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Cat Lovers, Things We Learn from Our House Cats
This article is dedicated to all of the Cat Lovers out there. Many times I have wondered what all the fuss over a cat is about, but after living with a couple of them for the past year and a half, I am convinced the fuss is well earned; at least this is what my cats are telling me. The things we can learn from our house cats seem quite obvious to our cats, but regularly elude our human awareness. While the thump of a wagging dog tail may thrill those like me who treasure the company of canines, a true cat lover will always choose the full throttled purr of the family house cat.
Cat Lovers seem to be the people who understand that a cat is not an aloof creature at all, but rather that a cat harbors a deep appreciation for the feline dignity born within them. To understand and learn from our cat companions can change the mannr we humans take our stride through life. (If only we could manage the swift swish of a tail or the purring-trill of pure glee that defines the moods found within our family cats.) Lets move ahead to find the things we can learn from our house cat companions:
Unusual Cat Advice
"Cats" Live in the Moment
If you observe a cat as she saunters through the house, it becomes evident that she is truly living in the moment. She appears fully free of any guilt (knowing you haven't yet found your knitting yarn strewn throughout the master bedroom) and other unpleasant emotions. If you can begin to think like your cat, without being encompassed by the "should haves" and "what ifs," your peace of mind may well turn in to a peaceful day. Stop pining about the past and freaking out about the future. As does your house cat, strive to stroll confidently and worry free within the present, taking things as they are instead of how they develop inside your mind. You will never catch a cat making an appointment for therapy!
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Never use these plants in a cat occupied home:
- Daffodil bulbs
- Morning glory
- and Poinsettia.
A "Candid Cat" is a "Happy Cat"
If you look closely, you will find the candid nature of a cat. They ask for exactly what they want ("where's the Tuna stashed"). There is never a question as to what a cats goal is (watch a cat chasing down scampering vermin). If we take this action in our human lives, we find the outcome to be far more successful indeed. If you crave something, simply chase it down with vigor, and hold on tight so it can't get away (the handsome new guy in the cubicle next to you seems a worthy goal).
Make a "Date with Your Cat"
This does not mean bring catnip and make dinner reservations for you and your cat, (felines are rarely in the mood for a car ride for any reason). I simply mean, be sure to make time everyday for your cat. Set aside time to heartily greet and caress your house cat. A quick pat on the head or a brief scratch on the back as you buzz out the door on your way to work or play, does not constitute cat companion time. He deserves more than that. Take the time to pick him up to caress and cuddle him whenever the moment pops up. This can be applied to your human relationships as well. NOTE: I don't see the pat on the head or the picking up options for your human relationships working out as well as they will for your cat relations, employ people friendly tactics when dealing with humans.
8 Plants That Won't Hurt Your Cat
These plants are just fine for your feline:
"Cats Enjoy a Little Solitute"
All cats find their alone time quite valuable. They are less likely to be adhered to you as if you were both positive or negative components of Velcro. Your cat understands that time alone is seriously underrated, and vital to the recharging of our engines. Indulge yourself with 15 minutes of solitude each day. If your sweet little house cat decides to join you, it's purrfectly alright. (Make sure she doesn't bring her cell phone with her, that's just asking to be interrupted.)
"House Cat Bonus Trivia"
- Using your cat's name at every chance you get will help her to recognize that this is a special noise just for her. She will soon realize that this special noise her human makes is associated with some pretty cool things; like petting, playing, and of course cat snacks!
- Allow your cat to train you a little bit. When she becomes vocal, meowing for what may seem like no reason, chat back. Even as you don't speak fluent feline, your cat will appreciate the response. When she is chatting with you, be sure to learn when she is asking for a cat treat, which honestly is probably the only thing she will ever talk about.
- You can adore your cat with the blink of an eye. While long periods of direct eye contact can feel threatening to your cat, a gentle wink has a very different feeling. Try watching your feline as she offers this much sought after cat affection; the relaxed "wink" of both eyes. When you catch the gaze of your cat, try gently blinking first to see if you can inspire her to respond in the same manner. This is a quiet and flattering way to "chat" with your cat.
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What You Think Really Does Matter!
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What's in a "Cat's Meow" - The Meaning of "Cat Chat"
Your cat is capable of making up to 20 distinct sounds, each having their own specific meaning. No one has yet developed a cat translation tool as such, but the following are 5 common "cat chat" tips that can help you to avoid being the bearer of an unintentional feline faux paw :
- Meow - This is a demand for immediate attention. Your cat is saying, "You're behind with my dinner" or "It's time to wrestle—right now."
- Mew - This little sound is generally used by kittens in search of food or comfort.
- Chirp - This lovely trilling melody almost ends with a question mark. It generally indicates a friendly greeting like, "I'm so glad you're home."
- Hiss - This sound needs little translation and is a clear and direct recommendation as in, "You should get the heck away from me."
- Purr - Even though we aren't actually sure how cats make this delightful noise while continuing to breath and with closed mouth, we can decipher it to some degree. It is mostly an indicator for contentment, but can also occur when a cat is stressed, most evident when visiting the family vet.
No matter how obvious the things a cat knows may be to him, we have to watch closely to observe the tiny details he displays. If we can manage to confirm our appreciation for the cats who reside within our homes, we might also find that they can show us a better way to handle our human possibilities. Simply put, the things we can learn from our house cat, are plenty.