The tale told by Lee on her latest article included a reference to her cat. This tale regarding a cats perceptive understanding of a human was intriguing. The cat knew something about the man humans could not identify however Lee also found him somewhat disagreeable. This got me thinking, cats and indeed dogs still have instincts developed over the years we have lost. Watch a bird at a bag of nuts chomping away, all the time the eyes are looking for enemies, the ears open to sudden noises and the escape route chosen just in case. The Blue Tits and Robins are always on the alert as a moments hesitation and they are lost. While humans require some degree of care at all times we civilised people (I use that word loosely) are less alert to the small signs that our pets often notice before us. Ears, smells and noise not recognised by the human is detected long before by the cat, dog or budgie. So it was he cat noticed a problem with the man and made his excuses.
However we have not lost all such talents. Women can note things about other that men can never begin to imagine. I recall one speaker from long ago and how one woman told me how she did not trust him, clearly to her there was something not right. He was clearly arrogant, full of himself and he had many talents but other than that I and others noticed nothing. Later the story came out and he was removed far from us. Something in his manner spoke to the women, either attracting or repelling them, I never noticed.
However in days of yore I used to meet with a lass weekly and we would discuss many things including those we knew. It transpired that we saw different things in the people around us. Male and female perceptions and probably bias telling. It led to a more rounded understanding but we never informed those we discussed of our conclusions. Hopefully we were right!