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

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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

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

Weird and Bizarre Cat Days

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I do a newsletter for my church and send it out once a month. I started posted some of the weird and bizarre holidays for each month. Some of them are real crazy!! A lot of them revolve around food, like National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, and some are just plain silly, like Make Your Bed Day (isn’t that everyday?) or Be Late For Something Day. (Some people are always late) Anyway it gave me an idea for the blog. Here’s the weird days for this last week. Let’s see how our furry friends handle them.

Last Saturday, the 13th, was Positive Thinking Day. One look at this guy and you couldn’t help but do that!

Remember to Smile

Sunday was National Cream Filled Donut Day (Yum!!) This one wants his delivered.

Go Buy Something

Monday was Make A Hat Day. I think she had some help with hers.

Cute Bonnet

Tuesday was Collect Rocks Day (See what I mean about being silly) This cat passed on the rocks; he likes fish instead.

Oops

Wednesday was Citizenship Day. (Now that one makes sense!) You’re being a good citizen when you’re kind and helping someone else.

Every Cat Must Have Its Own Dog

Thursday was National Cheeseburger Day. (That’s another yum!) This little kitty made you a cookie because he wanted to trade it for your cheeseburger. (Sneaky little devil) However, you waited too long and he was too hungry.

I Made You a Cookie

Friday was Talk Like A Pirate Day. Couldn’t find any pirates, but found the Three Musketeers. That’s going to have to be close enough. However, they have the wrong day. Silly cats!

All For One and One For All

And finally, today is International Eat An Apple Day. Evidently the baby and/or the parents didn’t know that.

Watched Another Zombie Movie

Oh, well, such is life!! How did you do with this week’s weird and bizarre holidays? Like I said, some of them are pretty silly! Any comments to share about whether you liked this or not?

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

 

It Was a Very Good Night

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Enjoy the story.

Tiger was the only cat in the family. There were also two dogs, and they got along with each other very well. Tiger had seen what happened with the dogs around the time of Halloween and he would hide. He didn’t want humans putting all kind of costumes on him. Yuck! The dogs looked so silly, but they’d just wag their tails and act like they were all happy about it. That wasn’t for Tiger. No, sir, cats didn’t do that!

It was time for Halloween again. “Oh, no”, thought Tiger. “Time for me to find a place to hide!” However, things were going to be different this year. The children had decided that the pets should go with them to carry their treat buckets. No costumes for the animals this year. Now, this sounded pretty good to Tiger! He liked being outside and decided he wouldn’t hide. Being a cat, he was curious about what would happen,.

When it was time to go outside to trick or treat, Tiger was so excited that he could hardly stand it. He bounced from floor to couch, from chair to floor, etc. like he had springs in his feet. The children gathered him up along with the dogs and off they went. It was so much fun! Other children would pet him and love on him until he purring so loud he sounded like a freight train. “Yes!”, thought Tiger. “I want to do this every year.” He was so tired when they came home that he fell asleep in the chair. It had been a very good night indeed!

Candy 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

How Are Cats and Kids Alike?

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Cats and kids have more things in common than you might think!  I had been a dog person all of my life until ten years ago when my ex-husband introduced me to two female cats who were sisters.  What an adventure that was!  I am no longer around the females, but have two males of my own that I rescued.  Until I retired, I had been in the teaching profession for almost thirty years.  Watching my two cats sure reminded me of things I had seen children do.  Let’s take a look at some of these similarities.

1.  They both like to play in cardboard boxes.

My two kids could have more fun with a cardboard box making it into whatever their imagination came up with.  My two males would rather have a box to play with than any fun toys I can buy them.  Doesn’t matter what the size is.  Might have to squeeze in, but that’s okay.

2.  They like to lie in the middle of the hallway when you’re walking.

Both of my kids at home and in the classroom would love to be spread out all over the place when working on something.  At home, I’d have to step over kids on the floor with blankets, etc. while watching a movie.  One of my males loves to lie right in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room.  When Mother comes along with her walker, do you think he will move?  Absolutely not!  She has to pick up the walker and try to get around him.

In the Way

3.  They like climbing on things!

Couches, chairs, beds, etc.  You name it and they’ll want to climb it.  The higher, the better.  My younger son did Motocross Racing when he was younger.  Watching him fly over the hills at 90 mph was more than this mom could take!  My mother was amazed one day when Sammy went from the floor to the top of the refrigerator in one single leap.  (We have since fixed that problem!)

Don't Ask, Human

4.  They squeeze into tiny spaces.

Sometimes my boys would use their closets as forts and cram all their “stuff” and themselves into these small spaces.  It was cramped, but they seemed to have fun judging from the talking and laughing going on.  Fortunately, they took a flashlight with them so they could see.  My cats can curl themselves around in the weirdest places and positions to take naps.  If the cardboard box is too small, they can still find a way to make it fit.

If It Fits

5.  They don’t like to be “overly dressed”.

I have been accused by a friend of mine of having more underwear pictures of my boys than anybody else she knows.  This was when they were young on Christmas morning, taking a nap, etc.  I tried once to put a Christmas collar on Kirby.  That did not go over well.  Could not imagine even trying to get actual clothes on him.

I Was Wrong About You Getting a New Hobby

6.  They both like lying down in suitcases.

This is my great-granddaughter, Maycee.  Her mother was trying to get ready to go on a trip to visit family. (More underwear pictures!)

And you know what this is!

There are other way that cats and kids are alike, but I think this gives you a general picture.  Hope you enjoyed it.  What things do your cats do that remind you of your children?

 

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

Wish I Could Live Like a Cat

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As I was flying around the house the other day getting ready to go somewhere (again!), I looked at Kirby and Sammy sleeping or eating and thought to myself, “What a life. They have it made!”  That gave me the idea of comparing my week to their week in my blog.  Hope you enjoy.  We’ll start with Monday.

Monday

Me:   Meet with prayer group at church for a short service, an hour of Senior Conditioning, and coffee with my friend, Georgia.  Sometimes I also have an appointment with the chiropractor.  Usually work on Social Media, editing my new book, or writing a short story for a website.

 It's Monday
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Tuesday

Me:  Have line dancing and coffee in the morning.  Really hit the writing hard on Tuesday afternoon to get ready to post three blogs during the coming weekend.

Tuesday's Just as Bad as Monday

Wednesday

Me:  Starting to get busier now.  Senior Conditioning and coffee in the morning for an hour.  Caregivers from ten until noon since I’m caring for my 95-year-old mother who still lives in her own home!  Have to catch up with Social Media and promotion in the afternoon.

It's Hump Day

Thursday

Me:  Oh, boy!  Line dancing and coffee to start off with, lunch with friends, and coffee in the afternoon with a different group of friends.  On this day, I’m lucky if I even get my e-mail sorted!

You Realize It's Only Thursday

Friday

Me:  A little bit of a breather finally!  Senior Conditioning and coffee in the morning with shopping and cleaning in the afternoon.  Do manage to get some e-mail taken care of.

Happy Friday

Saturday

Me:  Trying to catch up with Social Media, promotion, writing, and anything around the house.

Sunday

Me:  This is MY time!  After church, it’s football the rest of the day.  LOVE it!

 I Don't Think I Like Your Attitude

There you have it in a nutshell.  Would love to see your comments about your week or how your pet reacts to certain things you do.

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