Cats Need A Job When Not Napping

It has been said that dogs need a job to keep them happy and out of trouble. Many have been

Sophie snoopervising me at my desk.

Sophie snoopervising me at my desk.

bred for specific work, like sheep dogs, and now we train Labs and German Shepherds to do police work or help people with disabilities. There are many working dogs out there. But cats? Not so much.

I think cats make up their own minds about what kind of work they want to do. At the top of the list is supervising humans. They do it well and will follow their human around all day, even accompanying the human into the bath room. A cat will be mesmerized watching a human cook dinner and might even keep the human company on the counter.

Before the human goes to sleep at night, the cat is right there to inspect the bed for comfort. They provide the same service for comfy chairs. Another thing they do is watch a person very carefully while they eat. Their job is to make sure that if any food falls off of the fork before it gets into the mouth, the cat will be there to catch it, stopping a mess from happening before it starts.

Let’s not forget the obvious: cats are great at keeping the rodent population at bay and killing bugs; a service worth its weight in gold just by itself! And work as a companion to a person who lives alone? Gosh, they are never NOT on the job!

See? Cats can work, too, like dogs. We just have to recognize the work they do is highly specialized and different from their canine partners, however, no less important. Cats would not be involved in any work that was not important.

It’s a big job snoopervising humans. They need so much of it. You know the phrase “Good help is hard to find?” It was INVENTED for humans, that’s why they are so lucky to have cats around to help out.

So, on this Labor Day the question is:

What jobs do your kitties do for you?

Something Strange This Way Comes

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Oh, I don’t mean ghosties or paranormal activity. I mean that Sophie-the-cat has begun taking up residence in her big cat condo. You know, the one I bought over 6 months ago that she refused to use? Now, apparently, she has decided she likes it. I have photos to prove it!

I think she likes it because she can peek over my shoulder and watch me work at the computer. Whenever she tries to sit between me and the keyboard, I get cranky and push her off. So, it was just a matter of finding the perfect solution for both of us.

Like most Mothers, I am so happy she has finally used my gift. Not only was it a bit pricy for my pocketbook, but it took me most of my TV-viewing hours one night to put it together, and then I had a callous on my finger when I was done! At least now, I feel like my sacrifice was worth it.

I dislike putting furniture together that comes in a box. Furniture should not come in a box. It should arrive in my living room fully assembled. Or else someone should move in near me who loves to do handy-man stuff who I can bribe with brownies or cookies. Oh, heck! I’d even be thankful for someone who would just take pity on an oldish woman living with her cat!

What happened to the Boy Scouts? Where have all the Boy Scouts gone??

Anyway, so much for my diatribe about cats and furniture and helpers. I bet you didn’t think I could put all three of those things together! :-)

Sophie and I are happy to have a cat condo put together that she likes to use. Thank goodness it takes so little to please some humans…

Caturday Art: Psychedelic Kitty

This week’s art project is brought to you by the very creative folk at Ribbit. I had fun trying out SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESall of the effects I found there. The one I chose is called “Neon” — I’m choosing to call it “Psychedelic” because it reminds me of something from the 1960s. I was able to make it a variety of colors, but I chose purple because purple is Sophie’s and MY favorite color. (Of course! What else would a child of the 60s pick?) I don’t know how Sophie feels about being “purple” but I think it is “far out!”

Okay, enough 60s references…

The text font was a new one I’ve not seen before: Phonetica. It’s different.

Hope you enjoy this Caturday Art and maybe you’ll find a new photo editing site to explore. As usual, we are partipating in the Caturday Art Blog Hop of Athena and Maria from AthenaCatGoddess.com. Caturday Art Blog HopButton150x150_zpsbe54d2dc

A Tribute to A Kitty Friend

It is a sad day in the cat blogosphere when one of our dearest kitty friends is on the way out. Sparkle, the Designer Cat  has a moving blog post today that touched my heart. I only know Sparkle from blogging, have never met her human, and don’t even know what state she lives in, but she made me feel something every time I have read her posts.

Sparkle is a Somali cat, has a quirky personality that is a delight; she is sometimes cranky, sometimes resigned to what is. Sparkle and her human had so many giveaways, shared so much kitty swag, and donated to great causes all the time. Her advice to kitties everywhere was popular and, though she reluctantly shared space with feline siblings Binga and Boodie, I know she must love them, too.

These sorts of posts turn up every so often. It’s one of the hazards of working with an animal that has a limited lifespan. It’s sad, but a fact of life. I just want to say that Sparkle and her human are a class act. Her human’s tribute to Sparkle was beautifully written, touching, and memorable. She didn’t write it to say goodbye, so much as to say “Thank you.” Well, it is WE who should thank her.

When the time comes, and it sounds like it will be soon, I hope Sparkle and her human, Janiss, know how much they are loved. I don’t write a tribute to every cat that passes on because it happens so often that this would be a sad blog if I did it all the time, and I don’t want that. But, every so often a cat comes a long, even a blogging cat, that is just different, unique, special, and one-in-a-million.

I will always remember Sparkle, the Designer Cat.

Sparkle, thanks for all of the great work, and may you and your human know peace.

Where Do You Get Your Blog Post Ideas?

You never know what will touch a reader’s heart. When I sit down to write a post my first thought is to entertain. If that doesn’t bring anything to mind, then my second thought is to write something useful. Failing that, I might just post a photo of my beloved cat. The point is: ideas just fly through the air and I grab them before they can get away. That’s about as scientific as I can get to answer the question of where I get my post ideas.

Almost a match to my previous cat, Nubie.

Almost a match to my previous cat, Nubie.

It makes me feel good when I hear a post I wrote moved a person in some way. It could be that I made them laugh, or they got the feeling I was speaking directly to them. Either way, it is satisfying that my writing can make a person feel SOMETHING. It tells me that I must be doing something right…at least I’m grabbing some great ideas!

I heard from a reader this week who was happy to have run into my post about how to get over cat grief, a post that ran in June. When I re-read it, something profound jumped out at me:

“The loss doesn’t have to diminish you. It can actually bring you a wider perspective on life and love.”

Yes, I wrote those words. I don’t know which wise soul whispered them into my ear as I typed, but there you have it. Then, suddenly, I found myself writing THIS post…another idea flying by that I nabbed before it could get away.

The quote above of me quoting myself: It was an epiphany.

I think it is a comforting thought if you are afraid of the emotions that will come up for you when your beloved furry friend crosses the bridge. When I lost my Nubie, I swear my soul grew exponentially, and what it was doing was making room for more love: more love to come in, and more love to go out. Thus, a wider perspective.

Yes, the first day Nubie died was HORRIBLE for me, but each day after that my grief eased up a bit. It was almost like Nubie was telling me, “It’s okay, now. You can go on without me. Just remember that I love you, too.”

The next big spiritual leap came when I found my cat, Sophie. Some days, I swear Nubie  picked her out for me and she was just waiting for me to come pick her up. I had instant recognition when I laid eyes on her for the first time that she was the cat for me.

And so I grew.

I now had more space in my heart to love another critter that needed a home. Nubie was done with his mission on this Earth and moved on so another cat could be loved and have a forever home with me.

It all makes perfect sense…at least to me, and Sophie, and Nubie. We’re all connected and always will be. The loss did not diminish me. It gave me a wider perspective on life and love. It also taught me, again, that animals are among our biggest spiritual teachers.

Now, go grab some ideas that are flying around in the air over your head and write YOUR next blog post! You’ll be glad you did. Or leave me a comment and tell me what emotions this post made you feel.

Traumatized Cats Need Time To Chill Out

In the past, I’ve written about how a cat can be traumatized by a move to a new home. The phrase “Traumatized Cat” keeps showing up in my Site Stats as a phrase people have used to find me. I take that to mean another post on the subject is needed.

Cats are such creatures of habit that it just throws them for a loop when their routines change. Your cat might show trauma by hiding, not eating, or being a bit aggressive.

It's okay, kitty. Don't cry!

It’s okay, kitty. Don’t cry!

The best thing to do if you have a traumatized cat is to just let them be! Leave them alone to chill out! As long as you leave fresh water out for your cat, don’t worry about them not eating until the behavior has gone on for about 3 days. After 3 days, yes, call the vet. But most kitties will have started eating again by then.

The key is to let them have all of the space they need to relax on their own. They are not like humans who might enjoy having a friend around to comfort them. A cat’s first instinct when scared is to hide or run away. When your kitty is feeling better, she’ll come seek you out. She’ll let you know with purrs and head butts that she is ready to be sociable again.

I know it is hard to just leave them alone because we love them and want to nurture them, but believe me, you’re better off just letting them be alone for a while. Remember, constantly living indoors is not a natural habitat for a cat and if he was outside and became traumatized, he would hide and maybe not eat for a few days. That would be normal.

So, when your cat needs to chill out, just let him. Think how you would feel if everything you knew turned upside down.

Cat Blogging Adds New Dimension

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Cat blogging has added a new dimension to my love of cats and my love of writing. It gives me an outlet for the “cat energy” about which I can’t seem to stop talking. You, the reader, end up the recipient of all of those thoughts about cats, which I think is wonderful because then they are out of my head and on the computer screen. What a relief! I can’t imagine having to walk around with all those cat thoughts in my head, begging for release.

Blogging also gives me an outlet for my creative expression, both with writing and graphics. One guideline I always remember is if you want to get better at something, practice it every day and that pertains to writing as well. Knowing I have a blog post to get out makes me sit down and get to work! There’s always something to practice: better headlines, better grammar, or even to brainstorm better ideas.

Keeping a cat blog has introduced me to some of the nicest people around! Helpful, funny, supportive, friendly; who knew this “universe” existed? It’s been the nicest surprise to find it. Some of the kitties out there have the most unique personalities and there is always someone who makes me laugh out loud or brush off a tear! One measure of excellent writing is if it moves the reader to feel something. My cat blogging friends do that for me every day!

It is that very adage that keeps me striving to improve MY writing every day. Did I make you feel something? Did I change your opinion? Did I make you smile or laugh? Your comments tell me if I have been successful that day or not.

Three cheers for cat blogging! It brings so much light into my life, and I strive to bring that same light into yours. Keep up the meowing, purring, and commenting!