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Mikey and I were just doing our
thing in the dining room
the other morning. I was on the telephone and he was sleeping on one of
the chairs. (Or he wanted me to think so–but I saw him peeking.)
All at once I heard a sort of “ripping”
sound, and then a ka boom, bang, crash!
The Velcro on the hammock that attached it to the windowsill had come
loose, and so the hammock crashed
to the floor.
Note: No kitties were injured in this incident.
This also happened last summer,
with Mikey in the hammock! At that time, luckily, he managed to do a “Rudi” (a forward flip with
1-1/2 twists), a hop, skip and a jump and landed in good health on his
feet on the floor many feet away from the window and the hammock.
Scared me some, though! Probably him, too.
We may have to retire that hammock or "batten it
Or "Me"-ow"! "My"-ow! "Mew"-ow! "My-ou" (As in anyway yoiu can say "me,
We all love cats.
They are endlessly entertaining, cute as a button,
and despite what some people might think, most are highly affectionate.
Indeed, once you have the friendship of a cat you are pretty much
set for life with your pet. They are highly faithful animals. That’s
not to say, though, that they cannot get on your last nerve from time
time. But there’s no harm in that, really. As humans do, too. (Think
husband or wife or "terrible two" child!)
Having said that, sometimes your kitty's "miaowing"
can become a problem if your cat's behavior gets to a stage where he or
she is more
annoying than affectionate.
when your kitty's "talking" is excessive.
Or at inconvenient times in the night.
you can identify numerous ways; with four boys here, some days the
"miaowing" can reach a feverish pitch or frequency (throughout the day)
from one or two, in particular
(Mikey and Billy).
It should be said that, in comparison with a dog’s problem
barking, however, a cat's miaowing is far
less intrusive to neighbors and to others. Unless your
kitty is cattin' outside.
Nonetheless, the "tune" can be troublesome and it is not something you
encourage. On the other hand, sometimes it's just really hard to
"music", as well.
immediate solution you ought to try is to look for why your
cat is carrying on. Is he hungry? Is he in pain? Does she want
attention? Or does
fancy exercising her "soprano" vocal cords for a time?
If it is the last one, then it may be hard to come up with a solution.
your kitty is hungry, you can feed him; if he is in pain you
can treat it. However, if your cat just seems to like "miaowing" for
"miaowing's" sake, then you need to think
of another way.
As you might guess, this kind of "miaowing" is often simply your cat
One thing you will find is that if you pick up and fuss over your
little "miaower", he or she will most generally
Sometimes all the little one really wants is to be the "center
universe", and you his or hers!
Boys," our "Cat
Seen Investigators" (CSI), like to nose around the
for really cool
and all kinds of
stuff that might catch
week, "The Boys" came up with this really neat award winner
(at Amazon); it's the FroliCat
Laser Toy. It can entertain you and your cat for hours.
Just hold it
in your hand or place it on a flat surface.
automatically generated red laser pattern that will have your kitty
leaping, jumping, and batting with glee. Use it in automatic mode and
watch your pet chase random patterns, or try manual mode and aim the
laser dot wherever you like.
You can create your own exciting laser
patterns. You can also adjust the mirror to aim the laser across a
variety of surfaces. Even the laziest cat will have a ball. An
automatic shutoff feature activates after 15 minutes in either mode, or
you can operate the manual on/off switch.
automatically shuts off after 15 minutes in either mode and also
includes a manual on-off switch.
Note: Amazon has a video on
their site that "demonstrates" how the BOLT works.
"The Boys" are
they have lots of furriends who will like this FroliCat
BOLT and so it
I Have Cat
and I love to "travel
around the net", meeting new furrbies and their beans,
look at all of the really neat kitty
our other furriends who tell their furriends, and so
This week, in case you've missed it, we're introducing you to: I Have Cat.
Tamar, author and keeper of I Have Cats, shares: "I am a
single female Manhattanite, and I Have Cat (s). I refuse to fall
prey to the “Cat Lady” stereotype. I wear my cat-hair-free black clothing like
a badge of honor. If you passed me on the street you would never know.
there were three…
is my “first born” and was adopted while I was dating a man long-distance with two cats of
his own. Kip is my curious, social and nurturing kitty, always
ready to bathe the fosters upon moments of arrival.
Kip I will never have “real” furniture again. He does not like to be
held but is tolerant about it. His body goes stiff and I can almost
hear him repeating the mantra “mind over body, mind over body.”
Nicknames: Kippie, Kipper, Kipster,
Kippy-Cat, Good Looking.
is so painfully shy most of my friends
have never seen him in-person.
He is the face of I
HAVE CAT (well at least his nose
Petie eats his emotions. While he can come off as
the “dumb blond,” I’m convinced there’s a playboy trapped inside that husky 20lb frame. He does not like
to be held and pretends the fosters do not exist.
Nicknames: Big Boy, Petie Pita Pocket,
Fluffer McFlutterpants, Petie Pants, Petie Pantaloon.
(aka little girl) is my failed foster. I nursed her through a very bad
herpes infection which left her eyes damaged.
mothers her and she is always trying to play
to no avail.
I must confess, she’s illegitimate. I haven’t done
the paperwork to make her official. It’s a loop hole really because we
all know three is the cat tipping point."
* * * * *
And "The Boys" and I say that if all the above fun
^ ^ ^ isn't enough, take a
click over to I
Have Cat's YouTube Channel...for a teaser on staying
shape with Cat
for joining us this week, Tamar! It's really been fun.
McGreevey, "keeper of the kids." "The
Cat, II -
named for Jonny Cat, who was in our "first
family," and for a sack of
cat litter. I'll have to tell you that story one of these days.
(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"!
Although Daniel's no longer with us. We called him "Daniel" for short.
And he and Mikey were "true brothers" as they were from the same
"Bill" Hickok -
Who is really just "Billy".
Bill "Cody" -
Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us way too young.
We call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be
called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice!
daddy of "The Boys", and husband of Karen.
were/are Purebred Persians, with baby doll faces. (Their faces are
sprinkled throughout this ezine, on the left-side of each topic
section.) They do not have the really smashed nose, which is a
characteristic of some Persians.
he's close - "by a nose"!
you have questions about Kittens 'n
our little store, Itty
Bitty Shoppe for Kitty, or
addition, we have a new blog, Cat Care Wellness
might also be of interest to you.
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