Water Cat

This excerpt is from Leopardo da Gotcha, page 17. The photo is similar but not identical to the one in the book.

Fishing in the bathroom lavatory.

The wild Asian Leopard cat, being both arboreal and aquatic, obviously comes down from the trees in the evening to fish in the stream. Could this trait be so strong that it is recorded in the genes, even of cats several generations away from their wild ancestor? Or is it rather like human past life memories?

After sleeping or napping for most of the day, toward evening Leopardo often behaves as if he were back in the primordial rain forest. He lurks, stalks, and pounces just as if his next meal depended on it. With Leopardo, the only difference is that he substitutes athletic displays with the cat toys that he keeps in the bottom level of his cat condo for the hunting of legitimate prey.

When darkness falls, he gets very frantic and meows loudly to indicate that I should fill the lavatory. Well-trained human that I am, I rush into the bathroom and obediently put water and a few colorful floating balls in the bowl. As soon as I leave the bathroom, Leopardo comes in. After frantically pawing in the water, he finally pulls the plug and listens very intently as the water gurgles down the drain. Then he utters his familiar "Nooooo!"

If I don't immediately come to Leopardo's aid, he beseeches me pitifully with his beautiful amber eyes now mysteriously turning green, and meows urgently until I get up and perform my part of his compulsive ritual. After three or four repetitions, Leopardo's fantasy of coming down from the trees and fishing in the stream plays itself out, leaving him completely exhausted, like a child worn out by too much imagining.

Copyright 2002 by Robert J. R. Rockwood. All rights reserved.