Scientists say that humans are smarter than cats. So I suppose it must be true. Some cats do exhibit an uncanny wisdom and of course cats are quite adept at training their humans, but humans have the capability to reason and understand that cats do not have. Take our cat, Thai, for example. Every night when we settle in to watch TV, Thai paces and meows until we open the basement window for him. He loves to sit high up on the cabinet and commune with the night creatures. This can occupy him for quite a long time. Invariably though he will leave his spot for a snack in the other room, returning after a few minutes to resume his post. While he’s gone, his sister Lily, who has been waiting for this opportunity, takes his spot. Thai is always surprised and outraged that she is there. (Lily has reasoned that if she just waits patiently, she’ll get her turn at the window and then can claim it the rest of the night. Maybe she’s not really a cat.)
Although there is plenty of room for two cats at that window, Thai and Lily are not really into sharing. Lily finds her brother vulgar and disgusting and spits in his face if he gets too near. Once or twice they have shared the window for a minute or two but Thai eventually jumps down in frustration and he is beside himself with grief over losing his cherished place. I have tried showing Lily the pictures of she and Thai as babies, snuggled into the same bed together, but she claims it was some other kitten. Not her. You would think that after this same scenario happened dozens of times, Thai would learn it might be better to eat before taking up his nightly vigil. Or he would reason that something so important might be worth his full attention. Or even that something deserted could be lost. After all, humans would never make the same mistake. If something is important to us we give it our full undivided attention, never neglecting it or deserting it, even for a minute. We certainly do not expect something to still be there, after we’ve walked away from it. I’m glad we’re so much smarter than cats.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”