I believe that the preference some people have for either dogs or cats is
based on affinity and needs. The latter is easier to understand. A woman
alone feels safe with a big dog in the house. A family isn't compete without
a mutt for the kids to romp with, etc. In my own personal case (sorry,
Nancy), I like to run, and it would be most difficult to partake of that
activity with a cat. Yet, that aside, I have a definite affinity with dogs;
I don't hate cats; at friends' homes, I am very affectionate with the silly
creatures. But, I don't possess an affinity for them. Yet, if they show a
mutt on a tv commercial, my husband and I are all gushy. So, those of you
with affinity for cats have more of an insight to this side of Eliot's
personality than I do by nature.
And, needless to say, I have little interest in his cat poems.
Kate (meow, meow)