They say that We, Cats are natural born killers. But don’t forget that humans introduced cats in their society because of cats hunting abilities, and now humans themselves took mission of rats henocide by means of chemical weapon that is much more efficient than noble hunt. And now humans complain on cats! What a hypocrasy!
The genious Lucas Cranach the Elder wisely depicted this controverse between cats hunting drive and misericordia to all living beings of their humans. Sometimes we should make a sacrifice if we’d like to live together:
The painting treats the aincient Greek poet Theocritus idyll “Cupid Stealing Honey”. Cupid complains to his mother, Venus, of how the bees sting him because he has stolen their hive. Venus replies that his own love arrows also hurts. You can have a look at the commonly known version of this painting (available in high resolution at the site of Statens Museum for Kunst) :
At the top of the painting one can find Latin Theocritus quotation. At the process of the restoration of the original painting (at the beginning of the post) We discovered another interpretation of the theme of pleasure and payment for having it. Let us have a look on Latin quotation there:
We dared to translate it like this:
While boyish Cat hunted birds in the garden,
his human caught him by tail
Thus too, the brief and passing pleasure that we seek,
ends in Obesity Management diet.
For your sake, dear humans, We, Cats, refuse from hunting pleasures and scrunch dry food humbly. You should have a respect!
We, Cats, as well as our humains, are not unanimous in the question should we comletely refuse from hunting for the sake of doubtful theories of some ecologists or just for the sake of human misericordia to all living beings (We are full of respect to this feeling).
Our beloved brother, wise Hank the Cat, who took part in human elections to USA Senate is ready to sacrifice old tradition of our race in order to respect the will of his electorate and even walk in the garden being in special cage.
Another choice is possible: Lizzy the Cat from Netherlands is proud of her hunting skills, so does her human: the photos of her “crimes” is presented at art exhibitions. Some humans would say “oh” having seen close up of the cat gormandizing a bird, others would love to see so familiar but wild life scene.
There is a position between 2 opposits: a cat cannot kill birds, but can and must kill mice and rats. In the State Hermitage Museum in Russia one can found about 70 cats defending the museum collection from rodents:
What opinion to share is a deal of each couple “cat – humain”, the main thing both should be satisfyed. We, for exemple, at present time demonstrate our excellent hunting skills only on flies.
Thus spake Zarathustra the Cat