The Importance of Playing With Your Cat

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Enough of this serious stuff!!  Let’s have some fun and play with our cats and/or watch them play with each other.  That’s good for a belly laugh once or twice a week at least.   We get some good advice from Lisa Selvaggio about how to do this.

According to Drs. Foster and Smith, cats can get very bored, anxious, and even stressed when they aren’t allowed to release their pent-up energy in the form of play.  A cat with a lot of energy and nowhere to release it will end up destroying your belongings or getting vicious with other pets in the house and even his human companions. It’s very important to give your cat just a little bit of time each day to really run around, chasing after a toy, to act out on his natural instincts to hunt and take down prey. This will keep him content and well-adjusted.

Playful kitties Bobo and Nikita take down a tiny remote control helicopter in this video posted by Krzysztof Smejlis who assures us that neither cats nor helicopter suffered any harm.  http://laughingsquid.com/playful-cats-take-down-tiny-remote-control-helicopter/

Exercising to Stay in Shape

A lot of cats end up overweight, and it isn’t always due to a poor quality diet either. Cats who don’t exercise won’t burn off the calories and fat they ingest at mealtime, and this will inevitably lead to weight gain, which can then lead to myriad health problems, including diabetes and arthritis. Therefore, exercise through play should be an integral part of your plan to keep your cat at a healthy weight. Use a wand toy to get your cat to jump high or run along the floor, but don’t overdo it. If your cat begins to pant, let him rest.  Kodi and Shorty won’t let their human exercise without them.  Maybe the kiddies need their own yoga mats.  http://lovemeow.com/2014/04/exercise-with-cats/

 

Choose the Right Toys

When it comes to choosing toys that are appropriate for each feline in your household, think about the personality of each. For a shy or easily frightened cat, for example, stick with basic toys, such as feathers on a wand. For cats who are really curious and not really afraid of much, you can even purchase battery-powered mice that roll along the floor on their own. And, of course, anything with catnip in it is sure to be a hit with any kitty.
 It’s not just humans who like playing Fruit Ninja. Cats in particular seem to love the swipe-to-slash game.
 http://kotaku.com/cats-playing-fruit-ninja-1548747690

 

Mimic a Hunt

Playtime is an opportunity for your indoor cat to pretend that he is hunting for prey in the great outdoors, so when you’re dangling a toy in front of your cat, move it around like a prey animal would move. Rather than frantically swinging a feathered toy on a string in your cat’s face, for example, place it on the ground and move it slowly and then quickly, letting your cat hide somewhere to come out and pounce at the most unexpected moment, just like he would do in the wild.
Just remember that, whether you’re directly interacting with your cat during playtime or not, be there to observe the activity and ensure your cat’s safety. A lot of toys can easily be swallowed and may pose choking hazards or become lodged in the intestines.  (She probably wouldn’t agree with the cat who likes to play ping pong, but he is being supervised.  http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/cat-attempts-to-play-ping-pong/)
Bags are always a favorite among cats as illustrated in this video.  http://www.thepetcollective.tv/cats-battle-a-bag-cat-vs-bag/
Do you have favorite ways of playing with your cat?  Please share them with us!  Adios!

 

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.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

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My Writing Process–Part 2

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Hello, everyone!  Hope that everyone is enjoying the weekend.  I’m here again because of James McAllister.  His blog is here http://fortiterpublishing.com/blog/my-writing-process-blog-tour/ and his writing is here http://www.amazon.com/James-McAllister/e/B00DA1ZSFI 

James is a friend of mine through a series of writer’s groups that we have shared, and I have come to really appreciate his sense of humor and work ethic.  If you like science fiction, you will enjoy his books immensely.

I’m a retired teacher after 30 years of service in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nevada.  I am currently a caregiver for my 95-year-old mother who still lives in her own home.  She’s pretty sharp mentally which is very fortunate.

I started on my writing “career” when I was a teenager by using poetry as a form of communicating my feelings.  I always thought I would write the “Great American Novel”, but life got in the way.  After I retired, it seemed like a good idea.  However, my younger cat, Sammy, changed my mind.

These are the questions that James wanted me to answer:

1.  What are you working on?

I’ve finally decided to publish another book in the Sam, the Superkitty, series. Self-publishing seems to be the way to go after the experience I had with a publisher. We’ll see what happens. I’ve had people reminding this year that they had grandchildren as a subtle hint for me to get busy!

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It seems that I write more from a cat’s perspective than as the storyteller of a cat’s adventures. I often wonder what my two are saying or thinking. Things can get pretty crazy when I let my imagination run.

3.  Why do I write what I write?

Since I live with this “raw material” everyday, it was a natural thing for me to do. Also, when I taught school, I loved watching the faces of children as they listened to a story. The smiles are their faces and their giggles showed me how much they enjoyed what they were hearing. That was very satisfying for me.

4.  How does your writing process work?

Sometimes my writing process doesn’t work! Just kidding. However, there are days when the words come easier than others. I try to write for half an hour in the morning, but life and family can sometimes get in the way.

5.  Add a little example of your work.

This is an excerpt from the story, Sam, the Superkitty, Meets the Brown Monster: One day while Sammy was napping and dreaming of far-away places, a noise disturbed him. It didn’t sound like anything he’d ever heard before. He tried ignoring it, but that didn’t work. The noise was still there. He tried hiding from it, but that didn’t work either. So he decided to read about it. But, since he really didn’t know WHAT was causing the noise, that didn’t help either! The only thing left to do was go to where the noise was coming from and check it out. He practiced his best monster attacking skills before going into the bedroom to find the noise and what was causing it. What he saw was sooooooo scary!!

Two author friends have agreed to post about themselves next week.  They are Micki Peluso and Anne Reeve.

Micki Peluso’

Micki Peluso

 

I began writing after a personal tragedy, as a catharsis for my grief. This lead to a first time out publication in Victimology: An International Magazine and a 25 year career in Journalism. I’ve freelanced and been staff writer for one major newspaper and written for two more. I have published short fiction and non-fiction, as well as slice of life stories in colleges and other magazines and in e-zine editions. My first book was published in 2008; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . .AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC silver award for writing that makes a change in the world. Two of my short horror stories have been published in an anthology called “Speed of Dark.” I am presently working on a collection of short fiction, slice of life stories and essays, in a book called, Heartbeat. . .slices of life.

Links:http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=38555070&trk=

https://www.facebook.com/AndTheWhippoorwillSang?ref=hl

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/811377-micki-peluso

Anne Reeve

ANNE REEVE

Anne is also a retired teacher turned author.  Her background is:

Studied at University of Wales- Caerleon > Dramatic Art> Producing/Directing /Script writing/Dance>Teaching >
past Licensee The White Lion in Islington London and The Walmer Castle, Margate.
Trained as Teacher English Literature / Drama/ Man, Society and Culture/ Education.
Recent Publication
WITH DEVILS DWELL 1850 Victorian Thriller Historical Fiction Women convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land
Rhoda’s life is in jeopardy. She has been caught like a fish in the net, with no way of escape. Danger, terror and a fear of not knowing her past produces a dread of the future. Her only friend is Molly a Convict girl like herself. It is with Molly’s help – she has to learn to play ‘the deadly games’ that will test her sanity and strength.  Can she capture the ‘devil serpent’ in its own trap? Set free the elusive butterfly which remains deeply hidden within the ‘tangled terrors’ securely locked behind her own ‘secret door’

Links:

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=269284867&authType=name&authToken=KKj0&goback=

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428306-with-devils-dwell?ac=1

What To Do About Feral Cats

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As I mentioned before, my Sammy is a feral cat.  What’s the definition of a feral cat?  A feral cat is one who has not been socialized.  Truly feral cats are simply never going to flourish in a busy household and deserve not to spend the rest of their life hiding under someone’s bed.  WHERE is best for them is a topic of hot discussion.  Many opinions on the Internet favor a trap-neuter-release program.  Others feel that feral cats should be destroyed, period.  I don’t have the answers, but that has to be a humane way to deal with this problem.

Right now there are 85 million cats in the country that have a forever home.  Combine that with up to 60 million feral cats, and you have a major problem.  These cats kill 2.5 million birds each year, along with rats, mice, chipmunks, lizards, etc.  At least 33 different species of birds have reached extinction.  Now, before we put all of the blame on cats, you also have to consider that urbanization is part of the problem.  Clearing trees and bushes for new malls, condos, etc. cuts down on the available space for birds to nest and makes them more vulnerable to the outside cats(socialized and feral).
Biologists have given this example of how the animal kingdom works.  Let’s say that rabbits are plentiful one year and foxes have plenty to eat.  But, the following year, rabbits are not plentiful and the foxes go hungry.  That is the “natural” rhythm of things.  But our cats don’t work that way.  If they can’t find something to hunt, they go home, eat, and go out again the next day.
Fortunately, I don’t think these cats got the memo about mice and birds:

In many cities, feral cats are taking over the neighborhoods.  Citizens are complaining, animal control is busy, and some huge-hearted people are trying their best to take care of hundreds of cats by trapping and neutering them before finding forever homes for them.  An adult feral cat will never likely be a household pet, but the kittens can be “socialized” if caught at an early age.Why so many feral cats?  I do know that people abandon their pets which really makes me grind my jaws!!  Plus people don’t have their pets neutered or spayed. That’s not the whole problem, but it does contribute.   A cat will reproduce up to three times a year if not spayed.  What are your thoughts on the subject?  Do you have recommendations for what should be done?  Personally, I never let my cats out, but that’s just me.  Would like to hear from the rest of you.

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.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

Victory At Last!

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A short story for your enjoyment:

He was just a tiny ball of fur.  He wasn’t alone, however, because his mama had given birth to four other kittens.  He knew they were there from the very beginning since he could feel and smell them.  After ten days, he was able to open his eyes and see them.  Oh, my goodness, that was so exciting!  As they grew older, the other kittens starting disappearing.  One by one, they were gone and never came back.  He really missed them because they had shared so many things while they were eating, playing, and exploring this big thing called a house.  He asked his mama many times about his missing brothers and sisters.  She would just have a sad look on her face so he quit asking.

As he was growing up, he learned which places he could or couldn’t be in the house, when to crawl on a lap, what time he would be fed, times that he should hide from those short humans, called kids, plus many other things.  He learned from his mama how to play and explore the back yard.  However, Mama wouldn’t always stay in the yard with him.  She would climb the fence and disappear for a while.  He didn’t know where she went nor would she tell him.  Sometimes, she came back with an animal that was small and had a tail.  At first, he thought it was someone to play with; however, the animal wouldn’t move.  Mama said it was dead, whatever that meant!

He always wanted to go with mama when she disappeared.  That finally happened when he got older.  One day as he learned to climb the fence, she decided it was time for him to learn to be a hunter.  It was not as much fun as he thought it would be!  He did everything that she told him over and over again!  He never caught this animal she called a mouse.  He was so disappointed that he finally gave up.  One day, in the house, his human called something a mouse!  It wasn’t even moving!  He was going to try one more time before he finally gave up.  Crouching low to the ground, he moved effortlessly and quietly.  He leaped up and pounced!  VICTORY!  Mama would be so proud.  He was now a hunter and could prove it!

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.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

It’s Hug Your Cat Day!!

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And if you don’t have a cat of your own, hug someone else’s cat!  Good advice from my friend, Sharla Shults.  http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com/do-you-sense-the-emotion/

When You Touch a Cat

I would like to introduce you to my friend, Sharla, now.

My childhood experiences revolve around a small southwestern Georgia town where education played a most important role. I followed in my dad’s footsteps and attended Troy State University, Troy AL in pursuance of my teaching degree in mathematics and science. At the time I was in school, Troy was (is still BTW) very well known for studies and entrance into the education field. After graduation, I taught for four years and then, in light of a very substantial pay increase, left teaching and ventured into the railroad industry. This in turn, led me to my soulmate, and eventually a return into education until my retirement in 2008. Even in retirement I still work in education but as an Online Education Specialist (fancy title for teaching online instead of in the classroom). The difference is that now my students are teachers. What makes it really special are the times I encounter those who were once my classroom students are now my students again but in a totally different environment. Now that is having come full circle! What a blessing!
Being a mathematician by nature is a strange beginning for a writer of poetry. As a child and even into adulthood, never did the vision of becoming a writer materialize. Not until much, much later in life did this gift emerge. How DID it begin? Well, one day an angel sat on my shoulder and began whispering in my ear. Days and nights ran together as the words poured from my thoughts onto paper. That, of course, would be any kind of paper on hand at the time. It was not unusual for the quiet whisperings to come at any hour of the night, perhaps even in dreams, and if not written down at the moment faded as swiftly as the rising sun. My passion for writing persists to this day and I never know when a random thought, a fleeting comment or a whispering from the past will trigger the next verse. For you see, I am not the writer, but only the messenger from His hand to mine, from my heart to yours. . .

To my husband, my soulmate, who inspires me in so many ways and still remains able to sometimes get a good night’s sleep, all is not lost in my dreams.I invite everyone to open your heart, mind and soul to opportunities to remember, discover and reflect.

You can find Sharla’s books at http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com/my-books/  Please check them out.

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Until next time, remember:

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.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667