I want to thank the divine Genevieve Highpoint La Reine for filling in when I was on vacation last week. Her ten canine commandments were stirring. Of course, now the cats want to have equal time. Since I am more of a dog person than a cat person, I did what I always do when I’m in need of creative ideas…I asked my Facebook friends for help.
Their cats told them to tell me to tell you this:
“And the CAT spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the CAT, your master:
You shall not put any CATS before me…or dogs, or children, or yourself.
You shall not have CAT figurines scattered about the house. It’s very disconcerting.
You shall not give me a silly name that is beneath my dignity.
Remember my mealtime and keep it holy.
Honor all things FELINE.
You shall not take a cat’s 9 lives for granted.
You shall not cheat on me by adoring any other CAT.
You shall not allow anyone to steal food from the CAT.
You shall not blame the CAT for what the dog may have done.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s CAT.’”
Besides these ten FELINE commandments, a few others are most worthy of mention:
“You shall not baptize me in water
You shall not serve me dry rocks from a bag and pretend it’s food.
You shall not step on my tail and then curse me for being there.
You shall not torment me with laser lights – it is disrespectful to make the CAT look foolish.”
And in honor of my new novel Witch Hunt, a witch’s familiar CAT added, “You shall not take credit for the spells I cast!”
I want to thank Terry Martin, Michelle Ruiz, Dee Ambrose-Stahl, Karen Youmans, Chris Maximilian (and their CATS) for sharing their Divine FELINE wisdom with us!
Copyright © 2010 by Devin O’Branagan
Devin O’Branagan is the author of the RED HOT novels, a hilarious chick-lit series, and the legend of GLORY, a young adult vampire series. Devin is crazy passionate about animals and her books abound with marvelous four-legged characters. Devin is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and lives in Colorado.