Friday, April 29, 2016

I Wish I Could Stretch Like a Cat

How I wish I could stretch like a cat.



I’ve been struggling with sciatica for a while. I finally went to the doctor last week (yes, I should have gone sooner), and she gave me some medicine and put me on a stretching regime to loosen up the muscles in my lower back, which are very tight.

It’s something I will have to keep doing, she said, because sciatica can come back.



So morning and night, I stretch and do yoga poses. It feels good. But though I’m gradually getting looser and feeling better, I still can’t stretch as well as I did when I did yoga regularly. Which I’m going to start doing again.

I watch my cats stretching their bodies, and I think about how good that must feel to them. And how beautiful they look when they do it.



The kitties are funny when I get out my yoga mat. They want to sit on it. Or play with the Velcro strap. 



But no one wants to help me stretch. They’re waiting for me to catch up with them. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #11: Memories

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

Most Wednesdays, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.

***



This is one of the last photographs I took of Chase Bird. I took it on Oct. 16 last year, 11 days before he died unexpectedly.

On that day, I was keeping Chase Bird and Abbey in the kitty Zen room with the door closed while the HVAC man checked the furnace before winter weather set in.

I snapped this picture with my phone, and it’s a precious picture to me. Abbey and Chase Bird relaxing together, looking comfortable with each other. They didn’t like being closed in a room, but they were OK.

Six months ago today, Chase Bird made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. While I still cry—every day—I also hold a lot of memories of him that make me happy and comfort me. 

Our home is filled with memories of the cats who are no longer with us. I remember where they liked to nap, where they liked to play, what spot in the kitchen they chose to eat in. Snuggles, playtime, scratches, purrs, meows, and mews. What they sounded like as they walked or ran into a room. How they bent over a food bowl. What they liked best to eat. Where I tended to them when they were sick. Where I held them last. 

The time I sat with them in a room because I was afraid the HVAC man would hold the door open and they would get out.

I’m thankful for these memories. Because love is wrapped up in all of them.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mancat Monday: Connor and Billy the Squirrel



Connor: I saw something!





Connor: It's Billy the Squirrel!





Connor: Hey, Billy, Mama says we're friends because I'm an indoors-only cat!





Connor: Billy? Where did you go?





Billy: We're friends from afar, Connor. Friends from afar.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
~Albert Schweitzer



Happy Friday! Natasha here to wish you a pawsome weekend and to say: Happy Earth Day! 

The world outside my window is full of birds, squirrels, trees, flowers, grass, rocks, and all kinds of interesting things that humans call “nature.” 







Let’s remember that we’re all connected to each other and to the Earth.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Abbey!

Happy Birthday and Happy Gotcha Day to Abbey! 





One year ago today, we adopted Abbey from our county shelter. She was “about one” then, so we chose the same day to be her birthday. That makes her two years old today.

She has been a joy in every way. Her gentleness is an inspiration. Her quirky little habits make us smile. And her head bonks and kisses melt our hearts. 

We love you forever and a day, precious Abbey!


*We’re having an all-day open house on the Following Cats Facebook page. Stop by and have some food! 


Monday, April 18, 2016

Mancat Monday: How high can I go?



Happy Monday, my critter friends and my human friends! Connor here for another Mancat Monday.

Mama doesn’t like me to get on top of the dresser in the bedroom. She says it’s too high and I might get hurt.

But notice that she took a picture of me up there.

Then she asked me to come down. She even held her arms up to try to help me down.

But I didn’t need help. I’m an agile cat, after all. I can always get down on my own. I just jump to the window seat below.

Mama needs to remember that we cats need to be up high sometimes. It makes us feel safe. And we need alone time sometimes. I mean, I have two sisters who are always trying to tell me what to do. Wouldn’t you try to get away sometimes too?

Anyway, I think I’m making a very good case for Mama and Papa to buy us a super deluxe, TALL cat tree. Don’t you think so?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #10: Paw prints

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

Every Wednesday, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.

***

Paws. Soft, tough. Puffs of sound. Pounding feet. 

Not many paw prints left behind indoors. But the paw prints are all over my heart and soul.

Abbey



Natasha



Connor


Monday, April 11, 2016

Mancat Monday: Moving Like the Wind

Happy Monday! Connor here for Mancat Monday.

Mama likes to take pictures of us kitties. A lot of pictures. 

Sometimes I just don’t have time for pictures. I have things to do, mysteries to explore, places to be.

When Mama started taking pictures the other day. I was on top of the sofa. But then I heard something. See my right ear turned in the second picture? And then—I moved like the wind.








I can’t tell you where I went. That’s a secret. But I can tell you it was more important than pictures!


Friday, April 8, 2016

The Cat’s Perspective: How to be Stealthy and Get Away with Anything

Hello, and happy Friday! This is Abbey, Natasha, and Connor. All three of us got together and reviewed the skills that we need to practice every day to become stealthier. 

Every cat, even those who live indoors all the time like us, need to know how to be stealthy. After all, the stealthier we are, the more we can get away with around the house without the humans knowing a thing.



Know how to go into hiding.

Natasha



Watch your back.

Natasha




Keep an eye on the outside.

Abbey



But stay aware of your surroundings.

Abbey



Keep your claws sharp. You never know when you’ll need them.

Connor



Watch training videos.

Connor



Learn how to appear asleep.

Natasha



And above all, be able to look innocent.

Abbey




What important skills did we miss?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #9: Affection




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

Every Wednesday, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.

***

Hello! It’s Natasha. I hope everypawdy is doing well!

Abbey got to talk on Sunday, and Connor got to talk on Monday. So when Mama came home from work really tired, I told her not to worry about Wednesday’s post. I would take care of it.

Mama has been working on a big project at the place where she works. When she gets home, she says she’s “exhausted,” and I hear her talking to Papa about “worries.” I don’t know the details, but I know it sometimes makes Mama sit too much and not play with us. And let’s just say it, sometimes it makes her grumpy.

So then I know it’s time to show Mama some affection.

Affection is what humans call it when us cats purr and sit on your lap or right next to you. When we give you head bonks and kisses.

I’m not much of a lap cat. I like sitting beside Mama and Papa, just not much on their laps. But not too long ago, I thought I would show some affection and sat on Mama’s lap. It made her so happy. Such a little thing, but she smiled and smiled and even took a picture. 



I think I made her feel better. With something called affection.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mancat Monday

Happy Monday! Connor here. This is my first Mancat Monday.

Today I am 11 months old, which means I’m almost 1-year old! Then I’ll be a big boy. 

(Mama here: No matter how old he gets, he is still my baby.

Embarrassing!

Anyway, since I’m almost a big boy, I picked these pictures for today. I think I look a little fierce in them.

I smelled something I didn’t like on the carpet. I think it was where Abbey or Natasha had been sitting. 



So I told Mama.









I think I can gag with the best of them, don’t you?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday Selfies: Abbey

Hi! Happy Sunday! It’s Abbey. We’re joining the The Cat on My Head Sunday Selfies Blog Hop for the first time.



I am new to taking selfies, so Mama helped me. I hope you like it!