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"I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night." - Marie Corelli

Cats & The Weather

In the 1930's, a white male cat, named Napoleon, lived with his owner in Baltimore, USA. His observant owner, Mrs de Shields, noted that every time before it rained Napoleon would lie on the floor with his front paws extended and would tuck his head between them.

During Napoleon's lifetime there was a drought. The drought had continued for over a month when his owner noticed the clever cat adopt his "rain on the way" pose. According to the official forecast the weather was to continue dry. Unconvinced, Mrs De Shields telephoned a newspaper and told them that it was going to rain - her cat had prophesied it. It did indeed rain, and thereafter Napoleon's forecasts were published in the paper.

When he died, the tombstone over his grave was inscribed "Napoleon the Weather Prophet 1917 - 1936." It was said that in all the six years that he made his predictions he never got it wrong - which is more than can be said for human meteorologists!


Waiting For The Rain To End

Cat & Rain

It was a day at ease, fine drizzle,
cars glided about without haste,
and overhead an airplane
prepared for landing.

A tomcat mewed under my car...
refused to come out,
ignored my cooing.
I went into a café and waited.

Rain stopped, clouds parted, shafts
of light on damp asphalt. The cat
came out, tail erect, evaded pools,
looking like it had won a battle.

Author: Jan Oskar Hansen

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