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

cropped-harry.jpg

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?

I would like to thank my friends at:

The Animal Rescue Site