"You can't make that cat walk backwards."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 14 05:47:08 UTC 2012

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> "Walking back the cat"

Does this mean, "causing the cat to walk backward"? IME, as a
cat-person for over seventy years, cats walk backward whenever they
feel like it and motivating a cat to do it is trivial. All that's
necessary is a situation on which you don't want the cat to walk

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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