White Cat Reaching Out

White Cat Reaching Out

by Michael
(London, UK)

Photo by 18-R (Flickr - see link and license to publish below)

Photo by 18-R (Flickr - see link and license to publish below)

This is a fine cat picture that quietly roars disapproval of the abusive practice of declawing cats - one of my pet hates. The photograph was not taken for that purpose, I am sure. It just happened, but the purity and gentleness of the photograph is in stark contrast to the brutal and bloody operation called declawing.

Do you shake hands with your cat? I do. When my old lady cat (about 17+ years of age) comes to me during a winter's night for warming and company, she asks to be lifted up onto the bed because she is too tired to jump. I oblige. She lies down next to me and I gently pull her closer.

I cuddle her and place my finger on her paw. She clasps the tip of my finger gently with her claws. They wrap around my finger. We are holding hands and it is very intimate. This is a connection with a cat, with nature and it is, for me, what it is all about. The little, beautiful things that count.

In the picture above you can just notice that the cat's claws are not out, they remain retracted. This is just a gentle touching of a cat's paw to a human hand. And the other paw is below the finger - it is being held it with both paws.

You can also just notice the gentleness in the cat's eyes. It is a very gentle image for me and one that could informs us as to how we should interact with our cat companions.

Finally, this picture could serve as a mascot, a banner, call it what you will for the anti-declaw brigade. Although I am not suggesting that it should. As I said it is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the classic declawed cat picture - all bandaged cat paws, lying in pain or under the effect of pain killers, wondering what the hell he or she did to deserve it.

The photo was taken by Flickr photographer 18-R (Flickr username) who submitted the photo to the cat-photo-technique Flickr group that I started some time ago.

Photographers who submit photos to the group agree to publication under the rules of the group found on this page. Thank you for granting the license. I have admired this photo for a while.

See the original photo here


Associated Pages:

Declawing Cats

Cat Color and Patterns

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Feb 17, 2010
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Wonderful paws with claws
by: Ruth

That is such a lovely photo Michael and the way you write about your own cat and the love between you, brought tears to my eyes.
Our cat Ebony used to sleep on the pillow next to me when she was very old and reach out a perfect paw in the night for me to hold. It is a very special feeling and one of my treasured memories of her.
Jozef slept further down the bed and he still does even now almost 3 years after Ebony died. Sometimes he will come and give me a poke and come under the covers to 'hold hands' but he never goes on that pillow.
Each cat is so very unique and very special and I can hardly bear to think how some don't have the happy life they deserve.

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Feb 17, 2010
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Beautiful claws
by: Babz

It's a lovely picture and your words are so touching too, I could imagine the love between you and your cat. I love to touch our cats' paws and wiggle my finger in between their pads, cats are such complicated creatures. They really are works of art, who in their right mind would want to adapt a cat to their own specification by removing their toe ends, reducing them to a life of disablement?

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Feb 17, 2010
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Harmony or betrayal
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Good point, Michael. The white cat has all it's claws intact, but it's so gentle and doesn't pull them out or anything. It's in perfect harmony with it's human companion.
The declawed cat in the banner is a completely different story about a cat that was betrayed by humans and subjected to a useless surgery that will cripple it for the rest of it's life. It's a cruel and scary picture that won't get out of my mind ever.

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Feb 17, 2010
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Gentle and Sweet Photo
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

Thanks again, Michael, for your story and the post. This is the perfect example of how humans and cats (as well as all domesticated animals) should get along. Such a waste of tenderness for those poor declawed felines. Our hearts, collectively, go out to them.


Feb 17, 2010
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Gorgeous photo
by: Anonymous

Wonderful photo Michael, it really captures the intimacy between the cat and the person. Thank you for sharing it.


Feb 16, 2010
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Sweetest story......
by: Dorothy

What a nice story to end a long day. So sweet, so intimate, so much love we share with our feline angel friends.

Michael, thanks for keeping the stories coming. It works its magic.

dw



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