"The Cat's Meow" with "The
Weekly for Cats, Cat
Lovers and More
Issue #27 Week 28
- August 14, 2010
"The Boys" say,
and "The Boys"
been hit with the "double
whammy" these last several weeks. Chuck
continues to be "under
the weather" and I have been experiencing
Consequently, last week you weren't imagining things if you didn't
an issue of "Cat's
Meow" on Saturday,
August 7. Because I didn't have a chance to put an issue
# # # # #
On top of all that, it's still been really hot, HOT, HOT.
Yours in finding ways to keep cool,
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of Our Meows: He
Needs Some Hands Laid On!
Care of Kitty: How
Cats See Us and What It Means
New Pussy Cat? Personalized Pet Mat
- It's Your Turn:
Sweet Praline and Mom Paula
- Who Meow Are: "The
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Days of Our Meows
He Needs Some Hands Laid on!
talking about Mikey!
I think he's being left "home alone" too long...or
something. Chuck and I have
been gone a lot during the day for the last couple of weeks
so Mikey (and his brothers) are left alone to "fend for themselves."
I get home late, Mikey, in particular, is full of so much energy it
him quite a while to get settled down. He runs and jumps from the floor
back of the couch, no landing on the couch seat--but straight to the
the couch from the floor.
there, he runs along the top of the couch to the window ledge nearby
and jumps up into the windowsill hammock so he can look outside from
a bit, he jumps back down to the back of the couch
and, missing the
couch cushions, lands on the floor, taking off at a run into the living
and up the stairs to the bedroom.
he'll maybe swat at Billy (or anyone else), who gets in the way. At
some point he'll also manage to crowd Billy off my lap, then sit down
the cursor on my computer screen.
Finally, thankfully, though, he will plop on my lap and conk
This 13 year old kitty is supposed to have a heart murmur...but no one
don't believe any of those "innocent"
over there! >>>
Care of Kitty
How Cats See Us - And What It Means
It is frequently
said that cats
not pets in the typical sense of the word.
And boy do we know that around here!
That is to say that,
although a dog feels very much that its owner is its master, a cat
thinks very much that it owns its owner, and that we are their humans
rather than them being our cats. While there is some kernel of truth in
the suggestion that cats are more independent than dogs, this is not
quite how it works.
It would be more accurate to say that cats see us
as being other cats.
To your cat, you are essentially just
a bigger cat who walks on your hind legs. This can work in your favor.
Although there is less of a hierarchical aspect to how cats behave
– while packs of dogs usually have a
“leader”, cats are more egalitarian – you
still have the power to a large extent.
It is you who controls the
food, and you who solves the “problems” that a cat
may have. Therefore, a cat may feel indebted to you for feeding it and
fussing it, and this is beneficial in terms of training.
is futile to attempt to persuade a
cat to ignore its instincts.
And, at times, this is the rub because often I hear people say the
cat wouldn't stop doing such and such naughty (to us) thing. Yet, in
reality that's part of their makeup. Unfortunately, then, because kitty
is being naughty, the owner tries to influence the kitty by using all
sorts of tactics to "change kitty's mind."
that sometimes is a very tall order.
Your cat's instincts are what he lives by and what he
reverts to when he does not have you to call upon, so he will
overridden. However, by you being ready to reward good behavior with a
pleasant treat and by being prepared to put a stop to problem
behaviors, you can mold the way your cat behaves – just
don’t let that go to your head, and treat a cat with respect.
better for you and for him.
What's New Pussy
Boys," our "Cat
(CSI), like nosing around the Internet for
and new kitty litter,
stuff that might
their kitty friends. (And if you're
this, you are a "kitty friend!").
at these really neat placemats
"The Boys" found the other day. The mats are
even personalized. Actually, we've tried placemats for them
now and then over the years, and not quite successfully so. Invariably,
Bowie or Jonny will still take a big chunk of wet food from thei plates
and drag the chunk into the dining room (from the kitchen!).
how the placemats are described:
"We are pleased to offer these high quality custom embroidered pet
mats in a wide variety of colors
and personalization options. These
plush, durable mats have a non-skid rubber backing. They're mold and
mildew resistant and highly UV protected. And, you can personalize with
your pet's name or your own unique message!
These mats are produced for us by a well known company who specializes
in supplying custom embroidered mats to the marine industry. The are
now producing these same quality custom mats to the pet industry."
And for those kitties who do not care whether their name is on the
placemat, this shop offers plain mats, as well. They're worth a looksee!
Boys" give the Personalized
Praline and Mom Paula
I have been "traveling around the
web," looking at all the really neat kitty blogs and cat sites, we've
found a lot of interesting kitties and their "bean" families we never
knew about before.
So, here in this
spot this week, we're featuring Sweet
and her mommy, Paula.
In fact, last week, we gave you a brief "Sweet Praline
until Paula had a
chance to dig in Sweet Praline's baby book and get her story together.
And here it is:
Praline came to
live with her mom
(Paula) at the age of
back in December 1995. She was born on
September 25, 1995 in Columbia, SC. Her mother was
a Seal Point
Himmie and her father was a Red Tabby Persian. You can see
attached baby picture why Paula fell in love with that little face.
did I come to live
with my mom, Paula?
Mom was going through a divorce after 21 years of marriage and her
their cat, Muff with him. Mom decided to go back to school to
Ph.D. and began wanting another kitty. During
a visit with her sister on Thanksgiving in 1995, mom
started talking about getting another
kitty (Muff and the ex had been gone for a little over a
Mom always admired the Himmies
and began checking the want ads. She
even called several people and all of the babies were gone.
About a week
later, mom came back to Columbia (she was in Clemson working on her
get her hair cut and to visit her friends at the middle school where
to teach. She was driving by one of the local malls and saw a
store, so she pulled in to see if there were any kitties.
when she saw the signs that there were
Persian kittens for sale. Mom went in
and talked with
the two owners (very nice oriental couple) and she told
them that she wanted a female Persian. The lady told my mom
solid Persians were already sold, but she had two "pointed" Persians
left: one male and one female. Mom sometimes wishes
that she had
bought my brother at the same time!
Mom asked the lady if
she could hold me
and she immediately pulled me out of the
cage. I immediately clung to my mom and licked her face and
purring. Mom must have walked around the store for 45 minutes
debating whether to get me or not (I wasn't cheap). While mom
around with me, I
fell asleep in her
The nice owners
introduced mom to my kitty parents and they were beautiful!
Mom looked at the lady and asked if they took credit (that was when she
had decent credit) and the lady said yes, and the rest is
The owner called me Flower Face, but mom took one look at my colors and
and said, "her name is going to be Praline." I came with
papers, so mom had to come up with a formal name in order to get me
decided on Paula's
We had the hardest
time getting my registration finalized because they couldn't decide
I was. the CFA said I couldn't be pointed because I didn't
have blue eyes
and I have 2 paw pads that are pink instead of dark. Finally,
sending some pictures, they decided that I was a Tortie!
I am a very pampered little girl. Mom
calls me a Diva!
I am very finicky about what I eat and of course, I have
very expensive tastes. Here are some unique things about me:
am not a lap
kitty nor do I like to be held for more than a minute. However,
I loved to be brushed and petted.
like to have my
When mom rubs
my belly I just stretch my front paws way up in the air to make sure
my whole belly.
like to sleep in
front of the AC vent.
water bowl below the AC vent, so it is always cool.
I do not like the water fountains, though.
and will harass my mom endlessly to get them.
only weigh 7 lbs 8
that I am big, but it's all fur.
• Unfortunately, I
do leave a lot of hairballs on
the carpet for mom to step into. She is pretty embarrassed
about some of
will sit and watch
TV with my mom.
I love to
watch Cesar, the dog whisperer.
• I don't like to play with toys
that make noise.
on the furniture.
I always use my
• I love fev-vers, but only when
I want to play with them.
• I don't like to lie down on
anything really soft (blanket,
cat bed, etc.) I prefer the hallway carpet or the tiled floor
not allowed to go
There have been
a few times during my 14 years of life that I've actually slipped out
door when mom opened it, but she quickly scooted me back inside.
love to lick my
• I will eat my stinky
directly from my mom's fingers.
and I just love reading "gotcha"
stories like this. Thanks for
stopping by again, Paula
and Sweet Praline!
"keeper of 'the kids.'" "The
at our house include:
for Jonny Cat, who was in our "first family".
or Mikki - depending upon whether I spell his name or Chuck, my husband
it) Mikey is named after an expensive line of jewelry--because
longer with us. We called him "Daniel" for short.
Mikey and Daniel were true
brothers - because they
were from the same litter
is really just "Billy"
You probably see a pattern
here about now
is also "gone." He
left us a little too young.
call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the
"baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that
wouldn't be nice!
of "The Boys," and husband of Karen.
were/are Purebred Persians with babydoll faces. (Their faces
are sprinkled throughout this ezine, on the left side of each topic
do not have the really smashed nose, which is a characteristic of some
Except, Jonny; he's close--"by a nose!"
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