Harry’s Helpers in Greece

As I told you last week, I’m looking for cats to play parts in my next Harry the Wonder Cat book. This book is set in Greece, and I need lots of cats to fill the parts of the cats in the sanctuary. You have already met Loki and Lyla May, this week I want to introduce you to three more famous cats.

 

Barbara Waloven Chalie

Charlie is a loveable cat, which will come in handy when Harry needs a distraction.

 

Barbara Waloven Reginald Reginald

Midnight Barbara Waloven Midnight

Both Reginald and Midnight love watching TV. Will Harry train them to be his lookouts?

 

I have a lot more cats to introduce you to. See ya next week.

Remember, 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.

 

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.

The Inspiration For Harry the Wonder Cat

Monkeyface

 

When I decided to create the character for Harry the Wonder Cat, I had to look no further than my Monkeyface, the first cat I ever had.  Twenty years ago, Monkey and I met and it was love at first sight. The big Maine Coon was the gentlest creature that I’ve ever known.  He was fiercely loyal to me and protected me from the people that he considered bad. (Cats are like that…they can smell trouble a mile off.) I, in turn, protected him from everything from the rustling of a paper bag (he hated paper bags) to the loud claps of thunder in the mountain sky.

Now, I know you’ll think that Harry doesn’t sound at all like Monkeyface, and you would be right when it comes down to fears.  After all, Harry isn’t afraid of anything. You must remember, however, Monkeyface didn’t have the powers that Harry has.

Other than being fiercely protective of their person, Maine Coons are among the largest domestic cat, (the biggest was a cat named Stewie,  who grew to be a whopping 48.5 inches. Harry’s 38 inches seem small next to him.)

While Harry grew to weigh over 30 pounds, Monkeyface weighed a mere 25 pounds. Maine Coons are known as the Gentle Giants of the cat world, but sometimes Harry uses his size to intimidate enemies.

I chose the Maine Coon breed for Harry the Wonder Cat in memory of my lovable Monkeyface who, in my mind, will always be my Wonder Cat.

 

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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How to Massage Your Cat

 

A great way to make your cat purr his cares away is to massage him. You know how a good massage lightens your mood and kicks your cares to the curb? Well, it is the same for your cat. You should know a couple of things before you try it. Some cats do not like massages. Don’t worry: he will let you know. Just use your cat speak. Your cat will communicate his wishes to you if you only watch him. There are a few things which you need to avoid.

Do not touch his whiskers

Your cat’s whiskers are very sensitive. They use them for many things. As an example, damaged whiskers can make navigation hard in their surroundings. The least bit of touch (like if their food and/or water bowls are too small for them and their whiskers touch the sides) can cause pain and disorientation.

Do not squeeze

Remember, he is a cat, not a piece of fruit. It would be best if you had a soft touch. You would not squeeze a baby, so don’t squeeze your cat.

Do not massage him if you’re not relaxed

If you are tense, perturbed, rushed, etc, don’t try to massage your cat. Cats are very sensitive and can pick up on your moods. So, if you massage him while you are agitated, he will get agitated, too, and he will not get the full benefit of the massage. (Neither will you, for that matter.)

Do not interrupt him

If he is busy doing something, like grooming himself or sleeping, leave him alone. We all need a little privacy sometimes. He usually will be more receptive if he is relaxed and just laying at your feet (or wherever your cat lays). When he is happy to be with you, that’s the time to share the massage.

Do not massage him right after he eats

Wait about two hours to let his food digest.

Do not push him

If he doesn’t want it, then back off. Give him his space. He will let you know with his body language, how he feels at the moment. Use your cat speak.

Now, we got the don’ts out of the way, let’s dig into the dos.

1) Talk or sing to him to relax him. No one likes to be squealed at, especially when trying to relax.

2) Start with petting him in his favorite place. My cat likes to be scratched behind his ears. So, whether, be it a full body pet or a scratch under the chin, start there to help him relax. Apply gentle pressure. Too soft, and he may not feel the massage, and where’s the benefit in that. (You don’t have to use two hands, one is just fine.)

3) Use your whole hand for the body.

4) Next, the head. Using the palm of your hand, massage in slow, gentle circles.

5) With your fingertips, massage slowly, lightly around the ears. When you have finished the ears, move down to the neck and chin and massage with slow, gentle circles using your fingertips. (Do not press the neck). When the neck is done, then the cheeks and face. Don’t be concerned if he drools or looks a little daze. This tells you that you are on the right track.

6) Next, the forehead. Don’t forget the place just above the eyes. Use your fingertips to massage in circular motions. Remember: softness is the key here.

7) Spend a few seconds to pet your cat, from head to tail, as you would normally, then go back to the gentle touch for his head, body, and tail.

8) Massage the sides of his body, using your full hand. This should be a firm touch, but remember, do not squeeze.

9) The shoulders need some attention, too. It would be best if you first used gentle, circular motions, followed by a soft, but firm, rub down. Include his back and sides.

10) Now, go back to using the gentle circular motion to rub him from shoulders to tail. Be very careful around his tail. Some cat’s hips and tail are sensitive.

11) If your cat allows you to touch his belly, go ahead. Now is the time, since he is nice and relaxed. Caution: This area is very sensitive, so even if he will let you rub it, do not rub too hard. A very light touch with your fingertips is called for here. Do it while you are working another part of his body, for example, his shoulders.

12) The very last step of the massage is his tail. Like his whiskers, his tail is sensitive. Starting at the rump, use a slow, gentle touch until you reach the end of his tail. Then pet him as usual for a minute or two.

If he’s whips his tail to and fro, stop. He is probably overstimulated.

This may sound like a long process, but once you and your cat get into it, it seems to end too soon. For more info: Video on massaging your cat

We give our deepest thanks to:

Cat Behavior Associates

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