What standard of behaviour can you infer the cat applies to judge the behaviour of humans in general and its master in particular? Why is it ironic for a cat to call a human "uncivilized"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The cat in the novel I Am a Cat judges the humans around him based on animal behaviors, but he also evaluates them as if he were a nobleman looking down on his subjects. The cat finds the behavior of the humans odd because they have "customs" and actions that...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

The cat in the novel I Am a Cat judges the humans around him based on animal behaviors, but he also evaluates them as if he were a nobleman looking down on his subjects. The cat finds the behavior of the humans odd because they have "customs" and actions that seem unnatural and unnecessary—which, for an animal, they are, since animals don't have to practice the niceties of human society. The cat also acts noble, using very elevated language and looking down in condescension on his master because of the silliness of his actions.

It is humorous for the cat to call the human "uncivilized" because civility is a human and intellectual concept that is reserved for human society. It seems somewhat backwards to accept that the cat is more civilized and refined than the humans in the novel, but because of the cat's elitism and superiority, he believes the actions of the humans are beneath him.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team