Catness: What Makes a Cat a Cat

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Do you ever just get those random thoughts that pop into your head?  Maybe its a fact, joke or quote that you heard from a professor, friend or family-member, but regardless of its source, it just pops up out of nowhere.

Today, for some reason, the idea of catness popped into my head.  What is catness?  What makes a cat a cat?  If most people were asked what makes a cat a cat, they’d most likely come up with a list like: a cat has four legs; a cat has fur; a cat has whiskers; a cat chased mice; a cat purrs, etc.

Here’s what popped into my head:  If a cat only has three legs is it still a cat?  What if the cat was one of those hairless cats with no fur or whiskers?  What if the cat didn’t purr or chase mice, would it still be a cat?

If a cat can possess none of the typical cat qualities, but still be a cat, then what does that mean for humans?  What makes a human a human?

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Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony is a Massachusetts based writer and veteran of the U.S. Army. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He currently spends his free time with his wife and daughter, and volunteering for veteran charities.

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  1. James

    Do you have a cat Mike? I am guessing no becuase my cat often acts more like a puppy than a cat but Wyatt is all cat. Then too I think part of what makes a cat a cat is their fickle nature.

    Humans I am not sure but I think we are very similar.

    1. Michael Anthony

      James,

      Thanks for the comment. And good thinking. I hear where you’re coming from. And no, I don’t have a cat, I’m more of a dog person myself, but I do love it when cats act like dogs, I had a friend of mine who’s cat loved to play fetch, etc.

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