In Egypt, it is not an understatement to say that cats run the show! And yet, they do not uphold to a stereotype of being princes or princesses. Or do they?
Its safe to say the well-known catty attitude is Universal. Yet in Cairo, the cats here have a reason for their arrogance. After all, they entertained and comforted royalty. Even more so, they were depicted as spiritual protectors-occupying a realm of divinity.
Cats, cats. . .they are everywhere in the city. Their presence can serve as a blessing. Some know how attractive they are; desiring human attention. Those types see themselves as providing entertainment. Decorating the space, they view themselves as alluring, worth of the human eye. They want to be noticed. For they feel they are beautiful, and want to be highlighted as aesthetic attributes of the city.
Then, there are the protectors. They perform their spiritual role as guardians. You can find them seated on posts, chairs, or wherever they position themselves to keep a watchful eye on the city. On those rare, magical moments, they are laying down on the forgotten-keeping guard over such cities, as they hold the key to the city’s mysteries. Their watchful eye brings a careful warning to anyone, daring to even think of bringing harm to protected Spirits.
The lovers. . .and living by that category is what they truly desire. Loving people, while receiving human touch and affections is their specialty. Part of their character, and allure of rubbing against people they are attracted to. They are masters of seduction.
The beggars. . .always watching or listening for food. The crumpling of bags, or any sound suggesting that food is near, can bring a hungry cat (and its pack), running from a myriad of directions. All while plopping themselves at your feet, or following you for as far as they can. They may even jump on the nearest seat or table, as they purr and try to woo you with their serenade. Some are healthy. Others showcase the harsh reality of Cairo’s street life. All the while still surviving and carrying in the survival of the streetest.
Finally, the kittens, the innocent bystanders–who are too young to understand the rules of the game. They simply engage in natural exploration. They enjoy their youthfulness, and spurge out on adventures to feel the city’s coloring, and its wonder of opportunity. They care for each other, all the while having no problem exerting natural affection for a fellow kitty. Feeling the need for a dynamic duo of touch, they happen to bless the space for balance.
Blessings of that bond kiss the space; bringing a renewed state of love for those in their midst.