How Are the Cats Doing on Their 2017 Resolutions?

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We’re two weeks into the new year. How are you doing with the resolutions you made? Doing pretty good on mine, but let’s check in with some cats to see how they’re doing.

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He wanted to remain adorable and handsome. I think he’ll keep that resolution!

Resourcefulness is the name of the game here. I think this cat is doing a very good job of that.

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One cat wanted to be helpful by sitting on whatever I was going to pick up, but I think this cat is doing a much better job.

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Another cat was going to forgive his enemies. I highly doubt that! Don’t think this cat will forgive anytime soon either.

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The next resolution was exercising to stay in shape. A bit destructive, but definitely exercise!

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One cat resolved to be kind to the dog. Looks like that’s going well.

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Another cat was going to “learn him a book”. Doesn’t look like he’s being very patient about the whole thing.

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Along that same line, one was going to learn or study a new art form. I think he’s nailed it!

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All of the cats resolved to spend more time with their friends.

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As if 15 hours isn’t enough, they also all resolved to get more sleep.

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So far, I think the group has done pretty well with their resolutions. What do 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

Answers to: What Kind of a Play Date is YOUR Cat?

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So what kind of play date is your cat? If your answers were mostly A’s, your kitty is outgoing, amicable, and usually up for a good time. Mostly B answers tell you that you cat enjoys your company, but she REALLY enjoys her naps. Mostly C’s indicate that your cat doesn’t play by the rules! She makes the rules. (You probably already know that!) Finally, D answers show that the shy play date enjoys some interaction but isn’t the one to initiate it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What results did you end up with? My Kirby is a friendly play date, but my Sammy is a shy play date. Makes sense since they’re so different in personalities. Look forward to hearing your results!

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

Thoughts About a Mother’s Love

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As I attend my mother’s Memorial Service today, my thoughts are about love. She loved God, her church and her family. Although she wouldn’t admit it to me, she also loved my two male cats. Today this blog is about a cat’s love in tribute to Mom.

Bonding With Cats

Cat Bond

Some cats are just irresistible!

Fur Baby

Their purrs are good for your health.

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Their love is very comforting.

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Soft Kitty

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They can be very patient with you.

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They show their love in many ways.

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Cat Greetings

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And finally, some advice.

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Thank you, Mom, for everything.

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)

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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…………..

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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.

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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!

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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 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

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2. Free Rent

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

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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.

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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.

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6. License To Kill

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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.

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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

More Problems For Your TOO MANY CATS

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Remember last week when you accepted all those cats from Fred and the problems you might have?

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I thought of some other things. How would you feed all those cats! Heaven forbid that you eat before they do.

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You might have a revolt on your hands!

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Feeding the Cat

You might have to resort to this.

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Next would be the matter of visits to the vet for annual checkups and to make sure everyone is “fixed”.

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Because……

Cats, the Gift That Keeps On Giving

Cats like having their own hiding places or comfortable spots where they just like to be left alone.

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Do you have room for all the “gifts” they might bring you?

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Cats have made it known they would like catnip legalized

Legalize Catnip

because this is embarrassing!!

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Can you imagine all of your cats on catnip?

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Could cause some problems

I've Had It

But, if you’re like me,

My Cats Are Family

and I’m sure everything will be okay. 🙂

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