Academic journal article Hecate

Cat War

Academic journal article Hecate

Cat War

Article excerpt

We are quarrelling with our neighhours over a cat. We're in our sixties, she's twenty-seven and the cat's still kitten.

We watch the nightly news. We needn't fight for food. This isn't Ethiopia. We're not starving like children in Brazil. We're all well-fed, including the cat. Especially the cat.

We see the latest on South Africa. But here, it's not the same. The cat is white, part-Siamese. His ears and tail are black,however. - Call him mixed, racially. He comes without calling.

We belong to different religions. Not as in Ireland. My husband worships cats. Whereas my neighbour believes in property. I'm an agnostic, doubting the sanctity of both.

The cat belongs to her, not him. Yet I admit I share his fondness. For the creature's lovely. Lithe. Delicate. And sits inside his skin with twenty times more grace than we possess. …

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