Did You Get a New Kitten for Christmas?

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A new, furry, lovable kitten is always fun, but sometimes that fun wears off when the holidays are over. I’ve always believed that if you’re going to be a pet owner, you need to be a responsible pet owner. It breaks my heart to see animals mistreated because their owners are tired of them. All of us who are animal lovers know how precious these little lives are and that they deserve good care like the rest of our family.

Kind to an Animal

If the animal was a gift that you don’t want anymore, then please find it a home where it can be happy or put it in a no-kill shelter. The shelters are full of pets looking for a forever home. Some people prefer to adopt an older animal rather than getting a young one. An older cat is not as mischievous as a kitten can be nor are they as active.

Adopt a Senior Pet

Of course, who could turn this down?

Adoption

If you’re up for some adventure, you could always adopt a feral cat. It took my Sammy a long time to learn to trust humans, but the patience was worth it. He is the most lovable lap cat now and just gives me so much joy.

Feral Cats

Feral Cats Show Love

No matter which method that new cat arrived, they will return your love many times over.

Happiness Is

Pure Love

First Thing

Through all of this, however, you have to remember one basic fact. No one owns a cat!

No One Owns a Cat

Owned By a Cat

And finally……………

Talk to Cats

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

More Problems For Your TOO MANY CATS

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Remember last week when you accepted all those cats from Fred and the problems you might have?

Not married

I thought of some other things. How would you feed all those cats! Heaven forbid that you eat before they do.

Eating First

You might have a revolt on your hands!

Dramatic

Feeding the Cat

You might have to resort to this.

Ingratitude

Next would be the matter of visits to the vet for annual checkups and to make sure everyone is “fixed”.

Don't Yell at My Marshmellows

Finally All Asleep

Because……

Cats, the Gift That Keeps On Giving

Cats like having their own hiding places or comfortable spots where they just like to be left alone.

Your Spot

Your Chair

Do you have room for all the “gifts” they might bring you?

Gift

Cats have made it known they would like catnip legalized

Legalize Catnip

because this is embarrassing!!

Police Dog

Can you imagine all of your cats on catnip?

Catnip

Could cause some problems

I've Had It

But, if you’re like me,

My Cats Are Family

and I’m sure everything will be okay. 🙂

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

You Now Have TOO MANY CATS!

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Last week in talking about the “weirdness” of cats, I used this picture, among many.

Fred

Yes, cats remember how their kind was treated thousands of years ago.

Ancient Egypt

So you accepted Fred and all of his friends. Wonder what your house would look like now. There would be the problem of where they would all sleep. You might have to do this.

Cat Organizer

Or this.

Spare Cats

The overflow may have to sleep with you!

Ready For Bed

Well, enough of that! What else might happen?

Once they wake up, there might be a grouch among the group.

 Good Morning (2)

They’ll want to play.

Something Was Jumping

Move Over

They’ll want to look outside to see what’s going on.

Kitty Cats

They’ll have to introduce themselves to the dog.

Hello

They’ll need their exercise.

Be Right Back

Treadmills

There are very different personalities among all these cats. Anything from a fraidy cat,

Squish It

a shy cat,

Peek-A-Boo

a well educated cat,

Using Hashtags

a smart cat,

Science Cat

to a cat that’s just being a smarty pants!

Check Engine Light

But even through all the situations that come about, they will still love you.

Mom

After all,

Potato Chips

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

BIG Cats Are Beautiful. Should They Be Pets?

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Throughout my years of living in Colorado and Nevada, I’ve heard and known of people keeping lions, tigers, jaguars, etc. for pets. Have never seen one of these “pets”, but that’s okay with me. As a very young animal, they can be adorable, cute, and downright funny.

Winking Tiger

But then they grow up!

Don't Use Bleach

You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the adorable out of the cat. Here are 30 big cats being adorable.

Big cats can act like house cats in many ways. One of the reasons why our love for cuddly little house cats extends to the largest members of the cat family is because of how similar big cats and small cats are.

Are you thinking now that I’m in favor of keeping a big cat as a pet? No, I’m not for several reasons. The first would be the cost of keeping a big animal as far as maintenance such as food and vet bills.

Foreign Exchange Program

A lion can eat as much as 10 to 15 pounds of meat a day and so if you only (under) fed the lion 8 pounds of meat a day, it would be nearly $30 a day (at $3.50/lb) or $210 a week to feed that lion at minimum amount. That’s certainly a lot less than those two small cats in the picture.
Since trading exotic animals is regulated, there is a huge black market for them. They are often not transported properly, cared for properly, and they’re sold off to the highest bidder regardless of that person’s ability to properly care for them. Right now there are more captive tigers than wild tigers. There is something definitely wrong with that! This cat is very lucky!!
I Won't Grow Up to Be a Tiger
Big cats are wild animals at heart. It is in their nature to travel, stalk, and hunt down their prey. If that opportunity is taken away, they can become very frustrated. A frustrated, big cat is not necessarily a good thing to have around! Add 500 pounds to this cat and you’ll see what I mean.
The Last Thing I Want to Do is Hurt You
Big cat cubs are adorable, cute, and cuddly and usually not very dangerous. However, when they’re grown, their play is  pretty rough because it’s training for hunting. Sometimes they just don’t know their own strength; it’s best not to take a chance. This cat just thinks he’s tough and scary.
I'm Tough and Scary
Captivity of big cats causes them great stress which can potentially lead to psychosis. This is often exhibited through pacing and acts of aggression (even on trusted caretakers). Many big cat attacks that occur from aggression are born out of this frustration. If you have a big cat as a pet, you’re not only living with a natural born killer; you’re living with one that can literally go crazy on you. Think I’ll stick with my house cats!!!!
I Understand
Besides, they only think they’re a big cat.
True Self
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

 

Black, Furry, Loveable. Are You Superstitious?

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Monday was Black Cat Appreciation Day meant to raise awareness of dark-coated felines and encourage people around the United States to adopt them. It’s also a chance to debunk myths that can have very real adoption consequences for black cats.. Some studies suggest 13% of American adults are superstitious when it comes to black cats — and that the perceived bad luck probably prevents them from adopting one.

Having more black cats on an adoption floor is a common scenario, however, because black coats are a dominant genetic trait. Out of all coats — black, gray, white, orange, brown, Calico and everything in between — black-furred cats make up about 33% of the shelter cat population. Remember, black is a color and not a breed.

A Black Cat Going Somewhere

Bad Luck

Black Cat

Today is Be An Angel Day. Believe it or not, this is very hard for some cats to do. They can be so cuddly, affectionate, and loving, BUT then another behavior can appear. Let’s see what happens then.

Food:

Dinner is 10 Minutes Late

He Doesn't Want Any

Plz to hurry

Boxes:

It's All Boxes

BYOB Party

Cuddle time:

I Don't Always Want to Sit on Your Lap

Playing:

Toilet Paper Attack

Plastic Bags

I'm Bored

Cattitude:

You Went to the Beauty Parlor

You're Still Talking

Come Hither, Slave

Take the Photo!

I think you get the picture now. Pardon the pun! At any rate, cats will display many behaviors because:

Sacred

And they do this quite well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

I Let Him Go First

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Pete, a guinea pig, had a nice, warm cage with plenty of food and water. The four children in the family took turns cleaning his cage and playing with him. He liked to be out of his cage and run around with the children. It was so much fun! They were very gentle with him and gave him lots of love.

Things were fine until the family brought home another pet. Pete was out of his cage at the time. This was a  creature that he had never seen before! He jumped back into the cage and wouldn’t come out. The children tried calming him down and telling him it would be okay. Nope! Pete was NOT coming out of his cage. This new pet was called a cat. It made a horrible hissing sound and had very sharp claws. Pete stayed in his cage for many days and felt sad that he couldn’t get on the floor and play anymore.

Several months went by. The cat seemed to change and wanted to play with Pete. He didn’t hiss anymore or show his claws. He would stay by the cage and just look at Pete. “Well”, thought Pete. “Maybe he’s not so bad, after all!” The children forgot to close the cage door one day when they were done cleaning. Pete stuck his nose out very slowly. He sniffed noses with the cat. Nothing bad happened! After that, Pete and the cat were down on the floor everyday playing with the children. One day, Mom found Pete in the teapot. She wondered why he had done that, so the cat explained:

I Told Him to Go First

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

6 Signs Your Home Is Ruled by Cats

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Now that you have chosen your pet (or they have chosen you), let’s see what your home may look like once the newness has worn off. There’s a reason cat owners, as well as other animals, are sometimes referred to as “staff.” Cats have a way of burrowing in and taking over not only your heart, but your home too. Take a look at your house for these telltale signs that a cat is running the show.

Servant's Quarters

1. Random Litterbox Locations

Corner of the dining room, smack dab in the middle of the home office, in the master bathtub? Use to keep mine in the bathtub so the litter wouldn’t get all over. Much easier to keep clean. Just lift it out when you’re ready to take a shower or bath. Cat owners know it’s easier to have it where the cats want it than to clean up a mess.

This Is As Close to the Beach As I'm Going to Get

2. Cat Pillows

Your cat may find a favorite pillow they like on the couch, in a chair, or on the bed. You can tell by the indentation left by their body which one it will be. It will also collect an increasing amount of fur. Kirby has a favorite pillow on the couch that he always uses. Sunlight from the window will shine on him while he naps. Ah, such a life! Needless to say, Mom or I don’t use that pillow anymore.

The Worst Thing

3. Limited Access to Technology

Some cats love to lie on a warm keyboard. Cat-ruled humans know that removing the cat from the keyboard sounds much easier than it is. Your cat will keep returning to claim his spot — or force you to abandon your computer. Mine have never liked to lie on the keyboard, but they will get up in my lap or stand on the desk looking at the monitor and do everything to get my attention.

To Unlock Your Computer, Open the Fridge

4. Uncomfortable Sleeping Arrangements

When you walk into your bedroom at night and see a cat lying on your pillow, what do you do? Squeeze in somewhere else, of course! Cat owners know that nobody but the cat gets to sleep where and when they want. My two would lie on the side of the bed and eventually move me completely over during the night by gently “kneading” my side. When I would wake up in the morning, I would be hanging on to the edge of the bed for dear life! They were smack dab in the middle wondering what was wrong with me.

Sharing the Bed

Cat's Map of the Bed

5. Sleeping Schedules That Aren’t Your Own

Homes run by cats are those that rise early. If it’s not the furry face staring at you, it’s the incessant meowing, the blinds rattling, items falling off shelves or other disturbing noises the cat purposefully makes. No one sleeps through breakfast when cats are in charge. Kirby isn’t too bad, but Sammy is pacing all over my computer desk, the night table, up in the window, jumping down on top of me, or anything else he can think of!

Snooze Button

6. Shredded Cat Trees

The 10-year-old, shag-carpet-covered, shredded cat tree is the one the felines want, so it’s what a cat-managed home has. And cat owners know this truth: Get rid of the favorite cat tree and put your furniture, rugs, windowsills and perhaps even your own body in peril. The one Sammy used was lying in pieces around the house before I finally got rid of it. He hasn’t liked anything I’ve bought since, so I have to watch him pretty closely with his scratching.

Uh, Meow

Is yours a cat-managed home? Please tell us about some of your experiences with your cat/s.

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