watch cat

Our cat moves around the house with great purpose.

During the weekdays, cat will spend his entire day on the bed beside me as I work with my kiddos on zoom. He rarely engages, but is always there to my left. When I take a break, he’s on my heels. Wherever I stop, he sits and waits, watching. And then follows me back to work, curling up on the bed.

On the weekends, my husband is usually in the garden and cat’s on the prowl. Keeping track of the place. Watching which plant got moved where, adjusting and revising the schematic of the property in his head.

When the next door neighbor kids are out and about, priorities shift to sentinel mode at the back window. Cat takes to surveying the hillside for any unauthorized activity.

As we sit down for dinner, it’s time to go out and check the perimeter.
And back in for a snack.
And out to check again.

After dinner, we might read. Understanding his role, he sits decoratively on the rug beside us.

At bedtime, we turn off the lights and make our way to the back of the house. Cat follows. situating himself at the foot of the bed where he will stay until someone rises the next morning.

His routine moves with ours. Occasionally he changes it up, executing an unexpected swipe as we pass by, or deciding to take up a different position at night. But he is always there.

Our watch cat. Our protector. Our family member.

Day 17 Slice of Life Daily Challenge 2021.
Read more slices here.

12 thoughts on “watch cat

  1. I loved so much about this slice. Your cat sounds like such a character. When you describe him as knowing his role to sit decoratively on the rug while you read, it made me think of my dog. Pets are the best and you have a gem of one!

  2. Love cats and yours sounds great! I especially liked, “priorities shift to sentinel mode at the back window. Cat takes to surveying the hillside for any unauthorized activity.”

  3. Such a faithful companion! I love the line “priorities shift to sentinel mode” – maybe because I am reading Grenade right now! 🙂 We have been talking a lot about using different sentence structures in our writing, and I have just printed this to show my students! It’s a great mentor text!

  4. I love that throughout the entire piece, you call him Cat. Is that his name? Love it! Also the unexpected swipe, sentinel mode, surveying the hillside for unauthorized activity, sits decoratively on the rug. Really a great piece. Maybe the basis for a children’s book?

    • It isn’t his name, but it is a good name and I often refer to him as cat! Cats are fascinating to me. I’m always amazed that I’m not alone in my interest. So fun to imagine a children’s book!

  5. What do you think will happen when you go back to school? I bet he will be lonely. Then will his evenings change to be closer to his people? I love how he is a constant companion. This makes me miss my cats.

  6. I’m not an animal person (Thanks, allergies!) so I cannot relate to this personally. However, the description of your cat reminds me of the book, A Million Aunties, I started reading last night. The description of the way your cat is ever-present and curious reminds me of the way the author of A Million Aunties described the dogs who followed their owner in chapter one of the text.

    • There is something rather dog-like about my cat. He hates admitting that and will act aloof if I ever mention it. I have to check this book out!

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