Cat Behavior

How I Overcame My Fear of the Veterinarian for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

I adore my cats and would go to the ends of the earth and back for them. That said, I have a confession. Despite knowing how important it is to bring a cat to the veterinarian for routine check-ups, there was a time I stopped bringing mine altogether. It’s not that I didn’t want to bring them, it’s that I literally wasn’t capable due to extreme mental anxieties that were crippling me with fear. With today being National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, I felt the need to share my personal story and how I overcame my anxieties so I could once again bring my cats to the vet on a regular basis. Read more

Where Will You be During the August 21 Solar Eclipse?

very nice black cat with yellow eyes

There are certain “where were you” moments in life, such as when I was a very young girl – where was I when I heard John F. Kennedy was shot, or when I was in my late 20’s – where was I when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, or when I was in my early 40’s – where was I when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. While today’s solar eclipse is not an event mired in tragedy, it is triggering nationwide attention and is something I know I will remember in my mind for years to come.

For me, the solar eclipse is scheduled to peak at 2:57:40 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 79.9% of the sun. I will be with my co-workers and I’ll probably be watching it live streaming on the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App I downloaded for my iPhone.

I don’t have safety glasses and I don’t plan on risking my eyesight to look at this phenomenon. My cats will be home, safe and sound, most likely napping through the entire eclipse without even a momentary thought that something different was going on in their day. Now, if the eclipse was later in the day, say around an hour before dinner time, that would be an entirely different story, as that’s the time they begin early pacing to eat.

Rolz speaks on behalf of all the cats in my house…

So, where will you be during the eclipse and how do you plan on looking at it? If you’d like to find out what time the eclipse will peak in your area and the obscurity percentage, please visit this link – all you do is plug in your zip code and it figures it out for you! If you will be outside, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be safe and make sure you are wearing the properly  endorsed eye wear from The American Astronomical Society – there’s a lot of unscrupulous scammers out there trying to make a quick buck and you can never be too careful. For more information of what glasses are safe and instructions on how to view the eclipse, please visit their official site here.

Peekaboo – I See Mew and Other Hide and Seek Cat Behaviors

Cat under the curtain? What cat?

Peekaboo – that simple form of play with an infant where someone hides their face, then pops back into view, causing the infant amusement – is a fundamental, universal concept in an infant’s inability to understand object permanence. Swiss clinical psychologist, Jean Piaget, known for his pioneering work in child development conducted experiments with infants, concluding object performance was typically achieved at eight to nine months of age. I bring this up because cats also have a peekaboo mindset and Jazmine reminded me of this the other day when she was hiding behind a sheer curtain, convinced I couldn’t see her. Read more

Sunday Selfie – Doing Nothing Like a Cat and Feeling Good About It

Jazmine is the perfect model to share what Sunday’s should be all about…

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward. I found this quote to be especially perfect to share this Sunday, for it is one of those lessons from my cats I aspire toward because they are masters at doing nothing. Relaxing does not come easy to me and I find the older I get, the more forgiving I have to be with myself. It’s a hard truth, but the fact is, I can’t possibly achieve everything I want to in one day. At least I can’t if I want to keep my health, sanity, and peace-of-mind.

So, I’m getting better at it. Walking away from the computer. Walking away from household chores and endless “to-do” lists. Walking away from self-induced stress. I went in our pool last weekend for no reason other than to bask in the beauty of the day. I read more books. I worry less about keeping up with blogging and social media and concentrating more on spending time with Dan, the cats, and my family. I’m far from perfect, but I’m getting there. I hope you all find inspiration in your cats and find some time for yourself as well today. Be kind to one another and enjoy the day!

Tips to Manage 4th of July Stress With Your Cat

We have a lot of people in our neighborhood who let off noisy fireworks – Zoey feels safest under a blanket during all the commotion.

4th of July is a time of celebration – America’s birthday, our freedoms acknowledged and appreciated, cookouts with friends and family, time off from work, great shopping deals and more. But for our cats who are reactive to the slightest of change in their environment, a day and night like the 4th of July – something out of their typical norm can be especially stressful, traumatic and dangerous to them. We can’t stop fireworks and celebrating from happening, but with some planning and basic understanding of cat behavior, we can make the holiday more manageable for them. Read more