Domestic Animals

Cats!

I can’t remember a time period in my life when I didn’t have a cat. My first cat’s name was Boots, but I called him Bootsy. He would happily let me carry him around my neck like a scarf when I walked. And considering how big and fat he was and how small I was, that was something!

The next cat I remember was Princess, but I called her Purrna, because I loved the way she purred on my feet at night under my bed covers. Purrna had lots of kittens, an experience of my childhood that was positive and ever so fascinating to me.

Ralph was a cat that was lying in the road injured. My dad put him in the car and took him home with us. He got better and was a typical alley Tom cat. He would come home bleeding from the fights he had with other cats. Most cats were outdoor cats, and roamed about as they wished when I was young. Oh, the loud sounds they would make outside the bedroom window when they were fighting! But they always seemed to recover.

In my adult life, we have had indoor cats…no surprise kittens, no bloody fights, no two-week vacations away from home when no one knew where the cat had gone. Indoor cats are much easier to care for, but in some ways, not as interesting!

Here are some Fun Feline Facts:

*Cats sleep around 70% of any given day. They spend around 15% of their time grooming. That leaves a whopping 15% of time for other activities, such as capturing and eating flies that may be so unfortunate to be resting on a window pane.

*Cats, however, do not sleep exactly as we do. They are always on the alert and ready to spring into action when necessary at a moments notice. This comes from their instincts in the wild.

*Cats meow for their humans; in general, cats do not make sounds to each other (save perhaps newborn kittens crying out for milk). But with humans, cats have a different kind of meow for different occasions and needs. “I’m content” “I’m dissatisfied” “Good morning” ” I want out of this cat crate” “I’m happy to meet you” (This would be for the friendlier cats who enjoy strangers) “Pet me!” “I am about to pounce on and kill that mouse.” (Kind of a chattering sound.)

*Cats purr when they are content, such as when they are taking advantage of your body heat on a cold evening. They also purr, research says, when they are hurting or distressed and need to comfort themselves. Purring is healing both to the cat’s humans and to itself! Here is a picture of my feet and my kitty Durango when I was laid up for 6 weeks with a pinched nerve. The purring of my cat definitely contributed to my healing.

*Cats seek out boxes and enclosed spaces as part of their predator instinct as well as seeking to avoid being prey instinct. But mostly, for domestic cats, they may have some instinct they don’t understand, but they also just enjoy boxes, and people enjoy watching them enjoy boxes…especially when it’s no matter that the box is too small!

Below are our son Ricky’s and our daugter-in-law Emily’s two cats, Romeo and Jack, who always entertain us. Uh, forget what I said about cats sleeping ready to spring into action! But you can’t say that Romeo doesn’t know how to relax.

There are dog lovers and there are cat lovers, and there are both cat and dog lovers. In each case, we can’t deny that God, the maker of all things, gave these animals to us to entertain, to comfort, and to enrich our lives. For any dog lovers reading this, there will be a dog blog soon!

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