Category Archives: Cat Tales
While most of us set our clocks ahead one hour last night (spring ahead), our kitties most likely didn’t reset their internal clocks.
If you took an extra hour and didn’t get up at the appointed time, chances are, your kitties were not happy at not getting their breakfast at the appointed hour. That time change did nothing for their tummies. They expected their breakfast at 7 or 8 am as always.
Today, we share the many other cats and other pets that are participating in this Sunday’s Selfie Blog Hop kindly hosted by The Cat on My Head. We wonder what other felines, pups, rabbits, and their humans are thinking as we struggle with one hour less of time, something all of us have to little of. Please stop by the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and meet some wonderful friends who, like us, have now entered the world of DST.
Cats are not wired into time
Unlike humans who become slaves to clocks, cats are not wired into time. They are creatures of habit, and they know when their stomach says it’s time for breakfast. They know when they hear the shower going that you are going to be bribing them with treats so not to play Houdini cat when going out the door.
At Paws for Reflection, we pondered about this whole time change thing, not that the cats care; however, the humans were a bit curious about this custom. Turns out springing ahead to summer time is what they call Daylight Saving (not plural) Time. It adds one hour to standard time, making use of daylight to conserve energy. If you don’t have to turn the lights on until 8 pm, rather than 7pm, it saves energy, which does make sense. Additionally, it shifts light from early morning, when most people and kitties are snoozing away, to later in the day when people are bustling with activity.
Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions?
Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions? It turns out 25 percent of all New Year’s Resolutions are broken within the first week and over half are broken within 6 months.
New Year’s Resolutions are a way to make us reflect on what we want to change in our lives. At Paws for Reflection, we certainly have some issues we want to tackle in 2017, but we took a new twist this year, one that will help us stay on track and not be doomed to failure.
Setting goals with deadlines gets concrete results
We have set goals with deadlines, hoping this will make us stick to our guns and get concrete results.
The cats, including Lenny, wish for good health and happiness for their New Year’s Resolutions.For the felines, it’s all about health and happiness. We want good health and prosperity for our human, as well. We know we’re going to have challenges as our Pink Collar has progressive arthritis and Clyde’s health is deteriorating as he is over 19 years of age. Just like with humans, age takes a toll on the cats. We know we would be remiss if we did not write about this journey, and share our story to help others who may be dealing with the same issues.
Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions? Goals keep focus
For their human, we are using 2017 New Year’s Resolutions to succeed, not to fail, and we tuned to Michael Hyatt’s online webinar, ‘7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017’ for some help. He says you’ll only achieve what you intentionally pursue, so if you want to make it happen, you’ve got to clarify your priorities, and make them realistic. He suggest making 7 to 10 priorities as that is all that is realistic.
Catlantis is an amusing cat tale of magical proportions. A love-struck house cat risks his life through magical time travel to prove his love to the amazing stay, Purriana.
The book, ‘Catlantis’, by Anna Starobinets is translated from the Russian version by Jane Burgaeva. It is a tale of how Baguette, an inside cat living with the Petrov family, finds himself traveling through time to a far off place called Catlantis. He is a descendant of the magical Catlanteans, and is instructed to bring back a Catlantic flower to prove his love to the alley cat, Purriana. Every night Baguette would purrenade her from the 12th floor of his Russian apartment. He was definitely in love, and wanted to do whatever it took to win the heart of his Purriana.
As the book takes on the age-old dichotomy of good and bad, the white cats become white or good magic. Conversely, the black cats are bad and evil with black magic.
Like Atlantis,Catlantis sinks into the ocean with its beautiful white cats, black cats, ginger cats, gray cats, striped and spotted cats. The cats; however, are not destroyed. They live on in time, and make up the ever powerful Council of Six that has come down through the ages and still rules the cat hierarchy.
Cats contemplate, what can I do next?
These cats contemplate, What can I do next? as they wake up from napping, something they really enjoy doing. Even at 16, my Pink Collar can race around and play with four-year-old Lenny, if she wants to. That’s the thing about cats, they tend to do what they want to do. That’s not to say, cats can’t be trained because they can. But just like kids, they test the hand that feeds them by trying to get away with what they want to do.
This post is a part of The Cat On My Head’s Sunday Selfie blog hop
It doesn’t matter what time of day. When my cats feel like taking off, racing through the house, and wrestling up a storm, they do. That’s what is so great about cats, they live in the moment. My Pink Collar will still wrestle with Lenny, Linus and Little Yellow, which is pretty amazing as she has slowed down quite a bit. Lenny, on the other hand, acts like a kitten, and he can sail through the air for 3 or 4 feet, walk on his hind legs like a mere cat, and be unstoppable when it comes to racing. That’s just one of the reasons my cats are so amusing, funny, and lovable. I wouldn’t change them for anything.
Even though my Siamese Linus, sometimes will run away from Lenny, they still play together, when Linus feels like he wants to subject himself to Lenny’s antics. Despite Little Yellow’s asthma, he will wrestle full tilt with Lenny. It’s funny to watch, as Lenny will slowly approach the other cats, lay down, reach out to their ear, paw, or foot, and try to engage them in play. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. That’s all testimony to these cats contemplating, what can I do next?
Can you envision your cats contemplating, what can I do next? Do they entice one another to play? Share your stories in this fun discussion.
Feral Kitten thanks his Dad this Father’s Day
This Feral Kitten thanks his Dad this Father’s Day. Born a feral kitten, Lenny thanks his Dad this #Father’s Day because if it wasn’t for him, he wouldn’t be here.
It’s more than Blake being the kitty’s dad, it’s the fact that he successfully wound his way into one of my neighbor’s hearts. She had become very attached to the feral cats, Blake and Faith. She fed them daily and made set up shelter for them underneath her porch. As feral cats, they wouldn’t come in, but they would let her get close enough to watch them. Turns out Faith was ready to give birth to a litter of kittens.
When Faith had her kittens, she didn’t leave them underneath the porch as was hoped. She took them to a field with a huge brush pile. She thought the kittens would be safer there. Why do cats like to hide their kittens? We wonder, and that will be a future blog post.
Lenny was the only kitten that survived. The rest had been unable to scurry up high enough in the brush pile and were left on the bottom. They drowned. At 2-weeks-old, Lenny was nursed back to health. He was bottle fed every 3 or 4 hours. He had an eye infection. He was taken to the vet to see if there was any permanent damage. Home remedies were applied. I became involved through Trap, Neuter, Return. My neighbor wanted these two feral cats spay, neutered. We’d been working on this before Lenny was even born, but had been unsuccessful. Lenny is thankful for that, this feral kitten thanks his Dad this Father’s Day for making for making his rescue possible.