Cats Showing Off

Cats like and crave attention. I had a Red Tabby cat that would play with a circle game toy and he would make sure that everyone in the room was watching him. He had mastered that game to perfection and he wanted to make sure everyone knew that.

I had a black house cat that would walk across the curtain rod with the grace of a tight rope walker. He never once lost his balance while he performed his tight rope walk. We had a black outdoor cat that would balance up high on the feed door and then jump down on the shoulder of whom ever was by the feed door. She could really scare you at 5 in the morning when she landed on your shoulder.

I had a calico cat that would bring dead snakes homes and put them on my doorstep. I guess she wanted to show me what a brave huntress she was. I also had a gray and white female cat take on a skunk and she won the match except for a bite on her face which healed up quickly. She had her rabies shots up to date so I did not have to worry about that.

Cats love to do something naughty while you are talking on the phone. I guess they figure even negative attention is attention. They tend to jump on things that they know are off limits while you are talking away on the phone. I think they also figure that you are not going to interrupt your conversation to correct their bad behavior at that moment in time.

I had one cat climb to the top of the barn roof and she stayed up there for about two whole days before she came down on her own. When she was down she looked at me like were you really worried about me. She knew the answer to that question as I had been worried to death that she might fall down to her death.

Conrad

My house cat Conrad can get treats out of any treat dispenser ASAP. He has mastered all of the ones I have very quickly. He loves to play with circle ball toys and he is proficient with either paw he chooses to use at the moment. He will sit in the middle of the circle game and bat the ball one way and then the other way using a different paw each and every time.

Cats crave attention and they love to show off whenever and however they can. Cats are great entertainers. We would be lost without our cats and their performances.

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My Maine Coon Cats Over The Years

My first Maine Coon cat was given to me by  one of my cousins. She was a purebred Maine Coon cat. She arrived at my house in a large wooden chicken crate. My Father told me to look in the crate and I was delighted to  have a new car in my life. She had an excellent disposition and she got along fine with my other cats. They are not lap cats. They get along very well with children. I would carry her around the farm and she would wait with me for the school bus to come and take me to school in the morning.

She had long hair that needed to be brushed out. One time she got in a burdock patch and it took quite awhile to get all of those out of her hair. One time Fresca lost her entire coat of fur. It more or less just all came off one day. She grew back a beautiful new coat of of fur. Some cats will have this happen to them. They can get a fungus or groom themselves too much. Take your cat to your vet if she loses her coat as he can help her. I named her Fresca after the Fresca soda pop.  She was a wonderful and kind cat. She lived to 12 years old.

Years later I had Leonardo and he would sit under an old weeping birch tree with me while I did my Algebra. Leonardo lived to ten years old and he was a red tabby color. Years later I had Fluffy and she had several short hair kittens. Fluffy’s Father looked identical to her with long red tabby color hair. Fluffy’s Mother was a gray tabby cat. Fluffy had several cream colored male kittens and a calico female kitten. Her calico kitten had  a black and white male kitten and another calico kitten.

I adopted Snowflake from a woman who’s Mother died and she had to find a home for her Mother’s cat. Snowflake was very friendly and loving. She liked all of my other cats immediately. She liked to be patted and brushed. She died at about age fifteen.

About 30 years after I had Fresca a male kitten named Cool Cat was born on my farm and he looked identical to Fresca after 30 years had passed. I gave him to one of my cousins and he is a house cat and  he is a cherished pet.

I now have Peter a beautiful bi-color black and white Maine Coon cat. He was born on my farm. His father was a black cat named Onyx that was part Siamese, Persian, Himalayan, domestic short hair and Maine Coon cat. His Mother was a gray tabby. Peter loves to watch me when I feed him and clean out the litter boxes in the morning.

I adopted Nola. She was part Maine Coon cat and Himalayan. She had Sophia, Lorenzo and Maxwell. Lorenzo is still alive and well. The rest of the cat family died very young. Sophia lived to be six years old. Nola died at age four. Maxwell was only one year old when he died. The average life span for Maine Coon cats is 10 to 13 years. A few have made it to 15 years.

I hope you may have the pleasure of owning a Maine Coon cat at sometime in your life. They are wonderful, kind  and loving house cats.

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Transporting Your Cat Safely

Transporting your cat can be a major problem if not done correctly. Buy a cat carrier that is not easy for your cat to get out of. Cat carriers with cheap zippers are no good. If your cat squirms and pushes his head against the zipper he can get out and maybe get under your feet while you are trying to drive.

I like cat carriers that are of solid construction or ones that have sturdy zippers. Make sure the doors of your carrier are latched properly once your cat is in the carrier and also make sure the screws are tight that hold the carrier together.

Never wrap up your cat in towel and think he will not escape from you. Any cat in an unfamiliar area is extra nervous and will try to get out of your arms immediately. A vet once told me a lady had her cat in a towel and it escaped and hide by the school in that area. After looking for several hours she finally found her cat and her vet let her borrow one of his cages. Her cat could have run onto a busy highway in that area and gotten run over. She was lucky that her cat lived to tell his tale of momentary escape.

I do not turn on the radio in my vehicle while I am transporting one of my cats. Cats do not like loud music and it could stress them out more than they already are. The speakers in most cars are where your cat would be sitting and therefore the music would be extra loud with their keen sense of hearing.

Talk to your cat while you are traveling with him as your familiar voice will help calm him down. Put a few of his favorite toys in the cage. Place a couple of cat treats in the cage also. If your cat is extra nervous or hyperventilating spray some Pheromone spray for cats that helps calm them down on a piece of cloth and place it in the cage with your cat.

Hope you and your cat have safe travels and visits to your local vet for many years to come.

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Why We Are Drawn To Cats

Cats facial features mimic a human baby and therefore we find them very appealing. Cats keep the rodent population down and protect us from diseases the rodents spread.  They sit on our laps and purr away and lick our fingers or rub against us. Having a feline friend reduces your blood pressure and helps reduce your stress also. Cats look as us lovingly and blink their eyes and roll over on their backs for belly rubs. When a cat rolls over on his back he is showing you that he trust you 100 %.

Cats Know Their Names

Cats do know their names. Cats choose to come to us only when they feel like coming to us. Research has been published in a nature magazine suggesting that 78 cats out of 78 cats new their name. Cats are very independent creatures and cope better at being alone than a dog.

Cats Improve Your Sleep

Sleeping with your cats can improve your sleep. People that let their cat sleep in bed at night with them tend to fall asleep faster. You keep your cat warm in bed and he keeps you warm . Your cats breathing pattern reduces stress and you feel at ease and relaxed.

Cats Like Us

You give your cat food and shelter and his natural instincts makes him want to be your pal. Cats follow us around because they like us and they want to know where we are when they feel hungry. Are cats rub against our faces because they want to put their scent on us. Their scent warns other cats that we already have a feline friend in our lives and that the new cat should back off.

Cats Are Relaxing To Watch

Just watching a cat at play or resting is very relaxing. Your cat is at peace and therefore you are at peace also. Cats are very entertaining. Some of the things that your cat does seem almost unbelievable. I had a pool table at one time and my Siamese cat would watch the balls roll into the pockets. She seemed to know almost before I did if the ball would make it in the pocket or not. Cats feel comfortable and safe in small spaces. I had a cat hide in a box of Christmas decorations and it took me along time before I discovered her hiding spot. My Grandmother had a cat that hid in a shoe box and the lid remained perfectly on top of the shoe box. A friend of hers discovered her cats hiding spot.

Living With A Cat Can Give You Nine Lives

I love holding my cats and patting them on top of their heads. I lavish them with toys and heated beds, water bowls, cat treats and all the affection that they can handle. I take them to the vet for their annual checkups and all of their necessary shots. I want my cats to live a long happy and healthy life. Cats ad to the spice of life. I am sure having cats in my life gives me nine lives also. My feline friends all have different and pleasing personalities. Curl up with your cat on your lap and think how you have blessed each other with your presence in each others life.

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What I Look For In A Cat

I look for cat that is nice and clean. There eyes should be clear and bright, fur clean, clean hind end and the tail should be up as these are signs of a healthy cat. The cat should be calm and not too hyper and have an easy going personality. A cat that tries to nip and bite will probably present that same kind of behavior now and then the rest of its life.

The cats fur should not be matted or dirty. There face should not be all clawed up as this shows they like to get in a cat fight every so often. I lift up a paw to see if they might tolerate having there claws trimmed. I place the cat on my lap to see if they like to be held and pet. I also put a finger near there mouth to see if they want to try to bite me.

Is the cat you are thinking of adopting outgoing and exploring his surroundings ? A cat that is listless is probably sick. Have the cat checked over by a vet to make sure it does not have feline leukemia and other cat diseases. Cat diseases can be spread very quickly to your other house cats if there shots are not up to date.

Different breeds of cats have different personalities. Do you want a laid back cat or a very outgoing cat ? Read up on the different breeds of cats to see what breed would work the best for your household. I like cats that are part Siamese, Persian and domestic short hair as this blend seems to be the best combination for me.

My cat Kohl is a very easy going cat. Garfunkel is an excellent lap cat. Conrad is a one person cat and I am lucky he choose me for his person. Russ is a very tame and friendly cat. I have fourteen cats and all of them have there own unique and interesting personalities.

I hope you and your new feline friend have at least nine lives together and more.

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The Adventures Of Zachary, Jitters and Tabatha

I purchased Zachary my pet goat from a party that raised goats in Thornton, Iowa. He came to live with me as a very young goat. I put him in a building that had two cats in it because I wanted him to get along with cats.

We had a dog that was part miniature lab, dachshund and rat terrier and her name was Jitters. Jitters and Zachary got along well together. Jitters was a very smart small dog. She won every prize at a dog show at TSC except for one prize. A puppy won that prize. She would jump into my Fathers arms on command, shake hands, roll over and she loved cats.

My cat Tabatha had her kittens in Jitters dog house and when she left for awhile Jitters was head babysitter. She watched over those kittens as if they were her own offspring. In the morning the kittens would come running out of the dog house followed by Tabatha and than Jitters.

Zachary would jump on our windowsills and look at us while we were preparing breakfast in the morning. Jitters and Tabatha would be waiting for their fried eggs or oatmeal in the morning along with their normal food. Where one went they would all go.

When Zach was very young the two kittens he grew up with thought to themselves let play a trick on the goat. They left him in the corn field by himself. My Father and I found him in short order as we heard him bleating in the field and he rode home with us in the pickup. We could not find Zach at one time. He was quick and he sneaked into our house. We kept calling him outdoors to no avail. We went in our house and he was standing in the middle of the living room and nothing was damaged or soiled luckily.

They would all go out hunting together. Tabatha and Jitters would stay in the ditch and hunt for mice. Zachary would veer off into the corn field and eat the ear corn that was left behind by the combine. One time Jitters caught a mouse and Tabatha got it away from her. Tabatha tried to get her kittens to eat it but they were to young yet to know what to do with it. Jitters got her mouse back and she had her appetizer for the day.

One time they got on the black top by my place and a nice woman herded them back to my place. She got out of her car and said I assume this is were they live and I said yes and Thanked her. She did not herd Tabatha back however because you can never herd a cat. Tabatha came back all on her own.

Zachary and Tabatha and Jitters had many fun adventures together. They were tremendous and loving pets. Tabatha lived to be 7 years old. Jitters lived to 14 years old. Zachary lived to be 16.3 years old. I am sure they are having fun adventures in heaven. God Bless our beloved pets.

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Different Cat Personalities

Siamese cats are very outgoing and very talkative. A purebred Siamese has a very high pitched meow. Sometimes they are a one person cat and do not do well with strangers. I had a purebred Siamese and she liked to jump on strangers heads. Siamese cats were trained to jump on peoples heads years ago. They were kind of like a small dog guard for the family. My cat Sebastian saw a man walking down my road at night and he let out a meow or wail that could literally wake the dead. I pulled my shade down and I thanked Sebastian for his heroic effort.

Himalayan cats are very quiet and never seem to meow much at all. They are very loving and very kind and they need a lot of grooming with their long hair. A Himalayan is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese cat. Persians have a short stubby nose and tend to be on the quiet side.

Rex cats do not shed and they have curly hair or no hair at all. Some of the hairless cats are quit long and resemble a Siamese cat that would have no hair. The hairless cats have a short life expectancy compared to other cat breeds.

I saw two Manx cats on the Isle of Man were they originated from. They were long and had no tails. They were very friendly and outgoing. They tend to have some health problems because they do not have a tail.

They are many more exciting and various breeds of cats to consider bringing into your household. Each and every cat seems to have its own distinctive and interesting personality that sets it apart from other cats or breeds.

All of the cats that I have now are domestic short hairs which is a combination of other breeds of cats. My cats are part domestic short hair, Siamese, Persian, Himalayan and Maine Coon. Most of my cats have a lot of Siamese and Himalayan in their genetic makeup. I had a purebred Maine Coon cat when I was six years old and she lived until I was sixteen and about forty years later I had a male cat born on my farm that looked identical to her.

My domestic short hair cats have lived to be eighteen years old. They are easy going and friendly and very loving cats. My cats are wonderful and loving companions. I hope you and your cats have a lifetime of friendship and many years together.

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Should I Have a Male or a Female Cat ?

I have had both male and female cats over the years. There is not a lot of difference between the two sexes.

Male cats seem to put up with more then a female cat will. A male cat will let you hold him longer. Neutered Toms are very gentle and loving. Male cats that are not neutered may spray your furniture. My male cats have always seemed more relaxed and easy going then the females are. My male cats do not seem to live quite as long as my female cats have.

Female cats are gentle but are not as tolerant as the male cats are. The female cats like to be held on their own terms. A female cat prefers to jump own your lap rather then you picking her up and putting her on your lap. She will lay on your lap for a short period of time. My female cats do not like to be brushed for a long time. They like their grooming to be over very quickly.

Both male and female cats love to play with cat toys. Both sexes of cats love to be patted on their head and scratched under the chin. Males and females love to snuggle up in bed with you. Both male and female cats like a warm and cozy place for their afternoon naps. Male or female cats will give you a lot of joy and love.

I have had many male and female cats in my lifetime. Both the male and female cats have given me great joy over the years. Either sex of cat that you choose will love you the same.

Whatever sex of cat that you choose you will have a companion that will give you great joy and love for many years to come.

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For The Love Of Cats

I have loved cats since I met my first cat Flossie in my stroller. My farm cats have always followed me all over our farm. They would wait with me in the morning while I waited for my school bus. My cats would sit next to me while I read a book outside. For a school assignment I had to have someone leed me around blindfolded and I was able to identify each one of my cats by their particular meow. I got an A on that assignment.

I have adopted many cats over the years and they have been wonderful and kind and loving cats. Many of the cats I have adopted have become one of my  house cats. I have adopted Siamese cats, domestic short hair, Persian and a Russian Blue cat. I have adopted cats from restaurants, their former owner, businesses , a kennel and my veterinarian. Each cat that I have adopted has its own unique qualities and character.

I have doctored many cats back to health and most of them were very appreciative. Some of my cat patients have taken off again after their recovery. They did not realize that the medicine that I had them take had saved their lives. They thought I was a mean person that fed them a terrible tasting liquid mixture or gave them a shot or had them swallow a nasty pill. My intentions were well but they did not realize that.

I have loved and adored cats since my baby years. I would be totally lost without the companionship of a Dear sweet cat in my life. They sleep in my bed with me a night and awaken with me in the morning. They start out their day with a clean litter box, water and a dish full of dry cat food. They get cat treats, play with cat toys and held on my lap and I pat them on their head. They love to watch birds from my picture window. Life is purrfect with your loving, compassionate and caring cat in your life.

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The Story of a Very Petite Young Black Cat

I had a very petite  and very small black kitten born on my farm. She would follow my Father and I all over the farm. She would do the same thing if someone came to visit us. She was always under foot and we were afraid that we would step on her and kill her by accident. She was a very kind and loving little female kitten. She knew enough to stay away from cars and farm machinery. If I would try to run so she could not catch up with me it did not work. The minute I would turn around she was right there johnny on the spot.

Conrad

She would eat a fair amount of cat food but she never seemed to grow. I thought she would always remain very small for her age. She was very healthy and could run like the wind. She had her rabies and distemper shots and she checked out fine with my vet. I think our dog got a little annoyed with her at times because she would also follow our dog all around the farm when we were in the house.

I put an ad in our local newspaper under giveaways. I was afraid that someone would eventually step on her and kill her by accident. A nice young couple answered my ad. I told the couple that she was very small and that she would probably stay that way the rest of her life. The couple came out to our farm and fell in love with her the minute they saw her. I asked for their name and phone no. so I could check up on her later on.

Conrad by jewelry box

I waited for about one year before I called the young couple and asked them how the kitten was coming along. They told me that she turned out to be  large female cat and that they loved her so much they got another cat to keep her company. I was glad  my young cat  found an excellent and loving home.

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