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

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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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Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Animal Companions

CFFC: My bed and chair

When the humans who adopted me came to the shelter, it was lucky that I was spending time in the office! My bed was on a chair and a human started petting me and scratching around my neck.  I closed my eyes and purred contentedly.

Katy with Hazel at CARE shelter

The female human couldn’t make up her mind which cat to adopt. I don’t think she’d even seen me!  But the male human who had been petting me said, “I want this one!”

The female human looked over at me, seeing me for the first time. She came over to pet me too. They talked to the people at the shelter who told stories about me that the humans liked – about what a good mother I had been, and that made them sad – that I had been in the shelter a long time, after all my kittens were adopted, one by one. So that day, these humans decided to adopt me and take me to live with them!

Hazel playing and scratching

Now I have my own piece of furniture – this scratching post! Whenever someone comes home, I greet them and go immediately to  this spot, where I rub against the scratching post. See, it’s mine!! 

There are things I like attached to the scratching post, too: the carrot is full of catnip, which I sometimes rub against or lick, until I feel VERY content!  The leather string holds the carrot in place – the male human tied it there, and I can play with the ends that hang down. The red ribbon was left over from Christmas. I think I destroyed it, because it’s not there anymore.

The table and chair behind my scratching post belong to the humans, supposedly. The table is definitely within my territory. And the chair is mine whenever I decide to sleep on it!

Meow!

Hazel

 

CFFC: Furniture

 

 

CFFC: Legs and Feet

My cat Hazel loves to sleep on or between people’s legs! In the winter, she prefers a cozy, warm blanket to be covering the human’s legs.

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If she’s very content, she’ll take a cat nap with one leg stretched out.

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Sometimes she needs to have her claws clipped! Two people (at least) are required: one to hold her down and one to use the clippers.

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Legs & paws are also used for stretching

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and for playing.

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Cats are natural contortionists!

CFFC: Legs & Feet