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

Have a Slap-Happy Fourth of July

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Today is Independence Day, more commonly known as the 4th of July. Time for picnics, for families/friends  to spend time with each other, and for fireworks. Personally, I don’t like the fireworks part unless it’s a professional display run by the Fire Department or other professionals. Have been around too many people who don’t use any common sense with them. Have some suggestions about keeping your kitty safe and as comfortable as can be in spite of the loud noises. If the sound of fireworks is loud to us, imagine how uncomfortable that is for your pet since their hearing is so much more sensitive than ours.

When Life Goes Bad, Hide in a Box

Even if your cat is an indoor cat, it’s a good idea that they wear a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. Even better is a microchip. Be sure to register the microchip or it won’t be of any help. Terrified animals may end up miles from home. 

Smelling the Flowers Along the Way

Keep your cat inside with you during the evening or leave them at home if you’re going to a neighborhood party. Those who are terrified of all the ruckus can be left in a room with no windows and a locked door. This should help to tone down the noise and also prevent escape if they panic. Taking your cat to a neighbor’s picnic can lead to all kind of things happening depending on the level of noise, number of people, food or alcohol being served. They’re much safer at home.

Salad

Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the noise of the fireworks.

I Got the Fly

Keep sparklers, candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

 Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Last, but not least, if your pet seems fearful or anxious, spend some time with them. Loving them can help. Distracting them sometimes works, but not always. Remember not to yell at them. They are already afraid; they need some quiet loving time.

You Moved Again

You can also try desensitizing your cat to loud sounds, such as fireworks and thunder. There are a number of places on the Internet where you can find recordings of these sounds that you can play for your cat to slowly accustom them to the sound. I have to laugh every time I think of the last fireworks show here in town. We are only about three blocks from the fairgrounds where they’re being shot off. Fireworks are blasting away with booms shaking the house. My mother is the one who wants to crawl under the bed; Sammy and Kirby were eating away like nothing was happening! Guess eating was more important than being afraid. :>)  That will probably be the case again this year! What stories do you have to tell about your 4th of July experiences with your pet(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

                   

YOU Don’t Like Cats? Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, you tell me that you don’t like cats. I find that very strange. Cats are THE THING on the Internet nowadays. You can’t get away from the thousands of pictures posted everyday. Cat videos rake in millions of views per year. How could you not fall in love with this?

Flower Cat

However, according to an article I just read, there are historic and scientific reasons for your disinterest in all things feline. Just like for all those cilantro haters (um, I’m one of those) out there, sometimes there are reasons beyond your control for hating something everyone else seems to love. (Not that we cat lovers would EVER understand that, but I guess we can try.)

Studies show that some people have a psychological disposition towards cats. It seems that cat lovers are psychologically different than canine lovers. Well, that poses a problem. If I like both, does that mean that part of me is psychologically different than another part? I could end up being very confused! Guess I’ll figure that out later. According to the research, “dog people were generally about 15% more extroverted and 13% more agreeable”. These figures point to slight differences in personality, giving the cat haters the more outgoing personality. It further distinguishes between the types of people: “Dog people were 11% more conscientious  than cat people. Conscientiousness is a tendency to show self-discipline,  to complete tasks and aim for achievement. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior.” (This must mean that I’m an outgoing introvert that likes planned spontaneous behavior)???

OMG

Yes, cats are more likely to cause allergic reactions than dogs. Some people can’t handle that at all, even with medication. I take allergy shots because I’m not about to give up my cats. Cats in the ancient Egyptian culture were treated as demi-gods, but Medieval Europe regarded them as a source of the plague. (You just can’t please everyone) They’ve always been considered predators which is okay as far as rats and mice, but not with birds. Some species have been eliminated entirely because of feral cats.

I Love My Feather

You may not like cats, you may hate cats, but they really don’t care! For example, you have cats with the same attitude as Grumpy Cat.

I Don't Trust People

Sometimes I Wish I Was an Octopus

The Problem With Some People

Okay, Grumpy Cat, that’s enough of your negative attitude. That certainly won’t change people’s minds about liking cats. In the meantime, us cat lovers will enjoy our delightful little creatures and look forward to the time spent with them.

Beautiful Markings

Glad to Meet You

As for people who hate cats:

Cats Rule the World

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 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