CFFC: Animals Care

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is kindness and caring. Humans aren’t the only ones who care! In Tanzania, I saw several examples of animals’ caring.

 

2-6 baboons along the road

Baboons groom each other.

 

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Cheetah moms play with their cubs.

 

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Elephant moms protect and nurse their young.

 

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Lioness sisters rub and caress each other.

 

2-10 genets that reside at Ndutu Safari Lodge

Genets show affection to their mates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CFFC: Kitties

Kitties!

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A Christmas present, to keep the cold air out!  We tried to “freak out” our cat, Hazel, by putting this on the stairway near where she likes to jump up to look out the window. She just sniffed it briefly, jumped right over it and walked away. A friend of mine whose daughter has a kitten did the same thing, and her kitten’s reaction was “sniffed it and jumped over it.” I guess cats are too smart for a dumb trick like this!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter T – must have 2 t’s anywhere in the word.

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

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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Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Animal Companions