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Awkward Cat Moments

No way catnip can celebrate National Awkward Moments Day without mention of Cat Moments! ENJOY!

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National Awkward Moments Day is a day, that was created to find the ability to laugh at ourselves AND our pets, see the humor in the moment and have fun within the awkwardness!

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Cattitude Tip #5

There is never a wasted moment when you are a cat. I know because…

I am smart, not lazy. . .
just simply devoted to relaxation.

Cat_RelaxingpawPrintsI love to hunt. That’s when I am the cutest.
A cat must do what a cat must do.

Cat-on-HuntpawPrintsI love hide ‘n’ seek.
I must hide, you must seek!

Cat-in-LeavespawPrintsWhen I am hungry, I am HUNGRY!
There are certain foods I DON’T like.

Cat-YuckpawPrintsWHAT?
What do you mean you are out of cat caviar?

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pawPrintsYou love music. I love music.
Keep it down, will ya’.

Cat-QuietpawPrintsSee, there are no moments wasted.
I relax, hunt, hide, eat, get excited and do my best to keep peace.
Whew! Am I a busy cat!

Isn’t it time for my brushing?

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It’s therapeutic!

Water: Vital to life. Drink it in: Thirst quenching. Play in it: Fun.

 And, it’s therapeutic!

Do you enjoy water this much?

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Cat’s Ten Commandments

QUICK POST: A stopover at Facebook resulted in running across the Cat’s Ten Commandments. Would be interesting to see what some of our cat lovers might add to the list.

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purr-r-r-r-r-r-r…

I know you love me
That comes as no surprise
I feel it in your touch
I see it in your eyes

I know you love me
You treat me with special care
Letting me cuddle in your lap
While you brush my fur-ry hair

I know you love me
With every super treat
T
he gentle paw massage
Tickles my little feet

I know you love me
Meals are o-oh-so-o good
My bowl is never empty
Always the best kitty food

I know you love me
You pat me on my head
Talk to be softly
Let me sleep in your bed

You know I love you
That’s a given too
I rub against your legs
Purr-r-r-ing that I do

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Sharla Lee Shults

 “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
Ernest Hemingway

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Winter’s Berth

With winter comes days where chilling winds are felt right to the bone. In some areas, snow and ice  envelop the landscape leaving the only color in sight for miles being white. Unlike our furry friends, we don our heavy coats, boots, woolen socks, mittens and scarves to ward off the bite of the frigid air. Of course, we know the soft fur of our little friends keeps them warm without the need for all the extra ‘gear’ but that does not necessarily mean they do not feel the cold.

BUT… does the cold inevitably keep them indoors? See the slideshow ‘Come play with me!’ after the poem!

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Winter’s Berth

A mound of silky white fur
Amid cushions of bottle green
Reflects hues of icy blue
Off crystal dewdrops barely seen

Teeny tiny silver moons
Draping from hairy stems
Tickle a pink little nose
Like frosty pearlized gems

Stretching and yawning
Rising above home turf
Tiny paws reach forth
Scratching in winter’s earth

Within a few steps
Visions begin to blur
Chilly winter winds
Softly lift the long fur

Delicate hints of sunlight
Peeping through bleak gray skies
Grant fleeting moments of warmth
Around wide-open eyes

Suddenly through the bitterness
A little hand reaches down
“Nosy Nettie, why are you here
Among plumage turned gray brown?”

With a special purr-r-r
Ever so thankful to be found
The snow white fur ball
Bids farewell to the cold, cold ground

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Sharla Lee Shults

The purr from cat to man says, ‘You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you.’
—Barbara L. Diamond (Writer, n.d.)

Touch of Catnip: Come play with me!

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Special Care After Play Time

After being outside, especially playing in the snow, little paw pads become very cold, often leading to numbness. Upon return to the indoors, cuddle time is first on the agenda. He or she will be happy to have a little bonding time with you. Once the furry little fellow (or gal) is cozy and warm in your lap next in the order of care is the purring pal’s paw massage. This stimulates the nerves making sure all feeling is restored to the toes. Speaking of toes, it is then time to inspect the space between each one, examining for possibility of debris or maybe a cut on the paw pad. Remember, there is a lot more to those cut little feet than just razor-sharp claws!

“Purr-r-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r-r!” Gotta go. Someone’s calling…

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Happy Cat Thanksgiving!

Catnip is overjoyed to offer all her followers and visitors many Cat Thanksgiving Blessings.

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So, without further ado and with special Happy Thanksgiving blessings from Foxie . . .

If anyone says don’t eat too much, tell them to just back off! After all, Thanksgiving is a feast to

ENJOY!

FOXIE: “Turkey’s purrfect, you say?”

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Cattitude Tip #4

When the human’s away, us little kitties will exercise! Exercise??? Maybe that’s taking it to the extreme so let’s go for playing and eating and napping! Hey! Where’s my catnip?

There are times when the humans must have time away so to speak, maybe a movie, perhaps a walk in the park or even a weekend getaway. That means the ‘little’ felines will be home alone. So, what do we do to be sure they don’t get bored?

Here are some tips but don’t say them out loud… little kitties have BIG ears!

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SOUND! Got to have music or talking…anything to break the silence. Leave the radio or TV on so he/she can hear human voices in the house. You might find the little kitty soon has a favorite weekly animal program.

Hey! Anything’s possible…our little feline friends do have eyes and ears AND they are smarter than you may think! Tune your TV to a program like National Geographic or the Animal Channel. Be sure your cat is nearby. Watch the body language; you can tell when your cat is listening by the movement and position of the ears.

It’s called “cat communication!”

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CLIMBABILITY! Add a carpeted cat tree bungalow to your house decor – cats love to sit up high watching the world go by. Or just place a chair near a busy window so your cat can watch the birds, squirrels and folks in the neighborhood.

Did you know either option is called “vertical territory?” Cats make use of both horizontal and vertical aspects of life’s environment.  Vertical planes offer stations of security, spaces of comfort and of course, places for fun. So, whether you are home or gone, the cat tree is not just a cat luxury or simply a piece of cat furniture but a crucial part of the feline’s life.

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CatBathingCat2 COMPANIONSHIP! For single cat homes, consider getting a second cat. That’s right! Get another cat! Most cats like company, which leads to entertainment for each during the day…run, chase, jump, climb, play! With that second cat in the home, the little feline will not feel alone when left alone.

Guess what? Two cats are often cleaner than a cat living alone! I know what you are thinking…two litter boxes cannot be cleaner than one! Right? Well, that is not the point at all. Cats will groom each other’s ears and coat, often getting at places that can’t be reached without help. Just think…you leave your two cats home while you go to a movie. When you get home, they do not need a bath before going to bed!

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STIMULATION! Toys. There must be toys. Toys that have moving parts and challenges. Cats like shiny bits, noisy bits, moving bits and bits they can hook their claws into (better than the leather couch!). Track-balls, crinkle balls or balls that contain a cat treat inside require work at releasing the treat.

Do you think you have to buy an expensive toy? Well, you don’t have to buy the toy at all! Cats love to hunt and seek! Get an old gift box and put some holes it it. Trap a few foam balls inside. Your feline friend will be entertained for hours…a fun, inexpensive way to overcome boredom, obesity and loneliness. Or better still, just leave an empty box lying around!

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CUDDLEPOWER! Nap time is snuggle time! Being able to curl up and snuggle in one’s own bed is a must! While the human’s ‘big’ bed is always inviting, there is nothing like the cuddleness of a cat’s own bed. Keep it in the same spot as when you are home, close to the radio or TV.

Cats will sleep just about anywhere and in any position imaginable! But, did you know, just like the little doggies, they like napping in their own bed? Yes! There are luxury cat beds, heated cat beds, pillowed cat beds, feathered cat beds, domed cat beds, cat radiator beds, computer mounted beds and the list goes on and on and on…

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Do you have anything to share that you set up or leave for your feline friend when you are away? I would love to hear from you…

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Cattitude Tip #3

Keep your cat from becoming bored!

Cats learn routines…break all habits!

1- Leave from a different door

2- Do NOT rattle your keys

3- Do NOT drag out a mournful ‘Good Bye

There is one thing, however, that must NEVER be forgotten

Prepare a special treat plate!

If out of cake, let him (her) have the cat treats!

You will have a HAPPY cat!

Meow! Purr-r-r-r-r-r-r. . .

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Cattitude Tip #2

“Gotta get my sweat on. Meow.”

“Gotta get my sweat on. Meow.”

Make sure your cat has TWO 15-minute aerobic workouts –

once in the morning and once in the evening.

Pull a mouse toy on a string to exercise your cat while relaxing with your coffee or sitting in your favorite chair.

Then,

He (she) will chase you out of your favorite chair so he (she) can lounge after the hard workout!

OR Simply exercise together!

Adjust his schedule your schedule to better fit your own his (hers)!

Have you (both) had your workout today?

Better keep up with me! Meow!

“Better keep up with me, Human! Meow!”

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Cattitude Tip #1

LOVE YOUR CAT! PURR-R-R-R-R-R-R…

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Point of first note, IF our Foxie ever sat calmly near her carrier, she would deserve double treats! The only time she actually likes her carrier is at the vet. She had rather be in the carrier than in the hands of the vet! Secondly, a stranger will never get near Foxie. She is much too fast and has her own special hiding places. Does that mean she does not get treats? Heavens NO! She loves Whisker Lickin’s!!

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What is your impression on this Cattitude Tip?

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Me? Cattitude? Nah!

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