YOU May Be WEIRD, But Your Cat Still Loves You!

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Thank you, thank you for all of the wonderful responses that I received from the previous post about your cat thinking that you’re weird! There were some good belly laughs going around which delights me to no end. This blog will be a little more factual, but I’ll see what I can do to liven it up!

Be With Those That Bring Out the Best in You

One of the ways your cat will show love is by purring. Believe it or not, these purrs can be very healing. The purr vibrations are within a range of 20-140 Hz which can be medically therapeutic for many diseases. For example:

1. Petting a purring cat can slow down and relieve stress.

2. Cat owners have 40% less risk of heart attack.

3. Vibrations are helpful for healing tendons and muscles.

4. Purring can heal infections and swelling.

5. Frequencies of 25 & 50 Hz are the best and frequencies of 100 to 200 Hz are the second best for promoting bone strength.

6. Hearing a cat purr can lower your blood pressure.

You Can't Get Up Yet

A U.S. researcher found animals release the “love hormone” oxytocin when they interact with each other and with humans. Paul J. Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, tested the oxytocin levels of different animals at an animal refuge in Arkansas, where numerous animals interacted with each another. “That animals of different species induce oxytocin release in each other suggests that they, like us, might be capable of love,” Zak commented. “It is quite possible that Fido and Boots may feel the same way about you as you do about them. You can even call it love.”

I Wonder if You Love Me As Much As I Love You

I Love You Lamp

She Found Me in Her Box of Cereal

 

I’d like to close with a You Tube video which talks about the healing ability of cats. It’s only two minutes long and features a beautiful cat. Let us know what you think about the healing properties in a purr and if that has helped you in any way.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pktXW2pNxCY

 

 

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

Cat Behaviors With NO Explanation

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Previously, I shared 15 cat behaviors complete with explanations. (I admit that some of these were pretty creative!)  Today, we’re talking about cat behaviors that seem perfectly logical to cats. (Remember, I said cats.) I think it’s part of the rule that they need to find the space to sit or lay where it’s the most inconvenient for you. Anyway, let me know what you think.

If It Fits, I Sits Rule

Go Away

How Did That Get In There

Da Hood

Being In The Way Rule

I Just Work Here

My cat, Sandy, LOVED the file cabinets. Anytime I would be working at the desk, she would be in a file cabinet drawer or a drawer in the desk. She was my official “catretary”.

Bless You

I Want To Take Over the World

It’s Warm Rule

Catnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

To Unlock Your Computer, Open the Fridge

Silence, Human

The Box Rule

Buying a Box

Any Size Box Will Do

It's Purrfect

“Just Because” Rule

I Don't Always Play With Toys

I Play Well With Others

Frame the Dog

 Does your cat exhibit these behaviors? If they do, don’t worry! You’ll never figure it out anyway. Share your stories with us, please.

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

Love From Your Cat Videos

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Make a Move

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPnKG6f44fk

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:  http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-why-i-love-cats-heres-another-reason-why-cats-are-the-best-and-also-hilarious/

Here’s a cat that is demanding kisses!  http://lovemeow.com/2014/06/abyssinian-cat-demanding-kisses/

This Siamese wants attention ALL THE TIME. http://lovemeow.com/2014/06/elvis-the-siamese-cat-wants-attention-meow/

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

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2014/03/27/30-big-cats-caught-being-adorable/

 

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.  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

Choosing the Right #Cat For You

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Last week we talked about the wonderful reasons for adopting a cat. Before you actually adopt, the most important decision you will make is choosing the cat that’s right for YOU! We’re going to talk about some of the general choices today that you should consider. Circumstances and families are all different; your new pet needs to be able to fit into your life without causing stress to it or to you.

1. Sleek or Fluffy

Cats wear coats ranging from the nearly naked to long and elegant. If you like a long, luxurious coat, keep in mind that it requires daily brushing. Most cats aren’t equipped to keep long hair from tangling or matting even though they groom themselves many times a day. Long hair also creates more housekeeping; your vacuum and lint brush will get a workout. Finally, long-haired cats tend to be more prone to hairballs. Not all long-haired cats enjoy being brushed. You might end up having to take yours to a groomer.

Hair All Over the Couch

Short-haired cats don’t require as much brushing, but it helps to remove loose fur, stimulate the skin, and distribute oils through the coat. A cat who likes being groomed will come running when it sees the brush. Kirby does this. Can’t even show it to Sammy, let alone brush him.

2. Pink or Blue collar.

Some people have strong opinions about which sex makes the best pet. Having had both, I think the individual cat is more important than the sex. I do agree that both sexes need to be “fixed” to control the population of unwanted pets.

You're Saving Me

3. Kitten or Adult

Kittens are cute and wrap their paws around your heart in seconds, but there are disadvantages too. They need extra care, supervision, and a bit of training. Since they are fragile little creatures, they’re vulnerable to many dangers.Although most cats are easy to train to use a litter box, kittens—like all babies—do have accidents. At around 6 months, most kittens go through a wild stage and seem to have endless energy and springs for legs. A kitten is susceptible to disease and will need to visit the veterinarian several times for vaccinations and checkups. A kitten is an unknown entity—you really don’t know what kind of cat you’ll end up with once they outgrow their kitten personality.

Aiz Gonna Misbehave

Finger Says Bad Bad Kitten

If you can’t devote the time and effort or spend the money necessary to raise a kitten properly, consider adopting an adult cat instead. Most adult cats adapt quickly and become part of the family as easily as kittens. When you adopt an adult cat, you can already see the size and the coat as well as evaluate its personality. They’re past those crazy kitten stages that require you to do major kitten-proofing in your home. If you adopt from a rescue organization, shelter, or breeder, your cat will probably have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, and brought current on vaccinations and other health care. If your adult adoptee is a purebred from a responsible breeder, you will get documentation of any health clearances its  had as well as the health history, and you’ll be able to ask about behavior, habits, and quirks. Cats retired from showing and breeding are often quite young and are usually very well socialized to people.

Adopt A Black Cat

4. Personality

Cats, like people, are individuals. No two are exactly alike, whether they’re from the same breed or even the same litter. Some cats are very mellow and will tolerate any kind of handling, including being dressed in clothes. These cats are perfect for young kids or older people who want and appreciate this type of cat.

Gangsta

My Fishing Hat

The Pet Store

Other cats don’t like being picked up or held and will only come to you for petting when they feel like it. There are cats who live to nap and cats who are perpetual motion machines.

Only Slept 15 Hours Today

Next week, we’ll talk some about the pros and cons of a certain breed, as well as special needs cats. (They want a forever home too!) In the meantime, here are some more stories of successful adoptions.

Branwell, the Cat Who Came In From the Cold

Memieux’ Story

Catherine Bussiere: 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

 

 

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

 

The “Gifts” of Christmas From Your Cat

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One of the first things on your mind at this time of year is a gift. Whether it’s for family, a friend, the office, the school, etc., you know you need to buy gifts. Let’s take a look at the gifts that your cat can give you, not only at this time of year, but all 365 days of the year. The amazing part of this is that these are given freely and unconditionally. How special is that!

Gift #1 is Affection.

I read an article about 14 ways your cat shows love. Not going to do all of that here because you would be reading way too long! Will touch on 7 of these and go into more detail about them some other time.

Cats Love with Purrs. Their purrs can mean a variety of things, from delight to expressions of concern. And kitty purrs range from soft and subtle to Mack-truck loud. (Kirby) When your cat purrs in your presence, you can be sure they’re expressing their love for you. Then there’s Grumpy Cat!

I Purred Once

Cats Love with Rolling. When kitty throws itself on the ground at your feet, and rolls around, consider this a loving greeting and a solicitation for attention. Presenting the tummy in this fashion places the cat in a vulnerable posture. So cats generally reserve the rolling around for people they truly love. (When mine do this, it’s always out of reach so I have to go to them!)

Sweet Dreams

Cats Love with Bunting. When a cat cheek-rubs you, head-bumps your face, or pushes against you, they leave their scented signature. These behaviors, termed bunting, are expressions of affection cats display to other cats, dogs-and their most favorite people.

Head Bonks

 Cats Love with Scratching. ( OMG! Say it isn’t so!) Just as with the spraying, cat scratching leaves both scented and visual marks of ownership. Pay attention to where your cat scratches the most. The areas most important to kitty often are related to those places associated with the owner, like a favorite chair where you sit.

Yes, I Did It

Cats Love with Kneading. Kneading behaviors—front paw treading on soft surfaces—hearken back to kittenhood. Kitten paws knead against the mother cat’s breasts to induce milk to be released. Adult cats continue the behavior when they’re feeling most relaxed and content and loved, and that’s often when being petted on the owner’s lap. Kneading is an obvious expression of adoration.

Kneading

Cats Love with Gifting. Mighty hunter cats that catch everything from toys to bugs, mice or frogs, often share the bounty with those they love. Kitties who present you with this bounty deserve praise. They wouldn’t bring these special gifts if they didn’t love you.

You Threw Away the Bird I Left You

Cats Love with Playing. Kittens play out of pure enjoyment, and many never outgrow playtime. Some cats may actually control the interaction of petting by moving just out of reach—so YOU must go to THEM. Their most favorite playmate typically is a trusted, beloved companion.

Float Like a Butterfly

What Are Your Cats Doing This Caturday Night

No, Nobody's Hurt

Next time we’ll look at the other seven ways your cats can show affection. One of them will really shock you! Tell us how your kitties show affection to you. We need some “Awwwww!” moments.

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