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She sights a Bird – she chuckles –
She flattens – then she crawls –
She runs without the look of feet –
Her eyes increase to Balls –

Her Jaws stir – twitching – hungry –
Her Teeth can hardly stand –
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first –
Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,

The Hopes so juicy ripening –
You almost bathed your Tongue –
When Bliss disclosed a hundred Toes –
And fled with every one –

-By Emily Dickinson

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This is a really sweet poem about a cat who instinctively tries to catch a bird. Unlike most of Dickinson’s poems, death does not play a part in this and this is thought to be down to her love for birds.

She sights a Bird – she chuckles is a gorgeous poem which simply but brilliantly describes the movements of nature. Emilly Dickinson was incredible at emotively describing nature, love and death. This poem is seen as a warm up to her later poems which , like She sights a Bird – she chuckles, were wrote in the Civil War.

Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw—
For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime—Macavity’s not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime—Macavity’s not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air—
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity’s not there!

Macavity’s a ginger cat, he’s very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square—
But when a crime’s discovered, then Macavity’s not there!

He’s outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard’s
And when the larder’s looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke’s been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair
Ay, there’s the wonder of the thing! Macavity’s not there!

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty’s gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair—
But it’s useless to investigate—Macavity’s not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
It must have been Macavity!’—but he’s a mile away.
You’ll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumb;
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At whatever time the deed took place—MACAVITY WASN’T THERE !
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!
-By T.S Eliot

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T.S Eliot owned many cats himself and had a profound love for cats. He named his cats funny names like Pettipaws and Wiscus, he wrote insane verses of poems about cats for his godchildren wich actually inspired the highly popular Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical ‘Cats’. This poem, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, talks about a mastermind criminal feline.

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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Heinlein was an American science-fiction writer, he was considered a controversial author but his work has had a significant impact.

This quote about cats and dogs compares the more irrational nature of cats to women and the more relaxed nature of dogs to men.

 

Being the proud parent of a feline, who doesn’t speak one word can sometimes be hard when you’re trying to figure out why they are meowing more than usual, or why they are (annoyingly) scratching all your furniture. Often this can be down to their individual personalities but sometimes your cats can actually be trying to tell you something. Understanding your cats’ behaviour can be important, so here are a few tips.

Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook awwing at all the pictures of cats and realised how consumed with cats your life has become? Don’t worry this love for cats isn’t just hitting a select few people, everybody seems to be getting hit by feline fever, but why do we love cats so much? Apparently, it comes down to science and history – and here’s why.

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Two Cats
One up a tree
One under the tree
The cat up a tree is he
The cat under the tree is she
The tree is witch elm, just incidentally.
He takes no notice of she, she takes no notice of he.
He stares at the woolly clouds passing, she stares at the tree.
There’s been a lot written about cats, by Old Possum, Yeats and Company
But not Alfred de Musset or Lord Tennyson or Poe or anybody
Wrote about one cat under, and one cat up, a tree.
God knows why this should be left for me
Except I like cats as cats be
Especially one cat up
And one cat under
A witch elm
Tree.

Ewart Milne (1903-1987)

This is a really beautiful poem which perfectly states the simplicity of life and cats. The poem not only cleverly rhymes but the shape of the lines create a half diamond shape, which is the why the poem is sometimes referred to as the diamond cut diamond.  The whole poem basically says how poets have talked complexly about cats and their symbols but none have really talked about them in their peaceful nature.

What do you think this poem symbolises?

It’s International Cat Day, and whilst the hashtag is going crazy and people are sharing all their wonderful cat stories all over the world, we thought we would showcase some of the most famous felines, celebrating the public’s love for cats and their stories into how they made it into the celebrity life.