Harry the Wonder Cat ~ Book 3

I am finishing up the Harry the Wonder Cat Series with Book 3. Harry and his charge, Nikki, and their roommate, Heather, are going to Greece. Someone is out to kill them for the Pink Diamond, and Harry and his Greek gang will have their paws full keeping Nikki and Heather safe.

I am calling for all of the cats who want to go to Greece with Harry. They will be cast as the cats Harry and Luna meet in the Greek Cat Sanctuary. Harry will enlist them to help to find the crooks.

In the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of the co-stars that have signed up so far.

This week, I am introducing two very special cats, Loki and Lyla May.

Loki Musie Thug 

Loki is the king of the street thugs. He is a tough, no-nonsense cat.

                                                                       Lyla Musie slueth

Lyla May is a quiet cat, and you know what they say about the silent type. She is one sleuth that doesn’t mess around.

 

If your cat wants to join Harry and his Greek gang, post a picture with the name of your cat. Please include one personality trait. It promises to be an exciting trip.

Things That Cats Hate People to Do

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There are things that cats can’t stand about people. Here are eight of those things that drive cats away rather than to you. My hope is that this article will teach us the ins and outs of the world of cats. I’ll start with the little annoyances and build up to “I want to claw your eyes out when you do that.”

Invade personal space

Just as we humans need our ‘alone time,’ so do cats. Someone demanding our attention every moment of every day would drive us nuts. The same thing can be said about cats; only the demanding would drive them under the bed.

Answer: Listen to your cat. When he is lying on your lap, allowing you to pet him, and he decides he’s had enough, give him his personal space.

Don’t show enough love

Just as we need to be loved, so too must our cats. People say that cats are anti-social. Not true. Cats are different from dogs, but when you think about it, they are more like humans. They have the same needs as humans, and love is at the top of the list.

Answer: Listen to your cat. He’ll tell you when he’s in a loving mood.

No help with grooming

Most vets will tell you that animals can’t reach all of their bodies. Sometimes they need a little help from their humans

Answer: Get a wire brush or a comb (ask your vet which one would be best for your cat’s coat) and groom your cat until his coat shines. This is also a great way to bond with him.

No attention to the litter box

This goes without saying. Put yourself in his shoes. Not only is it unpleasant for him, but it is also unhealthy for both you and your cat.

Answer: Clean the box out at least once a day. I have the Breeze system that uses pellets on top and pads below. It is so easy. Just scoop the pellets every day and change the pad every week. The pellets are good for three months. And best of all, IT DOESN’T STINK!

Play dress up

Your cat is not a doll, so don’t treat him like one! Putting ‘clothes’ on your animal (notice I stress the fact that he is an animal) not only is uncomfortable for him but takes away his dignity.

Answer: Keep those tutus and sweaters off your cat!

Declawing

All I can say is don’t. Your cat’s claws are nature’s defenses from danger. You might say, “But my cat is indoors.” But consider this, what if your cat should suddenly decide to venture outside. He would have nothing to ward off any predators with. Besides that, the pain must be excruciating. Imagine if someone tore your nails off.

Answer: Keep scratching posts available.

Loud noises

Cats are especially sensitive to loud noises because of their acute hearing.

Answer:  Turn down that stereo! Just because you like to ‘rock out’ (am I aging myself?) doesn’t mean that your cat appreciates it.

Convey negative energy

The last no-no in your cat’s kingdom is negative energy. Cats are sensitive to your moods. If you express displeasure toward him, he will most likely respond as a child would. He may even pout in his safe place. Don’t yell or spray water at him. Instead, treat him like a stubborn child.

Answer: Say no quietly, but sternly several times, and before you know it, he’ll be trained.

These are a few of the things that cats hate about how people treat them. Remember, a cat has sensitivity, dignity, and certain needs. This sounds a little like people, right? So think before acting…how would I like to be treated?

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What Benefits Do Cats Bring To Us?

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” ~ Charles Dickens

 

Some may think, “We don’t own cats, they own us”, while others think, “Cats are just animals, for goodness sake! ” Those that think the latter, have never been owned by a cat. True, cats are animals, BUT a cat’s nature is such that he will be owned by no one…least of all you! So, I like to think of the relationship I have with my cats as being guardian and cat, not necessarily in that order. I take care of my cats, but as they are not possessions,  they do NOT owe me anything. As long as I remember this fact, we’ll live in harmony. That being said, I will tell you the benefits that my cats bring to me.
For the past 20 years, there have been at least two cats in my household. Why two, you may ask? Some cats are needy and tend to get bossy about your attention.  They want to be the only one in your life.  In other words, the world revolves around them. If I am writing, there is a 99% chance that the cat will try to get my attention, usually by standing on my keyboard. Every time Monkeyface, who was my first cat, felt a little neglected, he would get into the toilet paper, as a form of protest. Then, when I finally came out of my office, toilet paper would be strewn from one end of the house to the other and Monkey would be looking innocently up at me. It was not fun cleaning up, and the expense was got outrageous, but I loved him anyway.

That’s when Tiffany Marie came onto the scene. The two cats had fun together. They would chase each other through the house, playing with their toys (usually fighting over who owns them). Because Monkeyface was a 25 pound furball who didn’t like confrontation, Tiff, a 10 pound Siamese, usually won. Sometimes Tiff, (my ‘living on the edge cat’), would instigate an antic for which she knew, in the end, Monkey would take the blame.   I swear, on these occasions, I saw her sit back, snickering, like a bad little kid. So, I had my hands full most of the time, but at least they stayed off of my keyboard.

The most important benefit, to me, was the companionship that my cats bring the me. When I would kick back at night, listening to some soft music,  they would sit quietly, just being content to lay next to me and purr away the day’s cares.  Whenever I was ill, they would take turns laying beside me and purr. (Everyone who knows anything about cats, know that their purr can heal.)  Other times, when I was upset, they would know just what to do. Tiff would come to me and touch her nose to mine, while Monkey just sat there and purred.  On the other hand, there were nights when I would be watching a mystery on the television, and invariably at the part when the killer was stalking the girl (who was wearing 7″ high heels and trying to run in them) through a darkened house, my cats would chase each other through the room like a flash and scare me to death; but it was all good.  I love them and I know that they love me.  But I digress.
It’s is thought by some in the medical field that people can often benefit from being a companion to either a cat or a dog in a host of ways. Below are just a few:

  1. Pets can help to lower a person’s cholesterol
  2. Reduce stress, therefore decrease blood pressure
  3. They can even predict seizures and episodes of hypoglycemia
  4. They have extraordinary powers to help a person’s emotional well being.  Just petting a cat and hearing it purr, has a calming effect on both you and your cat.

Why, I have even heard of one cat saving his guardians life when he detected a carbon dioxide leak in the house.  He woke his person and insisted that she get out of the house by banging himself against the glass door.  In the end, both cat and guardian were safe, and it was all on account of “Super Cat”.

I sure know that my life has been enriched by the love my cats. The benefits are countless. They make me laugh, they give me solace when I’m feeling blue, and most important of all, they are there when I need a friend. It is for these reasons, that I couldn’t live without my cats. Everyone knows that, as long as you have the companionship and love of a cat, the rest will come easy. 

If you are thinking of adopting a pet, don’t think that a dog is the only choice; look into having a cat. Choose wisely; when adopting that special pet, make sure they fit your lifestyle. I will touch on adopting a pet later.

Thanks to : Doctors Forster and Smith

 

How to Talk to Your Cat

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This beautiful kitten is KeeKee and she will be helping to make her lucky guardian happy.  As you can see, she is kickin’ back and adoring the photographer. Enough of that.  Here we go for the tips:

  1. The first thing to know is the cat’s “Love Language”.  This isn’t very hard.  Anyone can do it.  Ready for this: it is what they call “The Slow Blink”. Get down to your cats level and blink very slowly.  Do it again…and again, until he returns that seductive blink.
  2.  Body Language:  we all have body language; you know, like when a person leans towards the speaker, it means that whoever is talking has the full attention of the listener, whereas leaning back with their arms crossed in front of them generally means that the listener is turned off by the speaker or he might not agree with what he is hearing. Well, believe it or not, your cat speaks with his own special language. He says volumes with the position of his tail. The cat’s greets you by hold his tail high in the air.
  3. When your cat’s tail is held high and the is tip curled, he is telling you that he wants to come to you, but he’s a bit unsure. A slight twitch at the tip of that tail means he’s starting to get over-stimulated. Backoff.  When you discipline your cat and he twitches his whole tail once as he walks away, that’s his way of talking back.  When your cat’s tail in twitching fast and furiously, watch out! You’ve got a mad cat on your hands.
  4.  The way that cats greet other cats is by bumping noses.  You can replicate this by, again, crouching down to his level, curling your index finger and slowly reach out and gently touch his nose.
  5. Happy times, i.e. dinnertime, playtime, etc., call for happy voice.  Use your high-pitched, sing-song voice.
  6. . One thing I do when my cat, who is a 25 lb. bruiser, sits on me, is to say, in a stern voice, “Ow”, and he gets off of me.  Now granted, this may not work the first time you try it, but don’t give up.

Cats are smart animals and they catch on fast, as long as you speak their language.

Our thanks got out to Catster

Whisker Stress in Your Cat

We recently came across a term that we thought might be interesting to research. Whisker stress is a real thing and there is a lot of information on it out there. When you first hear “whisker stress”, you may not be aware there really is such a thing.

We all know that the long hairs that stick out around a cat’s muzzle are called whiskers. Maybe some may even realize the hair above their eyes, or the eyebrows, are whiskers, as well, but did you know that cats have whiskers on the wrists of their forearms? These “hairs” can be up to three times as thick as their fur. They are very sensitive because they are located in areas that are full of blood and nerves.
The most important “job” that the whiskers around a cat’s muzzle is navigation. This is because their whiskers allow them to measure air currents and therefore the cat can “feel” objects that are in their path. Their whiskers, from tip to tip, are about the same width as the cat’s whole body. Have you ever noticed that the whiskers on a bigger cat, like the Maine Coon, are much longer than a smaller cat, like a Siamese? This is to make sure that a cat can fit in a place without getting “stuck”. In these ways, whiskers are essential for navigating. That’s why, some mother cats will chew off the whiskers off of her young kittens. She doesn’t want them to wander off, but to stay close by her. Of course, they will grow back in.
Whiskers also can tell you what your cat is feeling. If they are back against his face, the cat is angry. When they are slightly forward and the tips are pointing down, they are relaxed, happy, “kickin’ back”, as they say. If you notice that his whiskers are tense and pointing forward, he is showing his aggression. This happens mostly when he is hunting.
If the cat senses some sort of danger, the whiskers above his eyes will go into action and tell him to close his eyes, there is danger ahead. In other words, they act as a second set of eyes.
The whiskers on the forearm are used in climbing trees and hunting prey.

Signs of Whisker Stress

Whisker stress is brought on when the nerves in the whiskers are over-stimulated by touch. It is most obvious when the cat eats. If he picks his food out of his dish, one piece at a time and drops it on the floor, and then eats from there, most likely he is suffering from whisker stress, brought on by a dish that is too deep, and his whisker can’t clear its edges. Another way that a cat deals with this problem is to stick his paw in the dish and scoop up a “pawful” of kibble and eat it from the floor. If your cat takes one bite of food, walks away, then a few minutes later comes back again, most likely this is a sign of whisker stress. If he paces in front of his dish, he is telling you that he is not comfortable eating or drinking from that dish. The answer to this problem is, of course, to simply buy a wider dish. Not all cats are bothered by whisker stress.
My Misha has super sensitive whiskers and therefore requires a flatter food dish. Since the water is shared by both cats and Misha has whisker stress, I need to keep the bowl full to the very brim. However, my other cat BoBo, doesn’t suffer from it, so he will eat or drink from any dish.

We cannot express how important it is not to cut or damage the whiskers of a cat in any way. They are nature’s way for a cat to defend themselves, to navigate around, especially at night, and to distinguish if he can or cannot clear a space.

We thank:

Trendy Pet

The Nest

How Stuff Works

Web MD

Cat World

Pets Weekly

Pam Johnson-Bennet