5 Ways To Talk To Your Cat (and he will understand)

 

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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. (We will hit this topic next time.) more on tails
  3.  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.
  4. Happy times, i.e. dinnertime, playtime, etc., call for happy voice.  Use your high-pitched, sing-song voice.
  5. . 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.

 

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs

Dead Wrong is the first of The Blackmore Sisters Series written by Leighann Dobbs.

This delightful cozy mystery series is about Fiona, Morgan, Celeste,  Jolene Blackmore and their cat,  who live in the family home in the small town of Noquitt, Maine.  

The first book of the series is Dead Wrong. It opens with one of the sisters, Morgan, and the town busy-body, Prudence, having words in front of the coffee shop. Unfortunately for Morgan, the patrons of the restaurant saw the two woman in an animated discussion and got the wrong idea. Everyone knew that Prudence despised the four Blackmore sisters and the feeling was mutual. Therefore when she turned up dead, Morgan was accused of doing the dirty deed.  The next thing she knew, she was in jail.

The sisters fretted over how they would get the money for Morgan’s bail.  In walks Belladonna.  This lovable cat has her own special way of helping to clear Morgan’s name.  When the other sisters try a little sleuthing on their own, they meet with nothing but trouble, until a handsome deputy comes to the rescue. Bella allows him to join her in helping the girls.

Dead Wrong is a fast read, as well as a charming story. I love the characters and will continue the series to find out what trouble the girls and Belladonna get into next.

Why Adopt a Cat?

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Last week was the biggest adoption event of the year, so I want to tell you my experience with my adopted cats.

“Cats are independent and don’t care if you are there or not.” I hear this from people all the time.

Another blanket statement I hear is, “Cats don’t show love and they have minds of their own so you can’t get them to do what you want to.”

Both of these statements are true…sometimes. I happen to know that cats can and do show love; and some are even dependent on their person…if they deem that person is worthy. I have one that won’t leave me alone and one that comes up on my lap only at certain times of the day.

Cats are smart, too. Why, my cats even mind! I have taught them to”go” when I’m in the kitchen. (There is nothing worse that to have a cat under foot.)  I have also taught them to “get out of my way” and to “come” (although they are still working on that one).

What made me a cat person you may ask? I’m glad you asked.  When I moved into my new home, I wanted someone with whom I could share my life.  I really wanted a dog. After all, I always had dogs. But, alas I didn’t have a fenced-in yard for a dog to play in. So, reluctantly, I adopted Monkeyface, a gorgeous Maine Coon, from a rescue. I found myself adopting another to keep Monkeyface company.

I started volunteereing at the rescue. Soon the founder put me in charge of writing monthly columns in two local paper.  I did a lot of research on cats and wrote about breeds, history, behavioral issues, and more.

People would ask me about cats behavioral problems, etc.  so I gave them the best information that I knew. Pretty soon, I heard someone refer to me as ‘cat lady’.  A name of which I am very proud.

Now, understand that I’m no expert.  I just know what I have read over the past twenty years.

Sadly, cats have had a  bad rep handed to them, but all cats are not alike.  They, just like dogs, have their own personalities, all are special in their own way. You cat people know what I mean!

Yes, I believe that cats will love, mind and even worship their person, just like a dog…well almost. If you still need convincing, just keep coming back to Harry the Wonder Cat’s blog!

 

 

2020 Kitten Super Bowl VII

2020 Kitten Bowl

 

When January 1st of every year comes around, I start to count the days until the Kitten Bowl. It’s always an exciting event, full of giggles, guffaws and a lot of “awws”. Since 2014, I have been entertain by these furballs tustling around a miniture football field. In this writer’s opinion it is one of the cutest Super Bowls around. It ‘s also the biggest adoption drive of the year…and it’s televised, as well! The game is presented in association with The North Shore Animal League America the nation’s largest no-kill shelter, and The Lasthope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation

This year, over one hundred kittens were featured. The day before the game, I went on my computer to find if I could adopt one of the fuzzy kittens and I received a message that said “unfortunately, I was too late to adopt”. I think that is fortunate, don’t you?

For those of you that have not watched a Kitten Super Bowl, I will explain how the champions are determined. There are a total of three games. Four teams split up to play the first two games. The winners of those games go on to the third game. The winner of the final game will be the Kitten Super Bowl  champions.

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In the first game this year, the North Shore Bengals challenged the champs from last year, the Little Longtails. The last play of that game was made when Maverick of the Little Longtails recovered a fumbled and “ran” it in for a touchdown, making the final score the Little Longtails – 40 and the North Shore Bengals – 34.

In the second game the Last Hope Lyons took on the Courageous Cougars. The new expansion team, the Courageous Cougars squeaked by the Last Hope Lyons with a final score of 14 – 13.

Which brought the Little Longtails and the Courageous Cougars to game three and fight for the championship. In the last few seconds of the game, the Cougars made a sneak attack, surprising the Lyons and taking it in for a touchdown. The final score was Courageous Cougars – 57 and the Little Longtails – 51.

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So, after a morning of cuteness, the Courageous Cougars were named the champs of Super Bowl VII, leaving this writer yearning to add to her cat family.

If you can provide a loving furever home, please contact your nearest shelter.

Click here to meet the kittens.

Click here for the players profiles.

Our thanks also goes out to:

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