Sunday Selfie: Pink Collar taking a nap
Are your cats napping today. This human is kind of jealous, cause that’s what I’d like to be doing. No luck. Got to shovel snow, do dishes, and hopefully do some writing. What are your cats up to today?
Today, we’re joining the Cat on My Head’s Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks for hosting this awesome blog hop.
Presidential Cats at the White House
Even though President Clinton’s cat, Socks, is probably the most famous cat that lived in the White House, being nicknamed Chief Executive Cat. President Abraham Lincoln was the first President to bring cats to the White House, and was most likely the President that loved cats the most, even rescuing some feral cats from a Civil War battlefield. He had such a bond with felines that First Lady Mary Lincoln said her husband’s hobby was cats.
Rutherford Hayes’s connection with cats is relatively well-known, receiving the first Siamese cat in the U.S., named Siam. She was sent to Mrs. Hayes in 1878 as a gift from a U.S. diplomat, David Sickels, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Barrack Obama didn’t have cats (shame on him), but George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy had felines at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow also Wilson had cats.
On President’s Day, taking a look at Presidential Cats
With President’s Day around the Corner, we wanted to revisit these Presidential Cats, and take get a better feel for just who they are. Paws stumbled across the Presidential Pet Museum, which has a whole host of information about pets who’ve lived at the White House. We found a number of dogs, horses, cats and even snakes have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We even found President Dwight hated cats so much that he gave his staff orders to shoot any cats seen on the grounds of his home. Let’s not go there, and take a look at some Presidential Cats.
President Clinton’s Socks became Chief Executive Cat
Socks, joined the Clinton family before they moved to the White House. This black and white tuxedo cat with white sock-like markings jumped into the arms of Chelsea Clinton as she was leaving her piano teacher’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991. He gained his notoriety while roaming freely around the grounds at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Photographers would stake out just like the Paparazzi to get a photo of this political cats.
Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat
It was some time ago when Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat. Cats have continued t be the loves of my life and my soul mates since then.
It was over 30 years ago when Victory, a strikingly beautiful Maine Coon look-alike Tabby cat came into my life. I met her outside a bar, and while I didn’t find the human love of my life that night, I met her, After spending a few days looking for an owner of this wonderful cat, I decided to make a commitment, and make her mine. She became my special soul mate, spoiled to the max.
Victory was no snuggle bug
My Victory was not a snuggle bug. She would sit beside me for hours in front of the TV set. But leave her outside the bedroom, and she would scratch at the door for hours. I finally gave up and she would pounce onto the water-bed, waking me with the water being sloshed around for more than a few moments.
Victory was a stunning beautiful cat. She had double paws, and had all the markings of a Maine Coon. As she didn’t have the tuffs, she wasn’t a pure bred, but it didn’t matter. Everyone thought she was absolutely gorgeous.
As a new cat owner, Paws did not know much about cats. We’ve learned as we have had 6 other felines join the family over the past several years. Victory developed both kidney disease and thyroid disease. We gave her special food and thyroid pills, not an easy task. She was groomed and petted, but she had a problem with mats. She didn;t like it much when I came at her with a pair of scissors.
Why does static electricity zap me and my cats? Why do we get shocks when we pet our cats? Why do our cats jump out of no where from that unsuspecting jolt of electricity? Why does my cat’s tail bristle when I gently pet him?
These questions haunt all of us as we get shocked when we pet our favorite felines.
Can we stop this annoyance, which can even be painful? It seems this year with our snowy winter, it’s worse than ever.
Not only do I, the human, feel the static when I take my clothes out of the dryer, I hear it when I take off my sweater. I hear the crinkle when I pet my cats, and I can almost see it when I stroke my Little Yellow’s bushy coon-like tail. I even felt it tonight when I picked up my scaredy cat, Clyde, to carry him downstairs for some extra TLC.
It’s a pretty prevalent issue, and neither humans nor kitties like it much. In some cases, the static is so strong it glows in the dark.
Paws for Reflection revisits Static Electricity
Paws had lots of response,to our blog post, Static Electricity in cat’s fur easily charged., so much so that we wanted to revisit the issue.
Some comments felt more like cries of desperation. One person wrote, ‘All winter long we get zapped. Neither kitties nor humans like it much.’
Annette says, ‘My long hair cat seems to be getting zapped my the carpet. We are renting a new place, and all of a sudden he just takes off.’
I have a dream for cats
- I have a dream for cats – that all cats are free of discrimination, and have a right to economic equality, no matter what their background, whether wild or domestic; their color (black, white or calico), or national origin.
We have a dream that all cats have freedom and have:
- Equality no matter where they came from
- Discrimination whether feral, domestic, or pure bread
- Freedom of Choice reducing the horrendous cat overpopulation problem
- Responsible owners who treat their cats like kids, not like garbage to be thrown away on a whim
- Freedom to have a furever home
- A life that does not lead to euthanasia from too many shelter cats