It was a real pleasure to select Molly Marie as the first Cat Picture of the Week for December, 2013.
photo © MiltonandMolly
It was a no-contest deal when her adoptive mom first held her happy, purring body in her arms in the get acquainted area at the Purrfect Cat Rescue in Newark California. But as "California Girls" sometimes do, Molly became a hissing, spitting, devil-cat as soon as she got home. That didn't last long, though until she became a purring, happy, bundle of love again. Like many red cats, though, she is sometimes a little feisty and independent, but loveable still. Read more of Molly Marie's story, and if you are lucky enough to have a red cat, learn how to post his or her story and photos.
Cat lovers are the easiest people in the world to thrill with a gift, because anything cat-related will be welcome, such as any of these gifts.
photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber
Holiday buying is in full swing now, but there is still time to order many gifts online. These are my latest top picks for gifts for a cat lover for the holidays, for any other special occasion, or even "just because." Most of these gifts are priced at well under $100, which is an important factor to all of us in today's shaky economy. My family enjoys board games, and since we're all cat lovers, CAT-OPOLY is a purrfect choice!
Despite its wild appearance, the American Bobtail is described as extremely intelligent, kind, and devoted to its human companions.
The American Bobtail originated about 40 years ago with found cats having a natural bobtail. It is a powerful looking cat, strong and robust, as befitting its heritage, and has a definite look of a wild bobcat. The magnificent American Bobtail shown here is Catalons Camouflage, a short hair brown spotted male.
Photo Credit: © Catalons American Bobtails
See also: The Wild Look in Cats
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Our house and vehicles have been snowed in for three days now, but today the sun is out we needed to go to the store, about a mile and a half from us. Why? Because we're out of canned cat food, one of the necessities of life in our home.
photo © Franny Syufy
Had it not been for the need of cat food, we humans could have lasted for at least two weeks on the food we have in our refrigerator-freezer and pantry. But our cats can't live on human food and we were down to five cans of cat food, three of which are a flavor they don't like. Our local supermarket does not carry premium brands of canned cat food, so we must make do with a Friskies pate flavor with chicken or turkey instead.
The drive to and from the store was a nightmare. Although my son once routinely drove a big rig through snow and ice, my Dodge Nitro SUV is not equipped with 4-wheel drive, and its tires are not all-weather. Backing out of the driveway was scary enough, and once on the road it was okay until we started running through patches of snow and ice on a shady curved downgrade, when it became a white knuckle ride. I know folks from the mid-west and east coast are reading this with scorn, as your winter storms are often life-threatening, and I apologize. I was just a child when I last lived in snow country, too young to have fears, but just loved the ice-skating and play in the snow. Let it be said that I was just happy to be back home, but not nearly as happy as my kitties when they chowed down!
This forum discussion started over six years ago, and long since dwindled to a halt. However, this blog mention of it went viral, and people are still finding it many years later. Strangely enough, the original poster only posted once, and apparently never returned to the forum to read the responses. jaxxxxxxx wrote:
I have a 3 year old cat who is neutered. Whenever he is on my lap or sitting beside me he seems to act as if he is horny. When I try to move him or tell him to stop he snaps at me and makes a funny sound, like he doesn't want me to disturb him. This seems like very unusual behavior to me. Is there anyone who has seen this before, and is there anything i can do to fix this?
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Last night we had our biggest snowfall since we moved here two years ago. While all my cats are toasty warm indoors, I've noticed some neighbors in our new community, leave their cats outside and I worry if they're out that they'll not be safe in this cold weather.
Our kitten Gaither was safely enjoying his first snow through the glass slider to our deck in this photo. Whether you manage a feral cat colony, or your cats are indoor-outdoor, It's important to take steps to ensure they are safe from extreme cold outdoors. In addition to the linked article, a number of our readers experienced with feral cat colonies have posted tips in this User Answer If you are also an expert on feral cat colonies, feel free to add your comments to those below.
Q: I read a magazine article that was a debate between cat behaviorists over whether cats have the capacity to love humans. One expert claimed that cats are solitary animals and only seek human companionship to fill their physical needs. I really do feel a bond with my two cats, but am I just fooling myself? Are cats really solitary animals?
A: I have read the same article, and yes, it is indeed an old debate. I have to agree with you that cats can and do express emotions and feelings, and that they are definitely capable of bonding with humans. While it is true that cats aren't "pack animals" as dogs are, they do establish "partnerships," often at an early age, both with other cats and with their humans. Incidentally, this has nothing to do with anthropomorphizing cats; they bond in a different way than...read the rest of my reply
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy
Did it ever occur to you that your cat's misbehavior and/or bad attitude might be a result of things you do or don't do? For instance, would you want to use a public restroom that smells like a dirty litter box? Just as we humans do, cats have pet peeves too.
Does your cat suddenly turn on you with a strong bite or painful scratch while you're petting her? Careful observation of your cat's body language can help you avoid the pain of petting aggression. Someone apparently failed to learn the warning signals while vigorously petting this cat.
Photo Credit: © iStockPhoto/Anna Sematkina
Christmas trees are traditional for many families, but when families include cats, we need to keep their safety in mind when decorating the tree.
Four of my cats are old enough that they are no longer interested in climbing our Christmas trees. However, they are not averse to batting the ornaments or even trying to sample the tree needles. But my two new kittens, Sage and Gaither, are going to be typical kittens, and I have no doubt one or both of them will be climbing our tree this year the first day.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy
Yes, the holidays can be a challenge when you have a cat in the family, particularly a rambunctious kitten. But with a little judicious planning and a healthy application of common sense, you and kitty can not only survive the holidays, but enhance the enjoyment for the whole family. Here are some dos and don'ts for maintaining the safety of your cats during cold, wintry holiday weather.
- How to Create a Cat-Safe Christmas Tree
- Winter Holiday Cats Picture Gallery
- Keep Outdoor Cats Safe in Cold Weather
Take a sleek, agile cat, roll him in the shimmering gold of a summer sunbeam, and you'll approximate the look of the Abyssinian cat. Fondly called the Aby, the Abyssinian is a lively and active cat.
Many Abysssinians love water. Be prepared to provide plenty of interactive play for an Aby cat, and you will be rewarded with lifetime loyalty. If you have energy, humor, and zest for life, an Aby might become your best friend. If you're looking for a lap cat, the Abyssinian may not be for you. But if you'd enjoy a pet who is lively and inquisitive; who wants to participate in your activities; and who is loyal, intelligent, and affectionate, you can't go wrong with an Aby. Watch the About.com Abyssinian Video to see this remarkable cat in action. Caesar, pictured here, is an extreme cuddlebug, according to his housemate, Kimberly.
Photo © Kimberly