of course, i am referring to my ever-strengthening ability to jump from place to place. as you can tell, i am about average size - maybe 12-15 inches tall, and about 30 inches long, if i don't fluff out my tail too much. however, there are places that cats go that far exceed their reach - from the floor to the dining room table, from the bed to the dresser, even from the couch to the loveseat. our ability to reach places far beyond our height is truly amazing sometimes. but it takes a lot of courage, i think.
when i am in pouncing position - on the edge of the bed, looking up at the tall dresser, i know i have been there dozens of times before. i know i can reach it. but there is always that moment of hesitation - i question if i am truly prepared to take this next jump. are my hind legs squarely on the bed? am i ready to land with my front paws, and swing my back paws behind me, as i land? can i keep my head up, but my eyes level with my target?
for some cats, it is a physical exercise. my brother punch is a long, muscular cat. for him, jumping is part of what he does instinctively. for smaller cats like myself, i think it is more of a mental exercise - readying one's self for that moment when you are in mid-air, having leapt from your safe perch, and about to arrive safely on the dresser. sometimes when i land, i look back at where i have jumped from, and am in awe of the sheer distance i have traveled - not just the physical distance from the bed, but a personal sense of achievement. no longer am i afraid to take the risks that come with being a cat.
one of the more interesting jumps is from the bed to the windowsill, when there are people sleeping. i certainly don't want to wake them, because they will want to pet me and play with me. in the early hours of the day, i like to sit there and watch the sun rise. so the challenge of jumping over their sleeping heads is one i take very seriously, as the success or failure of my jump can determine my fate for the next twenty minutes.
quite a long post today, and my paws are feeling a little strained. off to stretch them a bit, probably by bracing my claws against the side of the couch, and stretching my back. hope i don't get sprayed with the water bottle!