It’s January 1st 2008 and sleepily as I rolled out of bed I wondered if I was going to change anything this year. Normally, I make a half-hearted attempt to try to do ‘something’ better or harder but usually fall at the first hurdle, normally right after breakfast. But a thought crossed my mind – what about getting the cats to make some New Year’s Resolutions! How would they fare, I wondered?

I asked Billy if he could do one thing this year, what it might be. He thought for a nano-second and said that he would try to sleep less during the day, particularly during months with an ‘R’ in them ….

Timmy said that he wanted to take his ‘Nursing In The Suburbs’ (NITS) exams so that he could perhaps be more mobile with his nursing abilities. Very worthwhile, I thought. 

Ollie prevaricated to such an extent that it was the 11th January before I got an answer out of him. He said that he would respect ALL wildlife and only bring in something now and then – and then only if it began with a ‘B’ or an ‘M’…

And Sam, who always seems so cool, calm and collected just smiled that enigmatic smile that he has and said that he would ‘love his neighbour as himself’ and pee in my neighbour’s garden and not ours … 

Invitations were sent throughout the world to the Very Important Felines without whom the Daily Mews would cease to exist. They were asked if they would like to contribute their thoughts on what they’d like to achieve for their New Year’s Resolutions. Some feigned indifference and said it was beneath them to change anything about themselves and please would I not contact them again. Fair enough.

But what did the others have to say for themselves? What follows are the thoughts of Felines as dictated to their Devoted Servants and Slaves and Representatives but as this goes to press, I wonder how many of these well-intentioned Resolutions are already figments of an over-worked Feline Imagination and have fallen by the wayside! 

Read on to glean more of the inner workings of the Feline Psyche …  

Sir Mewsalot, Priceless, Seal and Lynx from Brooklyn, New York

Smokey, Storm and Spike from the UK

Tushtots from the UK

Garfield Beaton from Scotland

Jimmy, Milo, Holly and Daisy from the UK

Little Del from Belgium

Bandit, Corey and Shana from Canada

Jasmine Dee, Chloey and Sam O. Vahr from the US

Josie, Peaches, Arthur and Paisley from VA, USA

Lucy from North Carolina, USA

Kifi, Dorian, Onyx and Pyewacket from North Carolina, USA

The LA Flakerz Nine from California, USA

Cudell Street Cats from Ohio, USA

Timmy Murphy from Kent, UK

Natasha from Illinois, USA

A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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