- Tay Hohaff
Every day - at the same time - she waits for him...
He comes... and they go for a walk
Wouldn't it be great if we all had friends like this...no words needed...they just intuitively recognize the value of each other in their lives and act accordingly.
The comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them out just as they are - chaff and grain together - certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and with the same breath of kindness blow away the rest.
Members of the cat family Felidae range from the great, roaring cats such as the lion and tiger to the small domestic cats. They are separated into different geneses (family subdivision), not because of their size, but because of differences in their anatomy. These enable members of the Panthera to roar, while the small cats in genus Felis cannot do so. There is a third genus for the cheetahs because they have non-retractable claws. Early in the 1900's there were more than 230 different species of cat in the family as a whole, but now there are fewer than 30. Many become extinct because cats have always been hunted and killed by humans for their pelts.
There is a close relationship between the wild and the domestic cat, but it is uncertain which wild sub-species of the Felis (small cats) genus actually made the leap to domesticity. Experts ended up with three major contenders for the ancestor of the domestic cat: the European wild cat and its Asian and African equivalents.
This information was gathered from 'The ultimate encyclopedia of cats' by Alan Edwards
Looking after a cat is a great joy that also comes with great responsibilities. Your cat needs you to help look after their health and happiness.
Each point on the 5-point scale represents an increase or decrease depending on direction of 20 to 30 percent in body fat above or below ideal. The Body Conditioning chart is a helpful tool for pet owners to increase awareness that their pet may be seriously underweight or overweight. Many serious health conditions can develop as a result of un-managed weight; we strongly advise a veterinary exam and discussing with your vet an appropriate weight management program tailored to your pet's needs. Weight management in cats must be done carefully, if weight reduction is too rapid, conditions such as fatty liver disease or diabetes may occur, in which aggressive medical treatment is necessary.
The following chart is only intended to be a guide. If you suspect your pet does not fall into the "ideal" range, make an appointment with your vet for an examination, evaluation and assessment for a potential weight management protocol.
You can check out some case studies done in the UK in regards to weight control at Purina.com
The information above was gathered from Petsafe and Cathelp-online websites.
You do not have to own a cat to appreciate its eccentricities and unique behaviors.
If you are a cat lover, you will appreciate the following cat trivia and you may learn some new facts about cat behavior, lifecycle, senses, and habits.
1. If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you.
2. Cats "paw" or "knead" (repeatedly treading on a spot - sometimes its owner) to mark their territory. Cats sweat through the bottom of their paws and rub off the sweat as a marking mechanism.
3. Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it. If you think your cat or kitten has had an accident in your home, use a black light to find the mishap.
4. The print on a cat's nose has a unique ridged pattern, like a human fingerprint.
5. 25% of cat owners admit to blow drying their cat's hair after a bath.
You can see more Interesting Cat Facts here!
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
- Hippolyte Taine
So if you have been keeping score over the past week, the results for the five senses are as follows:
Sense of Hearing: Cats are better
Sense of Smell: Cats are better
Sense of Touch: Cats are better
Sense of Taste: Cats are better
Sense of Sight: Possible Tie between Cats and Humans.
I guess we should be grateful that we have something cats don't have - Thumbs.
When it comes to sight in cats, they surpass us in seeing movement due to their superior peripheral vision. Their pupils can dilate wider to capture more of a panoramic view than we can. However, cat's may not see stuff that is right under their noses as they have a blind spot right under their chins.
This must be the reason as to why the cat is such a great hunter. They can see small animals moving, even if they change direction quickly and are able to catch them with their quick speed. Most kitties have at some point brought in a mouse, bird, lizard, and even possum just to show there mums and dads how quick they are. Although both mum and dads would prefer this not to happen.
*The facts used in this Blog were gathered from "The Cat Behavior answer book" by Arden Moore
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