Cats are great teachers!
Cats were used as important figures in many of Aesop’s fables. Lions were used even more frequently. Cats usually (not always) represented cunning, intelligence, wit and were seen as fierce predators in the fables. Here is my own retelling of a short and humorous fable in which a cat’s wit does not pay off:
Once there was a cat that heard about a group of birds living together in a hole in a tree. The word about town said that the birds had fallen ill and all of them were resting quietly in their home. The cat thought this would be a very easy way to get a delicious dinner, but he needed to come up with a way to get the birds to let him in. Using his finely-tuned wit, he came up with a brilliant plan. He dressed himself as a doctor and went right up to the door of the birds’ home and knocked.
“Who is there?” said a bird peeping at the cat through a peephole.
“I’m a doctor,” said the cat, ” I heard you were ill and I’ve come to check up on you. How are you all feeling?”
The bird squinted hard through the peephole and though she saw a doctor at first, she now could see that this doctor was really a cat. “We would all be feeling much better if you would just go away, Mr. Cat!” Knowing that his disguise had been blown, he climbed back down the tree to plot for another day.
Moral of the story: Even a disguise can not fool the wise.
To learn more about Aesop and his fables using cats as characters, please read my post Aesop’s Fables Starring Cats.
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