Do Cats Forget Like I Do?

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It seems that I forget things now more than I used to. I’m assured that it’s all part of aging, but that doesn’t help the frustration. Just this morning, I’m thinking to myself, “I know there were two things to do on the computer today. What was the second one?” Do any of the rest of you find yourself in that situation? Or this?

What Did I Come For

Let’s look at some cats who forgot things. The cat who forgot he was adopted.

Adopted

The kitten who forgot to run fast.

Carry a Camera

The cat who forgot he shouldn’t be on the table.

Something Warm

The cat who forgot he gets stuck in the chair.

Amazing Cat

The cat who forgot she’s not a chicken.

Baby Sitting

The cat who forgot he never left!

I'm Back

The cat who forgot his license.

License

The cat who forgot to look cute.

There's Always That One Friend

The cat who forgot to lock the bathroom door.

Without Permission

The cat who forgot he was tired.

On Your Mark

The cat who forgot to wear matching socks.

Matching Socks

 The cat who forgot he wasn’t home.

Plop Down

 The cat who forgot who controls the red dot.

Control the Red Dot

The cat who forgot how to get in the house.

Drapes

The cat who forgot where he was.

Whoopsie Daisy

I guess the answer to my questions about cats forgetting is yes. Seems like they do forget. Of course, you have to have the one exception! Here’s the cat that COULDN’T forget.

I've Seen Things

 If you have a story about your cat, please share. Always enjoy your comments!

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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BIG Cats Are Beautiful. Should They Be Pets?

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Throughout my years of living in Colorado and Nevada, I’ve heard and known of people keeping lions, tigers, jaguars, etc. for pets. Have never seen one of these “pets”, but that’s okay with me. As a very young animal, they can be adorable, cute, and downright funny.

Winking Tiger

But then they grow up!

Don't Use Bleach

You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the adorable out of the cat. Here are 30 big cats being adorable.

Big cats can act like house cats in many ways. One of the reasons why our love for cuddly little house cats extends to the largest members of the cat family is because of how similar big cats and small cats are.

Are you thinking now that I’m in favor of keeping a big cat as a pet? No, I’m not for several reasons. The first would be the cost of keeping a big animal as far as maintenance such as food and vet bills.

Foreign Exchange Program

A lion can eat as much as 10 to 15 pounds of meat a day and so if you only (under) fed the lion 8 pounds of meat a day, it would be nearly $30 a day (at $3.50/lb) or $210 a week to feed that lion at minimum amount. That’s certainly a lot less than those two small cats in the picture.
Since trading exotic animals is regulated, there is a huge black market for them. They are often not transported properly, cared for properly, and they’re sold off to the highest bidder regardless of that person’s ability to properly care for them. Right now there are more captive tigers than wild tigers. There is something definitely wrong with that! This cat is very lucky!!
I Won't Grow Up to Be a Tiger
Big cats are wild animals at heart. It is in their nature to travel, stalk, and hunt down their prey. If that opportunity is taken away, they can become very frustrated. A frustrated, big cat is not necessarily a good thing to have around! Add 500 pounds to this cat and you’ll see what I mean.
The Last Thing I Want to Do is Hurt You
Big cat cubs are adorable, cute, and cuddly and usually not very dangerous. However, when they’re grown, their play is  pretty rough because it’s training for hunting. Sometimes they just don’t know their own strength; it’s best not to take a chance. This cat just thinks he’s tough and scary.
I'm Tough and Scary
Captivity of big cats causes them great stress which can potentially lead to psychosis. This is often exhibited through pacing and acts of aggression (even on trusted caretakers). Many big cat attacks that occur from aggression are born out of this frustration. If you have a big cat as a pet, you’re not only living with a natural born killer; you’re living with one that can literally go crazy on you. Think I’ll stick with my house cats!!!!
I Understand
Besides, they only think they’re a big cat.
True Self
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

 

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

I Let Him Go First

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Pete, a guinea pig, had a nice, warm cage with plenty of food and water. The four children in the family took turns cleaning his cage and playing with him. He liked to be out of his cage and run around with the children. It was so much fun! They were very gentle with him and gave him lots of love.

Things were fine until the family brought home another pet. Pete was out of his cage at the time. This was a  creature that he had never seen before! He jumped back into the cage and wouldn’t come out. The children tried calming him down and telling him it would be okay. Nope! Pete was NOT coming out of his cage. This new pet was called a cat. It made a horrible hissing sound and had very sharp claws. Pete stayed in his cage for many days and felt sad that he couldn’t get on the floor and play anymore.

Several months went by. The cat seemed to change and wanted to play with Pete. He didn’t hiss anymore or show his claws. He would stay by the cage and just look at Pete. “Well”, thought Pete. “Maybe he’s not so bad, after all!” The children forgot to close the cage door one day when they were done cleaning. Pete stuck his nose out very slowly. He sniffed noses with the cat. Nothing bad happened! After that, Pete and the cat were down on the floor everyday playing with the children. One day, Mom found Pete in the teapot. She wondered why he had done that, so the cat explained:

I Told Him to Go First

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

Smokey and George

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What a crazy, busy week!! Time for another story. Enjoy.

 

 

Smokey loved to play outside! Any time he had the chance, that’s where he would be. If it was a sunny day, he would lie down on his back with his tummy up in the air to catch the heat of the sun. Oh, it felt so good. He could really take a good nap that way. If he was feeling playful, there were all kind of bugs, lizards, and other animals to chase. Sometimes, he just enjoyed smelling all of the pretty flowers growing in the yard. The yard was a comfortable, happy place.

One day, he had just dozed off when something hit him in the head! Thump! “OUCH!”, cried Smokey. He looked around to see what in the world had hit him. He was NOT happy to be disturbed. At first, he didn’t notice anything, but then he finally saw a brown lump lying on the grass. What was it? He was trying to figure it out when he heard a voice say, “Give me back my nut!!” A squirrel went racing past him, grabbed the nut, and ran back up the tree.

Since he was a cat, he was very curious. “Who are you, and what is a nut?” Smokey called up to the squirrel. “My name is George,” replied the squirrel. “Nuts are something I eat” Smokey couldn’t imagine eating something as hard and lumpy as a nut, so he asked George to bring it down from the tree and let him  look it over. George did, and over time, he and Smokey became great friends. Later, Smokey wanted his humans to meet George and invited him into the house. The whole family loved him!

My Friend George

6 Signs Your Home Is Ruled by Cats

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Now that you have chosen your pet (or they have chosen you), let’s see what your home may look like once the newness has worn off. There’s a reason cat owners, as well as other animals, are sometimes referred to as “staff.” Cats have a way of burrowing in and taking over not only your heart, but your home too. Take a look at your house for these telltale signs that a cat is running the show.

Servant's Quarters

1. Random Litterbox Locations

Corner of the dining room, smack dab in the middle of the home office, in the master bathtub? Use to keep mine in the bathtub so the litter wouldn’t get all over. Much easier to keep clean. Just lift it out when you’re ready to take a shower or bath. Cat owners know it’s easier to have it where the cats want it than to clean up a mess.

This Is As Close to the Beach As I'm Going to Get

2. Cat Pillows

Your cat may find a favorite pillow they like on the couch, in a chair, or on the bed. You can tell by the indentation left by their body which one it will be. It will also collect an increasing amount of fur. Kirby has a favorite pillow on the couch that he always uses. Sunlight from the window will shine on him while he naps. Ah, such a life! Needless to say, Mom or I don’t use that pillow anymore.

The Worst Thing

3. Limited Access to Technology

Some cats love to lie on a warm keyboard. Cat-ruled humans know that removing the cat from the keyboard sounds much easier than it is. Your cat will keep returning to claim his spot — or force you to abandon your computer. Mine have never liked to lie on the keyboard, but they will get up in my lap or stand on the desk looking at the monitor and do everything to get my attention.

To Unlock Your Computer, Open the Fridge

4. Uncomfortable Sleeping Arrangements

When you walk into your bedroom at night and see a cat lying on your pillow, what do you do? Squeeze in somewhere else, of course! Cat owners know that nobody but the cat gets to sleep where and when they want. My two would lie on the side of the bed and eventually move me completely over during the night by gently “kneading” my side. When I would wake up in the morning, I would be hanging on to the edge of the bed for dear life! They were smack dab in the middle wondering what was wrong with me.

Sharing the Bed

Cat's Map of the Bed

5. Sleeping Schedules That Aren’t Your Own

Homes run by cats are those that rise early. If it’s not the furry face staring at you, it’s the incessant meowing, the blinds rattling, items falling off shelves or other disturbing noises the cat purposefully makes. No one sleeps through breakfast when cats are in charge. Kirby isn’t too bad, but Sammy is pacing all over my computer desk, the night table, up in the window, jumping down on top of me, or anything else he can think of!

Snooze Button

6. Shredded Cat Trees

The 10-year-old, shag-carpet-covered, shredded cat tree is the one the felines want, so it’s what a cat-managed home has. And cat owners know this truth: Get rid of the favorite cat tree and put your furniture, rugs, windowsills and perhaps even your own body in peril. The one Sammy used was lying in pieces around the house before I finally got rid of it. He hasn’t liked anything I’ve bought since, so I have to watch him pretty closely with his scratching.

Uh, Meow

Is yours a cat-managed home? Please tell us about some of your experiences with your cat/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

When a Cat Chooses YOU!

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I’ve heard and read in several places that you should let your pet choose you rather than the other way around. This is not always possible. However, sometimes when you have a choice, just sit back and see which one comes and interacts with you. You’ll find this will be a much more satisfying relationship for both you and the pet.

What do cats look for in potential rescuers? Of course, it’s impossible to know for sure, but I’ve come up with a few things that they might consider. See what you think!

1. Your Resume

This will probably be the first requirement, so brush the dust off your resume and bring it up to date.

A Cat Wants to See Your Resume

Why do they think that way? Well, after all,

A Cat is a Person

I'm Not Hard to Please

2. Eating Arrangements

Two things to remember here. You need to be available when THEY are hungry and you need to have the right kind of food.

I Interrrupt Your Leisure to Report a Hungry

You Bought Me the Wrong Kind of Cat Food

If those requirements aren’t met, you might have a situation like this:

Quit Your Screaming

3. Playtime

Younger cats love to play and can be entertained by simple things, such as boxes. The important thing to remember is that playtime can be anytime in a 24-hour period!

Keep Humans Up

At times, they prefer playing by themselves.

Entrance to Narnia

This Isn't Narnia

Sometimes, they want to play with other animals.

What Are Your Cats Doing This Caturday Night

As with humans, things can go wrong. Your cat may develop this attitude:

I'm Not Playing With You

4. Sleeping Arrangements

Cats will sleep where they are comfortable; this may or may not be where you want them to sleep.

Plush New Kitty Bed

I Bought My Cat a New Scratching Post

We're Buds

There will be days when your new cat will be very happy with you and the service you provide.

Faithful Servant

Other days, not so much!

Don't Make Me Gibbs Slap You

Getting everything together and working well will be beneficial for both you and your pet. Just remember:

What do you think of these requirements from a cat? Seems pretty reasonable considering my cats. 🙂 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