Behavior

THE SLEEPYPOD TRIAL

At our house, we like modern, safe and colorful.  The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed/Carrier is all of these.  I first saw them on the Internet & then at a BlogPaws Conference. I ordered one to see if my four cats would like it. They were excited just by the big box. They climbed in and out of the box and then, of course, the carrier. It is Spirit's but all the cats LOVE IT.  FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SLEEPYPOD. We will only review products on this blog that we USE and LOVE. 

WHY IS THE WALKER SO HEAVY?

Meowmuh sez:  My knee was bone-on- bone so it was replaced. My first night home, I pushed my walker through the darkness towards a night-lite in the bathroom. Why was it so heavy? As I reached the door, the light silhouetted a furry black figure with wide gold eyes perched on the seat of my walker. Inkee-Bear. I heard my laughter, healing laughter.  Thank you, Inkee-Bear.  

 

MEOWMUH'S NEW KNEE

We, the Cat Authors, have not been posting for the last month cause Meowmuh got a new knee.  Don't know what a 'staple' is but they removed 'em yesterday. Hundreds of 'em. I, Meowmuh, have to interject here--it was only 30. The Cat Authors misrepresent facts. They say:  "That's our story and we're stickin' to it."  And they do.  The conversation ends when, in unison, they launch into a grooming session.   

CATS WORKING FOR THEIR EATS

The BlogPaws Conference in South Carolina gave each attendee big swag bags of toys, food, etc.  PetSafe's SlimCat Interactive Cat Feeder was in the bag. I filled the plastic balls with their fav dry food and set them on the floor. Inkee-Bear figured it out first. Each ball holds 2/3 cup of dry food/treats; they are dishwasher safe with BPA-free plastic. It provides small portions while they 'hunt' their food and expend energy. This is not a sponsored ad. This is simply what the Cat Authors do best - eat.

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EMILY BRONTE'S ESSAY ON CATS (1842)

"I can say with sincerity that I like cats; I can give very good reasons why those who despise them are wrong. A cat is an animal who has more human feelings than almost any other being.

HIGH PERCHES

Cats love to find the highest place in any room, tree, post or roof and figure out how to get up there.  It might take leaping from one piece of furniture to another, climbing the drapes or the blinds or a telephone pole or a wild jump straight-up using those powerful back legs.  Sometimes they climb so high that they can't figure out how to get down.  The need to climb high is instinctive. It not only keeps them above most predators but it also assists them in watching for prey that they can kill.  They are, after all, carnivores. 

SLEEPING OR CAT-NAPPING?

Most humans sleep six to eight hours per day.  But our cats sleep twice as much as we do!  Sixteen hours is the average amount of time that our cats sleep per day.  Older cats and kittens spend even more time sleeping.  When our cats aren't playing, eating or grooming, they're sleeping.  Nearly 75% of their sleep time is spent in the 'snooze' or 'light sleep' mode also sometimes referred to as 'cat-napping.' When snoozing, they postion themselves so they can spring up and into action at a moment's notice. Their ears twitch and rotate toward noises and their eyes will be open a tiny bit.  Some experts say that they are only in 'deep sleep' mode 5% of the time.  

PLAYING OR FIGHTING?

In the above picture, Gracee and Inkee-Bear are peacefully playing together. They play-fight: jumping onchasing &/or nipping at each other. In the picture, Gracee tries 2 rest quietly under her rug but, in the 1st video, "Oops! Gracee Gets Mad", Gracee hisses, growls & yowls. She is mad! Does Inkee-Bear enjoy teasing her? Yes. In contrast, the 2nd video, "Play-Fighting" shows Inkee-Bear and Sophee only play-fighting (no angry sounds).

THE ARCH ENEMY: PRINTER OR PAPER?

The mere sound of our printer starting causes Spirit to race upstairs to the printer. Seating himself in front of the printer, he tenses for yet another battle. But, is the printer the Enemy? No! The paper is the real Enemy. Notice how every sheet of paper first peeps and then creeps out of the printer? It is his prey. Instinctively, he strikes at the paper, like he would an insect or rodent. But the Enemy, the paper, keeps coming, one after another, advancing from some deep, dark place.

WHAT DO THEY SEE?

Some say that cats have a sixth sense, that they can see and hear things that we can't.  We know that their hearing is much more sensitive than ours.  PetMD reports that cats (and some other animals) see in ultraviolet light.  That ability opens up a whole different world than the one we see.  Our lens blocks UV from reaching the retina.  So, cats might see fascinating patterns on birds wings, or leaves, or staircases. They see things that our eyes can't detect.  Admittedly, it is at times unnerving to see your cat intently watching or responding to something that you can't see or hear.  But that only adds to their magic and mystery.