On Valentine’s Day

This isn’t about Valentine’s Day at all. It is about how much I love my cats.

If you follow me on Instagram (or my partner Kelly), you will know all about my cats. They are basically our children.

I’m not going anywhere with this at all. I think it is important to recognize relationships with nonhumans, especially on the day when we fetishize heteronormative cissexual relationships that are built on consumption and the notion of equitable trade.

I think the love my cat Simone has for me is probably infinite. I am POSITIVE that the love that Reggie, my other cat, has for me knows no bounds.

Some anecdotes:

simoneSimone will wander around between 9:30pm and 10:30pm and just yell for no reason. I get that.

reggie

Reggie will come and sit between my arms when I am using my desktop computer. He will sometimes bite my hand and just kind of sit there like “hey, you know I am here.”

Sometimes they will sit together, but rarely.

 

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2 Responses to On Valentine’s Day

  1. Axelle says:

    Hi; Those were great examples of cats doing their cat things, sharing their space with a couple of humans, “existing” together. I’ve read a few of your recent posts about our relationship to non-humans (I’m really interested in what you have to say about objects), and I’m wondering, are you familiar with the work of Japanese film maker Mamoru Oshii? One element that finds its way into all of his movies is the basset hound (he has one and from what I can tell, it’s the love of his life), but what’s fascinating is that he goes to great lengths to present the dog in its “dog” integrity, never anthropomorphising him, obsessively trying to understand what it’s like to exist as a dog, but of course it’s impossible, and that’s the beauty of it.

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