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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.

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2016-04-15 22:49   If cats could talk

Y (Kuma's owner)

My first "IF" story is about cats. I have three cats. They don't speak like human beings, they just say meow but I still can guess what they want to say because we've been living together for a long time.

When I get home from shopping, my cats are always waiting for me at the front door. They know (or maybe they can smell) that I bring food and say meow. That meow sounds like, "Did you buy my favorite cat biscuits?"

I think that it would be good if I could talk with cats. When they don't have much appetite, I can ask them why they don't want to eat. For example, when they are not in good condition, I can ask them what is wrong or if they have a pain, and where. It's very convenient for vets too.

You know, cats are very particular about their food. If they could talk, I would take them shopping with me and ask them which cat food they want to eat. When I think this way, it seems that lots of good things could come from them being able to talk.

Mittan

Wait, I have to consider it carefully. It might not be as simple as I imagine. My cats, especially the female ginger one is a complainer. She complains almost every day about food. She also meows a lot. If she could talk, it would be annoying. I'm very sure that she would ask me to buy her favorite food. Her favorite food is mostly a kind of junk food and I don't want to feed it to her.

I can guess another embarrassing situation.

I told my friend that I will not eat potato chips. I know I cannot blame my female cat. To tell the truth, I like junk food and potato chips are one of my favorites. And my cats all know that I eat potato chips everyday. If my friend visited me, my cats might tell her that I eat potato chips. I'm sure they would.

People love pets. I think one of the reasons is because they don't talk.

You had a hard day and you are stressed out. You want to say what was happened and how tired you are. And there he or she is. Your beloved fluffy friend waiting for you at the door. Your stress may decrease by 20% at this point. You talk and complain about your job to them. While Cats or dogs sit in front of you and say meow and woof, you tend to think that they are paying attention to your story and saying "I see" or "Uh-huh". That misunderstanding may reduce your stress by another 20%. People believe what they want to believe. It's the same as a placebo effect.

At the beginning of this journal, I thought it would be good to have a cat that can talk. Now, I have changed my mind. I think both we, dogs and cats talk past each other but still have good communication.

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2016-04-10 23:49   The word "IF"

Y (Kuma's owner)

I remember someone said that there is no "IF" in life. That's true. We always choose something from a number of possibilities and cannot go back to the past. Once we made a decision and time passed, we cannot change the decision we made. That's why there's no "IF" in our life.

If we have a time machine, we could re-choose and change the results, and change the future, but unfortunately, there's no Dr Emmett Brown (A scientist in the movie "Back to the future") living around us.

However, it may be fun if we imagine something impossible to happen.

My friend and I talked about lottery tickets long ago. We talked with each other what would we do if we won a big amount of money. We both knew it's nearly impossible, (I won't say 100%) but it's still fun to think of. The funny thing was that we haven't got such big money, and could only imagine common things, like going to an expensive Chinese restaurant instead of a take-away shop.

Well, anyway, I decided to write about my IF story in the journal next time. The word "IF" widens my imagination.

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