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Dr Joe Murray

Bibs the Cat

  1. we’re all family, really
  2. a little feline philosophy
  3. excuse my french
  4. on the cludgie
  5. the baby
  6. a lesson in socialism
  7. sleeping with the enemy
  8. on the level
  9. a little black and white philosophy
  10. the magpie ultimatum
  11. Indy Cat?
  12. Who’s the Daddy?
  13. It's no about flags

Video Stories

Alasdair Gray & the
Book of Prefaces

Keekin Through Windaes
The Two Heifers
The Congo
The Hotdog

Other Stories

Aye, right ennuf
a natural balance
a short tale of woe
Maggie and the Little Pollok Carpet

7. sleeping with the enemy

Guys’ll know that moment when your wife catches you looking at another woman’s butt. Well, I felt that same guilt this morning. Maddie, our cat, strolled up, sat down next to me then sat staring at me. I looked down at her and her stare never wavered.

“What?” I asked. “I put your food in your bowl.”
Still the stare. “Jan’s cleaned out your tray.”
Still the stare. In case you don’t know, cats can look into your very soul. I shuddered a bit and felt the guilt for the: ‘I have no idea what I did wrong, but it must have been my fault’, flood over me. Only catholic men can ever truly know that feeling. I decided to feel the fear and go for it anyway.
“Right, c’mon, what have I done wrong now? – and for the record, I am not married to you!”
Without wavering she made one of those slow blinks only a cat can make, and said, “you’ve been fraternising with the enemy.”
“Well,” said I, “to be fair, Bibs is female so it would be more correct to say soroz….”
“Keep yer who-man semantics to yourself, they have no place in a cat’s world,” she yowled.
“But,” I pleaded, “it’s Bibs, she comes over here, I don’t invite or soro… fraternise with her… she is always extremely rude to me – and she disrespects and demeans me… every single time. She mocks me!” I cried.
Maddie climbed onto her four paws. She moved a little towards me while continuing her cold stare, “my point exactly, who-man! THAT, is my job.”

I’ve always fancied having an Alpaca. Maybe I should Google Alpacas.