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The Giant and I

by Uncle Bear

Let me start by telling you my name, Tsukiko, which in Japanese means "Moon child." Age wise as kittens and cats go I'm a teenager, and I'm "cute," at least that's what everyone says. Of course being a female with that wonderful "pet me" look in my eyes helps. And in all fairness, being small and having a giant as a caregiver/companion does compliment my looks.

Living with a giant can be a lot of fun. When I was a wee bit of a kitten he would hoist me up to and on his shoulders. At first all I did was try to dig my claws as deep into his torso as possible. The giant never scolded or reprimanded me. As soon as I realized I wasn't going to tumble to the floor, I opened my eyes and surveyed my surroundings. It was awesome. As time progressed any time I wanted to view the world from a loftier perch I'd wait until the giant sat down, and when he arose I'd jump on his shoulders. He won't admit it, but one time we almost went to the place he works at. If I hadn't meowed when he was getting into his car, there might have been a disaster.

As the giant's watch cat, we have a wonderful system for me to signal him if a stranger should be welcomed into the house or not. When "the regulars," as I call them, stop by, our system stays off, but if I hear a knock on the door I'm not familiar with, I go into action. As the giant always has a blanket or two piled on the bed, under them I scoot. The giant will have the stranger sit across from him on a chair while he sits on the bed. Once I've made my assessment of the stranger from under the covers, a touch of the nose to the right arm signals "he's OK," or the left, "send him away."

Please don't tell the giant, but I have a very handsome Scottish Fold, named Tom, who likes me. I'll grant you we've never touched noses, but we do spend moments gazing at each other through windows. The giant is the best caregiver any feline could have, and I love him with all of my heart, but Tom--- what can I say? I'm a cute, female, teenager and Tom --- well WHAT can I say?

The Giant and I
I'm cute

Uncle Bear is a writer and researcher in North Carolina. He can be reached through: