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“'The thing I like about cats,' cat owners like to tell dog owners, 'is that they are so independent.' Such a remark is usually made by people who have just spent twenty minutes waving pieces of turkey breast and chanting 'Kitty-kitty-kitty' in a vain attempt to demonstrate the sociability of their cat.”
“People are always commenting that you never know what cats are thinking. The observation tells us a little about cats and a lot more about people. It implies that people ought to know what other beings are thinking, and that cats violate this norm in some strange way. Why?”