Why Your Cat Will Play With Just About Anything

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For humans, summer is the time to play and relax as much as possible. Go camping, golfing, fishing, take a vacation or whatever you choose to do to unwind. Cats have the luxury of being able to play every day regardless of the weather or where they are living. According to a cat behavioral consultant, Daniel Quaghozzi, from San Francisco, most domestic cats are pretty bored. We, as humans, underestimate the amount of interactive play they need on a daily basis. We get excited about a brand new toy we’ve bought them, but most of the time, they prefer the packaging it came in! Sound familiar?

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Let’s take a look at some cats playing with THEIR choice of toys.

Wormhole

They get their exercise for the day playing with this.

Out of Toilet Paper

Nice try, but not a good excuse!

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Cardboard is always a favorite toy.

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Don’t think you’d want to see this!

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Or this!

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Sometimes you might not even know they’ve been playing around unless………

Who Dun It

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Sometimes they want to play with “little humans”.

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They might get a surprise when they play with adults.

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And, of course, there’s always the dog.

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To sum up, cats don’t always get excited to play with the toys we think they should.

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Sometimes our cats can be too curious for their own good. And while it’s fun to watch them turn just about anything into a toy, we have to be careful about what they can get their paws on. Stringlike objects, such as yarn, can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation. Plastic bags can suffocate and the handles can get caught on a cat’s neck. Small objects could be chocking hazards. Always use your good judgement.

What kind of everyday materials does your cat like to play with? Would love to hear your 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

What Do Cats Think About Summer?

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Based on what I have observed about cats, I would say they think summer is a good time for many things such as:

Adding something new to the breakfast menu.

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Not having to worry about slipping and sliding while chasing the dog.

Chasing the Dog

Unless, of course, you’re so bored that you WANT to play with the dog!

Playing With the Dog

Meeting new friends in the neighborhood.

Must Be a Burgler

Friends Now

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Falling asleep wherever you are comfortable because….

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you are so tired that you can’t stay awake.

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Being able to enjoy fresh fruit.

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Playing hide and seek.

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Having conversations with a good buddy.

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And finally, swinging with your best friend!

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Yes, indeed, there are many things that your furry friend can enjoy during the summer. Just remember the tips from last week about how to keep them cool. How do you have fun with your cat during the summer?

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

Answers to Is YOUR Cat a HOT Mess?

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Last week was a quiz from the Catster Magazine. There were four answers to each question. Let’s see what the magazine said about your choices.

1. Your weather app indicates it’s going to be a scorcher of a day. Your home isn’t air conditioned, so how do you keep your cat comfortable?

a. Place fans near their favorite resting spots as well as food and water dishes. (Excellent)

b. Place one fan by their food and water dishes so they can feel cool while they drink and eat. (Good)

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2. You have to leave for several hours, and the temps are escalating. What kind of cool treat should you leave for your kitty?

a. Leave catsicles in their dishes. (Excellent) This is frozen cat food.

b. Refrigerated cat food. (Good)

Pringles Are the Snack That Bites Back

3. The heat is boiling and even indoor cats have an increased need for fresh water during the summer months. How do you keep your cat’s water dish cool and refreshing while you’re away from home?

a. Place ice cubes in a cat fountain which provides a constant flow of oxygenated water. (Excellent)

b. Place ice cubes in your cat’s water bowl. (Good)

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4. Signs of heatstroke include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting, and collapsing. How do you protect your cat’s rising body temp from the dog days of summer?

a. Place frozen water bottles in their cat bed and other regular resting places. (Excellent)

b. Regularly rub your kitty with a cool washcloth. (Good)

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5. Your cat needs comfortable places to sleep during a heat wave. How do you help that hot cat find his cool while you’re gone for the day?

a. Make sure rooms with cool floors, like basements, are readily available. (Excellent)

b. Move kitty’s food and litter box to the bathroom creating a cozy sanctuary with cool sinks and tubs for napping. (Good)

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6. Families can become busy during the summer, but cats still need play and interaction. What’s the best way to keep your cat active during hot weather?

a. Encourage play during the cooler hours of the morning and evening. (Excellent)

b. Place their interactive toys in the coolest parts of your home. (Good)

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7. It’s unavoidable. You have to take your cat on a long car ride, and the heat is miserable. What’s your plan?

a. Keep the air conditioning blasting in the car so you and kitty don’t melt. (Excellent)

b. If there’s no AC in the car, attach a portable fan to the carrier. (Good)

If you are doing all of the above things to keep your kitty comfortable during even the hottest days, you’re on top of what it takes. Good for you!! A answers are what you want to strive for. Look into purchasing a water fountain; it’s a good investment. The C and D answers on last week’s quiz indicate that your cat is very uncomfortable and you need to make some improvements. Sometimes…………..

New Perspective!

Hope this helps with some ideas for keeping your cat cool. Do you do any of these things already or do you have some other ideas? Let us know.

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

Is YOUR Cat a HOT Mess?

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It really has been HOT here lately. Don’t have central air, so the cats and I are looking for cool places to be. Do have an air conditioner in a living room window which helps, but it hit 95 here yesterday! We don’t normally get to those kind of temperatures until August. As I was looking through my Catster magazine, I found an article about keeping your cats cool. Will share with you and see what answers you would give.

 

1.Your weather app indicates it’s going to be a scorcher of a day! Your home isn’t air conditioned, so how do you keep your cat comfortable?

     a. Place fans near their favorite resting spots as well as food and water dishes.

     b. Place one fan by their food and water dishes so they can feel cool while they drink and eat.

     c. Take deep breaths and blow cool air on them throughout the day.

     d. Nothing special; cats are adaptable.

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2. You have to leave for several hours, and the temps are escalating. What kind of cool treat should you leave for your kitty?

     a. Catsicles (wet food that’s been frozen in plastic cups and then put into your cat’s dish)

     b. Refrigerated wet cat food.

     c. Plain water is just fine for a cooldown.

     d. A banana milkshake obviously.

Pringles Are the Snack That Bites Back

3. The heat is boiling, and even indoor cats have an increased need for fresh water during the summer months. How do you keep your cat’s water dish cool and refreshing while you’re away from home?

     a. Place ice cubes in a cat fountain, which provides a constant flow of oxygenated water.

     b. Place ice cubes in your cat’s water bowl.

     c. Give your cat fresh, cool water right away in the morning, when you get home, and before you go to bed.

     d. Give your cat fresh, cool water right away in the morning. Good enough!

Glass of Water

4. Signs of heatstroke include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting, and collapsing. How do you protect your cat’s rising body temp from the dog days of summer?

     a. Place frozen water bottle in your cat’s bed and other regular resting places.

     b. Regularly rub you kitty down with a cool washcloth. 

     c. Fill up a baby pool, and let it take a dip.

     d. Grab electric clippers, and start shavin’ the kitty coat!

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5. Your cat needs comfortable places to sleep during a heat wave. How do you help that hot cat find its cool while you’re gone for the day?

     a. Make sure rooms with cool floors, like basements, are easily accessible.

     b. Move kitty’s food and litter box to the bathroom creating a cozy one-room sanctuary with cool sinks and tubs for napping.

     c. Move your cat’s beds away from areas that heat up quickly.

     d. Close the windows so warm air stays outside.

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6. Families can become busy during the summer, but cats still need play and interaction. What’s the best way to keep your cat active during hot weather?

     a. Encourage play during the cooler hours of the morning and evening.

     b. Place their favorite interactive toys in the coolest parts of your home.

     c. Dance with them in front of an open freezer.

     d. Who wants to be active when it’s hot?

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7. It’s unavoidable; You have to take your cat on a long car ride, and the heat is miserable. What’s your plan?

     a. Keep the air conditioning blasting so you and kitty don’t melt.

     b. If there’s no AC, attach a portable fan to the carrier.

     c. Make sure he drinks plenty of water before the ride.

     d. Drive really fast so the trip is as short as possible.

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What answers did you pick? Some were so funny you knew they weren’t right, but that’s okay. Next week we’ll discuss the best way to help your cool cat keep its cool. If I have enough people respond, I can report that too. Let me know what you think.

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 Reasons YOU Should Be a Cat

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Right now my boys have it pretty good! They don’t have to worry about fixing a leaky basement, watering the yard, taking care of the plants, cooking, etc. Summer is such a busy time around here because I have a HUGE back yard. Even when my mother was alive, it was up to me since she was in her 90’s and not really able to keep up with it. Don’t mind it, but it’s hard to get back in gear after not doing anything all winter. Found a picture I liked about being a cat so will share with you.

1. Free Food

Hey, free is good. Too bad the grocery store doesn’t think so!

Please, Dear Lord

Lord's Prayer

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2. Free Rent

No house payments, taxes, and insurance to think about either!

High Rise Apartment

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Spare Cats

3.  Sleep As Long As You Want To

Would love to sleep in more some days, but always wake up early. Darn!

I Like Mornings Better

What is This Morning That You Speak Of

My Nap Runneth Over

 4. Look Great With No Effort

Don’t have to spend any time making yourself look good.

Norwegian Forest Cat (2)

Gorgeous Siamese

Ridiculously Cute

5. Toes Look Like Beans

Don’t know if this is a pressing reason to be a cat, but it’s an interesting concept.

Feline Anatomy

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6. License To Kill

To Kill a Mockingbird

Dis Channel

Bugged Kitty

Based on these six reasons, would you like to be a cat? I definitely like the first four reasons. Not too sure about number five and definitely not number six. Let us hear from you. In review, here are six reasons to be a cat.

Be a Cat

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

Getting Ready For Summer

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It’s spring and summer is just around the corner! The cats and I are getting ready to enjoy some of  the activities that are possible during the summer. The boys and I won’t be wearing bathing suits, but these girls seem to enjoy it!

Summer Cats

There certainly are other things we can be doing, however. Walking is fun and good exercise. It’s especially nice if you have a friend to walk with.

Duck Friend

 Hop Along

If you haven’t done much walking during the winter, make sure you get in shape first.

I Should Have Had a V8

It’s nice to take a drive up to the mountains and enjoy the scenery.

Kitten Car Seats

Besides enjoying the scenery, you can get away from the  heat! Some areas of the country get pretty HOT during the summertime.

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Relief

With the heat come the bugs and insects.

I Hate Spiders

Many people like to work out in the yard taking care of flowers and such. I can kill them quicker than I can grow them, so I just like to sit in a lawn chair and enjoy my yard that way.

Garden Statue

It’s always fun to explore new territory.

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Summer also brings vacation time and family visits.

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Whatever your plans are, get on your sunglasses and have fun! (Minus the cigarette)

The Boss

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

Cats and Baseball

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Tuesday was the All-Star game which was very exciting if you like baseball. Some of the greats were honored before the game with a standing ovation. The League my favorite team is part of didn’t win, but it was still fun to see all the great talent that’s out there. A little less known game is the All-Paws game which was played by kitty cats. That gave me the idea of forming a baseball team of my own. Asked Kirby and Sammy if they wanted to be part of the team, but Kirby thought that was too much work. Sammy said he was comfortable in his hiding place and would have to think about it.

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Guess that means they’ll just be by-standers if they can stay awake that long! Here are my choices.

Claude has good coordination skills, so he will be the pitcher.

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Ike looks comfortable in the catcher’s position.

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Now we need someone on the bases. How about these three?

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Also need a shortstop. Thought this one would be purrrfect because that look would stop anyone short!

Mom's A Grouch!

Fielders need good eye/hand coordination too, so we’ll put Jose in left field.

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Merlin will play center.

The Spider Was This Big

One of the triplets can play right field. Should it be Curly, Larry, or Moe?

What Cha Doin

Of course, as with the All-Star game, there are alternates. Max could be on one of the bases since he likes to steal things.

Black Cats Don't Steal Your Heart

We also need a coach to plan the strategy for the game.

Doing Research

The coach needs an assistant to help him keep things organized.

Ad Ass Cat

Let’s not forget the Umpire!

Officer Cat

Of course, the press is always there to record the whole thing.

My Assistant

Think I have “all the bases covered” now. Hope you enjoy the game! Let me know which position is your favorite one!

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