Les Chattes de Paris
Do French cats speak English? Do they understand French spoken with an Australian accent? Of course they do! Of course It’s not the words that matter with these highly sensitive creatures, it’s the energy and intention behind the spoken word. Mouflette and Crumpet are two charming little cats who live in an apartment not too far from the centre of Paris. They came to accept my presence within a short time but when their owners left, poor little Mouflette, a sensitive cat who pretends to be tougher than she is, cried out in the middle of the night. I was able to reassure her that her aunt Kate was here to look after her, and because it was the middle of the night and I had temporarily forgotten which continent I was on, I spoke in English, yet she seemed to understand. Then there are the games they like to play when waking up at the end of the day. “Madame Moustache” , a toy mouse, must be thrown in the air as many times as possible before being secreted beneath the lounge-so that I must get down on my hands and knees and locate her with a stick. And of course there’s endless amusement in playing cat soccer with a twisted chocolate wrapper- and that is a game which is universally played with the rules being pretty much the same in Melbourne, Perth or Paris.
Then there are Madame and Monsieur Herrison, two tiny dolls which Moufflette believes are her babies and during the night, takes them from their place on the lounge to the cat bowl to be fed.
Though these two siblings get on well there are some occasional standoffs, usually to do with the cat tunnel which Crumpet believes is hers alone! But after a little spat, the balance of power is re-established and both cats settle down to a nap after a long day’s play.