People and Places
28/03/2020
It’s all coming up Daisy’s

Don’t let this cute little kitty fool you – Daisy seems to think she’s a dog. Really. She’s formed a habit of wagging her tail and has learnt to sit, shake, salute and meow on command. Daisy’s belief that she’s perhaps half-dog has extended to barking – or rather, meowing – at birds. She’s loyal, playful, full of character and loves a good belly-rub. Yep, she’s a Catdog. 

Coming into the world on Christmas Day, she’s been the gift that keeps on giving for her human parents Emma Bates and Michael Ribbons. At three years old, this domestic short-haired tabby has exceeded in etiquette school with perfect manners. While patiently waiting to be let outside or given dinner, she’s been taught by Emma to meow. It’s her way of saying “Please” – and it’s downright adorable. Her vocabulary doesn’t stop there, with Michael teaching her to have a conversation. 

“It’s so weird to watch,” said Emma. “But it’s cute. They just sit there meowing at each other. Michael will ask her questions and she’ll just meow straight back.” Daisy also has an intuition to know when something is wrong. “You can see her actually concerned and she comforts you in times of need.”

Emma and Michael adopted Daisy from RSPCA Pearcedale and encourage others to consider adoption as well. Not only was this little darling already named, but it seemed she was to be the only cat to ever win over Michael, who was not a cat person at all.  

“I remember passing each enclosure and just saying, ‘Nope, I don’t trust it’,” said Michael. “But then we came across a small tabby. Something came over me. I didn’t get the feeling of distrust. So I walked into the cage to investigate. This little kitten started rubbing against me. I was certain that this was the cat for us.” 

Miss Daisy has recently moved from Frankston South to her new palace in Langwarrin. It’s here that she’s proceeded to pretty much claim every surface as her own – toilet lid included. It’s her throne after all. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t attempt to climb fences or sniff out a bite of tasty cheese. 

As with most pets, Daisy takes her morning wake-up calls very seriously. Emma’s alarm signals to Daisy that it’s time for attention. And just like that, she’s jumped on a half-asleep Emma for a cuddle. Days without alarms confuse Daisy, so she takes on the alarms job, but to another level. A dive-bomb under the doona to tickle Emma’s feet gets her up quick-sticks and informs Emma that Miss Daisy requires a bathroom visit – STAT. This cheeky cat has a back-up career as a ghost hunter. She’s been known to stand on her hind legs for about three minutes just staring intently at the bare wall. It’s OK guys, she’s going to catch them all.  

KATE SEARS

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