Lola with mouse
Originally uploaded by William Lachance
Friedrich caught another mouse this morning. I think that makes two for him, tying him with Lola (pictured) for number of vermin killed in the Côté/Lachance household.
It's incidents like this that remind me that cats are actually insanely useful animals. It wasn't too long ago that rodents were a huge menace to public health and the food supply. In order to prosper, we needed some way of controlling their population, and the domesticated feline provided.
Perhaps the development of civilization can be attributed not just to ourselves, but also the organisms that we have a relationship with. Not only cats, but domesticated crops, dogs, bees, and innumerable other things. Following this metaphor, perhaps the human animal can be likened to the nerve cells of a much larger organism: necessary for its development perhaps, but hardly sufficient.
Surely I'm not the only person to have thought of this.