Little Panther’s Five Insights

My article on my cat Norie as published on Candid Slice.

Being a little panther of above average intelligence, I require above average pastimes. I like to explore and hunt. I do get bored with toys for the average cat.

After all we pantherettes are solitary intelligent animals. Although, when shown the luxuries of living with a human, some of us agree to live with them. I wouldn’t be so smart if I turned down free food, litter boxes, and companionship, would I?

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Yoga mats for hiding under or scratching

 The “indoor jungle”

One of my “wild” black cat activities I like to do, is to go out to the indoor jungle my human calls “the garage.” Communicating my desire to go there is best done by sitting patiently at the little moving wall to the indoor jungle and staring at it’s handle. If Human is nearby, she opens the little moving wall and let’s me out. Thankfully she leaves the little moving wall cracked so I can come back in when I want to.

Why do I like the “indoor Jungle?”

Why do I like the “indoor jungle?” Well, for one thing, since I am a little panther, I love to hunt. I occasionally find a lizard or a bug and get to play with it before I am discovered by my human. I also like sitting on her go machine. I can survey the whole place from on top of it and leave my tracks on her “see through” place on the front of it as I slide down it, especially if it is wet!

Norie and scratching post
Norie and scratching post

I like to sit there at night and remember my panther origins or contemplate my life, lizards and the pursuit of my happiness. There are box mountains to be climbed over and explored. There are always interesting smells when her go machine comes back. I have even been known to take a leisurely feline nap.

I was truly pantheresque

There have been a few times when I was truly pantheresque and with panther stealth went out to the indoor jungle, right beside Human without her knowing. Fortunately she was looking for something and not going off in the go machine! (No telling how long she might be gone! After all, I do have to eat several times a day.)

When she finished, she closed the little moving wall and I couldn’t get back in. Generally if she is in the house and doesn’t see me around, she checks to be sure I am not locked in somewhere and comes to my rescue before I starve or need the litter box. Much to my surprise, my friend, Sister, came and scratched on the moving wall (because my human didn’t hear me scratching) and called Human to rescue me.

Black cat looking out from a drawer.
Norie hiding in a drawer with a peephole.

Walking on the floor can be scary

Humans don’t realize how scary it can be walking around on the floor in my domain. People trip over me, step on my tail, or back over me. I even lost some of my tail fur when Human rolled over me in her rolling chair! And everything is higher up than I am.  If I want to see something I have to jump to a higher place.

I sit on the back of the cloth sit down place or jump on the food fixing flat place, jump up to the cold maker or onto the little flat place above the wall boxes she stores my canned food in. I can sit above my human and watch what she is doing without her even knowing it sometimes.

I am invisible here, you can not see me.
What are you doing now?

I want an indoor jungle tree

I have been trying to communicate to her that I want an indoor climbing jungle tree. I have been rejecting most of her efforts to play with me.  (Except for the red light or some ribbon or string! I just can’t help myself.) But I am a black cat of above average intelligence and get bored with simple things. I never cared much for catnip either. But my plan is she will feel sorry for me since I am so bored and get me one of those tall, climbing jungle trees with little flat places to sit and survey my world.

I wonder how long it will take for her to figure out what I truly want??

14 thoughts on “Little Panther’s Five Insights

  1. Your Norie sounds a lot like my Tennyson was. When we moved him and his brother to CO, we felt so bad for putting them through the stress of the move we bought them an indoor jungle tree to climb on. They used to fight over who hot to be on the top shelf! Got great pictures of the two of them.

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  2. Found a new “entertainment” that one of the cats like. I take 3 cat treats, stick it in an empty toilet paper roll, crimp the ends shut and fold them over, then toss it on the floor. Great fun figuring out how to get to the treats.


  3. Nicely done. Norie does seems to have resisted attempts at full domestication.

    Norie reminds me of a panther I once served, Prince Soot. Norie’s perch on the top of the cabinets reminiscent of when I brought Satchel the Wonder Dog home from the shelter and Prince Soot spent two weeks perched on top of the cabinets thoroughly furious at the addition to the household. They became best companions over the years and grew old together, passing within days of each other.

    A lovely photo essay of your beloved Norie. Thank you.

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