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

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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

 

 

Making Your Own Interactive Cat Feeder

Great ideas to make your cat work for its food! Reblog from Katzenworld.

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Just a couple of years ago few of us had heard of interactive cat feeders, but now pet stores seems to be awash with an amazing array of innovative feeders, usually marketing them as ‘interactive cat toys’.

As a Cat Behaviourist I’m a huge fan of these – not only do they provide natural stimulation for cats by encouraging them to forage for their food, but they can also slow down the food intake of cats who are prone to obesity. Here are some examples of shop-bought feeders:

IMG_2708Small My cats Billy & Jimmy using their first shop-bought feeder…

P1050652Small Jimmy really gets to grips with this flashy feeder!

However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on an expensive state-of-the-art feeder. With a little bit of imagination you can make your own as the following examples show!

Els Scholten's Cat Al Pacino #1 Cardboard rolls…

Suki Green 1 More cardboard rolls…

Billy Toilet Roll Pyramid Toilet rolls and…

Yoghurt Cups Yoghurt pots!

Not What We Mean By Puzzle Feeding! This cat’s  clearly still…

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Cee’s FFC: Pets

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pets this week, here is our cat Hazel with us doing her favorite things.

 

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Bliss!

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Cat nap

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Licking Dale’s hand

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On our bed with her mouse toy

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Chasing a laser light

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The Healing Power of Pets

Good thoughts on pet ownership from a fellow blogger. I sleep better when my cat curls up against me.

We Listen To Mary Magdalene (Lady Nada)

DSC_6337Scott and  are big animal lovers. We have always had cats or dogs are entire life and so today’s message from Mary is one of our favourite things to do in life–pet ownership. Mary wants you to know that having a pet heals you and raises your vibration. We certainly didn’t understand our pets were healing us during times of stress throughout our life. My first year of separation from my ex my kitty just put in body under my feet whenever I sat on the sofa and just purred my first year alone. I didn’t realize it she was healing me with her vibration of her purring. And pets are wonderful company for anyone lonely. My son recently got his first rescue kitty now that he is out on his own. He is very happy to have a beautiful kitty in his life again. I know that kitty will…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

Meow! I’m Hazel, and I love party treats in fish and chicken flavors! All I need to do is sit next to my empty bowl and look up at my humans with eyes that say, “Please give me treats!”

20151031_143958Soon one of them is shaking the treats container and pouring them into my bowl.

20151030_223748Having my treats every day keeps me from going hungry between breakfast and dinner!

20151030_223639For human responses to this challenge, click here.