"The Cat's Meow" with "The Boys" and Karen McGreevey
Published Weekly for Cats, Cat Lovers and More

Vol I, Issue #27 Week 28 - August 14, 2010

"The Boys" say,  

We've been hit with the "double whammy" these last several weeks. Chuck continues to be "under the weather" and I have been experiencing computer woes...again.

Consequently, last week you weren't imagining things if you didn't receive an issue of "Cat's Meow" on Saturday, August 7.  Because I didn't have a chance to put an issue together.

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On top of all that, it's still been really hot, HOT, HOT. And humid!

Yours in finding ways to keep cool,

Karen and "The Boys"

Karen McGreevey
The Cat's Meow

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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  He Needs Some Hands Laid On!
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  How Cats See Us and What It Means
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  Personalized Pet Mat
  • It's Your Turn:  Sweet Praline and Mom Paula
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys" 
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 Days of Our Meows

He Needs Some Hands Laid on!

I'm talking about Mikey!

Actually, 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."

When I get home late, Mikey, in particular, is full of so much energy it takes him quite a while to get settled down. He runs and jumps from the floor to the back of the couch, no landing on the couch seat--but straight to the back of the couch from the floor.

From 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 that angle.

After 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 room and up the stairs to the bedroom.

Sometimes 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 and watch the cursor on my computer screen.

Finally, thankfully, though, he will plop on my lap and
conk out.

This 13 year old kitty is supposed to have a heart murmur...but no one told him!

And don't believe any of those "innocent" looks over there! >>>  and ^^^!

ng Care of Kitty

How Cats See Us - And What It Means

It is frequently said that cats are 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.

It 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."

And 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 never be 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.

It’s better for you and for him.

 What's New Pussy Cat?

Personalized Pet Placemat

"The Boys," our "Cat Seen Investigators" (CSI), like nosing around the Internet for really cool toys and new kitty litter, and other stuff that might interest all their kitty friends. (And if you're reading this, you are a "kitty friend!").

Look 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!).

Here's 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. T
hese 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!

"The Boys" give the Personalized Pet Placemat  paws up! 

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art

 It's Your Turn

Sweet Praline and Mom Paula

Since "The Boys" and 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 Praline of our "kitty readers" and her mommy, Paula.

In fact, last week, we gave you a brief "Sweet Praline preview" 
... until Paula had a chance to dig in Sweet Praline's baby book and get her story together.  And here it is:

Sweet Praline came to live with her mom (Paula) at the age of 12 weeks 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 from the attached baby picture why Paula fell in love with that little face.

How did I come to live with my mom, Paula? 

Mom was going through a divorce after 21 years of marriage and her husband took their cat, Muff with him.  Mom decided to go back to school to earn her 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 year). 

Mom always admired the
Himmies and Persians 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 degree) to get her hair cut and to visit her friends at the middle school where she used to teach.  She was driving by one of the local malls and saw a small pet store, so she pulled in to see if there were any kitties. 

Imagine her surprise 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 that the 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 started purring.  Mom must have walked around the store for 45 minutes holding me, debating whether to get me or not (I wasn't cheap).  While mom was walking around with me, I fell asleep in her arms.  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 still had decent credit) and the lady said yes, and the rest is history! 

The owner called me Flower Face, but mom took one look at my colors and my face 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 registered. 
She decided on Paula's Sweet Praline.  We had the hardest time getting my registration finalized because they couldn't decide what color 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, after 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:

 I 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.
I like to have my belly rubbed!  When mom rubs my belly I just stretch my front paws way up in the air to make sure she gets my whole belly.
I like to sleep in front of the AC vent.
 Mom puts my water bowl below the AC vent, so it is always cool.  I do not like the water fountains, though.
 I love treats and will harass my mom endlessly to get them.
I only weigh 7 lbs 8 oz.  Everything thinks 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 the stains!
I 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.
I've never scratched on the furniture.  I always use my scratching post.
•    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 in the bathroom.
I'm not allowed to go outside.  There have been a few times during my 14 years of life that I've actually slipped out of the door when mom opened it, but she quickly scooted me back inside.
I love to lick my mom's face!
•    I will eat my
stinky goodness directly from my mom's fingers.

Follow along with Sweet Praline and Mom Paula

"The Boys" and I just love reading "gotcha" stories like this. Thanks for stopping by again, Paula and Sweet Praline!

 Who Meow Are

The McGreeveys

I'm Karen McGreevey, "keeper of 'the kids.'" "The Boys!" at our house include:
Jonny Cat, II- named for Jonny Cat, who was in our "first family".
Michael Anthony (Mikey or Mikki - depending upon whether I spell his name or Chuck, my husband spells it) Mikey is named after an expensive line of jewelry--because he's "mighty fine"!
Daniel Boone - although he's no longer with us. We called him "Daniel" for short.
        Mikey and Daniel were true brothers - because they were from the same litter

Wild "Bill" Hicock" - who is really just "Billy"
        You probably see a pattern here about now

Buffalo Bill "Cody" - unfortunately is also "gone." He left us a little too young.
Jim "Bowie" - we call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice!
Chuck - daddy of "The Boys," and husband of Karen.

All six
were/are Purebred Persians with babydoll faces. (Their faces are sprinkled throughout this ezine, on the left side of each topic page.) They do not have the really smashed nose, which is a characteristic of some Persians.

Except, Jonny; he's close--"by a nose!"

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