Christmas Day (Kitty Style)

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It was a different Christmas with Mom being gone, but the boys and I made it through. I hope your Christmas Eve and Day was joyful and full of hope. Looking forward to a better year.

The day of Christmas Eve was exciting since everyone was getting ready for Santa Claus. There were last minute things to finish up with wrapping presents, cleaning house, and getting ready for the Christmas service at church. Sometimes things got a little confusing.

Your Death Will Be Slow and Painful

The Vacuum Cleaner is Out

While I was at church, the boys were making their lists and checking them twice.

Kitty and His Computer

But some of them didn’t want to stop and go to bed!

Enough Internet

Tell Santa I Want Catnipz

Finally, everyone was asleep and the house was quiet.

The Children Were All Nestled Snug in Their Beds

Christmas morning dawned bright and early with snow on the ground.

Dashing

It wasn’t long until everyone wanted to see their presents, but there was a minor accident to clean up first.

The Tree is Dead

Once that was cleaned up, it was time to open presents.

What Did I Get

This Is Just What I Wanted

Ribbons

Some were a little upset about cleaning up afterwards.

Throwing Away the Good Stuff

And some were a little too happy! Wonder what he got into.

Too Much of Something

And now it’s time to get back to “normal”, whatever that is. When you have cats, it’s hard to know sometimes. Whatever that happens to be, this is a definite………

Rewarding experience

See you in 2016!

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

 

Massive Catnip Operation

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Frank lived in a house close to the woods. Since there was a pet door in the house, he was allowed to go in and out as he pleased. This made Frank very happy!  He enjoyed exploring the woods and finding all kind of things to chase, investigate, or lay on. He wasn’t prepared for what he found one day though!

Massive Catnip Growing Operation

Barely able to contain his excitement, he ran back to the house and started to spread the news to his friends around the neighborhood. They all went with Frank back into the woods and collected as much catnip as they could carry. They were looking forward to having a lot of fun, but there were unexpected consequences also.

Tuffy and Mouser started having hallucinations:

Do Not Look Behind You

I Haven't Seen Your LSD

Fluff and Whitney decided that they could form a band:

Groovin

Da Kats in Da Cradle

Frank and George wanted to play war games:

Tomorrow We Attack at Dawn

Cat-ling Guns

Muffin started hearing voices in his head:

Voices

Larry became really worried about his friend, Harry:

How Much Catnip

Molly’s imagination started running wild:

The Closet is Staring At Us

The friends were using so much catnip that some of the owners told them to leave. They just didn’t want to deal with all of the side effects. Low-income housing was the only thing the poor cats could afford.

Low Income Housing

Some of them decided that enough was enough and quit the catnip. Others, however, wouldn’t give it up.

Nip Dealer

Wanna Buy Some Drugs

Some even got caught.

Dealing in Nip

So, please TALK TO YOUR CATS ABOUT CATNIP! This is NOT a pretty picture.

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

Talk to Your Cats About Catnip!

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Do you remember the commercial with eggs frying in a pan and the announcer is saying, “This is your brain on drugs.”? With the use of drugs being so much higher now than when my kids were growing up, every parent is encouraged to have that talk with their kids. In this blog, I’m using that same theme to talk about catnip for cats. Hope you enjoy.

First of all, let’s talk about what catnip is. Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a strong-scented mint that contains a volatile oil that’s easily released into the air. Biting or rolling on the plant crushes the leaves, and releases the oil so Kitty can get a good sniff. It doesn’t take much. Cats can detect catnip oil in the air at a saturation as low as one part per billion. Whoa! That’s pretty amazing!

Catnip

How does catnip affect your cat? Rather than a simple smell, the chemical in catnip resembles sedative components also found in the valerian plant, which may be used in natural therapies to calm pets and people. Catnip also may be similar to one of the substances found in tomcat urine—yucky to you, but a lovely smell to the cat! In fact, this pheromone in urine often triggers the same sort of behavioral reaction in cats as exposure to catnip.

These types of chemicals, once inhaled, enter the cat’s highly specialized scenting organ through the roof of the mouth. The vomeronasal, or Jacobson’s organs, sit between the hard palate of the mouth and the septum of the nose, and connect to the mouth via tiny conduits directly behind the cat’s upper incisor teeth. You may see kitty perform an odd facial grimace with lips curled back and mouth open when employing this organ.

The Jacobson’s organs are linked to the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that acts like a switchboard to direct information to higher centers. This part of the brain integrates taste and smell, motivates appetite, and triggers a variety of behaviors.

Too Much Catnip

Catnip in cats affects the same biochemical pathways that are affected by marijuana and LSD in people. In its simplest terms, catnip is a feline hallucinogen.The kitty “high” lasts from five to 15 minutes, and causes a loss of inhibition. While the behaviors may look similar to cats-in-love, catnip is NOT a feline aphrodisiac. It prompts similar behaviors in both neutered and intact cats. Catnip-intoxicated cats act like furry fools who roll and flop about on the floor, drool, and have a wonderful relaxing time.

Cats rarely respond to catnip until they are about six months old, and some cats never do. The trait is an inherited one, with only two out of three domestic cats being affected; male cats seem to respond more strongly than females. The quality of the catnip also influences the response. With my two, Kirby reacts to it, but Sammy doesn’t.

Using Catnip

So, I’d like to emphasize the point again because if you don’t………..

Talk to Your Cats About Catnip

you might have to put up with these things!

My Catnip is Gone

Massive Catnip Growing Operation

Well! That story is for another time. Tell us about your cats and how silly they can get when they are around catnip. Would love to hear your comments.

 

 

 

 

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