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This is my entry this week for therealljidol. I invite you to read and vote for the many fine entries. This week's topic is "twitterpate."

Earlier today, I found this note, scrawled on a piece of scrap paper, lying in the middle of the living room.

I see how you look at him. You used to give me such loving looks: your wide blue eyes lit from within; your gentle smile, enthralled with what you see. Especially, you used to be enthralled with me (as you should be). Do you still love me? Yes or no?

You see, I'm still smitten with you. Perhaps you've noticed that when you are near me, I quiver with joy. It is all I can do not to throw myself at you. The minute you turn your attentions away from him, I cannot restrain myself from clamoring for your attention. It is embarrassing. I shouldn't have to do this; as beautiful and flawless a creature as I am. Do you still love me? Yes or no?

Before, I never had to ask you for love. You would talk to me, tell me your deepest thoughts. I would listen quietly (I am a very good listener) and occasionally make a listening noise, so you knew that I was paying attention. But these days, you talk mostly to him. And all he does is babble nonsense. What do you see in him? Do you still love me? Yes or no?

I miss our quiet afternoons. When he is around, it is chaos. He is like a human kitten, bouncing all over, wasting energy, destroying the equilibrium. I bet he can't do anything useful, like fish or hunt. Do you still love me? Yes or no?

Do you know what torture it is to be near you and yet so far from your attention? You've tried to buy my love with treats and presents, but I cannot be bought. Last night, when you fell asleep, I rubbed myself against your hand, so great was my need to be touched. I wish I knew how to quit you. Do you still love me? Yes or no?

These are lonely days. As you go off with him, holding hands, I sleep on your pillow. I smell the scent of your shampoo and dream of simpler times. When you tire of your human kitten, remember that I am here. No matter how foolish you act, I adore you. But I am no dog: I will not beg.

Do you still love me? Yes or mew?

Luke as Sentry

I wanted to write a love note, but I couldn't come up with an idea until this popped into my head today. My poor neglected kitty, Luke, has been acting like an unrequited lover ever since my little Kung Fu Panda was born 20 months ago. The minute the baby goes to sleep, Luke is in my lap, mewing. Sometimes, if I'm tired, I just put my hand out and tell him, "Pet yourself," and he rubs himself against it, purring. I'm sure he can't wait until my human kitten grows up.

ETA: Here's a description of the photo above: a white cat with ginger on top of his head, on his tail, and circling his mouth. His collar is askew, so that his name tag is on the side, looking like a dark blotch on his white coat. He is sitting upright, looking directly at the camera with his golden eyes. On the floor immediately behind him is a Big Bird plush toy, lying on its side.

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Feb. 14th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, man. My poor kitty has been having the same exact problem.
Feb. 14th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
There ought to be a support group or something!

I actually had to set an alarm for every two weeks on my phone so that I'd remember to trim his claws.
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Aww, poor kitty!
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
It really is very pathetic. I try to make up for it by petting him whenever I'm able.
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I love this! But then I love cats, so of course I would. :)

I like the phrase "human kitten".
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
My husband and I think that's what Luke thinks of our little one. He's got to have figured out that he's not like a "normal" human.
Feb. 14th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Awww, what a sweet kitteh! We have four of them, and one of ours is the "self petting" type - just hold you hand up, at whatever height, and he will try to leap up and arch his back into your hand. It's very adorable.

Give Luke extra lovings from me!
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
I will. He is a very affectionate kitty, which is why it's so hard for him. It seems I've always either got my son in my lap or the cat!
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
I feel for your kitty-- I think ours were rather neglected when our human babies were new. But they hung in there, and eventually got more hands to pet them and more laps to sit in. :)
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
I think that will be the case with our family. Our little guy adores the kitty, and we've been teaching him to be gentle. Occasionally, Luke even allows him to pet him (though only if I'm there, supervising).
Feb. 14th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor little kitty!

I loved this post! ♥
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm petting him right now, if it makes you feel a little better.
Feb. 14th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Awwwwh ♥
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm betting him right now, and he's purring so loud you can probably hear it downstairs.
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Feb. 16th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I have to admit, that description made me giggle. But I know just how that feels.
Feb. 14th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
aww, our four-legged friends definitely have to grow uber-patience once they're competing with the tiny human critters.
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Indeed! It's definitely a shift in the family dynamics.
Feb. 14th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Aw! Poor kitty.
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
I know. I'm petting him right now, and he's soaking it up.
Feb. 14th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
poor kitty.
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, he's on my lap right now. :)
Feb. 15th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I often wonder if my cat has felt this way ever since I bought a giant dog into the picture! Very cute idea and poor kitty!
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Most likely, particularly if (s)he's afraid of being near the dog. Then again, maybe they'll become great friends. I know Luke misses our doggie, who died in October 2010. She used to lick him a lot in the early months of having our baby home, which I think made up for the dearth of attention.
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Feb. 15th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Oh, such a sweet piece! Your cat sounds like a lovely fellow, too :)
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
He really is. We like to joke that he thinks he's tough, keeping the house free of mouse ninjas. But he's also a very gentle, sweet little guy (provided you're not a rodent).
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Aw! So cute, so sweet! Poor Luke! I hope he knows you still love him. ;)
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I hope so! I'm petting him right now. The kitty in your icon is quite attractive. What's the name?
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Feb. 15th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh this is so cute! Give the kitty an extra pat today!
Feb. 16th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
He's actually sitting on my lap right now, since the baby is sleeping. I'm giving him some much-needed love.
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