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Archives for December 2013

3 Things to Stop Repeating About Cats in the New Year

As the year draws to a close many of us might take time for reflection. It is befitting to think about changes we would like to see for the better when the clock strikes midnight and the clean slate of a new year begins. Out with the old, and in with the new.

These past few months I heard way too many times, sound bites repeated about cats that are stereotypical, unfounded, and cruel.  These same mundane statements are being echoed throughout almost every media outlet and social media venue.  This  repetition does more harm than good and it is frustrating to keep hearing these same old droll statements plunked down because it is easier to repeat than evaluate.

I might sound like I have lost my sense of humor, and I haven’t I assure you, except when it comes to people mindlessly repeating the following things about cats.

1) Stop repeating that cats are aloof and don’t love their humans.

Annie up close

Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus),  by Saito and Shinozuka and published in Animal Cognition early in 2013 caused an echo throughout the media claiming that cats don’t care enough to respond to their owners, cats are aloof, and even your cat doesn’t love you back.  So as bits and pieces of the article were plucked out and repeated, in one sensational headline after another, the core of the article was left behind.

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What’s in the Cards for You in the New Year Giveaway

What’s New For You?

Sometimes the end of the year brings sadness and sometimes the end of the year brings  a resounding good riddance! Either way, the new year is coming.  Many of us decide  we want to start out with a clean slate.  Bury our old bad habits and begin new habits that enrich our lives.  Do you have plans for the start of the new year?

 Cat Agility 101 for Annie and Eddie

Annie and Eddie Cat Agility

Annie works the agility tunnel while Eddie observes.

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Annie’s Christmas Prayer

Annie’s Message

Annie Under Christmas Tree

Just a few short months ago, I was waiting for my forever home  in a cage with Eddie at the Grayson County Humane Society.  Donna and her team took really great care of us. They made sure we were loved, received snuggles and attention so we would be socialized and ready for adoption.  The Grayson team makes sure they  capture the best photo of all cats and dogs at the shelter so that when the photos are shared, people from all over will see their faces with the hope that someone will fall in love and adopt them.

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Cats Learn Fun Facts About Reindeer

Annie and Eddie are waiting for Santa

Annie and Eddie waiting for Santa

Reindeer are popular during the Christmas season. We see them in movies, in Christmas displays, on holiday greeting cards and of course pulling Santa’s sleigh.  But in northern Scandinavia, reindeer are a part of everyday life for the Sami people of Lapland. Lapland is the Arctic homeland of the indigenous Sami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia.

Since it is Annie and Eddie’s first Christmas Eve and they are anxiously waiting for Santa, even though Annie’s naughty tally might total more than her nice, we thought it would be fun to talk to the kittens about a few interesting things about reindeer.

Fun Facts About Reindeer

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Memory Star Giveaway

A Mother’s Work Stained Glass Stars

Memory Star Image

In our kitchen window, we have three stained glass stars. When the sun shines through the window, our kitchen is filled with beautiful color and we can’t help but smile. These stars are the work of a dear friend and that too makes them special.  Over the years I began to give the primitive stars, from A Mother’s Work, to friends that suffered the loss of a loved one.   When my father passed away, a close friend of ours gave us one of Cindy’s beautiful stars and it dances on the window sill with two other stars.  Every time I look at them I feel better.

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Win $50 in our Tidy Cats Coupons to Help Your Human Giveaway

I really like this video, A Cat’s Guide to Taking Care of your Human because it portrays cats in a more authentic way as  affectionate, caring beings.  I think I can speak for most cat lovers when I say we are sick and tired of the  aloof,  unconcerned stereotype that keeps being echoed throughout the media.

Gracey would have said Super Hurrah to Purina for this video.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here is the video.

A Cat’s Guide to Taking Care of Your Human

Pretty great video, isn’t it?

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Cat Selfies Wild Cats Caught on Camera Traps

Eddie Selfie

Eddie in an almost selfie

The Oxford University Press chose the word “selfies” as a 2013 Word of the Year!  I am sure not one of us has escaped being exposed to the  seemingly endless stream of  self portraits captured on mobile devices. While most folks try to pose showing off their best side, many of the selfies come out, well a bit out of focus, off center, and sometimes even only showing a part of the person’s face.   What CNN described as perhaps the most embarrassing phenomenon of the digital age,  has now been recognized  by  the guardian of the English language.

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Good News For Leopards One Of the Most Persecuted Big Cats.

Young leopard charging. Photo taken at Rhino a...

Young leopard charging. Photo taken at Rhino and Lion Park, Gauteng, South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panthera’s Leopard Program Is Saving Lives

Two years ago we wrote about a new idea to help save the wild leopard, one of the world’s most persecuted big cats. The beautiful fur of the leopard is highly sought after and to make matters worse, today the  demand for leopard skin is increasing among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur, mostly leopard, during religious celebrations. Even though trade in leopard skins is illegal in South Africa, the Shembe’s estimated 5 million members were spreading the practice.

Tristan Dickerson, Panthera’s Leopard Program Coordinator visited several Shembe gatherings to research the amount of leopard skins being used at these events. It was estimated that nearly 1,000 leopard skins were either worn or being sold at just one of the gatherings that he attended.

Tristan spent a  year working with designers and clothing companies to create high quality and affordable fake leopard skins, which he presented at  Shembe gatherings.   At one  event, there was a large number of fake leopard skins being worn by children and elders, and this was a sign of hope for Africa’s leopard populations.

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Blue Christmas Without You Our Message to Gracey

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Messages to Gracey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Christmas

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Two Curious Cats Annie and Eddie’s First Snow Day

Annie and Eddie See Snow!

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