When I came across an article titled How Cats Boost Your Creativity, I was intrigued, although not surprised. My two feline muses inspire me every single day. Brain Pickings shared a passage from Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington that provides one explanation of why this is so: “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. … The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you.” Read How Cats Boost Your Creativity on Brain Pickings for the full excerpt.
The Daily Mail’s story about a blind dog named Terfel finding his way around again thanks to his guide cat Pwditat touched my heart. The eight-year-old dog was pretty much confined to a basket after he had been diagnosed with cataracts, until his guardian took in a stray cat. “Pwditat immediately seemed to know that Terfel is blind through some sort of sixth sense that animals have,” said Mrs. Godfrey-Brown, a retired civil servant in North Wales, England. “She uses her paws to help guide him around the house and in the garden. ‘They are glued to each other and even sleep together now.” Visit The feline leading the blind: dog who can’t see taken for walks by guide cat on The Daily Mail website for the full story, wonderful photos, and a video.
Allegra can open cabinet doors, but so far at least, neither she nor Ruby have figured out how to open a drawer. Watch the video all the way to the end to see what else this clever cat managed to open.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of cat on desk Flickr Creative Commons, photo of dog and cat from Mail Online