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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                    NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

 

CAT TAILS

Since the dog died, a cat moved in, cautiously at first but now it is audacious. One eyed and manky, she is a rough, spirited cat whom we have named Cyclopa. She is a survivor, a trait she shares with Mr. L.

Perhaps it is my Englishness that endears me to her, sympathy with the under-cat. Not being a natural cat person, I am slightly in awe of her, perhaps even a little afraid; I don’t like the way cats writhe and flash their claws, like tiny razors, tiny tigers actually!. Dogs are much more pragmatic and protect us from intruders, plus I like the need to walk them on a daily basis, a good walking companion. I feel a bit ridiculous walking in the mountains unaccompanied but with a dog at my side, I have a purpose.

Cats are sneaky. Cyclopa though is pretty up front and like the other females in the Lorentzos household, is able to stand her ground; she has successfully fought off other feline competition that has tried to take her food; perhaps this is why she only has one eye!!. Cyclopa is a scrapper, totally unsophisticated and not particularly attractive. She terrified our daughter one afternoon whilst she was deeply engrossed reading Ancient Greek history when Cyclopa our very own, smelly cat  jumped through the open window onto her back, claws sharply embedded in her shoulder for stability, her tail curled, it brushed her briefly beneath the chin..

We cannot fathom her. She meows in a sandpapery, peppery sort of way and rubs against our legs but doesn’t want to be cradled or stroked; she seems to want to have her tummy tickled but then she tries to scratch our hands. I just don’t get her!! She will sneak into the house but then she wants to leave. She does have her uses though; for example, one day she caught a baby field rat which is an amazing achievement for any one-eyed creature and during the summer, she chased and killed cockroaches.

We don’t know exactly where it is that she sleeps but I have placed an old pillow inside the unoccupied kennel, a potential cat-squat. She has definite ideas about food, bottled water, not tap (too salty) and will happily munch her way through a whole chicken carcass….is this normal?

And now it seems she has a friend. Black and white hair, very unkempt but beautiful green eyes, puffed up and quite fat and doesn’t seem to mind being called ‘Fat cat’.

Our daughter has a theory based on the transference of souls. She believes it is quite possible that Cyclopa was the recipient of Ori’s (our beloved dead dog) soul. During the lengthy process of death, she sat quietly beside him and watched, just watched as he endured the humiliation of status epilepticus that is until we moved him to the sanctuary of the shed, the dog hospice where he was able to spend his last moments in private dignity. Cyclopa though sat centurion-like outside the shed door and moved away only after he took his final breaths. She is certainly eccentric but she is sharper.

The advantages though to having a cat are several:

I can leave the garden gate open when I leave without fear of it dashing out and scaring passers- by

 They are self exercising creatures which means I needn’t feel guilty if I don’t make time to go for a walk.

They are clean and I don’t have to pick up their excrement from the garden

Cat aroma I have been told is a great deterrent to rodents, a kind of pheromone anti- rodent warning.

And here is the saddest of them all….I am slowly becoming a middle aged woman who talks about her cat(S) and even has photos of it!



 

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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