National Pet Day

How did I miss National Pet Day? I heard about it this morning on the local news. Of course, I immediately sent in pictures of the kids. We didn’t make air. Oh well…..

It was started in 2006. Here is a link to more information about National Pet Day. They also have a facebook page that you can check out.

I have photos of all our kids on the page under Meet The Kids.

Please share pics of your pets so we can all enjoy them on this National Pet Day.

It’s Been A While….

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry that I haven’t been posting as regular as I have been. I’ve been on the road and missing my kitties, like this guy Queso.

Queso been enjoying his life with us and getting used to his brothers and sisters. We have been noticing Luke and Queso have become pretty close buds. We catch then laying next to one another and licking each other’s ears. I’m going to try and get some video because it’s pretty precious. 🙂

Queso also had another milestone. He got added to my Apple Watch face. He quickly moving up the ranks in our household. LOL

That happens when I have too much time at the airport between flights. My next project is to get everyone on the face of my watch. I have a long layover on the flight home so I might have that accomplished by Saturday night.

My goal is to start writing more on my blog so expect to hear more from me. Please drop me a note if there is anything that you would like to chat about. I love to interact with everyone.

 

Humans Are Uncomfortable So Cats Are Not

I have been striving to write articles about serious topics that I’m hoping are very helpful to cat parents. I’m going to still do that, but I feel I need to add some more fun posts in between the serious posts.

If you have a cat you know EXACTLY what I am talking about with humans being uncomfortable. There are a lot of memes with charts of a bed where the human fits on the corner and the kitty takes over the rest of the bed.

Cats Like Warmth

I always thought that cats would sleep with you for the warmth factor. Their body temperature is 102 degrees so they, very much like humans, try to use other heat sources to stay warm. Think of how many times you see kitties following the sunlight throughout the room during the day.

Why Do We Not Move?

I know why I personally don’t move, it’s because my cats are totally spoiled and they have me wrapped around their paw. 🙂

I cannot tell you how many nights I needed to get up to go the bathroom or get a drink of water and because I have 3 or 4 kitties tucked in with me, I will lay there until one of them moves.Magic, Onyx and Jack

As you can see by this picture, I couldn’t even get into bed because Magic, Onyx, and Jack have taken over the bed. 🙂

My Thoughts On Why We Don’t Move

I know that cats aren’t “human” children, but I feel like it’s very much like a parent will not move once a child falls asleep on them. You don’t want to disturb your angel while they are asleep. You want to enjoy watching them breathe and just take in the peaceful bonding time with them. Plus, it’s also very relaxing and comforting to have another “being” tucked in and next to you (at least it is for me).

Is It Worth It?

This is a picture that my husband took. He needs to always sit on the couch or in a chair with his legs spread out with his knees sticking out so Magic (Or in this case, Jill, Magic, and Houdini) can sit down and snuggle. Kevin jokes that someday he might have hip issues because of the way that he needs to sit in order to keep the kitties comfortable.

 

Will We Continue To Be Uncomfortable?

I’m not sure about you, but I know I will continue. The reason why is I know there will be a time that I would pay any amount of money to get those snuggle times back. I’m going to take advantage of any extra snuggle time I can get with my kitties.

Final Thoughts

What about you? As I’m typing this Onyx just jumped into my lap for afternoon snuggles. Time to wrap up the article and savor this sweet time!

CES And LavvieBot

Last week, I introduced you to Basepaws the Cat DNA company who was at the Consumer Electronics Show. I wanted to share another product that was unveiled at CES. It’s called LavvieBot.

What Is LavvieBot?

I had no idea what to think when I first heard this. I honestly thought maybe it was some sort of robot that would play with your cat. Not even close…… 🙂

It is a litter box that will clean itself and also refill the litter. OK….now I’m interested because scooping the litter is not one of my favorite activities.

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Consumer Electronics Show And Basepaws

Your first question might be, “This is a cat blog, why are you writing an article about the Consumer Electronics Show”? The Consumer Electronics Show is happening right now in Las Vegas. It’s on my bucket list to attend because I’m a self-admitted “techie”. But that’s not the reason for the post. I received alerts about a new product release and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Basepaws – Genetic Testing For Your Cat

I’m sure you’ve heard of 23andMe where you can send in a saliva sample and learn more about your genetic history.

This is also on my to do list, someday. But before I do that, I might have it done for some of my kitties. Basepaws unveiled their Cat DNA Kit at CES 2019.

The goal of Basepaws is to build a database of cat DNA to help identify genetic markers to assist in the care and well-being of your cat.

How It Works

Once you order and receive your kit, you collect the sample. The sample is collected by sending in some of your cat’s hair by using the supplied adhesives. You can also send in a swab of their cheek (if they are hairless). It is sent back to the company in a prepaid envelope for analysis.

Once your sample is received it will be tested and a detailed report will be written about your cat. As the database grows, more information will be included in this report. Some items included in the report (as of this post) are:

  1. Your Cats Breed Index -Is it related to any breeds already in the database or is it Domestic (untested breed).
  2. Your Cats Wild Cat Index – Explains which wild cat your cat is related to.
  3. Identification of any abnormality in a few of your cat’s genes. (Mentioned on their website but not on the report example page).

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Are Essential Oils Harmful To Cats? – What Do I Need To Know?

It’s been one of the most popular trends in recent years. Essential oils and oil diffusers. I thought about bringing one into our home. I’m glad I did my research, as I always do with any product that I’m going to bring into the house. I was SHOCKED by my findings on something that most people might not give a second thought.

First Things First-What Is An Essential Oil?

Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from a plant. It is thought they capture the “essence” of the plant. After you purchase them many times you will mix it with a carrier oil (coconut oil is one example) to carry them to their destination (your skin).

The Most Important Question-Are They Safe For Cats?

Unfortunately, it’s not a strict yes or no. One thing is pretty clear. Full strength essential oils will be dangerous to your cat (or dog). The science behind it is the oil can get absorbed orally and through the skin very quickly.  The next step is it gets metabolized in the liver.  The issue is, cats do not have an essential enzyme in their liver to eliminate the toxin from essential oils. The Pet Poison Helpline has a great article that goes more in depth about the science behind what happens and how you can tell if your cat got into the essential oils. I’ll introduce some symptoms of exposure next.

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Cats Purring And Your Health – Is There A Connection?

If you have been around cats for any amount of time you’ve probably heard that their purrs can have healing powers. I’ve heard it too and wanted to do a little research and see what I can find out about cat purring and it’s effect your health.

Why Do Cats Purr?

First things first, why do cats purr in the first place? Of course, none of us know for sure, but here are many theories.

It starts when they are born. It might be to let the momma cat know that they are there. Momma cats purr to help soothe their kittens. Think of it like when your Mom would rock and hold you and speak to you gently. The same type of idea.

Cats can also purr when they are content. I can attest to this claim. My Baby Jack is one of the loudest purring cats (in my opinion). He will purr when he is just touched or petted. Our other kitties will purr when they are curled up on my lap.

Cats will also purr when they a scared or sick. More on that next….

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Cat Towers- Concerns To Keep In Mind….

Hello and welcome to my first blog post.

Since we have multiple cats in our house, a cat tower was a must. I’ll explain below why it’s a natural product to have in order to “keep the peace” in the household. That being said, we also had an “incident” happen with our Dora. It was 6 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday and want to share with you things to keep in mind when looking for a cat tower.

Why do cats like to climb towers?

Before cats were domesticated, they needed to hunt for their food in the wild. While they were hunters, they were also the huntees. Being able to climb trees was good for two reasons. First, if they were being chased, they could escape up a tree and evade the predator. Remember the old Tom and Jerry cartoons when Tom would run up the tree when Spike would bark or chase him? It’s a survival instinct.

Secondly, as the hunter, when they are above the ground they can survey an area and find their prey. It’s much easier than walking back and forth around an area searching for prey.

When cats became domesticated, that instinct didn’t leave them. If you have had cats for any period of time I’m sure you have had your cat perch on the back of the couch or most recently for us, in the Christmas Tree. 🙂

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About Nancy

Welcome to my Cat Corner Page. As soon as I created it, I felt like it was the right thing to do.

My name is Nancy and I’m a software trainer by day. My hubby and I don’t have any human kids, but we have 8 fur babies (Jill, Jack, Dora, Onyx, Minnie, Magic, Houdini, Luke and Queso). They were all strays and they are all black or black and white. We did have a theme until Queso came along. He’s an orange and white kitty. Everyone else is black or black and white.

Our second youngest, Luke, was adopted when we were at the vet. We had brought in 2 of our kitties for their yearly physical and a guy brought in a black and white kitten looking for a home. He was going to take him to the pound if no one wanted him.  Needless to say, we went to the vet with 2 kitties and came home with 3.  🙂

I enjoy our kitties so much and am always looking for new products for them and am interested in hearing about your kitties as well.

If you have any questions or want to share some pictures of your “babies” I would love to see them.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of Luke right after we adopted him. 🙂