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

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

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.

[caption id="attachment_1256" align="alignnone" width="814"]By Jeremiah Gurney - Heritage Auction Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8451549 By Jeremiah Gurney - Heritage Auction Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8451549[/caption]
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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

Photo: Sponchia /Pixabay

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.

Photo credit: APTN

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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

TS Eliot.  By Ellie Koczela - http://blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/t.-s.-eliot-nobel-laureate-and-voice-of-the-lost-generation, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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

By Bacchiacca - 1. culturechat.free.fr2. Christie's, LotFinder: entry 5649720 (sale 2673, lot 151, New York, 30 January 2013), Public Domain,

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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