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Sparks - The art of Thornwolf
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Sparks
My neighbor's cat is an odd creature. I remember the first time I met him a year ago...as he was trying to break into my house. All I saw was a black and white paw reaching in trying to unhinge the door. An interesting welcome to the neighborhood I must say.

He disappears for days but reappears at opportune moments, sometimes under strange circumstances, but often times waiting for me at the top of my stairs when I come home from school, as if he knows my schedule, expecting to come inside for cuddles before he has to go home for the night. Its always the same routine. He comes inside, does a lap around the house meowing, then follows me to the couch, kneads, and falls asleep near my feet.

I am not a cat person by any means, I'm even a self declared cat hater. But I have to admit this little fella is growing on me, and is unlike most other aloof cats who'd just as soon scratch you than be affectionate. It's probably better this way, as I can't have another pet right now and I don't know if I would ever consider having a cat of my own.

I find myself leaving the door open for him when I'm home, and he comes in as I'm playing the piano and rests on my shoulders as I play, occasionally adding his own notes here and there.

He acts as if he's my cat for as long as he's here, and then he goes as he pleases when he's had his fill of my company.

I wonder if there's other people in my small town he visits like this. I wonder how many couches he naps on throughout the day, how many surrogate owners he has, this little cat-whore.

Still, he has impecable timing. There have been a number of times where I'm crying my eyes out, feeling utterly alone, and Sparks comes inside for a cuddle, a lick, a nudge, a little reassurance, and then he disappears leaving me with a better outlook, a warm feeling and a little cat spit on my hand.

Due to the timing of his appearances, I've come to associate Sparks with happiness, and a reminder that "hey, you're not alone, and all you need is a hug".


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cesarin From: cesarin Date: November 9th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
hmm, sounds indeed like a very very special cat :>
kecleon From: kecleon Date: November 9th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
That is amazing. ;;
vantid From: vantid Date: November 9th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)


Love that last shot. :}
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I got that one just for you XD
vantid From: vantid Date: November 9th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Does he eat the treats?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
He actually just....rubs his face on them D: Hes eaten a couple but he seems to be happier just smelling like them. He drools a lot though. :P
oldewolfe From: oldewolfe Date: November 9th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The last photo is very Shakespeare-ian.

"Alas, poor Fluffy! I knew him..."
From: amanda_now Date: November 9th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I love cats and dogs equally but due to housing circumstances I've only had cats (can't wait to get my first puppy when we buy a home!).

I've never understood anyone who thinks cats are aloof. I think its just an issue of miscommunication, to be honest with you. If you can understand their body language its easy to be friends with just about any cat.

I think dogs are just easier to read, they have some similar communication methods that we as people have, so it seems like they are more friendly because we instinctually know how to better interact with them.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe so but I think its perfectly acceptable to not be a cat person. Some people don't like rats or snakes. I dont like cats. There are exceptions.
From: amanda_now Date: November 9th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh of course, I didn't say anything about not liking cats being unacceptable.

Personally I don't like, ummmm, bugs I guess XD
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I just havent had many good experiences with cats (they hate me and I return the feeling), never grew up around them because my mom's allergic, so honestly they're very strange animals to me. I worked at a pet shop for awhile and I could tell you what good food is, what toys are great, what litter to use, but when it comes to actual cats I'm clueless.

Honestly I think I like Sparks because he's a lot like a dog. XD
champawat From: champawat Date: November 9th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
"most other aloof cats who'd just as soon scratch you than be affectionate"

That is definitely not most cats. x)

It's sweet you have such a good buddy there.
gab From: gab Date: November 9th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Some cats are good for that. :) I'm lucky - all of my cats are very affectionate and playful... much more like dogs than cats. I don't like other cats, normally.
dragontalon666 From: dragontalon666 Date: November 9th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
What a handsome and lovable cat! My mom and I saved a shorthair tuxedo from the pound years ago, only to have the skinny little beggar(who looks almost like your companion there, save for the lack of the white band on his tail) to a 30 pound monstrosity.
I still love the crap out of the behemoth. His name is tinker, and we've coined the name 'tanker' for him now.

Again, adorable photos, thanks for sharing!
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: November 9th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's mostly for reasons like this that I love cats very much for the creatures that they are. :)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: November 9th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute cat indeed! =D I used to like cats untill I realized that they're pretty "egoist" creatures (many of them at least) :P Then I started to appreciate dogs ... and I decided to spend every saturday at the dog puond and there I met Diva. =)

BTW, it's strange to see him playing with that skull! XD
ruggels From: ruggels Date: November 9th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well that's how you know a Cat likes you. The fact he does his rounds and includes you in them. I guess you could say cats are like security guards, for you. Most are territorial asholes that view you as "unauthorized". and act accordingly, where as a few will act like you are a fellow emplyee and comiserate. :-)

Seriously that's very cool.

Scott
_casidhe_ From: _casidhe_ Date: November 9th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww he's a cutie. Looks just like my own Tuxedo cat, but...male :)
hughe From: hughe Date: November 9th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
is he reciting hamlet in that last photo? :P
keesh From: keesh Date: November 9th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool cat indeed! :D
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: March 5th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
This is such an uplifting thought.... thank you for the wonderful posting. ^v^
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