Cats Get A Bad Rap

Let’s put an end to that!

Deborah Barchi
2 min readJul 5, 2021


Photo by Zach Reiner on Unsplash

Throughout most of history, cats have had a bad rap. Sure, the Egyptians worshiped cats. But in the middle ages, cats often took a savage beating, often quite literally.

Even today, some people consider cats to be aloof, judgmental, and unloving. Obviously, these people have never been blessed with the love of a cat.

I once had a pretty little grey cat named Rosemary. She was what you might call an in-and-out cat. Sometimes she was out hunting all night. Other times, and especially during bad weather, she preferred to be in the house.

Rosemary could not be described as a love muffin. She would genially accept a stroke or two along her graceful back in most circumstances, but she was never one to crave lots of loving.

When in the house, Rosemary would follow me from room to room. Although never likely to curl up in my lap, she would always find a nearby chair or cushion where she would doze off, often purring as she napped.

A cynic might say Rosemary kept close tabs on me just so she would be sure to know when I entered the kitchen, doling out cat treats!

Perhaps. But how to explain this:

Most nights, if she was not outside gallivanting, Rosemary would sleep at the foot of my bed, getting up from time to time when the mood suited her. Rarely would she still be on the bed when I awoke in the morning.

But if, as happened from time to time, I would climb into bed feeling sad or distressed, Rosemary went into action. Instead of sleeping at the foot of my bed, she would tuck her warm little body up close to my hip. When I awoke the next morning, she would still be there.

A reminder that she loved me, as surely as if she had written me a love poem.

Charles Dickens once wrote “ What greater gift than the love of a cat.”

When I remember Rosemary and all the other cats who have shared their lives and their love with me over the years, I most certainly agree!



Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.