Cat of the Week: Cybèle
By an edhat reader
Cybèle is French and entitled--and she knows it! She showed up howling at our French house a year ago, a three-month-old tortoiseshell kitten. It was dark and I wasn't sure who was making the noise, but I'm easy and I invited her into the garage. A filthy mess she was, covered in field grasses, burrs, and stinging nettles. I fed and watered her and left her in the garage in the comfy Italian cat house for the night. The next morning she was perfectly clean!
From her behavior we thought Cybèle might have been a gypsy cat, for les gitanes often use pretty little things to solicit donations ("for their upkeep") and then abandon the animals in a field when they start to get bigger. For a female she is a hellion, and she can't understand why she can't stay out and rave all night. There is no word for coyote in French (there being no coyotes in France).