looked at us with the “look what the cat dragged in” look, we called in the cat specialists to fix the whole lot. But it was not so easy as they disappeared, not to return.

This week, The New York Times ran a story about feral cats in Australia. It seems there are millions of them and that they have devastated the rabbit and fox populations and are threating other small animal populations as well. So, Australia has authorized cat hunts in order to cull the predatory population. I think a better idea would be to import the cats from Australia to New York City to control the rat population! We don’t have any rabbits or foxes in Manhattan so, no issues there. Sounds like a win-win?

In the meantime, if you have a hankering for some perfectly good cat petting, head on over to the Brooklyn Cat Café and socialize with our feline friends. Ever since Egyptian times, humans and cats have been friends. As it turns out, the cats don’t particularly care one way or another, but they can help relieve the stress of everyday life for us humans!!        

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