‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (According to Cats)

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

and all through the house

all the creatures were stirring.

Even the mouse!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

in hopes that St. Claws soon would be there.

Mom in her kerchief and I in my cap

had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

but a miniature sleigh

and one old horse.

All the reindeer were sick

so Santa had to rely

on one old horse

that just couldn’t fly.

When Santa was let in

through the front door,

he immediately scared

the cats on the floor.

The cats were excited

to see what they’d get

as Santa delivered the gifts

to each pet.

Having finished his work,

Santa went to the door.

He climbed in his sleigh

and started to snore.

As the horse moved on

and was soon out of sight,

Santa was dreaming about the catnip

he would have later tonight.

Hope you enjoyed this. Want to wish each one of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017! God bless each and every one 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

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

Are You Ready?

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Sorry I missed last week, but things were pretty crazy around here. Thanksgiving is not too far away, so I thought I’d better get something done today and get ready for it. Of course, the cats wanted to help. Yikes!! They have their own thoughts about the menu, but I’m the boss. (Or so I think)

Okay, let’s start with the turkey. I know I can go to the store to get one, but they think you trap a turkey like you trap cats. I don’t think so!!

Cat Traps

We need stuffing for the turkey, but that’s not what salad is for, silly cat.

I Want It

We’ll need potatoes and some kind of vegetable to go with the salad, but I don’t think I’m going to get any help there. (He won’t either)

Cat on Back

What should we have for dessert? Anything with chocolate is fine with me! And no, you can’t have any chocolate.

You Don't Say

Most everybody in our family drinks coffee with their meal.

Coffee Consumption

Sometimes people bring a special dish that others like, so the dog thinks he needs to do this too!

Can  We Keep It

All in all, it will be a wonderful day because of being with family. After all, when everything is said and done, that’s what’s important!

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

 

Smokey and George

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What a crazy, busy week!! Time for another story. Enjoy.

 

 

Smokey loved to play outside! Any time he had the chance, that’s where he would be. If it was a sunny day, he would lie down on his back with his tummy up in the air to catch the heat of the sun. Oh, it felt so good. He could really take a good nap that way. If he was feeling playful, there were all kind of bugs, lizards, and other animals to chase. Sometimes, he just enjoyed smelling all of the pretty flowers growing in the yard. The yard was a comfortable, happy place.

One day, he had just dozed off when something hit him in the head! Thump! “OUCH!”, cried Smokey. He looked around to see what in the world had hit him. He was NOT happy to be disturbed. At first, he didn’t notice anything, but then he finally saw a brown lump lying on the grass. What was it? He was trying to figure it out when he heard a voice say, “Give me back my nut!!” A squirrel went racing past him, grabbed the nut, and ran back up the tree.

Since he was a cat, he was very curious. “Who are you, and what is a nut?” Smokey called up to the squirrel. “My name is George,” replied the squirrel. “Nuts are something I eat” Smokey couldn’t imagine eating something as hard and lumpy as a nut, so he asked George to bring it down from the tree and let him  look it over. George did, and over time, he and Smokey became great friends. Later, Smokey wanted his humans to meet George and invited him into the house. The whole family loved him!

My Friend George

Happy Father’s Day, Mr. Cat!!

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Sunday is Father’s Day. We humans like to get gifts for our fathers. Made me wonder what I would give to my father if he had been a cat. Interesting concept. Here’s what I came up with for your cat(s).

First of all, they would probably want a party. (When you weren’t home)

Get This Party Started

Once you are home, presents would be expected. How about a sweater?

Black Sweater Cat

That’s probably too hot for summer. Maybe a new hat.

My Dancing Hat

Let’s see what else they would like. Perhaps a nice trip somewhere.

Dad's On TV

Catnip Kicked In

If a long trip is not convenient, try a shorter one.

I'm Going to the Library

If your cat is computer literate, perhaps they would like to post on Facebook.

I Love This Post

Human dads would like chocolates, but that’s not good for cats.

I Don't Like Chocolates

However, they might like flowers.

Smells So Good!

One thing I KNOW they would like is a new box to play in.

The Reflexes of a Cat

Something else they would appreciate is a nice treat.

Thank You

I Want Tacos

However, if it’s not what they want, you may see this!

No Tuna No Snuggles

They might enjoy music while they are eating.

I No U Is In There

When the day is done, your cat probably will be tired from all the excitement. Time to tell them good night.

I'm Going to Take a Nap Now

What kind of things would you get your cat for Father’s Day? Let’s see how many funny suggestions I get.

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

A Valentine From Your Kitty Cat

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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.

Head-Butting

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.

Sandy

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!

Love is in the Air

Valentine's Day

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

My Blankie Loves Me

And last, but not least:

Will You Be My Valentine

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

Have You Adopted a Pet Recently?

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If you have, you’re one of many. That’s seems to be a very popular thing to do around holidays and birthdays. Unfortunately for some of these pets, it’s not a good situation once the newness wears off. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons to adopt and some good-ending stories about people that did adopt.

Life is better with pets in so many ways. In addition to being loving companions, pets teach us many valuable lessons, help keep us healthy, and provide unmatched fun and cuteness. Here are just a few of the best reasons to adopt a pet:

1. Pets give your life balance so you don’t have to work so hard.

Changed Your Facebook Status

There's Something More Important Than Me

2. Caring for a pet can teach your child about compassion, sharing, and the joy of playtime.

Get a Human They Said

3. Pets make excellent couch potato pals.

I'd Hug You Bigger

4. Your pets will always save a spot for you and keep it warm.

I Should Do Something With My Life

5. Pets can make the mundane tasks, like paperwork, even more fun.

Office Assistant

6. Everyone can use a snuggly cuddle, but did you know that owning a pet can have health benefits?

Kitty Creation

7. They will greet you at the door like you’ve been gone forever, even though it’s only been five minutes!

You're Late Slave

 Here are two stories about kittens being adopted that will touch your heart. Do you have a rescue story to share? If so, let us know.

Meet Satin, the Amazing Cat With Nine Lives

Meet the Two Sisters

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

The “Gifts” of Christmas From Your Cat–Entertainment

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The first two gifts we talked about were Affection and Happiness. Please refer to the previous blogs if you haven’t read them yet. We’ll conclude with Entertainment, although, these are not the only gifts. There are many more. Each cat is different and brings its own special gifts to you. Of course, the gifts described in this blog are all connected. As these creatures show their affection, it makes you happier. They keep you entertained which makes you laugh which makes you happier!

#Gift 3–Entertainment

First of all, we know that cats have cattitude!

Cattitude

Second, you NEVER know what to expect next!

That’s the reason they are so entertaining. Mine can be perfectly calm; the next minute, they’re jumping over each other, playing with something, or peeking out from behind a corner. Their expressions can be hilarious, especially if we don’t do what they think we should do!

I Don't Know What Your Problem Is

Never Want to See It Again

Do Not Look Behind You

These expressions, these entertaining moments can happen at any time during the day or night. They might involve other animals.

What Dog

Make a Move

Petted By a Horse

Of course, that also includes other cats!

Bad Idea

We Didn't Do It

They definitely will involve you sometimes!

I Can Explains It

Pool Shark

I See Dead People

This could go on and on as you well know. I think you get the idea! Tell us about some of the things your cat(s) do that make you laugh. Would love to hear some cute stories!

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

The “Gifts” of Christmas From Your Cat–Happiness

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In the last two weeks, we’ve taken a look at the 14 ways that cats show their affection. Admittedly, some of them seem a little weird to us, such as spraying, scratching, and sticking their butts in our faces! If you haven’t read the last two blogs, check them out to see why this is a form of affection.

#Gift 2–Happiness

They MAKE US FEEL HAPPIER. They are such great companions and love us with unconditional love 365 days a year. Psychologists at Miami University have found that people who own pets are more conscientious, more social, have better self-esteem, and healthier relationship types. Pet owners, especially those with dogs, can get more exercise and reduce stress. Animals help us heal; many are used as therapy animals. 63% of pet owners consider their pets to be family members. So how can animals make us feel better and happier?

 They can grab our attention which distracts and relaxes us.

Need to Borrow My Box

Your Day is Blessed

Special of the Day

These cats are also offering social support which reduces stress, as well as, physical contact with another living thing which is good for mind and body.

Here are other examples of how supportive they can be. Or, at least, they think that they are!

Hip Replacement

Balanced Life

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

How do your cats make you happy? I know when I have a cat in my lap, or sometimes two, things just seem to be better. I’m not nearly as stressed out. It’s very comforting.

 

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

The Gifts of Christmas From Your Cat–Affection, Part 2

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Last time we discussed cats showing their affection by purring, rolling, bunting, scratching, kneading, gifting, and playing. There are seven more ways they do this.

Gift #1–Affection

Cats Love with Sleeping. As sleep champs, felines typically sleep up to 16 hours a day. Because they are most vulnerable during sleep, the place your cat chooses to snooze must be a secure and trusted location. There is no greater loving compliment than a cat choosing your lap for a favorite sleep spot.

I Love Sleep

A Cat and His Teddy Bear

Cats Love with their Eyes. A kitty’s eyes are proportionately very large—if human’s eyes were the same proportion, our eyes would be eight inches across! As such, cat eyes are important assets for survival, yet extremely vulnerable. Cats that place their faces and wide open eyes near a human express great trust and love. A slow “eye blink” from across the room is considered a cat kiss.

Calico

Cats Love with their Tails. In a similar fashion, the “elevator butt” pose invites you to give special attention. Simply scratch her/him above the tail. Cats also signal their love when they approach you with the tail held straight up, and the end slightly tipped over. Kittens use this to greet their mother—and adult cats continue to treat their favorite humans like a beloved mom, with tails flagged high in respect.

If We Had Thumbs

Cats Love with Meowing. Cats rarely meow at other cats. Kitty uses these vocalizations specifically to interact with their people. Do you make a point to talk with those you dislike? Neither do cats! Even when kitties pester you with lots of meows, they’re interacting with you out of love.

Owner Said Meow

Cats Love with Grooming. Cats spend an enormous amount of time self-grooming. They also groom each other, but shared grooming behaviors only happen between friendly cats. Kitties that groom their human by licking your skin or hair, or even nibbling or sucking on your clothing, indicates great affection. This spreads familiar scent and helps mark you as an important part of their family group.

Grooming

Cats Love with Spraying. Say it ain’t so! But it’s true—if your cat has decided to baptize your bed or other belongings with urine, you should consider it a back-handed compliment. Cats use their own scent to calm themselves down. Kitties feeling upset over separation anxiety or other issues often target areas that smell the most like their beloved owners…such as the bed.  (Not posting a picture for this one.)

Cats Love with their Butts.  This is another “back handed compliment” that cats offer to only their most trusted, beloved people. Because kitties identify each other by scent, butt-sniffing is the equivalent to a very personal hand shake. When your cat jumps on your lap and presents their tail in your face, the invitation is obvious—not that you need to sniff.  (No picture for this one either)

Yes, cats DO show affection. Many people think cats are too independent to do that, but they just don’t realize how many ways affection can be shown. Here is a video clip for you to enjoy.

If you think cats don’t love their owners, watch this!

Again, would love to hear from my readers about the ways your cat shows affection. Next week, we’ll talk about another gift our pets give us.

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