Monday, July 9, 2007

The Urban Wilderness

Fierce little hunters abound in our homes, lest we forget- those of us who live with feline companions often share tales of killed offerings of small birds & mice proudly placed as gifts for 'Mom & Dad'. Here is a true wild kitty:

New York Times- Kim Wolhuter/National Geographic, via Getty Images
This picture was from a great article in the New York Times a few weeks ago about
the domestic cat whose ancestry can be traced back to Near Eastern wild cats. The article elicited much laughter at home when we read about the first wild kitty deeming to live amongst humans and basically domesticating herself which explains such haughty independence in our beloved feline companions today. Now it all makes sense.

I tried to catch Booboo in her wilderness:
And the smart urban hunter that she is- Booboo knows that her true source of nourishment & treats come from this cold treasure box:
And at the Tennisport in LIC with their regulation tennis whites & not more than a foot away from the prominent door sign that says "No Pets Allowed", stands another urban creature- the Squirrel. Squirrel understands that the rules at the tennis club do not apply to him because he is no one's pet. Silly humans!
On the courts and off: Advantage- Squirrel. He cleverly hides his nuts & such in the potted plants inside the tennis club. See that bushy tail hanging by the planter...
One last urban creature I will share with you today- a big boy cat that has sweetly slept many a night in the very same place, under the glare of the hot lights and the gaze of passer-bys & stuffed dog displays alike...
This for some reason made me think of "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe", everyone properly clothed but the kitty. How scandalous!
Have a great weekend everyone!

10 comments:

urban vegan said...

What a fun post. Bossa Nova is content to growl at the pigeons she sees out the window.

VeggieGirl said...

Great pictures and story in this post!

SKO & co. said...

Everyone is so cute they make our eyes hurt (ours meaning mine, of course). It's all "Welcome to the Jungle", here is nuclear cuteness! *nuclear cuteness explodes*

Mongrel is the cutest though, naturally. :D

bazu said...

I love the urban kitties- and the squirrel is hilarious! I too sometimes forget that my sweet innocent indoor cats are cold-blooded hunters! Fortunately, they've never killed anything other than bugs- I think I'll keep it that way.
I love the idea of that toy store kitty as the "dejeuner sur l'herbe"- pretty fitting, but this guy is so much cuter!

KleoPatra said...

Aw, i love the photos! Meowza.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Great post. I love anything with kitties in it!!

Rage And Love said...

oooo! look at all the pretty kitties!

I wish i wasn't allergic!

Thank you for complementing my flat floury cookies. It means so much to the broken heart that was shattered when baking them.

Hope you're doing well!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Squirrels beware! we have a urban dog who plays for keeps. Thanks for a playful post. :)

lilizen said...

your kitties are absolutely cutes!
Lili and her cats : http://gastronomades.canalblog.com/archives/2007/02/04/3891991.html

Kati said...

I love this post - so strange to think of our furry little babies as wild hunters and huntresses. That squirrel is so funny! Love the naked cat, too.

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