Praying to a Cat
Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav once said to his daughter, Edel, "A certain Jew
once prayed before a cat." He then explained to his surprised daughter,
"When this Jew was praying in his room, he heard some pushing and scratching
against the door, and he thought, 'Some of my admirers among the hasidim
want to hear me praying!' So he began to pray more loudly and fervently. But
actually it was just a cat rubbing up against the door and scratching it,
making it shake. So he was praying to a cat (may God save us)!"