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I s'pose some folks prefer a hound dog lyin' at their feet,
While others might enjoy a twitterin' parakeet.
But be it a mogul's mansion or a humble flat,
A house just ain't a home without an inscrutable cat!

Thankfully, my cat doesn't bark or scourge my pristine lawn,
Nor does he wake me for outside relief at the crack of dawn.
Furthermore, my dear old pal I seldom have to holler at.
A house just ain't a home without an inscrutable cat!

My cat is content to have me stroke and brush his hair,
And happier yet if he can occupy my favorite chair.
As master of his domain, why should he ever want to roam?
Without an inscrutable cat, a house just ain't a home!

While he reposes upon my lap and I stroke his silky fur,
Ain't nothin' more relaxin' than to hear his soothin' purr.
He won't condone a walk, I'll certainly grant you that,
Yet, a house just ain't a home without an inscrutable cat!

His independent airs and a few stray hairs I can tolerate;
Even my chair by the glowin' fire to him I will abnegate.
I reckon you can enjoy a snake, pot-bellied pig or hybrid rat,
But a house just ain't a home, without an inscrutable cat!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 1 in Poet Destroyer's "My Best Pet Or Animal Poem" Contest - Jun 2011

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  1. Date: 7/23/2012 3:31:00 PM
    You have touched my heart with your cat poem. You must know that I have many, many cats, and they are all special. Take that, cat haters! Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 4:42:00 AM
    Cats are surely delightful creatures. I miss having one! Congrats on the 1ST place!

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 4:33:00 PM
    This is so adorable and very true! I enjoyed so much! :) Always, Laura

  1. Date: 6/9/2011 10:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on a well deserved win in poet Destroyer's "Best Pet Or Animal Poem" contest Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/7/2011 6:24:00 AM
    Somehow I completly missed this contest. So glad to see you at the and you inscrutable cat..Good one Mr Bob..congrats. BG

  1. Date: 6/5/2011 1:54:00 PM
    Just loved this and especially affective use of repetition in the last lines!! Me too cat person, I'm looking for a new kitten have not found one yet! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/5/2011 4:49:00 AM
    Congrats on the 1st place win in this contest. I had cats growing up but developed an alergy to them when grown. They are facinating creatures to have. Mike

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 11:08:00 PM
    oh shucks, Now I think I should get a cat :D! You made having cats sound so appealing and to be a must-have! Enjoyed reading this, Bob-- super duper congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 2:40:00 PM
    My spouse is the cat lover and I am a cat-tolerator...this makes me appreciate them furry fellows even more. Very fun...submit to a vet's office. They will get a hoot outta this. You blew the roof off with this, Bob. MEOWWWW!! Ruff ruff. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 12:54:00 PM
    congrats on 1st place luv*skat

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 12:05:00 PM
    Robert a fine poem on all cats and your cat!! Super like this lovely write.Many Congrats from another cat fan...

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 9:20:00 AM
    My congratulations on the first place win in the contest of p.d., Bob

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 8:49:00 AM
    Love your sense of humor, Bob. Congratulations on another first place!! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 8:11:00 AM
    Congrats Bob on your first place win with this wonderful write my friend.. super one..luv..

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 7:33:00 AM
    Very enjoyable! Gongratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 6:12:00 AM
    congrats on your exceptional win.. cory

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 3:51:00 AM
    Congrats on your meritorious win*cheers*

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 1:37:00 AM
    Enjoyed this piece Bob. Congrats on your well deserved 1st place. Best wishes to you Em :)

  1. Date: 1/20/2010 4:23:00 AM
    Congratulations, You wrote well! Your “Cat Tails” contest entry, sponsored by: Constance La France is among the winners! That is very cute... a clever perspective, Rovert. You did at great job letting your creativity flow. Keep up the good writing. SMILES… Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 8:27:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your winning poem in the CAT contest.. enjoyed... luv.. Linda-Marie