Cat Adoption (Part 1)

I know I’ve introduced all of our cats already, but I think it’s always fun to hear about how your kitties became your kitties. I’m going to share all of my adoption experiences of my cats (past and present) starting from oldest to youngest.

Casey

Casey showed up on the porch of the house I was living in when I lived in Wisconsin. It was chilly outside so it was an easy decision to bring her into the house. She was not black and white (like all our kitties right now). She looked like a lion and had long bushy hair. When I moved to Connecticut, she ended up living with my Mother because I didn’t want to stress her moving her across the country. She passed away in 2004. I need to search my archives for a picture of her. She was a super sweet kitty.

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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!

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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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Meet Baby Jack

You made it to the last day of introductions. We end with Jack. He is the “elder” in the house. I say that he purrs the loudest and can be quite vocal when he wants to be petted.

I will be sharing a story that gave us a little scare with this guy, but this is all about positive posts.

Here’s more on her story. (You can always access this by going to the “Meet The Kids” drop down menu at the top of the website.)

I hope you enjoyed meeting all of our kitties. Now I will start posting some articles regarding cats health, behavior and products.

If there is something that you would like me to research and write an article, please use the contact me option at the bottom of the site and I will happily do the research and let you know.

Thanks for reading!

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Jack, right now, is our oldest kitty in the house. I also adopted him from the vet. It was right before Halloween and his name was “Spook”. Although that name was cute, we decided to name him Jack after Jack the Pumpkin King from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

He was so tiny when we got him that we also nicknamed him “Baby Jack”. Eleven years later, at times we still call him Baby Jack. 🙂

I travel for work and he would jump into the suitcase when I was packing. As a joke, I strapped him in. I’m surprised he stayed there long enough to take a picture. 🙂

Jack grew up and to be honest, he got a little “chubby”. Since Luke has come into the family, Jack has become more active and lost some weight, but here is a video of Jack when he was heavier. It just makes me laugh…. Enjoy!

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Meet Jill

Welcome to day 7 of introductions. One more day after today.  🙂

Today I bring you Jill. Jill wasn’t as tiny as Magic when we brought her into the house, but she was pretty small. One of my favorite memories was she walked right up to our biggest cat (as he was hissing at her) and just sat down and looked at him like, “What are you going to do”? 🙂

She enjoys head bonking us and we love it too.

Here’s more on her story. (You can always access this by going to the “Meet The Kids” drop down menu at the top of the website.)

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Jill is our second oldest. I was taking some supplies to our vet (they were asking for newspaper for litter) and I saw Jill in the adoption cage. This was the peanut that I laid my eyes upon. Look at those ears! (Spoiler alert, she did grow into them).

Jill fit in quite well with everyone in house. Here she is with Jack. (She’s the smaller one. Now, she towers over him instead of the opposite.)

Jill picked up a habit when she was tiny and she will “squeek” anytime you touch her butt. She’s never forgotten this and to this day she still does it (and we got her in 2008).

Here is a more recent picture of Jill.

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Meet Dora

Dora was a “bonus” kitty. She came into our life because of one of our friends couldn’t keep her anymore.

She has a cute face, but sometimes I think she looks cranky. I’ll get a good picture of what I mean and I’ll post it later.

Here’s more on her story. (You can always access this by going to the “Meet The Kids” drop down menu at the top of the website.)

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Dora came to us from one of my husband’s co-workers. I remember when they got Dora. I sent a note to them and said that she matches out color scheme and we would take her.

Fast forward a few months and that same co-worker reaches out to me. They recently had twins and Dora wasn’t liking getting less attention. The co-worker remembered I said we would love to take her.

Dora was a little gruff when she first came into the house, but she settled in pretty quickly. She doesn’t like to mention it, but she likes to snuggle. Here is a collage right after we got her.

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This is one of her favorite snuggle positions. 🙂 She also makes funny noises when she is tired. I’ll try to get video for everyone.

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