Meet Little Bea

Little Bea

 

You all know who I am, and for those who don’t, I’m Harry the Wonder Cat of the series by the same name. Last week I got together with Denise, the author of my book, and decided that we should introduce my three cat co-stars.

Today, we are going to meet that irrepressible dynamo, one of my favorite KitKats….Little Bea! 

Little Bea:   Thank you, everyone.  Oh, I’m so happy to be here in the spotlight with you, Harry.  *swoons at Harry*

Harry:   Yes, well….*clearing throat*  How  did you feel to be selected to help with this caper?

Little Bea:   In a word, honored. 

Harry:   Why is that?

Little Bea:    I often get overlooked because I’m the youngest, the smallest and a girl.  This time, I was called to duty and I did my job well, don’t you think?

Harry:   Yes, I certainly do.  In all honesty, Little Bea…

Little Bea:   *rolling her eyes*  Just Bea, please.  I’m not so little.

Harry:   You’ll always be my Little Bea.

Little Bea: *blushing*  Really Harry?

Harry:   Yes, really. *pats Little Bea on her head*  So, moving on…I was going to say that we took advantage of your size.  You got into places that the other bigger cats couldn’t.

Little Bea:   Yes, I did.  *obviously proud of herself*

Harry:   What’s on your agenda now…since you’ve completed this mission?

Little Bea:   I’m waiting for you to call on me again!  I’m ready anytime you are. *looking anxiously up at Harry*

Harry:   *laughing*  We’ll see, Little Bea!  Thank you for being with us today.

Little Bea:   *swooning*  Oh anytime, Harry!

 

That’s all for this week, folks.  Don’t forget to see Little Bea and the others in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond starring yours truly.   Next week, our guest will be Ollie.

Down with NaNowrimo!!!

 Mimi     BoBo

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The time when Mimi and I (BoBo) get sorely neglected.  In the month of November, Mom tries to write a whole book for something called NaNowrimo.

Someone should tell her that we are more important that some ol’ book.  Oh sure, we will still get fed, but where’s the love?  The cuddles?  Mom doesn’t even go to bed at night, so that I can sleep with her.  What am I supposed to do for a whole month?

Well, this year, Mimi and I are going on strike!  I say, if she ignores us…what’s good for the goose (or cat), is good for the…well, you know.  We’ll get her to pay attention, even if it means me attacking Mimi. (Of course, Mi doesn’t know about this plan.  I made it up on my own.  Pretty smart, huh?)

Wish us luck!

Head bonks from the boss cat, BoBo

 

How Do Cats See

People often ask about how cats see. They want to know if cats can see color. Can cats see better than dogs? Or better than even humans? These questions have crossed my mind as well, so I did a bit of digging to find the answers. Now, remember that I’m not an expert. I have just done a little research and would like to share it with you. A lot of what I found was in very technical terminology. If fact, I had to use my dictionary and encyclopedia a lot more than usual.
Well, here we go! First question that is almost always asked is, ‘can cats see color’? The simple answer is yes. The explanation is that cats have two kinds of cells in their retina; cones and rods. Cone cells are responsible for color. Humans have more cone cells than cats, allowing them to see colors more vividly. There are two schools of thought about how cats see color. Some experts believe that cats only see shades of blues and grays, while others believe that they can also see shades of yellow. I have read in a few articles that, where humans see vivid hues, cats see only pastels.
The next burning question is how do cats see in the dark? The rod cells are responsible for light and movement. Because cats have as much as eight times more of them than do humans, they can distinguish objects in the dark more easily. Rod cells also allow cats to detect small movement from a great distance, which helps to catch that sneaky mouse.

A cat’s elliptical eye shape helps to catch more light through dilation. You may wonder why a cat’s eyes shine at night. It’s because of the tapetum, an iridescent film under the retina.
The last bit of information that I found intriguing is the cat’s vision. While humans ideally have 20/20 vision and can see 20 feet away, the cat has 20/100 to 20/200, making him nearsighted.
Of course, these are just a few facts about a cat’s eye. Below, please find some of the websites from which I have gleaned the above information.

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Lynn Buzhardt, DV