Don't judge a book by its cover - Cat Photo Contest feb 2013

by Marissa Bellerose
(Worcester, MA, USA)

A little game of cat and mouse?

A little game of cat and mouse?

This is our kitty "Bella" and our pet mouse "Moosie". Normally, a mouse would be scared of a cat, or would even be eaten by her! Our pets love each other, the cat allows the mouse to crawl up her back! This photo was caught candid when Moosie was out of his cage and Bella was watching him. How's that for some unconditional love? This is a great example of unconditional love. No matter what someone may look like, what their reputation is, how big or how small, each individual should be able to be loved for who they are. This photo shows that anything is possible if you give others a chance. Don't judge a book by its cover, or by the stereotypes surrounding it. You may be missing out on a great and loving friendship! These two little ones are a great example.

I'd like to add a little background of the animals. Bella is 4 years old and was brought home as an abandoned orphan kitten. My in laws raise hunting dogs, and Bella was found in the barn with the hunting dogs when she was just an itty bitty kitty. We've always said that we think she was raised by the dogs, because she acts way more like a dog than she does a cat! She's not the brightest star in the sky, but that's makes her so much more lovable and adorable. She runs into closed windows a lot. She is not at all graceful like a cat should be, and falls all the time, never landing on her feet like cats are supposed to! She LOVES ham and whipped cream, and loves to cuddle up on her dad (my fiance) and always "sits pretty" with her front paws crossed like a proper lady. If she can't jump high enough to where she wants to sit, she will stare at you and meow until you pick her up and put her where she wants to be.
She can push open our bedroom door from the inside, but when its closed and she is outside, she will "knock" until we let her in. She definitely has a crazy, yet fun and unique personality and we love her!

Moosie was purchased as a "gag" Christmas gift for a "worst gift" Yankee swap. In the 3 days we had him before the party, we both got totally attached to him, and weren't able to give him as a gift. We kept him instead. He is way more intelligent and loving than I ever thought a mouse could be! He loves to be pet and scratched under his chin, just like Bella cat. The two have oddly become friends, and I could never picture the cat trying to hurt him. Her cat instincts are thrown out the window in this instance. True unconditional love and friendship. A great message for valentines day!

Feb 14, 2013
Best photo!
by: Anonymous

OK so I'm a little biased BC this is my girlfriends kitty and mouse, but how perfect is this for the theme of "love" for Valentines Day!? Prime example of forbidden love. They are not supposed to love each other, cat and mouse should be worst enemies, but they love each other as best buds! Winning photo right here! :-)
Feb 11, 2013
by: Stacy M.

Sweet picture of your pets. They look like they really like each other!
Feb 08, 2013
by: catGirlly

Awww how cute. What a cool pic. I like the effects and colors. Makes it stand out. Kitty and mouse are so cute together! And your kitty sounds fun!

Feb 08, 2013
Best pic
by: Gypsi

This one should win! Best pic so far. Cat and mouse love? Lol how cute and unique. Love it!

Feb 07, 2013
by: Anna

I love that picture of the cat and mouse! Sooo cute :-)

Feb 07, 2013
very cute story!
by: Anonymous

Very cute. Cat loves mouse. Not common!

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