Thursday, 29 March 2018

Those Naughty Cat Photobombers

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I came across this photobomb picture and thought it was just brilliant. It got me looking for other cat photobomb pictures - and it seems there are hundreds of them. Well, we all know cats always like to get in on the action. Here are just a few of them for your amusement!















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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Walkies!

DOGS are undoubtedly intelligent but we cat lovers know that our feline friends are just as clever! Here's a little video to prove my point:

 

However...cats are not usually quite so keen on all that "walkies" business.



You're welcome!


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

St Gertrude, The Original Cat Lady

St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.


WHAT do the Irish and crazy cat women have in common? Today is March 17, St Patrick's Day and also the feast day of St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.

St Gertrude of Nivelles in Belgium lived from 621 to 659. Not only cats come under her patronage, she is also the patron saint of gardeners, travelers, widows, recently deceased people, the sick, the poor, the mentally ill, and travelers in search of lodging. People call upon Gertrude for protection from mice and rats, fever, insanity, and mental illness.

At the age of ten Gertrude's father attempted to marry her off to the son of a Duke. Gertrude was having none of it and loudly and angrily refused.  With the support of her mother, she fended off several marriage proposals in the following years. When her father died when she was 14, Gertrude and her mother, Itta, moved to Nivelles  to set up a monastery, where she became an abbess.

Here's a lovely charm necklace

Gertrude and her sister nuns are said to have kept lots of cats the monastery – both for companionship and to keep a very real mouse problem at bay. Gertrude was apparently renowned for being remarkably kind to them.

So while you're looking out those green clothes and knocking back the Guinness, spare a thought for the saintly Gertrude. And if you have a cat-related problem, perhaps it would be worth your while to send a sincere prayer to the original cat lady.


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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Carlton's in Trouble

Carlton got into a spot of bother today - not that he seems very worried by it!




Got told off by the Mrs for scratching a door.

Speak to the paw, lady, speak to the paw.




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Monday, 12 March 2018

Carlton: The Wise One



I am so wise.

What?

You wanna make something of it?









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Monday, 5 March 2018

Right and Left Handed Cats

Right-pawed or...

...left-pawed?

LOOK at me, I'm a south paw!

Yes, just like humans, cats can be right or left-handed. Female cats tend to be right-pawed while their male counterparts are more often left-pawed.

Take a look next time your little "angel" is knocking things off the table. Which paw are they using?

Researchers at the Animal Behaviour Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast analysed data collected by the owners of 44 cats of mixed breeds—20 females and 24 males. The owners were asked to track whether their feline friends used their right or left paw when taking the first step down the stairs and when stepping into a litter box. They were asked to note which side their cats tended to lie on and they placed treats inside a three-tiered container to see which paw the cats used to try and retrieve the snacks.

The data showed around 73 percent of the cats had a favourite paw when reaching for food, 70 percent displayed paw preference when taking the first step down the stairs, and 66 percent favoured one paw over the other when stepping into a litter box. When it came to lying about, only 25 percent exhibited a favourite side.

These results were not entirely surprising; previous research has shown that cats display lateral bias. But as the authors of the new study note, theirs is the first experiment to focus on “spontaneous expressions of animal behavior” as the furry pets went about their day at home.

Does it matter whether your cat is left or right handed? The left-pawed cats rely more heavily on the right hemisphere of their brains and they tend to display stronger fear responses and aggression than right-limbed animals, which are usually left-hemisphere dominant. Ambilateral animals, which do not have a preference for one side or the other, have also been shown to be susceptible to stress.

I'm off now to high-five my moggie and see which paw she uses!



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Friday, 16 February 2018

Which Cat Matches Your Personality?

I spotted this quiz on Buzzfeed


Everyone Has A Type Of Cat That Matches Their Personality Perfectly — Here's Yours

I've only ever been owned by moggies - no pedigree cats have adopted me. But should a posh cat decide to share my house, here's what it should be. Must admit he's pretty darn gorgeous.

Not sure if I'm much of  a "wild thang" these days, but I'll give it a go!




Deziz World
On a completely different subject, I read a fascinating article about Service, Therapy and Emotional Support animals over on Deziz World's blog.  Read it here. The word "animals" includes cats!



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Friday, 9 February 2018

Taylor Swift's Olivia's Copycat Pose



FASHION icon and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has shown off her flexibility with photos of her amazing leg stretches on social media.

But anything you can do, Vic, I can do better, says Taylor Swift's adorable cat, Olivia. Taylor has posted pictures on Instagram of Olivia doing a 'copycat' pose.

The lovely Olivia on Instagram.


The singer joked Olivia was 'stretching' ahead of her stadium tour.

You are undoubtedly lovely, Victoria, but I know which of you is lovelier!

Taylor Swift and Olivia.

Another eye-catching leg stretch from Victoria.
 








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Friday, 26 January 2018

Fat Cat





FAT cats may look jolly and friendly but unfortunately they are not always healthy.

Nearly 60 percent of American cats may be overweight or obese, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and this excess weight can lead to a number of health problems (including diabetes, skeletal stress and reduced life expectancy) that are reversible with weight loss.

But if you've tried to get your house cat to shed a few pounds, you'll know how challenging it can be.

Indeed, one common feline health challenge is that house cats don't get much exercise, and a one-time reduction to kitty's daily diet might not go far enough to improve its health, according to a new study published in the February 2018 edition of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

In the study, researchers from the University of Illinois tested a new feline diet that reduced the body weight of eight overweight cats to healthy levels over the course of 18 weeks by gradually reducing each cat's food intake for eight consecutive weeks.

"The intent with this diet was a healthy weight loss: getting rid of fat while maintaining lean mass," study author Kelly Swanson, a professor of animal and nutritional sciencesat the University of Illinois, said in a statement. "The risk with rapid weight loss, especially in a cat, is hepatic lipidosis. The body releases too much fat, and the liver gets bogged down… We targeted a 1.5 percent body weight loss per week, which falls in line with the range (0.5-2 percent per week) suggested by the American Animal Hospital Association."

The eight participating cats — all neutered males — lived together in a large room for the duration of the study, only returning to their individual cages at feeding time. Researchers monitored each cat's health closely. They looked specifically at body weight, physical activity, gut bacteria, blood biochemistry and "body condition score" (BCS), which was measured on a 9-point scale. An animal with a high BCS of 8 or 9 might look "like a little blimp," Swanson said, and animals with a low BCS could be emaciated and malnourished. The cats began the study with an average BCS of 7.5 (ranging from 6 to 9), which researchers aimed to bring down to an "ideal" BCS of 5.

"Each unit increase in BCS above [5] represents approximately 10 percent to 15 percent over ideal body weight," the study said. A cat that weighs more than 20 percent over its ideal body weight is considered obese, the researchers added.

After four weeks of eating a high-fiber, moderate-protein baseline diet, the cats' first calorie cut kicked in. In week one of the 18-week dieting period, the cats had their food intake cut by 20 percent — the maximum amount recommended for weight loss by the American Animal Hospital Association, the study said. Each cat's food intake was reduced further at the beginning of weeks two through eight, and then remained unchanged for the remaining 10 weeks. This persistent food reduction, Swanson said, was the key to meeting each week's weight loss goals.

"When we go on a diet ourselves, we might lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks and then hit a road block," Swanson said. "Same with these animals. We had to keep going down, but it can be hard to convince a pet owner to do that. You might get owners to reduce intake from 60 to 50 grams per day, but we're telling them they might have to go to 45 or 40 grams. We got really low, but we were monitoring them so they were healthy."

By the end of the study, the cats had registered a significant decrease in body weight, BCS score (down to a median score of 6), body fat percentage (down from a mean of 41 percent to 31 percent) and concentration of triglycerides — a type of fat that can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. There was no significant change in the cats' activity levels, the study noted, perhaps as a reminder that cats will be cats no matter what they eat.

Originally published on Live Science.



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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Cats and the Hamster Wheel

Came across this and it really made me laugh so I thought I'd share!





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