Ode To A Cat
by Marea Needle

I think that I shall never see
A cat that sheds as much as thee
Thy fur that sticks is all around
On chairs, on mats in little mounds
I sweep the floor, you shed some more
I wash the rug and you just shrug
You should give thanks I tolerate that
Or you would be a crew cut cat.

Cat Kisses
by Bobbi Katz

Sandpaper kisses
on a cheek or a chin-
that is the way
for a day to begin!

Sandpaper kisses-
a cuddle and a purr.
I have an alarm clock
that's covered in fur!

by Peter Neumeyer

Confounding my human,
I ask out, having entered;
ask in, having outed,
and nip the naked heel.
Reason me no reasons.
I go by other stars.

A Cat's Prayer
Author Unknown

Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed is soft and deep...
I sleep right in the center groove
My human can hardly move!

I've trapped her legs, she's tucked in tight
And here is where I pass the night
No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and "I want food!"

I sneak up slowly to begin
My nibbles on my human's chin.

She wakes up quickly, I have sharp teeth -
And my claws I will unsheath

For the morning's here and it's time to play
I always seem to get my way.
So thank you Lord for giving me
This human person that I see.

The one who hugs me and holds me tight
And sacrifices her bed at night.

Cats are Wonderful Friends
Author Unknown

Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal "all is well
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side --
A friendship that takes time to grow --
Small wonder why we love them so.

A Cat in My Lap
by Karen Boxell

I know I have a lot to do,
So many things - see them through.
There are clothes to clean, grass to mow,
Cookies to bake, seeds to sow.
But I really can't do all these things in a snap.
Because, you see, there's a cat in my lap.

He stretches and rolls and gives me a wink,

From his sleepy gold eyes - just a small blink.
I smooth his long tail and tickle his tummy,
He yawns and purrs to tell me that's yummy.
The telephone rings. The paper boy taps.
No move do I make. There's a cat in my lap.

Bright sunlight dances across the floor,
To warm my small friend just a bit more.
A happy prisoner am I in my chair -

Some moments of peace - not a care.
I think I'll take a little nap,
With this soft, furry ball, a cat in my lap.

Cat Owner's Prayer
Author Unknown

Because I'm only human,
It's sometimes hard to be
The wise, all-knowing creature
That my cat expects of me.

And so I pray for special help
To somehow understand
The subtle implications
Of each proud meowed command.

Oh, let me not forget that chairs
Were put on earth to shred;
And what I like to call a lap
Is actually a bed.

I know it's really lots to ask
But please, oh please, take pity;
And though I'm only human,
Make me worthy of my kitty!

Del Kavanagh
(used with permission)

Sitting here upon the fence
I'm master of all I survey
I spit and polish every paw
To trespassers I show a claw
This fence is on my territory
I'll trounce all that challenge me
I'm sitting here upon the fence
Master of all I survey

"Oh No! The owner of the fence
Is heading up this way"
I fix on her a steely glare
There's no one that I can't out stare
I tell you I won't budge an inch
I'll stand my ground, I will not flinch
Well, maybe I'll get to my feet
But there's no way that I'll retreat
My eye's are trained on her approach
Casting baleful glances of reproach
"I think the woman's a bit of a twit
Why does she need a fence where she doesn't sit"?

I think I might step back a pace
Conceding one inch is no disgrace

"Oh! Now what was that I heard?
Was it a mouse, or maybe a bird"?
I think I must investigate
So what!  The woman's at the gate
Don't make out like I took fright
I was prepared to stand and fight
But really what's a hunter to do
With the prospect of fresh food in view
Well, it wasn't a bird and it wasn't a mouse
And the woman's gone into her house

Minus any fear of consequence
I take a leap with confidence
And here I sit upon the fence
Master of all I survey


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