CFFC: Cold Pigeons

What cat wouldn’t love to chase these pigeons?  They were all huddled around the Eternal Flame in downtown Chicago on a cold October day.20171029_162753_003

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: P is for Pigeons

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Start with N

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is to post a photo or photos of things that start with N. Here is Hazel – she makes a NEST, then takes a NAP. (Especially when the weather is cold!)

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Right now there is a pile of coats belonging to our son on a chair, because he hasn’t taken them to his new apartment yet. What a wonderful place to NEST and NAP! Here she is today, NESTING but not yet NAPPING.20171122_151449

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy

 

You can always tell when cats are happy. Sometimes they purr, rub against you, smile, or show their happiness through body language. Here are some happy cats!

Rubbing and purring:

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This friendly calico in Beaufort, SC, just came over and rubbed herself against Dale’s hand and purred. Obviously happy for the attention!

Relaxed and asleep in a warm nest:

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A sleeping cat, nestled against human legs in a warm bed, is clearly happy! (One of my Manx cats, Joia, 1985)

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I think Hazel is smiling in her sleep here!

Rubbing and purring with love for catnip:

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Embracing a scratching post and rubbing against catnip makes Hazel happy (not to mention “high!”)

Purring and eyes closing in contentment and trust:

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Moxie, formerly my niece’s cat, is happy with the attention given to her by her human caretaker, John.

 

CFFC: H is for Happy

Have You Read Your Pet’s Food Label?

Good information about what we should be feeding our pets. It’s very easy for inside cats, especially, to become obese if they are fed on a diet of carbohydrates, which predominate many dry foods.

Swamp Yankee Style

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In our house we have been on a healthy eating journey. We are trying to cut down on processed foods and foods with chemicals in them. Its has been a great experience and has had wonderful affects for the health of my whole family. Well, my whole human family. I hate to say it but I totally forgot about my furry family. I assumed that because I was feeding my pets a good name brand food that it would be full of good healthy ingredients. Then I recently read an article about the worst brands to feed your dog.  It had all the brands I expected on it, the lower priced foods. I pay over $50 per bag for my food and I never expected to see “higher priced/ quality” foods on the list. Even some foods that are sold in most veterinary offices.

I started doing some research on…

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Cats spend a lot of time waiting

Hazel is a very patient cat. When she’s not sleeping, she’s usually waiting for something.

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Waiting for food
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Waiting for an animal outside to appear
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Waiting at the vet for a human to stick her with a needle or grab her to clip her claws! (She doesn’t like waiting for that!)

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And most often, of course, she gets what she is waiting for!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

 

 

 

CFFC: Torties and Calicos are Beige and Black

Torties are mostly black and beige…

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although sometimes they have a little white, too. Calico cats are white with black and beige splotches…

Tam makes friends with this friendly calico cat.

Both torties and calicos are mostly female! Something in their genetics links these colors with gender. Rare is the tortie male – although occasionally it happens!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Colors that start with B.

 

Traveling Cat Companions

Sometimes I let my cat, Hazel, write this blog, but today I’m taking over so that not ALL  the pictures are of her!!

When I was a kid, we had dogs, but we also had cats, at my insistence! The first cat companion I had, we got from my aunt in Arizona, who had a litter of Manx kittens. Apparently my aunt came for a visit, I don’t remember, bringing the kitten with her. So he traveled all the way from Tucson, Arizona! We named him Kirry, which means “kitty” in Manx.

 

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Kirry in his last years, sitting on the lap of Mrs. Gregus, one of his favorite people. Mrs. Gregus took care of him in his old age. By that time, Kirry was almost blind.

 

The second cat, half Manx as it happened, that I had for an extended period was when I had moved in with my Brazilian boyfriend in L.A. (He later became my first husband.) He looked at her eyes under the seat of the car and said they looked like jewels, so we named her the Portuguese word for jewel: Jóia.  She was very affectionate toward us but skittish around others. When we moved to Brazil, we took her with us, so she was truly a traveling cat companion!

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There are 2 pics that I scanned together. L: Joia is outside and wants to come in; R: Joia sleeping with my husband, Fernando, and my baby son, Jayme

Hazel, our “tortie” 6 1/2 year old cat companion, hasn’t traveled much. She’s an inside cat because there are foxes and coyotes that venture into suburban yards from the nearby forest preserve. She spends a lot of time on window sills, watching “Kitty TV!”  However, we are thinking of renting or buying a camper to travel around the country in, and in that case, she’ll become a traveling cat, too!

Here’s Hazel playing with her current favorite toy!

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