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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Purrfect Quotes That Describe Your Cat

Looking through my cat pictures the other day, I realized there were some quotes from writers, celebrities, comedians, and various other people that certainly capture the "essence" of cat. These fun, furry creatures are also very mysterious. Edgar Allan Poe said that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. (Think he did a pretty good job on his own!)

Cats tend to be very aloof and they offer their love and attention to you on their terms. According to Ernest Hemingway, a cat has absolute emotional honesty. I couldn't agree more. Let's take a look at some more quotes. Don't know who gets the credit for the following quotes, but I've seen them before and still laugh because they're so true!
  • It's really the cat's house--we just pay the mortgage. (Amen)
  • My husband said it was him or the cat--I miss my husband sometimes. (Not really)
  • If cats could talk, they wouldn't.
  • Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience. (My mother can confirm this one. Especially if she's trying to make the bed!)
Cats have a good thing going as far as food. According to Eddie Izzard, you buy the food. They eat it and go away. That's the deal.

Bill Dana, comedic actor, said it best. "I had been told that the training procedure with cats is difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days." This is so true! You have to adapt to your cat, not the other way around.

Cats and music go together according to some folks.

Even Mark Twain had something to say on the subject.

Sigmund Freud shared this thought.

Miguel de Cervantes tells us that if you play with cats, you must expect to get scratched. Ouch! Been there and done that!

Lillian Jackson thinks that the most dangerous animal on the planet is not man, but a cat.

My favorite, of course, is from Robert A. Heinlein.

Last, but not least, as every cat owner knows, no one owns a cat.

And remember,

If you know something that "famous" people have shared about cats, please leave a comment. As always, we love your feedback.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Love From Your Cat Videos

Last week was Valentine's Day, so we talked about love from your kitty cat. Came across some videos on the Internet that display this so well!! It's just natural for us to want to show our cats love by hugging and kissing them. Some cats just hate this. Why? They hate being confined. Being petted is nice, but being hugged is not. Even though you're not trying to hurt the cat, it triggers a deep-rooted fear of being grabbed by predators that makes the cat nervous and uncomfortable. As for kissing, when cats lick each others' faces, they move slowly and are fully relaxed. Humans tend to move more quickly. Again, there's the closeness issue.

Enjoy this video on You Tube showing exactly this behavior:

Also mentioned last week was grooming. If your cat chooses to groom another cat, or you, that is considered to be an act of love.

Enjoy this grooming video:

Here's a cat that is demanding kisses!

This Siamese wants attention ALL THE TIME.

Doesn't really matter the size of the cat as far as showing affection. Big cats are no different. Take a look!

Since this blog is long on videos, it's going to short on words. So long till next time. Hope you enjoyed the show! Let us know what you thought.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine From Your Kitty Cat

It's Valentine's Day! The day of love. Maybe you'll get flowers, candy, a surprise gift from that special person in your life. But, what do you get from your cat? Love, of course! It's just expressed in a different way.

The actual term is "bunting". Regardless of what you call it, it definitely involves the sense of smell. A cat's sense of smell defines life for your cat. For cats, scent determines sexual status. They also use this sense of smell to communicate and interact socially with each other, as well as to identify territory. To put this in perspective, people average five to 20 million scent-analyzing cells lining their nose. Cats have about 67 million. 

Cats have scent glands in their toes, chin, cheeks, lips, forehead, and tail. Bunting spreads your kitten’s signature odor upon whatever they rub, and this “sharing of the scent” identifies family members and safe objects with familiar odor. Bunting is a huge compliment when Kitty head-bumps you, or rubs your ankles and twines their tail about your leg. They're marking you as part of their family, a favorite part of their territory or property.

Face rubbing is thought to be a subtle sign of deference with the subordinate kitty approaching and bumping/rubbing against the more dominant pet or person. This exposes eyes to the other cat's teeth and claws, so head bumps and cheek rubs to your face (or another cat’s face) should be considered a sign of friendship and great trust.

Nose touches and hip leans are considered by your kitten to be gestures of friendship. You may notice Kitty cheek-rub as a greeting behavior, too, after you come home from work. They are bunting to freshen the “family scent” and so welcome you home.

Social grooming—that is, kittens grooming each other or even you!—is also thought to figure into this mechanism of sharing familiar scent. You’ll know your kitten considers you, the dog, or the other cats a true part of the family when they want to clean you.

Of course, there's always exceptions to the rule, mainly Grumpy Cat, who has some definite opinions!

Ouch! That wasn't love at all! On this wonderful day, let's consider these feelings instead.

And last, but not least:

Hope you have a wonderful day, readers! As always, we look forward to your comments and feedback about the blog. Happy Valentine's Day!

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Cat Who Could Be Anything

Even when he was a kitten, Tommy's mama told him that he could do anything or be anything that he wanted.  That really didn't mean anything until he got older and was able to start exploring the world outside of the box he shared with his mama and other kittens.  It was a quite an adventure sometimes!  He would watch these things called humans, as well as the dog, and his brothers and sisters.  That gave him many ideas of what to do or to be, but nothing seemed to work out for Tommy.

For example, he thought he might be an alligator.  When he found out that he had to live and swim in water, that idea went out the window.  He thought he might grow up to be a tiger someday, but he didn't have stripes on his body like tigers do.  He thought he could at least act ferocious like a tiger, but everybody just laughed at him.  He tried to be a singer, but his scratchy voice only caused more problems.

One day, just before taking a nap, Tommy was about ready to give up.  His mama kept telling him to try different things, but it just wasn't working.  Tommy knew that mama was trying to help him, but he was not going to try any more.  As he got comfortable and fell asleep, he dreamed.  When he woke up, he KNEW what he wanted to be!