Because cat things are always funny, I have to share a letter sent to The Ethicist column of the New York Times Magazine last month. W.S. of New York wrote in to say:
“One of my neighbors complained to my co-op board’s management firm, claiming I allow my cat to exercise unsupervised in the hallway — a blatant lie. Without hearing my side, the board declared that no cats could be in the hallway, supervised or not. Is it ethical for me to never again speak to the person who lied about my cat?”
Chuck Klosterman replied:
“First of all, I love the concept of a cat ‘exercising unsupervised,’ even if it never actually happened. Second, I don’t see the ethical conflict in your quandary. A normal person talks to his neighbors (particularly if a neighbor initiates the conversation), but it’s not a moral obligation unless the neighbor is in some kind of immediate danger. If your despised neighbor stops you in the hallway and desperately says, ‘I need your help,’ you can’t walk away on account of your cat’s unjust persecution. But most of the time, day-to-day conversations aren’t that intense; most of the time, you can freeze out whomever you like, for whatever reason you see fit. Friendliness is a virtue, but not a moral requirement. This behavior, however, will have its own set of discomfiting consequences. ‘I don’t know about that guy in 6-C,’ your neighbors may gossip as you wordlessly skulk about the building. ‘He seems like an oversensitive recluse. Also, I heard that his cat has really gained weight.'”
I’d write more, but FitzRoy and I are going to do our yoga now. A kitteh has to stay limber!
OMG- that cat. So hilarious. And that letter is perfectly NYC 🙂
Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
Cats exercising! What’s next in Manhattan – cheap apartments?? Fitzroy looks very flexible. xo
Susan Partlan says
So funny. Cats don’t do much in the way of exercise judging by the number of hours per day our two cats spend sleeping. They used to catch rats, which involved some exertion, but these days they don’t bother. Cats would make perfect yoga teachers!
Megan Mae says
Lolol! Having just seen my fattie little monsters, they could use some exercise. It takes supervised excursions to get their lazy butts moving.
Just don’t do it in the hallway!
Jet aka Punk Glam Queen says
I thought all cats did “unsupervised exercise” considering every time I look at Calliope she’s lazing about! Unless of course I “supervise” by playing with her mouse! That letter was a classic “only in NY” type of thing! XXX
The exercising cat was an image that I couldn’t get out of my mind!
Jet aka Punk Glam Queen says
I know! I kept thinking of a cat doing squats, pushups & jumping jacks! Or kitty aerobics! My family must’ve thought I was nuts, as all of a sudden an image would flash in my head & I’d start giggling! XXX