Annie’s Poetry

Everything I Need to Know About Cats, I Have Learned from People
by Annie Bruce

Cats and people both enjoy good food and a warm bed,
Being loved,
Having fun,
Getting attention.
We get along with some and not with others.
Our children safe and well-fed.
Our elderly need more help than the young.
      Hating boredom.
      Loving freedom.
First impressions are important.
Routine and habits make us feel secure.
Respect for those who respect us.
Some of us are overweight, some lean, some loving, some mean.
Like to feel superior or good at something.
Like getting new things.
Like to own things.
We’ll do almost anything to get what we want:
A view from a window,
To sleep in sunlight,
Fresh air.
We relish and surrender to touch and massage,
Stretching, health, being fit.
We learn from our mothers and fathers.            B.
We learn by watching and doing.              M
Laziness is to be enjoyed.                     I
We care for the sick.                   L                                                   m
To smell.                       To   C
To touch.                                                                                     u          p.
To hear.
To sense.                                                                                 j
To taste.                                                                          To
To show joy, to have joy, to be joyful, although,
Bad events affect us, too, like moving and changes.
Death of a friend or relative, hurts. . . hurts big time.
Separation from our buddies is a real drag.
When disabled we become depressed, frustrated, shy, and prone to illness and accidents.
If we get hurt we are more cautious next time.
If we’ve been hurt it takes longer to earn back our trust.
We will hide when we’re afraid and come out when it’s safe.
We don’t like seeing the doctor, or the dentist.
When we are stressed, we’ll show it sooner or later. . . same for when we eat badly or don’t exercise.
We retreat when we feel inferior or that we don’t belong.
We isolate ourselves when we are not feeling well.
Recovery is painful.
We don’t enjoy being laughed at.
We challenge newcomers.
We don’t consider others important if we’re unimportant to them.
If we don’t know how to communicate what we want, we snap out, yell or feel bad.
But all in all, we manage.  And we do our best to enjoy ourselves no matter what befalls us.
We enjoy recognition.
We feel like hugs sometimes and sometimes not.
We usually welcome company.
We take pride in the things we do well.
Our truest loves, we love unconditionally.
We like to contribute to our families.
We like to try new things and test our limits.
Our eyes show our pain, anger, delight and curiosity.
Oh yeah. . . and most of all?
We love to dance
and sometimes sing.

Cat Be Clawed
by Annie Bruce

I feel so bad to be telling you this
Declawed cats bite, they growl and piss.
Adopt clawed cats is what I say
Don’t mess with cats that aren’t God made.
Clawed cats are smart and easy to train
Compared to vets, cats got way more brain.

Say “Hey there, cat doctor! Annie Bruce said,
“Stop declawing! Or I’ll look elsewhere instead.”
A guy or gal who thinks more of cats.
 want first class homes. Not ‘last resort’ threats.
And please tell us why these cats get so moody?
Oh well, they’re “just cats.”
AVMA kiss my booty.

Cats are smart. Clawed cats are great!
Cats need their claws and they need OUR strength.
To end this abuse takes more than me
To end it now takes us all you see?
Last resorts aren’t the way to go
If you want it to end, we all must say “NO!”

So if you want a cat that’s gonna be good
And safe around your friends and ‘hood.
Black clawed males are the very best
How declaws act, is any fools guess.
Besides all that, if something happens to you,
Wouldn’t you want your cat to pull through?
Feed, exercise and just talk to him right.
Neuter ‘n spay.
He won’t pee. She won’t bite.

Cats are smart. Cats are good
Cats kill mice in the neighborhood
Cats need claws to exercise
Cats needs vets humane and wise.

In memory of Moses and all declawed cats who have suffered. Someday declawing will end.
© 2005 Annie Bruce of Good Cats Wear Black, author of Cat Be Good
AVMA is the American Veterinary Medical Association.