It's been said that people that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.
Introducing a New Cat to Your Household
A week ago, I rescued a four-month-old kitten from my local rescue. I hadn’t gone to the rescue with the intention of adopting another cat for my household, but this kitten was just so sweet that I had to take her home with me.
I was not always a cat person. In fact, my first cat was an exotic black cat. Her name was Midnight, and she totally disliked me. After the distaste for one another I found her a new home. However, I wish I had never did that. Since Midnight I have owned a few other cats, and have grown mighty attached to each and every one of them. I have also enjoyed their company as well. I currently have four perfect loves, a tabby, two Maine Coons, and a Calico. All four have different personalities, and I enjoy every single one of them. The one thing they have in common, the love of mint catnip flavored treats. Prior to these four-legged babies, I had two other cats. A tabby and Coon mix which I had to give up to a foster family due to divorce, and allergic relatives. I have got back on track and adopted these lovely pretties.
Living With Cats
If there's one thing I've learned about living with cats, it's that you don't own them. They own you. I am owned by two kitties. One of whom is shy, and the other is outgoing and playful. Mouse, the littlest baby, is outgoing, playful and full of energy. She naps through most days, gearing up for her short bursts of playing. Sometimes she can convince her brother to play with her, and sometimes, he just wants to be left alone. This article is going to focus mostly on Mouse, because she's the outgoing, stubborn one. She knows that she owns my husband and I, and isn't shy about making it known. Even as I write this, she's laying on my desk in front of me and my laptop, purring and cuddling with my chest where I'm leaning in to my desk. She knows that there are very few circumstances where I would actually move her. And I know that if she is comfortable, nothing will stop her from coming back. She's a cuddle bug. Most nights when she naps, she's napping either on me or my husband, or somewhere on the bed between us. She's never far away from one of us, and if she wants to play, one must bend to the tiny dictator's wishes.
- Top Story - July 2018
The Day My Cats Hijacked the Computer
My four whiskerlicking cats like to hang out in my upstairs office. One afternoon, having finished my paperwork, I took my Westie, Brandi, out for a walk. Leaving the computer on and shutting the door behind me, I went downstairs and, with scruffy canine on her leash, started out of the house.
Raising a Stray (Pt. 2)
The hardest thing for me as a cat mom is to not be able to cuddle my babies when they really need the attention. Arno has always been cautious around people. I spoke a little bit in the first Raising a Stray piece about his origin story and what I thought might be the cause of why he's so shy. But I didn't cover what it's like in the day to day life with Arno.
How 9 Kittens Changed My Family
I thought my mom was crazy when she told me we had nine kittens living in our backyard. Downtown Ottawa is not known for its feral cat population, and my yard borders the main street which is not the ideal place for a furry family. However, with some pleading from my mother, I went out to investigate.
Can a Cat Be a Service Animal?
Service animals serve a wide variety of useful functions for humans. From predicting seizures, to guiding the visually impaired, to dialing the telephone, specially trained service dogs have been providing invaluable services—as well as companionship—to Americans with disabilities since at least 1927. There have also been problems in the new recently about people having fake service dogs. But can a cat be a service animal too?
The Crazy Cat Lady #2
Sami, whom we call Sami Two Steps, got this name because he lived about two steps from our home. Sami knew where to come for help. Cats know where they are accepted and loved.
The Crazy Cat Lady #1
The Photos all through this article were the closest I could come to how each of our felines looked. They are photos from pixabay.com versus my photo gallery.
Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Kitten
Kittens are cute aren't they? Well, as cute as they may be, you need to fully understand what taking care of one entails. I'll be providing you with all the information you have to know.
Cats Are Smarter Than You Think
Many people don’t actually realize how smart cats really are until they’ve owned one and that’s why most people prefer dogs than cats. There are so many perks to owning a cat over a dog! However, that is not what I’m here to talk about today. Everyone believes that cats are just lazy animals that attack people thanks to the cartoons on TV! But I’m here to share my experience of owning a cat, not just any dumb old lazy cat, but a smart cat!
Raising a Stray
When we brought Arno home, we knew that he was going to probably have some problems related to being abandoned and having to fend for himself for the first few weeks of his life. He didn't have anyone taking care or him, in fact, we think he was the caretaker, and the one that went and got the food, because his sibling was much too sick when they were rescued to have taken on that role. Arno was a strong, relatively healthy boy, who was dealt a bad hand when he was born. I don't know what the first 8 weeks of his life looked like, but at 8 weeks old, we welcomed him into our family. He was quick to purr, but wasn't overly affectionate, because he didn't know how. My husband, Kevin, and I showered him with lots of love and kisses (when he tolerated it) and made sure he always had food, water, a litter box, and love.