Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
2016 is Year of the Monkey. The Fire Monkey to be exact. But have you ever wondered why there's never a Year of the Cat?
Every year, the Chinese celebrates one animal among a dozen creatures said to be present when the Jade Emperor was to designate Zodiac signs for the Chinese calendar.
Based on Chinese folklore, the rat who was then friends with cat went ahead to register on the appointed day, but forgot to awaken the late-sleeper cat. In the end, cat showed up too late to get a Zodiac sign and became forever angry with the rat.
But in real life, fate favors cats much more than rats. There are millions of cat lovers in the world and for them every year is like the Year of the Cat. -- MetroPets
THE cat is inside the bag. Yup, not out but inside.
Curious cats love to get inside a lot of different things, but they have a weakness for boxes and bags. A box, warm and snug, gives cats a sense of comfort and security. A paper bag or any type of bag probably has the same effect on cats, with an added entertainment value if the bag makes rustling sound.
Cats also love to stick their heads inside any kind of vessel. They become evidently excited as they tunnel deep inside to “explore”. If you have kitties, they probably gave you already several demonstrations of their box and bag obsession.
Here are our photos of funny cats having a blast stuffing themselves inside anything they find. It's amusing to watch cats get lost in their “new” world, but stick around to ensure they don't suffocate.
THE arrival of new kittens bring joy to my heart. Although I know it eventually means more mouths to feed, more trips to the vet, more cat fights to break, more things around the house pissed at and scratched and more things to clean, I just could not for the life of me not be happy at the sight of cute kitties.
For me, kittens are the cutest things in the world and I have a whole army of Internet users that I know would agree.
I've watched kittens being delivered to this world countless of times since I was a small girl. I even documented some on film. In an hour or two, those tiny wonders would be cleaned and dried by their mother and then my desire to hold them would begin.
One should refrain from picking up very young kittens as it may upset their mother. This has never been a problem with me – the moms are my cats so they trust me. But it's true that one must not handle days old kitten unless the mother cat knows them and they could be perfectly gentle and careful with the baby cats.
Years of experience have taught me how to handle and cradle kittens and I'm gladly sharing some tips below to assist those who couldn't help get their hands on newborn kitties.
Early socialization by means of touch will help kittens be familiar with people. But not all kittens are the same. Some simply hate to be petted no matter how gentle and friendly you are. Home-grown kittens are usually okay with human's display of affection, but strays and rescues that have gone through some harrowing experience might resist your friendly advances. Of course, there are exceptions as some strays actually crave affection that they didn't get growing up.
One last tip: try to ascertain a kitten or cat's mood before you hold or carry it. Watch those tails and ears! They'll pretty much clue you in if they want physical contact or not. – AJB
THE world is truly one magical place, even for small creatures like cats. For how could one not marvel over the fact that two cats of different breeds can produce a new line that borrows some of the looks of an entirely different species!
A Poodle cat or Selkirk Rex is a special breed that came about after a black Persian cat and a certain cat named Miss Agnes DePesto gave birth to a litter of five with one that had curly hair due to a random mutation of fur gene that affected only her. Her breeder thought of using her distinct bloodline to further create a unique breed of cat now scientifically referred to as Selkirk Rex.
Selkirk Rex's curly hair extends to its whiskers which also curl at the ends. It is the fourth type of curly-haired cat but unlike the short-haired Cornish Rex, Devon Rex and German Rex cats, the poodle cats also come in long-haired varieties in a wide range of colors.
At first a poodle cat appears to be an unkempt cat, but its curly hair is exactly what makes it endearing. Experts assert that since the fur mutation was dominant, poodle cats can be bred with other cat breeds and still produce kittens with unique poodle-like fur.
Poodle cats, being relatively rare still, can fetch up to $1,000 a cat. – AJB
WHETHER you are a cat lover or not, chances are you have experienced that unblinking, sticky stare that only a cat could fix at you to the point of making you uneasy.
Cat people have interpreted the consuming cat stare as its way of telling that it's hungry, angry or anxious. Others believe it's the cat's way to size up anyone and anything as determined by one rule: the one who blinks first loses. If you engage a cat in a staring contest, the odds will never be in your favor, unless you cheat.
People find staring rude, but not cats. Cats love to stare. Some cat experts believe cats stare at humans because they find them highly interesting. In fact, it could even be an expression of affection, especially when the cat breaks its stare to head-butt a person's face.
But from one cat to another, the stares could make or break a war. Dominant cats talk and stalk with their eyes. A slit-eyed cat intently watching another cat or animal indicates its readiness to fight if provoked, and the wide-eyed cat that notices this should turn tail and scat.
Next time a cat stares at you, don't just stare back but also listen and look for other visual clues to help you understand its mood. I've noticed that my cats' stares are usually accompanied by a soft rumbling purr or a light flexing out of claws as if they want to knead. If you are patient, the cat could later reward you with a light pawing or strong head-butting of your face. Whether you blink or not, either way you win. – AJB