Musings #4

My friend pointed out to me today that my rabbits and horses theory doesn’t work. Her reasoning was that she knew people who she thought were cats.

It’s a fair point: cats like to be independent for the most part, and act aloof like nothing really matters, only to then come back to you either for food or to steal your bed for the best part of the day. Then there’s the school of thought that says that the Egyptians once worshipped cats as gods and that cats certainly haven’t forgotten.

Except I’m not quite sure that there are cats in life – I mean, sure, there are those who are independent, sleep a lot, like staying clean, aren’t too keen on water and like being scratched behind the ears; yet deep down, they are dependent on other people, and that trust or dependency will take a while to grow.

So in that respect, they’re both a rabbit and a cat. I found this a tad confusing to begin with, until I came up with a solution:

cabbits.

Cabbits are those who appear to be independent and distant. (And a little bit bitey at times..) They’re also generally quite cute and furry; often found with a tail. They act aloof and have that kind of regal air about them, and they like you to come to them, rather than seek you out. But at the same time, they’re secretly dependent on you – far more than you could possibly imagine; unless of course, you yourself are a cabbit, in which case you’ll know exactly what I mean.

To the untrained eye, a cabbit can be difficult to handle: how do you live with a creature that on the surface appears to be so cool and distant, yet scratch him behind the ears in the right place and he’ll roll over onto his back and let you stroke his tummy? (Tickle on pain of death/loss of hand.)

To be honest, it depends on the cabbit. Some are more open to change than others. The thing is, you need to give the cabbit the space he needs: the moment a cabbit feels trapped, back into the rabbit warren he goes, yet not enough interest and it may seem that you don’t care; something which cabbits find most painful.

If you find yourself with a cabbit, give him time to get used to spending time with you – coax him out of his defensive cat state and encourage him to be more rabbit-like. However it should be said that a) be prepared to have the odd stand-off with your cabbit, they often tend to want everything done their way (and to steal your bed) and b) you may need a large supply of feathers, carrots, soft cushions and catnip.

Warning: use catnip with caution – may cause lots of purring, silliness and munchies:

Cat with catnip toy looking guilty
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2 thoughts on “Musings #4

  1. Yes, I recognise this creature of aloof and distant mien, yet furry and friendly demeanour! I didn’t realise until today that these strange creatures are in fact cabbits. In previous encounters I’d often thought, “What a feline rabbit!” or “That cat is rather rabbity!.” But you have now solved the mystery and named a new species! Have you thought about submitting your discovery to the Zoological Society?

    As I was reading your vivid description of the cabbit, I couldn’t help wondering about your choice of portmanteau. Why did she not put the ‘r’ of ‘rabbit’ in front of the ‘at’ of ‘cat’? Ah! I see – this would have denoted the infamous rat! An animal of entirely different complexion; a sewer-dweller with an ill-deserved reputation – poor old rattus! He means no harm.

    I’m looking forward to your next musing from the wonderful world of cats, horses, rabbits and cabbits. What about hats, corses and habbits?

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