Thai and Lily are house cats. That means a lot of things. For one, they never go outside. The rest of it consists of the humongous amount of pampering and spoiling that goes on in this house. Some may think it sad that they will never climb a tree or chase a squirrel. But cats, like humans are amazingly adaptable. There is a power line that crosses our back yard and attaches to the house. Each day dozens of squirrels make the journey from the chestnut trees in the back, over the house and to the oak tree in the front. Thai and Lily “chase” the squirrels with all of the gusto of an alley cat after its prey. They sit on the bathtub or in the hall outside the bathroom door and watch for hours. If the bathroom window is open (where the line passes to the house) they jump in the window and posture for the kill. When the unsuspecting squirrel runs by Thai will jump down from the window and crouch and lunge back up again as the squirrel disappears over the house. Lily never takes her eyes off the target and both of them suspect that the squirrel has entered the house somewhere so they promptly begin the search. True they never catch the squirrel, but neither do most cats in the wild. It is the excitement of the hunt that thrills them. From their house cat perspective, this is the way to chase a squirrel and nothing is lacking in the excitement of game. It’s too bad that we, with our conscious awareness of how things should be, can’t enjoy things as they are – the way that house cats can.