Getting Ready For the Big Day

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Last week my computer wouldn’t even turn on, so I missed posting. Finally able to get it fixed! Want to share with you how the cats help me get ready for Christmas.

First of all, we have to have a Christmas tree,

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so they have something to play with!

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If they play with the garland, you may get this.

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Okay, finally have the tree ready. We have a new angel at the top.

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Of course, with Christmas, there’s always cookies.

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Have to visit Santa to let him know what the boys want.

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Something they DON’T want is to be dressed up.

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They’d rather sing instead.

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All of this is very exhausting work!

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However, we all wish you the blessings of the season.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

                   

Purrfect Quotes That Describe Your Cat

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Looking through my cat pictures the other day, I realized there were some quotes from writers, celebrities, comedians, and various other people that certainly capture the “essence” of cat. These fun, furry creatures are also very mysterious. Edgar Allan Poe said that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. (Think he did a pretty good job on his own!)

Cats tend to be very aloof and they offer their love and attention to you on their terms. According to Ernest Hemingway, a cat has absolute emotional honesty. I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a look at some more quotes. Don’t know who gets the credit for the following quotes, but I’ve seen them before and still laugh because they’re so true!

  • It’s really the cat’s house–we just pay the mortgage. (Amen)
  • My husband said it was him or the cat–I miss my husband sometimes. (Not really)
  • If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.
  • Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience. (My mother can confirm this one. Especially if she’s trying to make the bed!)

Cats have a good thing going as far as food. According to Eddie Izzard, you buy the food. They eat it and go away. That’s the deal.

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Bill Dana, comedic actor, said it best. “I had been told that the training procedure with cats is difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” This is so true! You have to adapt to your cat, not the other way around.

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Cats and music go together according to some folks.

Music and Cats Are Two Means of Refuge

Cats Are Like Music

Even Mark Twain had something to say on the subject.

When A Man Loves Cats

Sigmund Freud shared this thought.

Time Spent With Cats is Never Wasted

Miguel de Cervantes tells us that if you play with cats, you must expect to get scratched. Ouch! Been there and done that!
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Lillian Jackson thinks that the most dangerous animal on the planet is not man, but a cat.
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My favorite, of course, is from Robert A. Heinlein.
Women and Cats
Last, but not least, as every cat owner knows, no one owns a cat.
Happiness is Being Owned by a Cat
And remember,
A House is Not a Home
If you know something that “famous” people have shared about cats, please leave a comment. As always, we love your feedback.

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