As you read on the Home/Welcome Page, I am dedicated to cats, caring for cats, helping people with cats, and promoting cats. They are the one totally universal natural symbol on the whole planet. From small to large, there are cats on all but one continent. That 7th continent, Antarctica, has had cats visit, though. Some people might start listing wolves, foxes, and coyotes.
Those are many beautiful animals, but then they go too far with hyenas. An interesting fact is that the hyena is more closely related to CATS! Wild cats are some of the most striking and beautiful creatures on the planet. It is no wonder they have been revered since the time of ancient Egyptians and before.
Cat Facts Plus:
Because cats were venerated in ancient Egypt, they were commonly believed to have been domesticated there, but there may have been instances of domestication as early as the Neolithic [period] from around 9,500 years ago (7500 BC). A genetic study in 2007 concluded that all domestic cats are descended from Near Eastern wildcats, having diverged around 8000 BC in the Middle East. A 2016 study found that leopard cats were undergoing domestication independently in China around 5500 BC, though this line of partially domesticated cats leaves no trace in the domesticated populations of today. A 2017 study confirmed that domestic cats are descendants of those first domesticated by farmers in the Near East around 9,000 years ago.
In addition to creating a home for information and entertainment, I will take you on a journey through life in a multiple cat household. All but one of my cats are rescues. Either they were abandoned, or I obtained them from a shelter. The last one, half Siamese, was adopted from someone who had a litter and made them available. Here is what this Blog is all about:
Transcript from this video:
In life we make a lot of choices. We tend to make a lot of selfish choices. In some cases we might make choices that are more giving, less selfish, and owning a cat falls into both of those categories.
When we get a cat, a lot of times we feel that we’re going to do this cat a favor. It’s going to have a nice owner, we’re going to feed it, love it, do all sorts of good stuff, but what you soon find is that a cat brings just as much value to you, if not more.
A lot of people say the same thing about dogs. Dogs are a wonderful companion, with unwavering love. Just as a dog would, cats see or hear you and come over to you to check how you are, let you know they are around, and want to protect you.
A dog will do the same thing, but cats are actually more expressive. Cats talk more. It isn’t just a woof, whine, or whimper. They use sound, body language, tail position, expression. They let you know when they have concerns, want attention, want to protect or warn you, take care of you. They let you know they want to be with you. [Do you need a chart to understand what you dog is saying?]
Cats are going to want to protect their home, their “master”, and that’s a fine thing about cats. Dogs are happy-go-lucky, cats are very alert. [I should add that while dogs are alert, they are more of a predator than prey in the urban environment. Cats are small and hunted, so they are more aware and careful which leads to alertness.]
Cats love you every bit as much as you love them. [My cats reflect my personality with their own and the way I treat them] They ALWAYS come through, no matter what. People may think that cats are standoffish and don’t do much for you, but I’m going to show you different, I’m going to show you all about cats.
You are going to learn about cats, and, my Cats of Life.
I should first let you know that I am a proponent of rescue and shelter cats for adoption, versus breeders and the kitten at the grocery store front door. Even though I feel that way, you have a right to get your cats any way you choose. Just be sure you read my post about the advantages of adoption and fostering, and disadvantages of breeders and accident cats. I will not judge you for your choices, and this is a safe home for everyone.
I will provide information to anyone because I am a true cat lover, just like many visitors to this site. I was a dog lover for all my childhood. I had contempt for cats, was sometimes cruel, and had no use for cats whatsoever. I did not understand cats and felt they were just too aloof for my taste. I preferred having a dog that would play with me, fetch balls, follow me, come when I call, and love me. I was so sure that cats did nothing like this.
My brother adopted a pair of cats from a friend that could not have them any more. My parents took them in, and they were easy going cats. I didn’t really care that my father really liked those cats, but I left them alone. I used to see them come around, catch mice, and hang out with my father. That is when I started to feel like cats had worth, that they could care about their owners. They clearly cared for my father.
Later in life, I got a cat for my girls. It would hang out, follow me, and tolerate the girls. In experimenting, I found that cat would fetch a foam ball and bring it back to me to throw again. She would come when I called her, jump up on my lap on the couch, and followed the girls and I up to the park and back a block away without me telling her to. When we were ready to come home, I would just let her know and she would follow us back.
She got along with our dog and rabbit, and even slept with them for naps. My girls really cared for that cat, then it disappeared. I believe it was stolen because we lived in a student populated neighborhood. I could swear I saw a college age girl carrying her a few years later, heavier in weight, and being carried down the sidewalk. I had already accepted that the cat had gone, so I left her alone.
That cat made me see that cats have value as a loved pet. I missed her, and it was a few years before I found another cool cat. This cat had been lost. You can see the blog page and YouTube video on Bird. That was when the next part of my cat life happened. I tell the story of his relationship with us, and the progression over the years. After that, I started to build my cat family, and will post videos about each cat so you can piece it all together.
I have done research and have had experience with cats, and delved deep into the feline world. Health, behavior, nutrition, and breeds are all topics I made my business to learn. When with vets, I ask questions and follow up on their answers online and with other sources. I spread my reach far and wide to become somewhat of an expert, or at least very well informed.
If there is a question I cannot answer from experience or learning, I have resources to get the information and present it here. You will see as this site grows that it will become a major hub for cat owners. That is why you should take a minute to scroll down and share this site on the various platforms after you have a chance to visit my pages and information there.
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My purpose is to help cats and their owners, to give them the information they need, and to help them be better family. I strive to present information that will entertain you, make you think, and help you grow. Cats need our help and love, no matter how independent they seem. A cat is happiest when it has all that it needs and is well taken care of by food and health.
That is what this site and I are all about.