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Textures 03-23-2008 01:25 pm slowmutant's Blog
The cat's nose:
A tiny moist nub, cold and avoiding the press of my thumb. The nose is at other times warm and dry, not quite as soft. I like to gentlly squish her cold moist nose with the ball of my thumb, compress it like a button, a fleshy little elevator button. As she writhes to free her poor little nose from my rude thumb, I get a weird, teeth-baring, squealing kind of thrill.
The softness, moistness, and squishiness of the cat's nose ... it also changes colour from a deep salmon pink to white. When it's dry it almost feels like hard plastic, yet no matter what my thumb is thinly tolerated as it squishes her nose, squishes and prods. I think she lets me perform that kind of touch only because she has learned how fleeting it is.
And that little sawdust-tongue of hers always seems to be blackened by something, a little strip of asphalt or soot or popsicle residue, right down the middle. It's like warm, moist, rubbery sawdust. Like mine, the cat's tongue has some elasticity.
When she licks my opened palm, I sometimes catch her tongue and tweeze it between my thumb and forefinger ... gently. This she does not like and will not tolerate for more than a few seconds. But I never get nipped or bitten because the cat trusts me. And I think she likes the texture of my hand on her tongue.