Cat Behavior

Happy 8th Birthday to Kizmet, an Extraordinary Cat!

Happy Birthday to a very special and extraordinary cat.

I’m nearly 60 years old and cats have been a part of my life all of those years, probably totaling at least a couple dozen during that timeframe. And I love them all – past and present – each with their wonderfully unique personalities. I won’t say I have favorites, that’s not my style, but I can say every once in a while, one of them really stands out, having an extraordinarily special nature. Kizmet is one of those cats. He’s a cat in which the earth revolves on a very special axis – one that is exceptionally kind, tolerant, intuitive, loving, patient, and accepting. In other words, he’s what’s good and pure about this world and a cat we could learn from. Read more

June – Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: 10 Great Reasons to Adopt a Cat During COVID and Beyond

There are a couple of facts when it comes to cats – one being, unfortunately, that there are millions of them at any given moment living in shelters in need of a good home, and two, that it’s been proven cats can decrease our depression, stress and anxiety levels, lower our blood pressure, and decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke by having them around. With our current COVID landscape, defined by stress and anxiety, and June being Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, it seems the purr-fect time to bring that feline shelter companion to your life and household. Save a cat’s life and they save yours. Seems fair to me. Read more

Cat Writers’, Cats, Crochet, Calvin, and Covid – Making Sense of it All

I shared this graphic a couple of weeks ago on a Friday but it remains true to the landscape of COVID-19. Just what day is it anymore?

The dichotomy is interesting and not one I’m entirely capable of expressing or even understanding. I’m living in the present, going through the motions of life, but somehow, I’m detached from it all, as if perhaps it’s happening to someone else as I watch it from the sidelines. Each day runs into the next with no real beginning or end, time seemingly defined by body counts, not days, with the only real marker of time the loud and persistent daily reminders from my cats who demand meals with regularity, showing no regard for my malaise or inability to comprehend the newly defined COVID-19 landscape all around me. Read more

Tips for Keeping Cats Safe During Easter, Social Distancing, and Beyond

Easter Sunday, as it’s known in Christianity, marks the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven and is typically a day steeped deep in traditions to celebrate the miracle – most of them involving social gatherings, whether groups of people at church or family celebrations at home. But today, amid a global pandemic, tradition is replaced with social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting taking precedence, and the holiday will have to be reinvented. We can still celebrate and look for the deeper meanings of love and hope in a very scary and uncertain world, but we must keep safety and smart cleaning in mind, especially in those households with cats who are cooped up in close quarters with us. Read more

A Leopard Does Not Change Her Spots With Age – Happy 12th Birthday to my Beautiful and Wild Bengal, Miss Zoey!

Happy 12th birthday to my favorite wild kitty!

Bengal cats, the result of a cross between a wild Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat are known for many things, most noticeably their speckled, marbled, or spotted coats that give them that distinctly wild look. They are also great jumpers and climbers – so much so, they can jump up to three times their height in a single leap, boldly letting you know as they do, because they are also quite loud and chatty as a breed. Zoey, our Bengal, who is celebrating her 12th birthday today does not disappoint the breed – even with her officially being a senior cat, she shows no signs of letting up, down or quieting her true nature.

Case in point – due to several cats of ours that can’t seem to behave, witnessed by the territorial marking on our bed of late, our bedroom is now off-limits with the door shut. However, because we live in Florida and we need to run the air conditioner, we are forced to keep the door open so the air unit can properly function. Our solution – a very tall, 6-foot-high, wicker divider we bought to place in front of the open door to allow the air to circulate but to keep uninvited feline guests out.

With Zoey that door didn’t have a chance in heck of winning…

Zoey’s response to that? A rather loud and dramatic guttural meow she bleats while jumping over the wicker gate in one fell swoop to the other side. “Senior cat? Ha,” says Zoey, as the other cats look at her from the other side of the wicker contraption, marveling at her accomplishment.

What can I say? She’s my girl and she’s been loud and dramatic ever since we got her as a tiny kitten who fit in the palm of my hand. I love her to pieces and wouldn’t have her any other way. Okay, maybe she could lower the decibel at bit at 5:00 a.m. in the morning when she starts to rouse to demand breakfast, but other than that…

Happy Birthday, Zoey – I love you today and every day!

Happy Birthday, Zoey! I love you so much and wishes for many, many more!