. . . cats are not CUTE! . . . They have "edge" and insight and moxie -- they are seductive, duplicitous and morally impaired. They'll love you until a sardine comes along -- so how cute is that?
Squibs and Crackers are at this minute wrestling under my feet, wailing and growling and trying to snap each other's spines. Not CUTE!
Well, OK, so she has a point -- but a questionable one from someone who names her cats Squibs and Crackers. Just look at Boo and tell me she's not cute:
She is CUTE.
[Bucket] is opposed to scritching, for instance, and a cat opposed to scritching is an odd cat indeed. On the other hand, she does have a purr of amazing volume, particularly considering how tiny she is. I believe that once she startled herself with her own purr and ran away.
Or perhaps Mary is more concerned with the wildness of cats, with their ancestry -- those teeth, those claws -- and I confess that this picture of kitty's close relative is not reassuring. This, from The Loom, via 3 Quarks:
The common ancestor of all living cats, according to their results, lived in Asia about ten million years ago. This cat's descendants split into two branches. One led to lions, jaguars, tigers, leapards, snow leopards, and cloud leopards. The other branch gave rise to all other cats. These early cats remained in Asia until 8.5 million years ago, when new lineages moved into the New World and Africa. The New World immigrants gave rise to bobcats, couggars, lynxes, ocelots, bobcats, and other species found in the Western Hemisphere today. The African migrants were the ancestors of today's servals and other small cat species.
. . . this DNA evidence is important for suggesting just how fast cats could migrate, and how splendidly they could adapt to all sorts of new niches, from the cliffs of the Himalayas to the canopy of South American cloud forests to the Sahara. Conservation biologists are rightly concerned about the introduction of cats to Australia and remote islands, where they're wiping out endangered animals. But it turns out they've had plenty of practice at being invasive species, without help from us.
Still, it's hard to argue with this, just one of many from Cute Overload:
Or Gracie, currently keeping my mother company:
And, unquestionably the cutest cat in my family, the famous PeeWee:
Photo by Sue Pinkerton
I believe I have adequately assembled my evidence, but if you need more, try: