The complicated dynamic between a cat and her owner

I used to think I owned a cat.

That she belonged to me.

I brought her home,

And played with her.

At first I didn’t see

I didn’t own my cat at all,

You see, my cat owned me.


She tells me when it’s time to rise,

Or time to settle down,

She tells me when it’s dinner time

And greets my leaving with a frown.


She makes it clear

Who’s liked,

Who’s not,

Who’s simply got to go.

She rules the roost

And bosses me,

The gorgeous so and so.


If strokes aren’t coming thick and fast,

She nudges with a paw.

No more do I deny she has

Me wrapped around her claw.

not my ccat

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28 Responses to The complicated dynamic between a cat and her owner

  1. MrsT says:

    Pooky, I love this and reading each of your poems this week has been inspriring. What a beautiful project xx


    • PookyH says:

      Hello Mrs T my old friend (old as in of a long time I am implying NOTHING about your age, or lack thereof). It is lovely to see you here and to know you are reading. I am just at the very beginning of what is proving to be a very fun journey. I am an inveterate blogger as you know, but I have never come across a community that was quite so kind, caring and willing to comment and share.

      I hope your adventures in writing are going well – have you done all your homework? 😉


  2. randomblurting says:

    Loved the flow and rhyme of this! The last line was fantastic 🙂


  3. dflorack says:

    I love it! I’m owned by cats, too.


    • PookyH says:

      🙂 how many cats look after you? I have 3 currently. We had 6 at one point. I was the world’s youngest mad cat lady 🙂


      • dflorack says:

        I have 2 at the moment. I’ve had 3 at one time in the past. I’ve had 6 cats in my lifetime. I never cared for them growing up ( I never had much chance to get to know them ). My mom kept fish and birds. She let the birds fly around the house so cats were forbidden. We always had dogs. I discovered cats just over 20 years ago when I got married. I am sorry I didn’t have them sooner.


      • PookyH says:

        I lived in a veritable menagerie. We had a very tiny house full to bursting with pets. I take a more measured approach now I’m ‘grown’ up (the 6 cats was brief and was because we had adopted a few cats from friends / family in need of homes. We now just have Mork and Mindy and Old Alice who is about 19 or 20.


  4. This is lovely, lyrical and so true! ( both our dog and cat have us wrapped…)

    Blessings ~ Wendy


  5. Cubby says:

    Absolutely delightful! Loved every line. Reowr!


  6. Gorgeous! Sharing this on my facebook page! 😊 Xx


    • PookyH says:

      Glad it made you smile 🙂

      I’ve sent you a friend request but don’t feel you have to accept it. I’m a bit funny about FB and have very tight restrictions due to our family situation but am always happy to connect with new people I feel I can trust x


  7. Jackie says:

    I love this poem! It’s so true. 😀 >^,,^<


  8. Journey Into Poetry (lovely Christine) pointed me here via Facebook. Lovely poem – I’m a cat person too and you’re spot on about their ways… 😉



  9. Came to this lovely poem through Christine Moran (journeyintopoetry). I’m owned by five cats (and many many more over the years …) and don’t mind a bit! 🙂

    If you would like to have a look, here’s a link to a few of my posts about cats (just keep scrolling down – one or two have been re-posted, which accounts for the duplications): Blessings, Diane


    • PookyH says:

      OH how fabulous! I am off to enjoy your cat poems right away!

      Thanks for coming by. I’ve only just started and Christine has been simply wonderful and welcoming and encouraging.

      I have currently only got three cats. The most we’ve had at once is six. Three feels like too few 🙂


  10. This is adorable, Pooky, and your words also relate to our lab! 🙂


    • PookyH says:

      We have a little dog who owns us too – in fact he’s moved out and moved up the garden to live with my mother in law as she regularly feeds him fillet steak! He’s a Jackahuahua and a very funny but wonderful little fellow.


      • He sounds cute and our dog is about 72 lbs, pure lab and not small at all. However, he does think he’s a lab dog and literally sits on our laps! 🙂 Our pets are the best, aren’t they?


      • PookyH says:

        that’s hilarious! We also have a big white lab cross (he’s actually my mother in laws) my smaller daughter, Ellie dotes on him and often curls up in his basket with him. She’s the only person he ever listens to!


      • He sounds adorable, too, and they are so worth it; really, any pet we have adds so much more color to our world! 🙂


  11. GiniClare says:

    Sitting here trying to type this, squashed into a corner of the sofa as the cat (who incidentally has the initials GOD just by chance) languishes over the rest of the couch, means this really strikes a chord! And the dog who is resigned to sit on the floor as a result says “Woof” she agrees with all your sentiments in this poem too!!!! 😉


    • PookyH says:

      ha ha! Your house sounds rather a lot like mine 😉

      I had no idea, when I bought two kittens a few years back, quite what I was letting myself in for, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!


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