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What I've learned about cats!

Updated on April 6, 2014
Ella
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I have learned that just about every expression or phrase you have heard about cats are true and are illustrated on a daily basis! You can check out my source of this knowledge by following this link.


For Example:

scaredy cat....don't they jump at every sound?!

cat fight....one walks in the room, nudges another....boom, hiss, swat...cat fight!

let the cat out of the bag....this one is by far my favorite....with 4 kitty cats in my house, I get the most mileage out of this one!

curiosity killed the cat...another funny one in my house where someone is always getting into trouble because they are poking their nose where it doesn't belong.

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"Time spent with cats is never wasted."~Sigmund Freud

something the cat dragged in....reminds me of the night I came home to find a headless bird on my bedroom floor....thank you, Izzy!

and she looking like the cat that ate the canary....again, Izzy expecting a thank you from me....

....and Phoebe grinning like a chesire cat beause she knew I'd freak out....which started a cat fight that caused both of them to take out their claws

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."~Albert Schweitzer

Our 2 newest babes think they are the cat's pajamas when they are snug as bugs in my covers and the big girls think they are the cat's meow when they run around the house talking to us

but none can be sweeter or more loving than anyone is after the even the shortest catnap

Finnick..favorite spot, under my covers, in my arms!
Finnick..favorite spot, under my covers, in my arms! | Source
Ella...so sweet when she's asleep!
Ella...so sweet when she's asleep! | Source
Izzy...how cute is she?
Izzy...how cute is she? | Source
Finn...too tired to even put his head down!
Finn...too tired to even put his head down! | Source
Phoebe, after her surgery. she didn't know where to hang her head
Phoebe, after her surgery. she didn't know where to hang her head | Source

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become it's visible soul."~Jean Cocteau

A very important sidenote

All of our cats are rescue cats. The statistics on stray cats and dogs are phenomanal. I would beg anyone who has room in their heart and home to adopt rather than buy a pet. I have included a link to the ASPCA. The statistics are frightening. My last 2 babies were adopted through a friend. These are from a family of cats that she has been feeding for over a year. Sadly, they continue to multiply as attempts are made to trap and spay/nueter the older cats and find homes for the little ones. Finnick and Ella were 2 of 4 kitten litter. their mother has been spayed and sent back out with her family. Their siblings were adopted together and I can only imagine how much pleasure their new owners are having because I had the opportunity to meet and play with them also! Kudos to my friend Jackie and her friend Mona who have helped hundreds of cats find homes and brought hundreds of people unconditional love!

My Muse

When the cats away, the mice will play holds a different meaning for my Phoebe. When the cat lays on the mouse, Randi can't type! So, I changed that one: When the mouse is covered and away, Phoebe gets mommy to play. Or.. a good nap!

Phoebe sleeping on my mouse!
Phoebe sleeping on my mouse! | Source

Please consider this

Now that the holidays are here, people often buy a new kitty or puppy as a Christmas gift. I wanted to throw out a few words of caution here. Please don't buy them unless you are certain the recipient wants them and is equiped to deal with them. Don't bring a fish without a bowl, a kitty without a litter box, or a hamster without a cage, especially on Christmas day. When I was about 10, I received a gerbil as a birthday gift. While I was somewhat excited, my parents were clearly not. My classroom received a great class pet that year! Also, unless you are breeding or showing your pets, please consider adoption. There are so many homeless animals out there! Even if you are seeking a specific breed, you can probably find websites dedicated to the rescue and subsequent adoption of these pets.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a confession to make....I am not a cat person! There, I've said it....I am so sorry! Having admitted that character defect, let me go on to say that cats love me, and won't leave me alone. No matter where I go, cats will always come to me and hop in my lap....not Bev's lap (Bev adores cats) but my lap. Our cat, Lucy, who is fifteen years old, follows me around the house. LOL What's up with that?

      Sigh! I am destined to be a cat person, but I am resisting. :)

      You did a wonderful job with this hub; your hubs looks so much better than they did when you first started out. Great job!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Bill Happy to see you here. Yes, I am enjoying this "hub writing" there is so much room for fun that you, thankfully, opened my eyes to. No worries about the cats. They like you because they can't stand people who fawn all over them. One of the reasons my cats and I get along so well is that I let them come to me!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I find Mau-Mau to be quite independent, even though he lets us know he is dependent on food being where it should be and in plentiful supply, that we should add the right amount of his vitamins and minerals to the food, that his water should be fresh, that access to the great outdoors is expected on demand, and that there is a time when he is allowed to watch TV in the crook of my arm. All of that does not include his instant medical care, daily washcloth baths, and frequent "Welcome Home brushings."

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks for reading, Perspysacious! It's funny, my most independent cat is Phoebe but when she wants me, she is 110% with me!

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      I adore cats and your cats look gorgeous. Your right about cats jumping at every sound they look so funny when they go all spiky :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi btrbell! I have no more cats, and they were only from when I was in my teens. I miss them both, though. I like the humour, usefulness and interesting insights from you on different cat expressions. I didn't know there were a handful expressions and phrases. Some idiomatic cat expressions- copycat, alley cat, cat and dog, sourpuss and Tomcat (hahah) that I know of.

      Good purrin', btrbell!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great fun hub about cats - love it and your pics are so cute.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @Christin, thank you, happy to see you here. Most of them are mine with a couple of pictures from Google Images! Sometimes when they are scared, there tails get full and their faces puff out!

      @coffeeginmyrice, thank you! Ihope all is well in your world. Now I will have to write another hub with those expressions, lol. Oh...how about Puss in boots?

      @Blossom, thank you also for visiting! I appreciate your kind comments!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi -

      Very catty article about the felines. Makes one feel as though they were up on a catwalk looking down on the whole thing. Loved it! Great Job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I loved this hub as I love my two cats. Such fun to read. Billy Buc..I used to dislike cats and they followed me around and got on my lap when over a friend's house..Now that I love them..it no longer happens. Enjoyed this so much..Voting UP

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Great hub - great information!

      I never really 'got' cats until my son and his girlfriend lived with me for 3 months while their house was being renovated..

      they only have 3 cats - sooooo - it was cozy, to say the least - especially with my 85 pound lab..lol..

      truth be told - i feel affection towards them - but - i still don't 'get' them..

      lol..

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @richard, thank you, as I get to know them better, I find I am a much "cattier" person than before!

      @carol, yes they are funny that way. they don't like being fussed with! Thanks for reading!

      @ImKarn. I think that's their plan. They don't want to be understood and we humans, that's all we want, someone to "get us". How frustraing is that?! Thanks for stopping by!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Love this hub! I have 24 cats (all feral or rescues) and they are the joy of my life. Your babies are adorable!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hahaha I love this hub. I've always been more a dog person than cat person-left that to my sister. But, since we were adopted by two stray cats six months ago I cannot imagine our house without them. Their names are (female) Raisin and (male) TC Tiger for Tomcat Tiger. Tom for short. He is ALL boy. Well, not quite. We just had him and Raisin fixed today, haha poor things.

      And, since that was going soooo well, we added a third kitten to the kaboodle 2 weeks ago. He's about 8 wks old now and he is all black. His name is Taz-short for Tazmanian Devil.

      Great hub-rated up and all the way across...sharing.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

      btrbell,

      Cats are the cute creature of God and loveable too. Being a pet owner I love cats. their tricks create an affectionate love.

      Liked and rated your hub. Thanks for sharing

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @catgypsy. 1 word....WOW!!!!! 24 cats! So impressed and may I say, a bit jealous! Thank you for reading! Enjoy your brood. Watch out! I may catch up to you someday ;)

      @Denise. Good for you! Within 6 months 3 cats and I thought my 4 cats in 4 years was fast! I hope your big ones are feeling better. For the record, if you didn't know, as long as your little one is 3 months, you can have him neutered now, a much easier procedure. Thanks for reading and rating!

      @khmoshin, thanks for stopping by and reading! You hit absolutely the best word, affectionate! Pets are truly our heart!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      btrbell, haha, I'm sure you will!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      with luck, catgypsy!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Well, I talked with the person handling the neutering and she suggested wait till he has a few more pounds. They will also provide the rabies shots for free. It is through the PAWS association and cost a mere $20 / cat. I am so impressed with them. They were very kind and informative (and patient with all of my hovering and fussing). Both cats are doing well and seemed to bounce back much quicker than I had anticipated.

      My housemate is a stray kitten magnet--this is NOT the first time we've gone through the, "look what followed me home" situation. A few years ago we had six in our house and managed to find homes for all of them. Then my nephew and his dog came to live with us and that started a whole new set of problems! LOL (teenagers...)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Definitely go with the pros! Good price by the way. I feel you're pain.We are also stray magnets in this house and my kids are both still living with me along with the cats! Life is fun!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      The time and care that you give these cats are amazing. Knowing that all your cats are rescue cats, that is something special. Shows that you have a big heart and beautiful soul. Animals have feelings just as we do. I believe that you have a great thing going on and it makes you happy. For that, congrats on everything. Loved all the cat quotes and everything in between. Awesome article, awesome movement, inspirational. Voted up and across the board. Shared also.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @therlyricwriter! I'm blushing! You've made my day! Thank you so, so much for reading and for your generous comments. I do love them! Hey, have you done cat tattoos, yet? Nah...that won't work. I don't want 4! Truly, I thank you for voting, for sharing, for making me feel special! Have a great day!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh this is so beautiful and thank you so much for sharing.

      I agree with what thelyricwriter says.

      That little white kitten is gorgeous and reminds me of my cat Snowy when I was small.

      You have obviously put in so much hard work and it certainly paid off.

      A vote up and across the board.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      What a Wonderful, Refreshing Hub on Cats...I could feel the Love.

      My niece presented to my Sister, one small kitten, who must have been 1 1/2 wks old. She had been abandon by the mother cat outside. My sister looked at this kitten, who's eyes were not opened yet...and fed and bottle nursed her to the Adorable kitten she has today.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs. A warm Welcome to Hub Pages, we are like a "Family" of Writers here!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      well you have my heart.. I love cats.. this is so adorable.. I have two black cats. George is 8 years and 4 month old Black Flower...

      I voted way up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @Eddy, thank you so much for stopping by and your lovely comments. She is a beauty but she is the most difficult one of all...bright and mischevious!

      @b. Malin, thank you also for your kind words and sharing your sister's story. We once nursed about 3 days old. She lived for almost another 3 days. So glad your sister's grew up! Thank you also for the warm welcome. As I am beginning to meet you all, I am most definitely feeling the love! And enjoying my new extended family!

      @Debbie. My black kitty, Phoebe, is most definitely "my heart". Even my kids are a little jealous of her! Thank you so much for reading, your great comments and your vote! Enjoy your babies!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I agree with Freud absolutely!

      Aaaaaaawwwww... cats are simply the best for me. How adorable. Voted up and beautiful. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, vibesites! They are the best! Thank you also for your votes!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...well you knew that just sooner or later I would show up here because my two best friends are cats - Little Miss Tiffy who was my mum's cat and she is now a healthy 18 years old and still a fountain of youth.

      Mister Gabriel is my adopted cat and he is deaf but loves walking on his leash and when we get down to the beach I take it off him and let run or walk freely which he loves - quite a sight - a man and his cat walking side by side by the shoreline of the lake - and an indelible image and precious moment to be cherished.

      sending you warm wishes from a sunny lake today with no wind at lake erie time 12:09pm and thank you for all of the nice cat quotes and thoughts

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Colin, for visiting and for your always welcome comments. You have beautiful and very lucky kitties! Still jealous of your walks! Have a great weekend!

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      haikutwinkle 4 years ago

      This is a great hub about cats ;)

      I used to love dogs but now I also love cats.... they seem mysterious and secretive...

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for visiting, haikutwinkle! Thank you for your comments! I look forward to checking out your hubs.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These pictures are awesome and really illustrate the sayings we all have used about cats. Recently I've been adopted by 3 feral cats who now run my schedule. I'm still trying to win the confidence of Ms. Kitty who needs to be spayed, the sooner the better. Loved this one, in particular, the picture about the headless bird. A treasured gift to you!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This is so cute. We have a cat that looks just like your first cat except that he is now grown. He loves to be combed in fact he insist on it. I have wanted to take film of him being combed. The only problem he will only let us comb him while we're on the toilet. He lays down in front of the toilet and has us comb him. If he's not combed everyday he whins.

      Voted up on your hub.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, PegCole for stopping by and reading! Yes, all of mine are rescues and the 2 little ones are feral. I know very little background on the one who brought me the bird except that she was almost 2 when we adopted her and she was terribly afraid of her own shadow. Poor baby! All, thankfully are spayed and neutered and most definitely run our house! So nice to see you here!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your warm comments. Ella is now 7 months old and just about full grown (although still very small!) I will have to update! Thanks for sharing the combing story. None of ours does that but Fin like to sleep in the sink (a new habit) and Izzy follows us aroiund, whining crying and biting to get us to pet her! Thanks for your vote. I am looking forward to checking out your hubs! Enjoy those kitties!

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      Boo McCourt 4 years ago from Washington MI

      What an awesome hub. The photo's of all your precious cats are precious. I lost two od my little babies, (still hold dear to my heart) I have my 18 year old who still has a few tricks up his sleeve. I love that you have rescue cats, my three were as well. I'd take in every stray if I could. Cats are so fun, I hope you enjoy them for many years to come. Great hub. SHARED :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for visiting and reading my hub, crazybeanrider! I am so sorry about your kitties. They are loved members of the family and you must miss them terribly. My little ones have grown so much we will have to update these pics! Watch for updates and enjoy your remaining boy! Thank you the share! :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved looking at the photos of your cats and reading your hub, btrbell. Thank you for promoting the adoption of rescue cats, too. Three of the five cats that have been in my family have been rescue cats, and they were (and are) wonderful pets.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for visiting and your warm comments, Alicia! The 4 cats I have now ar ethe first 4 cats I have ever had! Those pictures are from June and I will probablt need to write another hub just to update the babies' pictures. Finnick is probably over 10 lbs. now. He still thinks he can curl up under my chin, so I let him! I look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I've had dogs and cats and now I have grandchildren. When I buried my last cat after she was killed by a motorbike, I decided to spare myself the horrible, painful grief caused by the death of a pet. But if I ever again yield to the temptation to adore a pet, it would be a kitten. I can see more of myself in cats than in dogs.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Marie. So sad when we lose our pets. They are so much a part of the family. My little ones are my babies but I must admit, 4 at one time is a bit much! I'll be joining you in the grandma department this spring with the birth of my first grandbaby. Thank you for reading and your comments! Randi

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Gorgeous pictures of those kitties. Love that funny one with the cat cone on your kitty's head after surgery. As for tips for trapping your friend's ferals, I have a lot of experience with that and can recommend a few things for your friends if they want to hear them: withhold food a day or two before trapping, get a dark sheet and leave it outside for a few days so it will lose its human (laundry detergent) scent, cover the trap in the dark sheet, use as bait stinky tuna in oil or Kentucky Fried Chicken regular recipe (take the bones out). I've Trapped/Neutered/Returned hundreds. Bless you for adopting these once-feral babies and giving them a chance -- and for promoting adoption from the shelters.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway! I so appreciate your great ideas! While I, personally, am not in a position to trap, I have been a part of seeing the process. I now have number 5 outside. He is a sweet boy and I am planning on getting him neutered soon. I love all my once-feral babies and revel in their personality difference

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Cat got your tongue? Even though I am allergic to them, I have a soft spots for cats and will often stop to pet them in my travels even though I know my eyes will get puffy and itchy afterward. Cats seem to take a liking to me as well because I speak to them sweetly and gently, something that seems to always work on cats but rarely on dogs. Great hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mel! And welcome to my hub! Very true about speaking gently. They love all things gentle except when they want to play!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Great read. Love the way you presented your topic. Well-written. Voted up and all the way.

      Keep writing hubs like this and success will be at hand.

      I cordially invite you check my hubs and become a follower. I would love that.

      I left you some fan mail.

      Peace.

      K.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Kenneth! You are way to kind! I appreciate the visit, the comments and the follow! It will be my pleasure to check out your hubs!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, so nice to meet you!! I love cats, but I've developed an allergy to them! Isn't that awful??

      In the meantime I enjoy my little dog, Baby

      Your cats are just adorable.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Mary! I've seen your little Baby on Facebook. Precious!

      Thank you. My kitties are very special. We lost our male only last month and miss him terribly

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