This Is BOOORING!

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Haven’t written short stories for a while, so decided to do that this week. Enjoy!

The Smith family was the average, busy, American family. Mr. Smith went to work with his briefcase every day and came home at night with things to do for the next day. Mrs. Smith also worked. She was a teacher and carried a briefcase too. Tommy, 12, and Sally, 10, were their children. They carried backpacks to school. Merlin was their kitty cat and became very curious about what was in the briefcases and backpacks.

One night while everyone was asleep, Merlin decided this was his chance to check things out. Oh, my goodness! The treasures that he found! There were all kind of papers to jump on and slide all over the floor as well as pencils, erasers, pens, and other things to paw and chase. By the time he was through looking at everything, the living room was a mess. The Smith family was not very happy with him in the morning.

Several weeks later, it was a Bring Your Pet to School Day. The kids talked their mother into taking Merlin to school with them. After school, they had activities to attend, so Merlin needed to stay with Mrs. Smith. However, she had a school board meeting to attend and brought Merlin with her. Merlin did NOT enjoy this because………………….

board-meeting

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

4 Cheapskate Ways to Play With Your Cat

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Our topics of conversation the past weeks have been about playing with your cat. There are four different kinds of play dates that describe how your cat likes to play. Your cat is friendly, lazy, bossy, or shy when it comes to the way they play. And, of course, they play with weird things rather than the wonderful new toy you found at the store. They’d rather play with the box! Would like to share some ideas from my friend, Colin Noel-Johnson, about cheap ways to play with your cat. Here’s Colin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight I’m going to reveal four lost or no cost ways to play with your cat… perfect for any cheapskate or a laugh, your choice.

1. Get an extra long shoelace, put it in your shoe skewed to one side. Next walk or run past your cat and continue through your home.
Note: While a low cost option, this may result in bodily harm to you depending on how strong your cat is.

I Swear

2. With the same long shoelaces, tie your shoes in front of your cat.
Note: This option will not result in major bodily harm, however you may experience bleeding on your fingers.

3. Grow your hair long, your cat will just love it!
Note: This option is also portable. Safety glasses are recommended. If your cat has extra sharp claws you can also portray Vincent Van Gogh.

if-paws-could-talk

4. Last but not least, an empty box with a cheap cat toy tossed inside can never go wrong.

Boxing Day

Thanks for reading! Do you have any cheap ways to play with your cat? I’d love to hear them!

Colin writes a great blog! Please check out his writing at  Mageowl’s Blog.

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 Kind of Play Date is YOUR Cat?

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We’ve been talking about playing with your cat and some of the weird things they like to play with. For example, the box the new toy came in rather than the toy itself! So what kind of play date is your cat? Choose an answer for each question and find out next week how your cat rates.

1. You pull out the feathered wand toy and invite your cat to play. How does she react?

a. She eagerly looks at you, ready to cut loose!

b. She ignores you from behind closed eyelids.

c. She sees you, spurns your invitation, and begins playing with a different toy.

d. She looks interested and will join you after some coaxing and perhaps some baby talk.

What Was That

2. Which human game would your cat most enjoy?

a. Charades: She’s incredibly animated and likes to have fun.

b. Checkers: She’d mostly like lying beside the board and batting the playing pieces.

c. Simon Says: She’s always Simon, of course.

d. Hide-and-Seek: She prefers the hiding to the seeking.

Peek a Boo

3. You return home from an outing. How does your cat greet you?

     a. She meows and rubs against your leg, noticeably happy for your return.

     b. She doesn’t budge from her favorite lounging spot. After all, she just saw you a few hours ago.

     c. She runs into the kitchen demanding food.

     d. She carefully watches you from afar and joins you when she’s ready.

You're HOme

4. How does your sleeping cat react when you pet her?

a. She replies with the most adorable noises and stretches.

b. She remains firmly planted in Snoozeville.

c. She makes irritated sounds, telling you to leave her alone.

d. She peeks at you with one eye, then curls up and goes back to sleep.

Happy Caturday

5. If your cat were a professional athlete, what would her nickname be?

     a. The Purr-minator: a competitor but always out for a good time.

     b. The Slugger: breaking multiple records for her slug imitations.

     c. General Na-paw-leon or simply the General: known for her controlling behavior on and off the field.

     d. Hide-y-Klum: can never be reached for interviews.

Bossy

6. What would your cat’s Monopoly strategy be?

a. To engage you in a game of batting hotels back and forth.

b. To see how much of the board she could cover with her entire body.

c. To put all the playing pieces under the sofa and then stare at you until you retrieve them.

d. To climb under the box’s lid.

Whack a Finger

7. What’s your cat’s secret weapon “move” that results in your full attention every time?

     a. Pawing playfully at you and giving that irresistible “Puss-in-Boots” look.

     b. Rolling over and exposing her sweet belly.

     c. Incessant meowing and knocking things over.

     d. Curling into a tight ball and pulling her little paw over her face.

Pet Me

Check next week for the results! Is your cat a friendly, lazy, bossy, or shy play date? Depends on your answers.

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

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?

Bored

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!

Looks like Snowflake

Cardboard is always a favorite toy.

Truth in Advertising

ATT00010

Don’t think you’d want to see this!

Highly Trained Technicians

Or this!

New Curtains

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

Who Dun It

Pulling Crap

Sometimes they want to play with “little humans”.

Pets and Kids

They might get a surprise when they play with adults.

Spoil Sport

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

Apologize

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

Cat Toys

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

The Yearly Visit to the Vet

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Yup, it’s that time of year again when Kirby gets his regular checkup, his shots, etc. I used to dread this  because he was hard to catch and very noisy when he was in the exam room. Started following some of the advice I had read and written about in previous blogs which seemed to help. Brought out the carrier where he can go in anytime he wants (and come out), put treats and play toys in the carrier, and threw in something with my scent on it. That seemed to help a lot. Still doesn’t like to ride in the car. :>) Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.

In the beginning, I would be met with a face like this when I’d bring out the carrier:

Cat Selfies

(Especially the last one in the first row and the first one in the second row)

Getting him into the carrier would be something like this.

Say Uncle

While in the carrier, his attitude was probably:

Keep Calm and Hate Everyone

Thank goodness Mom got smarter and started considering how Kirby felt and how scary a trip to the vet can be. This part is much better now. Of course, once we are at the vets and he comes out of the carrier:

Murder Button

Dr. Molly has a way of keeping him calm if I leave the room. Don’t hear the screaching and the squalling anymore like I used to. Exam goes well and it’s time to go home. What a difference! Quiet and sleeping.

If You're Sleepy Raise Your Paws

But if the truth be known, he may be having these thoughts.

The Vet

Vet Did to the Dog

Once we’re home, the trip is just a thing of the past.

Successfully Wasted

These links will take you to my previous blogs about preparing your cat for a more relaxed way of going to and seeing the vet. Wish I had known this when my boys were kittens. Sure would have made it a lot easier.

http://sammythesupercat.blogspot.com/2014/04/omg-im-going-to-vet.html

http://sammythesupercat.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-no-not-vet.html

If you have any suggestions that have worked well with your cats, please share them with 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

 

My Cat is Thankful For……

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Last week, I planned Thanksgiving dinner (with the help of my cats, of course!) This week we thought about what we are thankful for. Funny thing is, they don’t seem to be thankful for the same type of things I am. Hummm. Oh well, I’ll get to that in a minute. It’s so easy to think that we don’t have what we think we should have, but we are blessed by things everyday that we take for granted. A roof over our heads, clothes on our back, food to eat, etc. The situation in Paris has been very scary, and I’m thankful that I live in a small town where everything is pretty peaceful. The one big thing I’m thankful this year is that my mother was able to pass peacefully on September 21 and join my father who has been gone for five years. She is so much better now and at peace.

Okay, to get to the cats. Let’s start with the basics. They are, of course, grateful for the food they have to eat, but that may come with conditions.

Can Opener

Favorite Wet Food

They are grateful for a nice place to sleep, wherever that happens to be at the moment.

Sleeping 3

The Science of Sleeping

They are thankful for the variety of toys they have to keep themselves occupied.

Beep, Beep, Beep

Curiousity Gene

Hero

No Way You're Pole Dancing

So We Meet Again Mr. Dot

One thing ALL cats, big or small, are thankful for is a box!

New Cat Carrier

Plunder

Convention

Most of the time, I think they’re thankful to have each other.

We Is Friends

Three Purritos

And then there are the other times.

We're Getting a Puppy

One thing I know for sure is that I am thankful for them!!!!

To My Cat

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate 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

Poor Ralph!

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I apologize for not posting a blog for the last two weeks. My mother passed away three weeks ago much to our shock. She had been in the nursing home for two months; the therapist said she was doing good with her therapy and could be coming home. Needless to say, my mind has not been on writing with everything there is to do. I have several short stories already written, so I’ll be posting those for a couple of weeks. Please bear with me. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

Ralph, his mother, and his brothers and sisters all lived in a house way out in the country. Of course, they allowed humans to live there too. There were many other creatures on this ranch that the humans had to take care of, but the cats made sure that THEY were taken care of first. As long as they were fed, the litter box was kept clean, they could get brushed often, and had a lap to lay on, they didn’t care how much time the humans spent with the other animals.

Some of these humans were things called children. They were all different sizes and ages. The younger ones had all kind of toys to play with. Mother Cat wasn’t too interested in playing with the children, but Ralph and his brothers and sisters would all join in and play with some of the toys too. That was so much fun!! When the youngest child had a birthday, she decided that she would like balloons at her party.

Ralph had never seen balloons before. What odd things they were! Some of them were bright colors and they floated in the air! He was fascinated by them. Every once in a while, one would lose air and get lower to the ground. Ralph would chase after it and bat it around with his paw before someone took it away from him. Finally, he was able to grab one and keep it to himself. Then this happened!

 

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