Cats are enigmatic creatures. But cats having hands is an intriguing idea, one that I entertain. Do you?
I suppose it depends on how we view what our cat does with their paws. What does your cat do with theirs?
Surely they make cat gestures and have sparring matches from time to time, especially if your cat lives with another of his kind. Your cat surely kneads the carpet, lounge suites, and you. Our cats, twin brothers William and Sidney, dabble in some of the above.
It's Sidney, in particular, who uses his paws like a set of hands. That's because he's obsessed with hiding pens, which doesn't bode well for me. What's a notepad without a pen? A blank notepad! I need notepads.
Some cats have hands
Sidney finds every loose pen in the house. It doesn't matter if a biro of mine is on the lounge, the kitchen bench, the coffee table, the microwave, inside my closed pencil case; Sidney will spend time prying open such recesses to retrieve and hide. He will even rise to his tip-toes and extend his body to search along each shelf for pens I have hidden in my bookcase.
More than that, it's what he does with a pen that shows off his human hand gestures most.
Sidney is a short-haired, white and grey tabby with distinct markings of light and dark. It looks like he's got a tattoo on his left arm, a sleeve tattoo. The striped pattern ends in a perfect arc around his wrist.
Sid's pen play will be easy to explain because he's at it again this morning, upright and balancing on his lanky back feet, holding a blue pen in front of his ogles. His "sleeve" and his right arm of snow-white flail about with purpose. It looks like Sid's trying to position the pen as though about to write with it, mid-air.
All actions made by Sidney are deliberate.
He's clinging onto that pen with both hands, next placing it on the tiled floor beside our floor mat. Now raise the mat's corner with one hand while nudging the pen incrementally with the other till it's well concealed. Bravo!
Talk about industrious. Our mats have many lumps.