- Robertson Davies
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- Robertson Davies
Our Cat of the Month, Oscar would love to share his Holiday Diary with you from his relaxing stay at Cooinda Cat Resort.
First things first.. Every day, I hear the Kitty Carers walking down the corridor to my room..."Yeh, that's right... my ROOM" I just love hearing them say "awwww you're so cute Oscar" and I have found the most effective way to get them to do. I reach my 2 front paws out from my cubby bed, followed by a big stretch. This is definitely the best way....gets them every time! I will then prance out of my cubby bed and down to the door to let the Kitty Carers know it is time for a pat. Ssshhhhhh don't tell them but between you and me I have them wrapped around my little paw.
Oscar "Not much sunshine today"
I love putting my front paws up on the bench and I tilt my head backwards so I can meet the Kitty Carers eyes, in doing this I am indicating I want nice big chin scratches and chest/belly rubs. And don't forget my kisses!
Breaky time is a pretty good time of day. I love eating my Hills Science Diet dry biscuits and also my Fancy Feast wet food. I will come charging back indoors at breakfast time as soon as I hear the breakfast trolley and wait patiently for the food lady to serve me.
My afternoons are generally spent snoozing, whether that is outside in the hammock beds, or indoors on the window sill which ever gives me maximum sunshine. Just so you know, I have been staying in the Tabby Tower Apartments.
Oscar - "Definitely could get use to this"
It is not uncommon to find me sleeping with my front paws holding my back legs, almost in a hug. (Basically using my back paws as a pillow). The kitty carers say I look absolutely adorable doing this. They can never show me any proof though as they say I always wake up before they can take a memorable photo of this gorgeous pose.
I like to do what I call "Paws for a cuddles". This is when a kitty carer is in my room, I have trained them to tap on the scratching post and I will jump up onto the platform and either put my paw on them or lean into them, and this makes them give me full length pats right down my back and I LOVE IT!
What can I say..."I'm a sucker for a cuddle"
Monty - May 2013 Cat of the Month
No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your cough.
- Leo Dworken
The Siberian cat is an ancient medium-long haired breed believed to be the ancestor from which all modern day long-haired cats have evolved. It is the cat from which many fairy tales derive and this helped to spread the breed throughout Asia. The Siberian Forest Cat is the national cat of Russia.The origin of the breed is unknown. This natural breed has existed there for hundreds, if not thousands of years. There is documented history of the Siberian cats as early as the year 1000.
The Siberian cat is a medium, strong cat which can take up to five years to mature. The females being smaller than the males as in all breeds. They are noted for being very agile and can leap great distances. Their muscles are outstanding and powerful. They have a long and very slightly curved back but appears horizontal in motion. The compact rounded belly develops with age.
Siberian cats have gentle, loving nature and well rounded personality. They have a Dog-like devotion and personality and enjoy being with their human companions. As the Siberian Forest cat is a social cat, if they are left alone too often they can become quite lonely. An animal companion, such as another cat or a friendly dog can help relieve the loneliness.
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
Bentley - "Utterly Content is right"
Rule of Feline Frustration: When your cat has fallen asleep on your lap and looks utterly content and adorable, you will suddenly have to go to the bathroom.
Cooinda Cat Resort's newest family member is Mr. Red who arrived with us in May 2012. His almost a dead ringer of Hamish, one of our regular guests. They are both ginger and white Persians with the same markings. We can only tell the difference between them by their size and personalities. Oh and also because Mr. Red has his tongue sticking out his mouth all the time.Mr Red.
Mr Red, who is 1 and half years of age, is very shy when he doesn't know you, however becomes extremely outgoing when you have food. He enjoys running around like a headless chook and then rolling over at your feet for belly rubs. When you give him Belly rubs, he grooms his front paws at the same time. Very Cute!
Hamish, aged 3, on the other hand spends more time lounging on his belly or rolling over onto his back than he does standing on all 4 paws. When you are about to enter his room, he flops over onto his back and you have to open the door carefully as it slides him backwards which he finds fun. Then he jumps up, waits for you to enter, and then flops at your feet.
They both enjoy being outdoors, no matter what the weather is doing. They both require a lot of grooming and when one of them is on the grooming trolley being groomed, and you are walking by, you can quite easily think it is the other cat.
Can you Spot who is Mr Red and who is Hamish in the photos below?
Oscar's Tale 1: Lots of cats come to stay at Cooinda Cat Resort and love to bring along there favorite toys and blankets, however Oscar prefers his favorite tea towel. He loves snuggling up with his tea towel of a night time and in the morning it is always in a different place. Very much like his little snuggle bunny.
Oscar's Tale 2: When the Kitty Carers arrive in the morning, the first thing they see in Oscar's room is 2 front paws reach out from the cubby bed, followed by a big stretch. He prances out of his cubby bed and down to the door for the kitty carers to enter. Then he reaches his front paws up on the bench and tilts his head backwards and meets your eyes for a good scratch on his chest and chin followed by lots of kisses.
Oscar's Tale 3: Oscar loves being outdoors in the morning. However he loves breakfast time more. As soon as the Kitty Carers call Oscar in for Breakfast, he comes charging back in through the cat door and waits patiently for the Kitty Carers to place his breakfast down in front of him before eating. At this point, it is pretty hard to get his attention as he does really like his breakfast.
Oscar's Tale 4: In the late afternoon, Oscar loves spreading himself out on the top shelf behind the window for the sun to shine through. When the Kitty carers say Oscy Osk, he rolls onto his side and stretches his front paws right up above his head and his back paws as far back as he can stretch. This allows the Kitty Carers to give his tummy a big scratch while he lays there Purring.
Joan Miller, all-breed Cat Fanciers' Association judge, is an expert on feline personality traits. While there is no scientific evidence to validate why cats with orange in their coats can act a little "nuts" compared to their solid black litter mates, many cat lovers agree that calicos, tortoiseshells, and female red tabbies often display extra feistiness and spunk.
Miller reports that a "theory of the orange gene" is somehow connected to personality traits. She points out that the Cheshire Cat in the children's classic Alice In Wonderland was a red tabby. And we know how nuts he was!
The orange gene is sex-linked (X) and not on the same chromosome as all the other color genes. Therefore it is possibly only for female cats, because they have two X genes, to have black and orange coat colors at the same time. Males with their XY chromosomes, can be black or orange, but not both. This means that calico and tortoiseshell cats are always female - and female cats are often not as mellow as males anyway.
*This information was gathered from "The Cat Behavior Answer Book" By Arden Moore
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
- Mark Twain
Can you guess what the lesson is?
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