Love Your Cat

 Cats are Fun

 

When I was young I wasn’t a cat lover.  In fact, cats confounded me.  I could never see what they were thinking – unlike dogs, who’s facial expressions and body language made communication easy (at least for me) – cats always had the same look on their faces: don’t come near me, or I’ll scratch the heck out of you.

And they usually did.

My mother, who seems to understand cats even though she’s allergic to them, said that my problem was that I was treating them like dogs.  It took me a while to figure out what she meant, but she was right.  Dogs and cats don’t think alike.  They don’t act alike, they don’t have the same thought processes, their family dynamic is different, they eat different things, hunt differently, play differently, and relate to humans differently.

Once I figured that out and took the cat’s point of view of life on earth with us human caretakers I found that cats are very communicative.  If we don’t understand what they are trying to tell us it’s really our fault.  They are very sensitive to their environment and get pretty fed up with us sometimes when we try to force our way of life on them without letting them have their say.  I get more into this on my animal communication page.

People love their cats,  I think more than their dogs.  Cats demand our respect and their independence and we are more than happy to oblige.  Even though I don’t have a cat I know plenty that are more than willing to let me know how they feel, and I can say that now that I’ve learned how to listen to them they’ve stopped giving me the “Leave me alone” look and started to show me the love.  I’m more than happy to share it with them.

I’ve discovered The Cat Corner, a WordPress blog by Claude West, a long-time cat parent and expert on feline health and well-being.  He shares lots of information, videos, products and tips with anyone who has an interest in top quality care for their kitty kids.  Go to Tipsaboutcats.com and check him out!

I know dog parents, cat parents, bird parents and reptile parents; we all have our reasons to be attracted to different animals and want to share our homes with them.  The rare human parent includes all of the above in their family dynamic and I applaud them for being able to handle so many different personalities at the same time.

Sometimes, though, we make decisions about our pets based upon our personality traits or need for control instead of putting their needs ahead of ours.  There is a bit of a controversy about what to do with a cat that scratches up furniture or climbs up expensive drapery.  I personally believe that whatever animal you decide to foster in your home, you need to prepare for that particular personality and make sure you and your home are ready for the challenge.

Here’s an “About.com” article about alternative ways to manage your cat’s claws and their destructive behavior: Scratch This, Pussycat .  Manage your cat’s claws, don’t get rid of them.

 

If you’re the adventurous type that’s up to the challenge of grooming your own kitty, try this  video that shows you how to trim kitty claws:

 

I have friends that recently moved to Myrtle Beach.  They custom built a brand new home with a courtyard and a pool, an open concept kitchen and living room, a cute little guesthouse, and cool marble floors.  As they moved in they discovered a stray momma cat that had just given birth to some kittens in their back yard, and after some thought they adopted the kittens and welcomed momma as a next door neighbor.  Now, instead of a view of a gorgeous living room, the first thing you see when you walk into the house is a 6 foot tall cat tree.  On warm days the front door is left open and the tree is available to all so that momma and kitties (now full grown) can stay in touch.  It’s good when you can decorate your home with all inhabitants in mind.

As with my other pages, I’ll continue to keep an eye out for good links to refer you to when I stumble on them.   If you have any to suggest, even have one you’ve created yourself, write me at Happy2beEarthbound@gmail.com.

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