don't let the cat out

As a frequent photo walker, I am keenly aware of posted signs that warn, Beware of Dog. On more than one occasion, I’ve been deep in the thoughtful act of composing a photo only to be scared out of my wits by a dog barking madly to protect his territory.

Dog owners, by and large, want to keep strangers out.

Cat owners, on the other hand, worry less about keeping intruders outside and more about keeping their pets inside.

The sign on the door leaves no doubt about their priorities. Don’t let cat out.

Of course, there are always exceptions. When I visited my friend, Pete, he met me at the door and introduced his cat like this, “Meet [insert name I cannot remember], but be careful, he sometimes bites.” In the case of an attack cat, it’s the visitors who want out.