A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat,
may be a perfect home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?
Mark Twain was one of America’s best-loved authors. Apparently, outside of his wife, he loved cats above all things. He said in Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, “I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.” And with no offense to dog lovers, of which there are many, a true cat lover believes his cat to be superior to all other creatures. In Mark Twain, a Biography, Twain says, “By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a “noble” animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes; whereas, if you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward–you will never get her full confidence again.” This, of course, may be the very reason some of us prefer dogs – they are far more forgiving than cats!
One cat simply wasn’t enough for Mr. Twain. He loved his heap of cats that curled up together in his wicker chair. Mark Twain was asked: “What is better than a cat?” To which Twain is supposed to have replied: “Two cats!”