Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's A Living



The pussycats in Cuba mean business.
These two, like so many others, hung around the tourist feeding places and waited for the visitors to take pity on them.
They were friendly enough in that stand-offish way a cat that doesn't know you has. However, they knew how to beg and did well at it.
They roamed from leg to leg brushing, mewling, and when they had your attention looking plaintive and a little edgy. I wondered sometimes if I didn't feed them, then what would they do?
I never mustered the courage nor froze my heart enough to try.

13 comments:

David Cranmer said...

Ha! Look at that face. Geez, they are such smart creatures.

David Barber said...

We went to Antigua for our honeymoon almost 17 years ago. We stayed in a beach side house and fed a cat one evening on the poarch area. Next morning there were a couple more....By the end of the holiday we'd fed a whole family for about a week. Yes, we're as soft as you! :-)

messymimi said...

Critters do get good at the begging routines. Once, at Disney World, a squirrel came up to our outdoor table and tapped my daughter's shoe until she gave him a french fry!

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, yeah, David C.. They know how to pour it on.

David B., kitties know a soft touch when they find it.

Messymimi, that squirrel had some good skills.

the Bag Lady said...

He definitely looks like he means business! And I don't blame you one bit - I'd have fed him, too!

Leah J. Utas said...

These kitties know their stuff, df Bag Lady. Tough to resist.

Reb said...

What a sweet/scary face! I could not have resisted feeding either.

Leah J. Utas said...

Nor do I think anyone would dare, Reb.

Ron Scheer said...

A cat with a litter knew the drill at a house we rented for a week once in Italy. When the end of the week came, she learned there'd be leftovers. As we left, they were in the garden gathered around a big chunk of cream cheese.

Leah J. Utas said...

Ron, cats are smart and they sure know how to work a room. I'm sure they enjoyed the cream cheese.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Ya' know that cat looks Cuban! He's got that latin beat going on.
Cute photo.
Mary
Hey, my word veri is "Facos"...is that a Spanish food?

Leah J. Utas said...

You're right, Mary. He does have the look.
Facos? I hope it doesn't mean fake tacos!

CherylK said...

Oh, sweet. I can never resist that innocent look on most cats' faces...gets to me every time.