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We are Curious about What You Think

It seems almost every day something curious about cats pops up in the news.  I often find myself reading the cat news and wondering what you might think about some of the interesting new products, trends and ideas that surface on the internet.  So I decided to start a new column here  in our community where  we will post a couple of cat topics and then we can all weigh in with what we think about them.

At the end of each topic summary, I have included a poll that asks you to vote by selecting Purr, meaning you like this idea, Hiss, meaning you don’t like this idea. and Yawn, meaning you are indifferent; you neither like nor dislike the  idea.  Here is the first topic.

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Petcurean Helps Feed Cats at PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary

Petcurean Helps Feed Cats at PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary

BlogPAws Award

 

In May, the same weekend that we lost Gracey, we won the Best Facebook Award in the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards.  Pets Add Life, Natural Balance Pet Foods and Petcurean, were the official sponsors of the awards.  Pets Add Life provided the after party food and drink and Natural Balance and Petcurean each provided prizes for the winners with donations of 200 lbs. of food each (400 lbs. total) to the shelter/rescue organization of the winner’s choice.

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I Am a Cat Parent 9 Things I Love About Gracey

9 Things I Love About Gracey

I am a cat parent!  This month Petfinder launched a campaign to help break down the stereotypes about cats and the I love my cat petfinderpeople who love them.  Even though cats outnumber dogs in the United States, feline family members are often thought of as second-class pets.  Many people still believe that cats are aloof, not able to be trained and of all things….unlovable!

I say anyone that thinks this about a cat has never shared their home with  a cat.  Our Gracey and Mercy are members of our family and we are fortunate to get to share our lives with them.  I wanted to take a moment to tell you just 9 things I love about Gracey.  Of course, there are many many more, but I thought I would start with these.

One) Gracey’s Happy Face Greeting Me at the Door

Gracey, The Tiniest TigerEven on the most trying of days, when my key hits the door and I see our little girl running to greet me with her tail straight up with a curl, all the day’s troubles just melt away and I feel  warm and happy seeing  her sweet face.

Two) Chatting About Her Day

First thing I do when I get inside the house is say hello to Gracey and ask her about her day and she usually has a lot to say.  Gracey is a talkative cat and I think she is telling me what happened while Paul and I were out leaving her in charge of the house.  I love to hear her tales of the day while we walk together into the kitchen.

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You Had Me at Meow! Art by Dogs for the Paws Giveaway

Love at First Purr!

You Had Me At Meow! by our good friend and artist Missy Johnson caught my eye and it was love at first purr.  Missy is  the creative force behind Dogs for the Paws; art making a difference for animals. Even though the name is Dogs for the Paws, Missy cares deeply for cats too.  In fact, just like us, she loves all animals.   When I saw her You Had Me at Meow! I  became super excited because I thought you would love it too!

Meow Valentine

Meow Valentine by Dogs for the Paws

Missy Johnson, Artist and Creator of Dogs for the Paws

The Tiniest Tiger Giveaway Winner ImageCongratulations and Supper Hurrah to our winners!!!!  We chose using randomizer.org because all the stories are so heartfelt and touching.  Thank you for loving all cats, big and small.

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Cats and Aquariums Both Reduce Stress and Anxiety

What do cats and aquariums have in common?

Gracey visists the Georgia Aquarium

You are feeling very sleepy......

Aquariums reduce stress and anxiety

Both cats and aquariums have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in humans.  That’s right, research concludes that aquariums have the ability to lower blood pressure,  calm the nerves, and clear the mind.   Aquariums create a soothing environment and are thought to have a hypnotic effect on humans.

Lazy Leopard’s One Minute Relaxation Video Test

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House Cats Control Humans, Feline Secret Exposed.

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The Tiniest Tiger getting ready to unleash the manipulative meow.

House Cat Secret Cry Exposed

Human researchers have been trying to gain an understanding of  inter-specific communication, the interactions between individuals of different species, for quite some time. Despite this desire, few studies sought out to understand the interactions between companion animals and the humans that share their habitat.

However, a recent study  exposed  one of the house cats best kept secrets, that cats are able to control their humans by making a subtle change in their purr that exploits the sensory biases of the humans that share their homes. Cats are able to embed a high frequency vocal component within their low frequency purr that triggers a sense of urgency in their humans.

House cats use many different tactics and signals to communicate with their humans. Sometimes if a cat feels a hunger pang and breakfast is not served, the cat might attempt to wake their parent by knocking items off of the night stand or leaping onto their beds and waking them with intense staring or a tap of the paw.  If these efforts fail, the cat will turn to its secret weapon, the solicitation purr also known as the manipulative meow.

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April Giveaway
 Gracey ID/Key Accessory 
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