“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ― Jean Cocteau

Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas cat tips

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Christmas has to be a happy time for you and your pet, to make that possible it's important to make sure your cat is completely happy and safe.

The food and decorations that come hand in hand with Christmas can actually be quite dangerous for cats. Obviously, this isn't meant to put you off your holidays but these dangers should be made aware of, just so nothing puts a downer on your break.

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Grey Sunday

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Grey Sunday  - Elissa 

Does not this sombre morn
seem to be a study in greys?

Pewter clouds heavy with promise
scudding along a steely sky.

Lead, chrome, ash, silver,
every shade frosty to the mind.

Pepper furred cat with sapphire eyes
cuddles by me in his charcoal fleece.
This stony, sombre morn
now warmed with cerulean tints.

visit Elissa's website for more of her beautiful poems - http://www.moggies.co.uk/stories/elissa_poems.html

Is there anything better than snuggling up to your cat on a cold day?

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Monday, 19 September 2016

“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.”

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“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.” - Kristin Cast

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Most people believe that we choose our cats but it has been suggested that cats have a deep intuition about who they will settle with and they know who are truly cat lovers. This is why stray cats will often be attracted to those who have a passion for cats.
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Friday, 16 September 2016

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

What we can learn from cats

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Cats have a lot of wisdom and knowledge about life, that if we humans would adopt would make us a lot happier and healthier, here are some things that we can learn from cats which might benefit us.

Independence


Cats have always been independent animals, they hunt alone, can live alone, cats only need themselves to make it through life. However, they do like being social, which many people do not notice. Cats can be completely fine on their own, but they don't mind having companions.

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Love yourself


Cats love their owners but they love themselves more, they make sure to look after themselves. Take a few tips from cats and try to get enough sleep every night, set high standards, eat well, pamper yourself and just look after your physical and mental health at all costs.

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Be fearless


Cats climb the tallest trees, sneak around late at night and even start fights with big scary cats. You, like cats, shouldn't be afraid to take a different path in life, it isn't always about the destination, it is about the journey - and you will always find your way home. Fear of the unknown isn't a trait cats or humans should possess.

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You are royalty


Never, ever, be treated as anything less than royalty. Always speak out about things you don't agree with, always demand a certain level of decent respect from people and don't let people walk all over you or push you around.

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Never settle for less


Cats will literally bother you in the morning until you feed them, they will claw and meow forever until they get their own way. If you really want something, you have to do everything in your power to get whatever that is, people can help you achieve your goals and there is no shame in that.

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Spend time indulging yourself


Cats spend hours cleaning their fur and having 'me' time, and you should do the same. Spend a bit of money and time on yourself every now and then, it will make you feel more confident and feel like the royalty you are.

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Always look forward


Cats are never afraid of falling because they always land on four feet. The same applies for your setbacks in life. Don't over analyse anything, just stand up from your fall, dust yourself off and carry on moving forward - just like a cat would do.

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There is nothing wrong with asking for help


Cats are always so dignified and yet they see no shame in asking for food or to open a door. We can all rely on somebody for a little help, asking for help can lead to so many more opportunities and knowledge.

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Cats have very practical and useful traits which every single one of us could adopt to make us that little bit wiser and happier. Jumping for your goals, not fearing obstacles and never staying down after a fall are all things which can help us achieve our goals and staying in control of our lives. Who knew that our greatest teachers were meowing in front of us?
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Monday, 12 September 2016

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The Galloping Cat

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Oh I am a cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good
So
One day when I was
Galloping about doing good, I saw
A Figure in the path; I said
Get off! (Be-
cause
I am a cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good)
But he did not move, instead
He raised his hand as if
To land me a cuff
So I made to dodge so as to
Prevent him bringing it orf,
Un-for-tune-ately I slid
On a banana skin
Some Ass had left instead
Of putting it in the bin. So
His hand caught me on the cheek
I tried
To lay his arm open from wrist to elbow
With my sharp teeth
Because I am
A cat that likes to gallop about doing good.
Would you believe it?
He wasn’t there
My teeth met nothing but air,
But a Voice said: Poor Cat
(Meaning me) and a soft stroke
Came on me head
Since when
I have been bald
I regard myself as
A martyr to doing good.
Also I heard a swoosh,
As of wings, and saw
A halo shining at the height of
Mrs Gubbins’s backyard fence,
So I thought: What’s the good
Of galloping about doing good
When angels stand in the path
And do not do as they should
Such as having an arm to be bitten off
All the same I
Intend to go on being
A cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good
So
Now with my bald head I go,
Chopping the untidy flowers down, to and fro,
An’ scooping up the grass to show
Underneath
The cinder path of wrath
Ha ha ha ha, ho,
Angels aren’t the only ones who do not know
What’s what and that
Galloping about doing good
Is a full-time job
That needs
An experienced eye of earthly
Sharpness, worth I dare say
(if you’ll forgive a personal note)
A good deal more
Than all that skyey stuff
Of angels that make so bold as
To pity a cat like me that
Gallops about doing good.

-Stevie Smith

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Although The Galloping Cat seems like a cute and fun poem about a playful cat, the underlying message is a little bit deeper. The cat is supposed to represent workaholics in the modern day, the cat is a do-gooder with lots and lots to do, not being fazed by any banana skin. The crushing of the flowers represents the workaholic's dismissal of all things beautiful because of how busy they are "galloping" around.
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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

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For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry - A Cat Poem

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For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
For he rolls upon prank to work it in.
For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself.
For this he performs in ten degrees.
For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean.
For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended.
For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For fifthly he washes himself.
For sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For tenthly he goes in quest of food.
For having consider'd God and himself he will consider his neighbour.
For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For when his day's work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger.
For he has the subtlety and hissing of a serpent, which in goodness he suppresses.
For he will not do destruction, if he is well-fed, neither will he spit without provocation.
For he purrs in thankfulness, when God tells him he's a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.
For the Lord commanded Moses concerning the cats at the departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt.
For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
For the English Cats are the best in Europe.
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For the dexterity of his defence is an instance of the love of God to him exceedingly.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For he is tenacious of his point.
For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
For he knows that God is his Saviour.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For he is of the Lord's poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually--Poor Jeoffry! poor Jeoffry! the rat has bit thy throat.
For I bless the name of the Lord Jesus that Jeoffry is better.
For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in complete cat.
For his tongue is exceeding pure so that it has in purity what it wants in music.
For he is docile and can learn certain things.
For he can set up with gravity which is patience upon approbation.
For he can fetch and carry, which is patience in employment.
For he can jump over a stick which is patience upon proof positive.
For he can spraggle upon waggle at the word of command.
For he can jump from an eminence into his master's bosom.
For he can catch the cork and toss it again.
For he is hated by the hypocrite and miser.
For the former is afraid of detection.
For the latter refuses the charge.
For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business.
For he is good to think on, if a man would express himself neatly.
For he made a great figure in Egypt for his signal services.
For he killed the Ichneumon-rat very pernicious by land.
For his ears are so acute that they sting again.
For from this proceeds the passing quickness of his attention.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.
For I perceived God's light about him both wax and fire.
For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies both of man and beast.
For God has blessed him in the variety of his movements.
For, tho he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer.
For his motions upon the face of the earth are more than any other quadruped.
For he can tread to all the measures upon the music.
For he can swim for life.
For he can creep.

-Christopher Smart

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For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry was a touching tribute to Smart's own cat called Jeoffry. Christopher Smart was confined in a mental asylum for many years and Jeoffry was his only friend during this confinement.
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Writers who loved cats

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Writers are often stereotyped as being melancholic, eccentric and reclusive, escaping the real world to avoid distractions which might affect their work, however, some of the most exceptional writers loved cats, maybe they're not so different to the rest of us after all.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” - Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is one of the most historic writers in the whole of history and he was actually very obsessed with cats, and he had a few pet cats of his own.  The literary genius shows that his critical and serious side of him was not always prominent. This beautiful quote shows how appreciated cats are to us and how much we, in turn, are appreciated by cats.

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Friday, 26 August 2016

She sights a Bird - she chuckles

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She sights a Bird - she chuckles -
She flattens - then she crawls -
She runs without the look of feet -
Her eyes increase to Balls -

Her Jaws stir - twitching - hungry -
Her Teeth can hardly stand -
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first -
Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,

The Hopes so juicy ripening -
You almost bathed your Tongue -
When Bliss disclosed a hundred Toes -
And fled with every one -


-By Emily Dickinson

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This is a really sweet poem about a cat who instinctively tries to catch a bird. Unlike most of Dickinson's poems, death does not play a part in this and this is thought to be down to her love for birds.

She sights a Bird - she chuckles is a gorgeous poem which simply but brilliantly describes the movements of nature. Emilly Dickinson was incredible at emotively describing nature, love and death. This poem is seen as a warm up to her later poems which , like She sights a Bird - she chuckles, were wrote in the Civil War.
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Cat adopts baby monkey

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A 16-year-old cat called Rosinka has adopted a baby monkey after it was abandoned by its own mother in a Russian zoo.

Cat- Monkey snuggles. Photo credit: APTN

The baby squirrel monkey had a tough start when its mother refused to carry him on her back which is absolutely essential  for it to survive and make it through the first months of its life. This is all down to natural selection and whether the mum believes that looking after its baby will favour herself. Also, some mammals do not develop maternal skills which results in them being disinterested and a little bit confused about the whole situation. There doesn't necessarily have to be anything wrong with their baby for them to be rejected.

For fears of the monkey's life, who is named Fedor, the director of Tyumen Zoo decided to carry out an experiment in a hope that it would save Fedor's life. The director introduced the monkey to a cat called Rosinka who has never had babies herself, Rosinka is 16 years old meaning she is considered mature and not as excitable as younger cats.

To everybody's surprise and relief the cat thankfully adopted the little monkey and the pair have been living together ever since that moment. Fedor is on Rosinka's back all the time except for when he needs to be fed his baby milk. The images and video of the two are just too adorable for words.

Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo has stated that Fedor will continue to stay with the cat and now his new mum, for approximately one more month to ensure he is fit and strong and then he will be transferred back to the zoo in the enclosure with all his other relatives, where he will develop the traits and skills of a squirrel monkey.

Fedor and Rosinka will have to part once he is strong enough. Photo credit: APTN

This isn't the first time a cat has opened their heart and adopted another totally different species of animals, there have been stories of cats adopting ducklings, rabbits and squirrels - and not the monkey kind.

People have tried to make educated guesses on why cats and other animals adopt animals who really need help. Some animals by instinct will adopt one of its own species, they do this to help them survive and pass on the family DNA.

Animal behaviourists have also suggested that animals adopt when they will benefit also, and this benefit can come in various different forms such as social companionship without the risk of their being competition or threat and in the wild, this added member can also secure more food and protection.

Mum's are also more likely to adopt because when they give birth their bodies release a high level of oxytocin which is known as a "bonding" hormone, which is why Rosinka, who has never had kittens, adopting the adorable baby monkey was such a surprise.

Either way, this heartfelt story shows the beauty of cats and how the 16-year-old feline had her chance of being a mother and saving a precious life. You can watch the video below if you want to see the two gorgeous animals together.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Macavity: The Mystery Cat

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Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw—
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime—Macavity's not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime—Macavity's not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air—
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there!

Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square—
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there!

He's outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard's
And when the larder's looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke's been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair
Ay, there's the wonder of the thing! Macavity's not there!

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty's gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair—
But it's useless to investigate—Macavity's not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
It must have been Macavity!'—but he's a mile away.
You'll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumb;
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At whatever time the deed took place—MACAVITY WASN'T THERE !
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!
-By T.S Eliot

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T.S Eliot owned many cats himself and had a profound love for cats. He named his cats funny names like Pettipaws and Wiscus, he wrote insane verses of poems about cats for his godchildren wich actually inspired the highly popular Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical 'Cats'. This poem, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, talks about a mastermind criminal feline.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016

"Women and cats will do as they please"

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"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

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Heinlein was an American science-fiction writer, he was considered a controversial author but his work has had a significant impact.

This quote about cats and dogs compares the more irrational nature of cats to women and the more relaxed nature of dogs to men.

 
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Understanding your cats' behaviour

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Being the proud parent of a feline, who doesn't speak one word can sometimes be hard when you're trying to figure out why they are meowing more than usual, or why they are (annoyingly) scratching all your furniture. Often this can be down to their individual personalities but sometimes your cats can actually be trying to tell you something. Understanding your cats' behaviour can be important, so here are a few tips.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Why do we love cats so much?

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Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook awwing at all the pictures of cats and realised how consumed with cats your life has become? Don't worry this love for cats isn't just hitting a select few people, everybody seems to be getting hit by feline fever, but why do we love cats so much? Apparently, it comes down to science and history - and here's why.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

A Cat - A cat poem

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She had a name among the children;
But no one loved though someone owned
Her, locked her out of doors at bedtime
And had her kittens duly drowned.






In Spring, nevertheless, this cat
Ate blackbirds, thrushes, nightingales,
And birds of bright voice and plume and flight,
As well as scraps from neighbours’ pails.

I loathed and hated her for this;
One speckle on a thrush’s breast
Was worth a million such; and yet
She lived long, till God gave her rest.
-Edward Thomas
By from the Hutton/Stringer Archive, circa 1905. - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thomasportrait.jpg Wikipedia, Public Domain,
Thomas is known for how his writing perfectly symbolises his view on nature.

A Cat by Edward Thomas shares his emotional feelings about a cat. He hates the cat because it kills the birds which Edward Thomas loves but he also realises that the cat probably hates him for doing similar actions on the cat's kittens by saying they have been "duly drowned." The poem questions nature and death, making it a deep and meaningful cat poem to add to our favourites.




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Friday, 12 August 2016

Pangur Ban

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Each of us pursues his trade,
I and Pangur my comrade,
His whole fancy on the hunt,
And mine for learning ardent.

More than fame I love to be
Among my books and study,
Pangur does not grudge me it,
Content with his own merit.

When ­ a heavenly time! ­ we are
In our small room together
Each of us has his own sport
And asks no greater comfort.

While he sets his round sharp eye
On the wall of my study
I turn mine, though lost its edge,
On the great wall of knowledge.

Now a mouse drops in his net
After some mighty onset
While into my bag I cram
Some difficult darksome problem.

When a mouse comes to the kill
Pangur exults, a marvel!
I have when some secret's won
My hour of exultation.

Though we work for days and years
Neither the other hinders;
Each is competent and hence
Enjoys his skill in silence.

Master of the death of mice,
He keeps in daily practice,
I too, making dark things clear,
Am of my trade a master.

- Frank O'Connor

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This is an old Irish poem which has been translated from this. It is believed to be written by an Irish monk in the 9th century. Pangur Ban is the name of the monk's cat. Just as the monk goes in search for knowledge and books, the cat searches for mice. This poem should speak to all book-loving cat lovers.
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

DIY Cat Toys

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Any cat owner will probably know that cats go through their toys quickly or get bored of them just as quickly. Cutting expenses and making your little kitties their own toys will add a bit of creativity and love to very common cat toys. Here are some ideas for a few DIY cat toys.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Two Cats - Cat Poem

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Two Cats
One up a tree
One under the tree
The cat up a tree is he
The cat under the tree is she
The tree is witch elm, just incidentally.
He takes no notice of she, she takes no notice of he.
He stares at the woolly clouds passing, she stares at the tree.
There's been a lot written about cats, by Old Possum, Yeats and Company
But not Alfred de Musset or Lord Tennyson or Poe or anybody
Wrote about one cat under, and one cat up, a tree.
God knows why this should be left for me
Except I like cats as cats be
Especially one cat up
And one cat under
A witch elm
Tree.

Ewart Milne (1903-1987)

This is a really beautiful poem which perfectly states the simplicity of life and cats. The poem not only cleverly rhymes but the shape of the lines create a half diamond shape, which is the why the poem is sometimes referred to as the diamond cut diamond.  The whole poem basically says how poets have talked complexly about cats and their symbols but none have really talked about them in their peaceful nature.

What do you think this poem symbolises?
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Monday, 8 August 2016

International Cat Day!

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It's International Cat Day, and whilst the hashtag is going crazy and people are sharing all their wonderful cat stories all over the world, we thought we would showcase some of the most famous felines, celebrating the public's love for cats and their stories into how they made it into the celebrity life.

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Meeting Mr. McGibblets

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McGibblets is a short hair, beautiful, adult male cat, his story begins when he was being fed voluntarily whilst he had no home at all. For over two years McGibblets was being fed by Mary who spent the first six months feeding and warming him up so that McGibblets would finally allow her to pick him up and cuddle with him.

Although McGibblets wasn't allowed in the house, Mary selflessly set up a shelter for him in a camper just outside their property, humorously, it wasn't enough for the gorgeous cat. He had experienced love and care from Mary and now wanted more, and the once timid and lonely cat took to crying at Mary's door and begging her for more attention.

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From first glance, McGibblets has this adorable chubby head, and beautiful short hair - instantly making people fall in love with him as soon as they come into contact with his gentle nature.

Unfortunately, McGibblets wasn't the picture of health when he was taken to a shelter, he had to be treated for fleas and amenia which was brought on by a blood parasite caused by his fleas. He also sadly has a painful condition called pododermatitis or 'Pillow Foot', for which McGibblets was given a treatment of steroids, antibiotics and a paw soak every single day. Fortunately, the treatment not only helped his poor little, swollen paws but it also made his red blood cell percentage normal. McGibblets also ran into a nasty respiratory virus which was luckily already being fought by all the heavy medication he as on, and so it was minimalised almost instantly.

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Despite all his problems and apparent set-backs McGibblets never complained or reacted badly. He was always accepting of the treatment and appreciated all the kindness and compassion he was shown throughout. His positive and happy attitude meant he grew stronger and healthier every single day. Not only that but he also grew fonder and more comfortable around new people and he began thanking people with lap sits and cuddles.

There is not one volunteer at Big Sid's Sanctuary (where he is currently) who can resist cuddling up with McGibblets, especially when he comes up to them and crawls into their arms; he really does melt everybody hearts. He is the definition of a gentle giant who also enjoys the company of other cats which is a quality a lot of people look for in a cat.

Despite everything McGibblets has been through, he continues to spread happiness and joy to everybody's life. He brings an important message to anybody who meets him - no matter the trials and tribulations life throws at you, people will always be there to help you and you should always spread happiness and be optimistic. The loving kindness of Mary and the volunteers are the reason McGibblets is looking forward to a more comfortable life and he is still looking for a new home. You can find more about him and a little bit more about his current condition here. Help spread the word about this amazing and super friendly cat who would make a great addition to any home.

All the photos were taken from https://www.petfinder.com with permission.
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cabinet Office set to appoint cat as Chief Mouser

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It has been reported that the Cabinet Office is set to adopt one lucky cat in an attempt to stop the mouse problem they have, it was also stated (lightheartedly) that the name of the cat would most likely be Cromwell. Cromwell the cat will have the serious responsibility of catching the mice for the Cabinet Office - becoming the fourth cat of Westminster.

Although it is yet to be confirmed it would be an adorable addition to the cats already appointed by Westminster such as Gladstone the cat and Larry the cat , Cromwell will gain the title of Chief Mouser for the Cabinet Office. The other Chief Mousers have done a great job at controlling the mouse problem.

On another note, there has been recent media attention involving Larry and Palmerston who have unfortunately been fighting a terrible amount since David Cameron's resignation. They have been having brutal fights and Larry was even seen to have a chunk of fur missing and needed to be seen by the vet for a sore paw.

Apparently, the fighting is a result of the changing environments unsettling them as changing a cat's routine or scenery can cause them to feel the need to reassert their territories which can obviously mean fighting other cats - especially new cats. Larry and Palmerston could also be fighting for attention from their owners and the new faces which will be wandering around their home. At one point police even had to step in and stop the fighting cats.

Fortunately, as every cat owner will probably have noticed. Cats usually form some kind of truce and decide to stay away from each other after a few weeks, so Larry and Palmerston should stop the conflict soon and keep their boundaries. If you're having similar fighting troubles with your cats , placing a cat bed on top of a wardrobe or somewhere else far away/ high up can help prevent more damage and fighting between the cats. The good news is that the Downing Street Cat War will soon be ending.

Both of the two cats were adopted from Battersea Dog and Cats home. Larry was given his lavish new home in 2011 and Palmerston was adopted earlier this year which would explain why the two cats are still not familiar with each other. Cats become stressed when forced to interact with unknown cats.

So far Gladstone is the Treasury Office's Chief Mouser, Larry is Number 10's Chief Mouser, Palmerstone is the Foreign Office's Chief Mouser and Cromwell will possibly be the Cabinet Office's Chief Mouser if he is hired. Of course, these very serious positions come with a lot of responsibility and paid heavily in kitty treats.

There has also been worry that Number 11's Philip Hammond will be moving his Welsh Terrier, Rex, into the house. Welsh Terriers have been known to chase cats (and any other prey), but there shouldn't be too much worry, as we've seen Larry and Palmerston can certainly put up a fight and the valued kitties can always count on the public and their owners to protect them.

The entrance to the Cabinet Office at 70 Whitehall, London, UK. From Wikimedia Commons

 

 
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Cat Quote

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“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

This funny quote touches on what every single cat owner experiences. Cats will always walk around like they are the Queen or King of the house, just remember whatever it may seem, your pet cat really does appreciate and love you.
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

My Cat Kyle - A rescue cat making a difference

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This social media famous adorable rescue cat with no claws, just three teeth, a crooked ear and hip dysplasia has captured the hearts of thousands of people all around the world and now wants to use his amazing moustache and cute little characteristics to make a difference.

Taken from mycatkyle instagram

He was adopted by his owners as a companion for their other beloved cat Princess Mer after they became convinced he needed a friend, however they had no idea how much of an impact the amazing little cat would make. They immediately fell in love with him and knew they just needed to take him home with them.

The strange but beautiful looking cat has an extraordinary but tragic back story - he has witnessed a murder. Kyle was actually being held as evidence by the police for a domestic violence incident which sadly ended fatally. Kyle wasn't the only kitty who was held by the police, 30 other cats who were also in the house which the murder took place were taken as part of the murder investigation.

When Kyle's pictures and posts began to gain a lot of attention of social media platforms such as Instagram and Reddit, his owners decided to use his voice and followers to gain attention to domestic violence causes.  Kyle's owners noticed that there was a dire need for animal-friendly domestic violence shelters which would allow victims to take their beloved pets to safety too.

Research has suggested that abusers who also abuse their pets are more dangerous and controlling than those who do not and 45% of abused women have delayed leaving their abuser or returned to them for their pets safety. Chilling facts like these emphasise the need for these shelters which Kyle the kitty is raising awareness about.

In February 2015 Kyle started the hashtag phenomenon #CatsAgainstDV which means Cats Against Domestic Violence, the hashtag spread the word and outlined the need for animal-friendly domestic violence shelters, amazingly Kyle and his popular photos have already raised over $4000 for organisations which support the cause.

Kyle also promotes and raises money for various different charities and his Charitable Cash 4 Kyle's Stache donates money to his causes and many different charities and campaigns which are all making a large difference for those who need it most. He sells little Kyle cat plushie teddies, mugs and pillows just to name a few, all with his beautiful signature looks and adorable face.

Kyle has started a new campaign which involves his adorable plushies which can be bought from his store. People purchase a plushie and they must share it with a family who has been impacted by domestic violence. You can buy one of the adorable cuddly toys and Kyle will ship it directly to Urban Resource Institute which is the only organisation which provides safety shelters for everybody including pets .

Taken from mycatkyle instagram

Despite Kyle's upsetting and tragically unfair past, he has continually helped and raised awareness and money for causes which mean a lot to him and his owners. His owners have done an incredible and selfless act of kindness to help prevent situations like Kyle's and to also help victims feel more comfortable to escape violent circumstances. From a rescue cat to rescuing more pets.

 
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Cat Owner's Prayer

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Because I'm only human,
It's sometimes hard to be
The wise, all-knowing creature
That my cat expects of me.

And so I pray for special help
To somehow understand
The subtle implications
Of each proud meowed command.

Oh, let me not forget that chairs
Were put on earth to shred;
And what I like to call a lap
Is actually a bed.

I know it's really lots to ask
But please, oh please, take pity;
And though I'm only human,
Make me worthy of my kitty!

- Author Unknown

This sweet poem, humorously explains every cat owner's wish to be the best they possibly can be, whilst sharing the experiences everybody who owns or owned a cat has dealt with - shredded chairs and laps being used as beds.
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Lil Bub, Big Love

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Sometimes, there’s something or someone that comes along, seemingly broken and imperfect, but with heart—a heart that changes the way the world looks at one’s flaws. Sometimes, it’s a cat. And sometimes, it’s a cat who manages to completely win everyone’s hearts and create a multi-national phenomenon: that’s Lil’ Bub for you.

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Born to a feral stray in 2011 in rural Indiana, one could say that she had a rather challenging start in life. But being thrust into the world with nothing but a tool shed to protect her and her siblings from the elements was the least of her problems. She was the tiny, tiny runt of the litter. Her legs were not proportioned to her small body, with her unusually long body and her stunted, little legs. Her lower jaw was significantly shorter than the upper one, causing her tongue to permanently hang out of her mouth.

Seeing her obvious deformities and her need for special care, she was taken in as a rescue in the hopes of giving her a higher chance at survival. She had difficulty feeding from the bottle because of her misshapen mouth, and it soon became apparent that it was going to be quite problematical to find her a forever home.

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But find a forever home, she did. She was adopted by Mike Bridavsky, who christened her Lil Bub—because of her adorable little tongue.
The happy ending would have to wait, it seemed. Lil Bub was then diagnosed with a multitude of congenital health conditions and issues that will have to be treated and managed for life. Her face and body will remain small and kitten-like forever. And while the concept sounds adorable, she will also have to deal with her dwarfism, which not only means her legs will remain stubby and disproportioned, it will also cause difficulties in even the simplest and most basic of movements, such as walking.

And it doesn’t stop there. At one year old, Lil Bub was also diagnosed with osteopetrosis, a genetic condition where the bones of the body grows denser and denser over time, and coupled with dwarfism, will render her immobile if left unchecked. This disease is so rare, that Lil Bub is the only cat ever recorded to have had this illness—that made coming up with a treatment plan quite difficult.

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But Lil Bub wasn’t going to let any inborn issue prevent her from waddling around with her twenty-two (yes, twenty-two!) toes and claws and living her life to the fullest. Her healthy appetite more than made up for her permanent lack of teeth, and her exceptionally pleasant demeanor made her the perfect patient, taking on her pulsed electromagnetic field therapy like a pro. Dubbed as a space traveler by her human, now fondly called “her dude,” she easily rides buses, trains, planes, and even Mike’s shoulders—the perfect travel companion for any occasion.

From Bridavsky’s personal Tumblr posts, she was shot to fame when her heartwarming story of rescue and survival, unique appearance, and adorably charming personality flooded the online community and social media world. Now Lil Bub’s website, facebook page, instagram, and other sites have garnered millions of followers from all over the globe—so much so that she had successfully launched a merchandise store, released an album, published books and printed products, produced a whole multitude of videos, and earned countless fans who crowned studios, malls, schools—whichever venue she’s scheduled to make an appearance. Not bad at all for someone born in a tool shed and diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short!
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Sunday, 20 March 2016