Sunday, December 9, 2012

YOGA LOVES BY CAT

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It's been a while since I've been to YOGA CLASS.   However I can  still recall my last experience.  For me Yoga is the best exercise for weight loss.  But do you know that YOGA is not only for people?  Wired Magazine both me to this video from YOU TUBE and I saw this cute cool cat.


Yoga indeed for everyone, not only people love yoga.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

DUSTY: THE KLEPTO CAT

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Saw this post at my friends' wall. Because I am a cat lover I would like to share it here on my blog.  I found this cat so adorable and cute, though this cat was called a cat burglar.




Video credit to FROWNSUPSIDEOWN

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Mayor In The Seventh Streets

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PRETTY BOY, The Mayor In The 7th Street
Photo credit to Raymond McCrea Jones 


Pretty Boy, the Mayor of East Seventh Street, a dignified white cat who had a confident swagger — and a distaste for rainy weather. Thus the long-delayed memorial service to sprinkle his cremated remains along the path he once strutted.

Pretty Boy, believed to have been about 22 years old, was a local fixture for over a decade, making his rounds on the south side of the block between First Avenue and Avenue A, as shops opened and closed and renters moved in and out. His death last month, of natural causes, unleashed a storm of emotion.

A business owner broke into tears at his mention. One young resident wept through a rehearsal for her kindergarten graduation. And Herbie, a disheveled supermodel of a cat who used to live with Pretty Boy at Mikey’s Pet Shop, has retreated behind bags of cat litter to grieve privately.

“Every day I cry,” said Betty Knapp, who used to work at Mikey’s Pet Shop. Pretty Boy used to rest on her chest when her blood pressure rose, she said, and it helped to calm her down. Now, she bursts into sobs when she talks about him. “He knew he was the man. He was the man on East Seventh Street. Everybody just loved him.”

While accounts differ on exactly when Pretty Boy appeared on the block, Mikey Diaz, owner of the pet store, said he had strutted in and leapt onto the counter shortly after the store opened in this spot in 1998. Pretty Boy started sleeping in the shop at night and was later joined by Herbie. During the day, Pretty Boy ventured a few doors down to a hair salon called Chatsii, where he perched on the reception counter and leapt onto the laps of customers. Some days, Mr. Diaz said, he swaggered through a Swiss restaurant on the block.

But the turnover of shops on the block meant changes for Pretty Boy. Monique Simard, the previous owner of Chatsii, said that after she retired in 2004 Pretty Boy was no longer welcome in the space: The new owners were allergic to cats. And the Swiss restaurant closed.

So in 2004, Pretty Boy showed up at Salon Seven, a little farther down the block, and began a friendship with the owner, Mark Dolengowski.
It made for a good life: After waking to breakfast and a face-washing from Mr. Diaz at the pet shop, Pretty Boy headed over to spend the day with Mr. Dolengowski, sniffing hubcaps on the way over and meowing for water upon his arrival.
He spent his day purring, sprawled on the appointment calendar at the reception desk and in the laps of clients having their hair washed. The cat’s love of hair salons made Mr. Dolengowski suspect that he was a reincarnated hairdresser.
When he returned to the pet shop at day’s end, Pretty Boy was less subdued, chasing Herbie around the store, Mr. Diaz recalled, and breaking into the catnip. When rats appeared, however, Pretty Boy typically stayed on the counter and let Herbie handle them.

At the tail end of his life, Pretty Boy was balancing a fairly demanding schedule. He spent Saturdays traveling back and forth, greeting clients at the hair salon and purring for fans and families who stopped by to visit him after services at a synagogue in the neighborhood. Sundays brought children from a Ukrainian church.

Daliyah Abdel-Rehim, who lives on the block, is struggling to accept that Pretty Boy, whom she calls her “best friend,” won’t attend her upcoming sixth birthday party. Her mother, Iryna Malytska, said that Daliyah cried through her kindergarten graduation rehearsal on Wednesday.
“She really loved him,” Ms. Malytska said. “He was a part of Seventh Street.”

Standing before the Pretty Boy memorial he made with photographs and a vase of pink peonies, Mr. Dolengowski, too, conceded that the cat’s death had broken his heart.
“You get so hard living here,” he said in a gravelly, mournful voice. “But pets open up that heart center. There is something about the unconditional love; they clean the blues off of you.
“That’s their mission. That’s why a lot of New Yorkers have pets.”


Published: June 19, 200
Originally posted: NYTIMES

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Human Foods to Avoid for Cats

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Some cats are inveterate "bums" and will beg for food while we are trying to eat.  We the owner are kinda of giving them what we have.  It's already a practice here in the Philippines that what we have in our table, after that we give it to our pets.




And knowing that it is not a good practice, because feeding cats with "people food" is very dangerous to cat's health.  There are foods that are TOXIC to cats and it might kill them.  And as a CAT LOVER I will share with you the list of foods that cats should never eat.

ONION, GARLIC, & RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES.  Onions contain a substance that can destroy red blood cells in the cat, it can cause Heinz Body Anemia.  Garlic and other root vegetables contains similar substance with onion but in a lesser amount.  

 
                               photo credit: Rudy A. GirĂ³n via photo pin cc

GREEN TOMATOES, GREEN (RAW) POTATOES.  These foods are members of SOLANACEAE family of plants or the DEADLY NIGHTSHADE.  It contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms.  The leaves and stems are particularly toxic. 




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CHOCOLATEWhile recent study show us that chocolates are beneficial to human health, but toxic and even fatal for animals.  Why?  Because chocolate is made from the fruit beans of CACAO TREE.  Theobromine, a component of chocolate, that is very toxic compound in chocolate.

                                photo credit: MarcelGermain via photo pin cc     


GRAPES and RAISINS.    These food toxicity has mainly been found in dog and it is very harmful if taken by animals. 

                                photo credit: ruurmo via photo pin cc

MILK.  We know cats love to drink milk.  But did you know that many cats are lactose intolerant.  And if you're cat loves milk you must know where to give milk to your pet, two or three times a week is better.  The more fat in milk means less lactose.  CATSIP is much preferred products for cats and dogs who had problem in digestion.

                               photo credit: alli ♥ via photo pin cc        

Hope I made myself clear here, in order to avoid problems with our pets let us seek for VETERINARIANS advice about their foods.  We must take good care of them because they are also part of our families. 



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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cat Olympics Show

Posted by Amaya Chika at 9:48 PM 26 comments

Power Sleeping

Photo credit by cats.about.com

Mouse Hockey

Photo credit by mirror.co.uk


Relay Drinking

Photo credit to floppycats



Bird Watching

Photo credit to Evan Animals

Compulsory Yawning


Photo credit from wikimedia


Freeform Leaping


Photo credit to dipity

Is your cat a specialist in one or more of the Cat Olympic events? Fill out this simple form with one or two photos from each event. You may enter your cat in as many events as you wish, but please fill out a new form for each event. The events thus far are:
  • Power Sleeping
  • Mouse Hockey
  • Bird Watching
  • Relay Drinking
  • Compulsory Yawning
  • Freeform Leaping
  • Other (Creative New Event)
There are no awards, but the best photos will be featured in an upcoming Cat Olympics photo gallery.
Source Link from: cats.about.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Cat's Bedtime Prayer

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       Now I lay me down to sleep,
     I pray this cushy life to keep.
     I pray for toys that look like mice,
     And some cushions, soft and nice.
     For grocery bags where I can hide,
     Just like a tiger, crouched inside!

     I pray for gourmet kitty snacks,
     And someone nice to scratch my back.
     For window sills all warm and bright,
     And shadows to explore at night.

     I pray I'll always stay real cool,
     And keep the secret feline rule.
     To NEVER tell the humans that,
     This world is really ruled by cats!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alaska Town Elects Cat as Mayor

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Meet Stubbs, the cat celebrating his 15th year as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Stubbs spends most of his time presiding over patrons and constituents from the countertop of a local store


If you think the current presidential election has gotten catty, know that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have nothing on Talkeetna, Alaska -- where a feline has been serving as mayor for the last 15 years. Stubbs the cat has been presiding over the sleepy Alaskan town since he was just a kitten.

The Stubbs' political ascent was the result of a dispirited mayoral campaign, when a majority of Talkeetna's 900 residents -- unhappy with the available prospects -- encouraged their neighbors to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate.

The part-Manx kitty, who was only a few months old at the time, emerged victorious and has held the job ever since. Even though Stubbs' position is honorary, he's served a real function in the town: catapulting it into a tourist destination as word of his election steadily spread through the country. 

Related: Find a Cat Breed! 

Curious what a day in the life of a feline official is like? According to residents, Stubbs spends most of his time at Nagley's Store -- which now doubles as his town hall -- presiding over patrons and constituents from the countertop. Nagley's employee Lauri Stec told KTUU-TV that dozens of tourists stop in each day requesting a meeting with Mayor Stubbs -- and maybe even some cuddle time. 

With Romney on the prowl for a Vice Presidential candidate, who knows? Maybe Sarah Palin will lose her place as the most famous politician to come out of Alaska. 



Link from shine.yahoo.com

SINGING CATS (Dolphy and Panchito)

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This photo reminds me of two Filipino Comedian, DOLPHY and PANCHITO.  Why is it so?  Well as far as I can remember if these two sing together they make wonderful blending and hilarious jokes too.  

Memories we will surely treasure.  Thanks so much.



Saturday, July 7, 2012

MAKE YOUR MOVE

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CAT WOMAN

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Women are sensitive; they over think every little thing and they care way more than they should, but that's what makes their love so strong.

Friday, July 6, 2012

I'M THE CAT....

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

PEEK-A-BOO

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PLAYTIME......hey!  Let's play...

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Cat's Prayer

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A CAT'S PRAYER



Although I am too proud to beg,
and may appear to be a very independent creature,
I ask for your loving care and attention.
I rely on you for my well being much more than you may realize.
This I promise you, my benefactor, that I will not be a burden on you
nor will I demand more of you than you care to give.
I will be a quiet peaceful island of serenity for you to gaze upon;
a soft soothing body to caress,
and I shall purr with pleasure to rest your weary ears.

Since I am a gourmet who appreciates different taste sensations,
I pray you will give me a variety of nutritious foods and fresh water daily.
You know dear friend, how I love to go.
Allow me, I pray, a warm sheltered place
where I can rest peacefully and feel secure.
If I am wounded in battle or suffering from disease,
please tend me gently, and see that I am treated
by loving and competent hands.
Please protect me from the inhuman humans
who would hurt and torture me for their own amusement.

I am accustomed to your gentle touch and am not always suspicious
nor swift enough to avoid such malicious acts.
In my later years when my senses fail me
and my infirmities become too great to bear,
allow me the comfort and dignity that I desire for my closing days
and help me gently in my pain or passing.
Hear this prayer, my dear friend, my fate depends on you.

*author unknown

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

THINKING CAT

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“Why was I so afraid of that vet?”

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cat’s incredible journey in Siberia

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A cat from Russia’s Siberian Krasnoyarsk region has travelled more than 70 km looking for his masters, who’d moved to another town.
The animal did not take up the long journey in vain and he was finally reunited with his lost ‘family’.
They all used to live in the town of Divnogorsk, not far from Krasnoyarsk, but the family had to leave it to another town of Sosnovoborsk. In the rush nobody noticed the cat had gone missing.
“We were searching for him for quite a long time but we never found him,” says Sergey Minskikh. “The children were very unhappy. They loved the pet. He has been living with them for five years.”
To the family’s surprise and joy the cat appeared on the doorstep of their new apartment three months later, when everyone had lost any hope of seeing it again.
The poor animal was very skinny and looked worn out, but was apparently no less happy than his masters.
It has now become the talk of the town, receiving regular visits from the neighbors and friends of the Minskikh family. He enjoys the attention – without leaving the apartment, though.
Link from rt.com

Cat denied access to phone after committing hooligan acts

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One of the residents of the city of Veliky Novgorod in northwestern Russia has caught her cat in recurring acts of telephone hooliganism, after which the insidious animal’s activities were terminated.
The truth about how the cat, named Clasha, was amusing itself, came out only after an angry call from the city’s telephone service, Ria Novosti news agency says.
The operators told the stunned cat’s owner that somebody living in their apartment “had been dialing the number of the local emergency gas leak service and staying silent”, and added they were not going to tolerate “those telephone games” any more.
As the woman had no reason to doubt the service workers’ words, she asked herself a question – who was inside the apartment at the moment of “crime”.
And it appeared that only the cat had been.
The suspicion that Clasha could press telephone buttons with a paw soon confirmed, as the woman actually caught the animal in the very act of the crime.
Following the incident, the apartment dwellers decided to put the telephone beyond the reach of Clasha’s paws.
The cat though, switched over to another type of hooliganism, gnashing the unapproachable telephone cables instead.
The dwellers withdrew both the telephone and the cables.
It’s obvious that the cat has the next move.

Link from rt.com

Don't Worry I am Here Always

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

FLASHY LASHY

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Friday, June 22, 2012

I'LL BITE YOU

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JUST PLAYING WITH HER OWNER...hahhahha

PLEAAAASE WATER!!!!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Personality Differences Between Dog and Cat Owners

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Personality Differences Between Dog and Cat Owners

THE LOVE OF CATS

Posted by Amaya Chika at 8:58 PM 0 comments
When I was a little girl I have so many cat's in our house, 24 cats as far as I can remember.  I have to put them in a basket every time I go to school.  And as soon I got home I run at the back of our house to see if they are still inside the basket and I count them again one by one.


  


But before I got 24 cats, I only have one kitty cat named GLORIA.  She is a gray cat and I love her so much.  When Gloria had her 4 kittens it was that time that people kill cat's and eat them. Every time I saw stray cat's I adopt them because I am afraid people will kill them and eat them too. That is why I have so many cat's.


Yes, I am the owner of the 24 cat's and people are asking for permission to have my cats, they said they're going to pay me money.  And I said NO.  


Now, this a most complex legal issue, one that I am not qualified to discuss. I can only contribute an anecdote. In our place here in the Philippines, I passed through a market and I asked to look around. Dwarfish women in colorful folk dress were hawking exotic vegetables and baskets with small dogs, cats and other animals. Some people became excited and spent time choosing a cute fattened doggie. We stopped at a roadside hut where the dog was butchered and prepared and served with a big bowl of white rice. After politely refusing to join them, in a separate room, I was served rice with chicken. And I wonder why they eat dogs.  Then later cat's.

Personality Differences Between Dog and Cat Owners

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Virtually any discussion among pet owners is bound to reveal that there clearly are dog people and there are cat people. In some cases the depth of feeling for their chosen species can be quite intense. However, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, there are a lot more dog people out there, since 74 percent of their test sample like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.
     
The flip side of the coin is that some people seem to be quite exclusive in their preferences, liking either dogs or cats and loathing the other species. Apparently cats appear to be much easier to hate. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was only two percent.

There are sound reasons to suspect that the preference for dogs or catsdog and cat owners reflects some underlying human personality differences. Certainly the relationship between cats and humans has always been quite different than the relationship between dogs and people. This reflects the behaviors that both species have kept from their heritage prior to domestication. In the wild, cats are usually solitary hunters and often are active mostly at night. In contrast, wild canines are usually sociable pack animals that work in groups and are active between dawn and dusk. Our domestic dogs retain this need for social interaction to the degree that without a master and a family, a dog seems unhappy--almost lost. Dogs will intrude on a person's ongoing activity if they are feeling lonely and want some company or play. Cats, on the other hand, are often invisible during the day, seeming only to appear in the evening, especially if that is when they are fed. Cats will occasionally engage in social activities or play with people, but their interest is limited. Usually, after only a few minutes, the cats will abandon the game and wander away. Dogs on the other hand, will often engage in play, like fetching a thrown ball, for hours at a time, and it is usually the human that quits the game first.


Recently, Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin and his graduate student Carson Sandy conducted a web-based study in which 4,565 individuals were asked whether they were dog people, cat people, neither or both. The same group was given a 44-item assessment that measured them on the so-called Big Five personality dimensions psychologists often use to study personalities.
      Gosling summarized his results saying, "There is a widely held cultural belief that the pet species -- dog or cat -- with which a person has the strongest affinity says something about the individual's personality, and this research suggests there are significant differences on major personality traits between dog people and cat people."
      Just on the basis of the nature of dogs being more sociable than cats, one might expect that the personalities of dog lovers would also reflect higher sociability. The results showed that dog people were generally about 15 percent more extroverted and 13 percent more agreeable, both of which dimensions are associated with social orientation. In addition to dog people were 11 percent more conscientious than cat people. Conscientiousness involves is a tendency to show self-discipline, to complete tasks and aim for achievement. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior.
       In comparison cat people were generally about 12 percent more neurotic, however they were also 11 percent more open than dog people. The openness trait involves a general appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, curiosity, and variety of experience. People high on openness are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs while people with low scores on openness (dog people) tend to have more conventional, traditional interests.
     Gosling's recent study seems to confirm the findings of some research that I did for my book "Why We Love The Dogs We Do." I used a different personality measure, namely the Interpersonal Adjective Scale, because I was mainly interested in items reflecting social interactions and social tendencies. It gives scores on four scales, extroversion, dominance, trust and warmth (which is close to agreeing on Gosling's measure).
      My study involved 6,149 people, aged 16 to 94. I attempted to get as many dog owners as I could, so this group included 3,362 dog owners, but also, 1,223 people who only owned cats and 1,564 people that owned neither a cat nor a dog.
      My results showed that people who owned only cats seemed to be somewhat different than dog owners or people who owned both dogs and cats in terms of their personalities. People who own both dogs and cats seem to be much like people who own only dogs. You should keep this in mind, since from here on, at least for the purposes of this discussion, when I mention a cat owner I mean someone who lives only with a cat, while when I mention dog owners I will mean a person who owns a dog or both a dog and a cat.
      According to my data, cat owners were one third more likely to live alone than dog owners and twice as likely to live in an apartment or flat. Being married, living in a house, and having children living in the home, are all factors that are most likely for dog owners than cat owners. A single woman was the most likely individual to have a cat. Of the people who grew up in a house with cats as pets, 47 percent were likely to have cats today, while only 11 percent of people whose childhood years were spent in a house with a dog have only a cat as a pet.

      Turning to the personality profile of the person who owns only cats, we find a reasonable overlap with the Gosling's recent findings. To begin with we find we find that people who own only cats tend to be relatively introverted (low on extroversion) and also reasonably cool (low in warmth or agreeableness) which is the pattern confirmed by the more recent data.
      Looking at the other two measures we find that cat owners are relatively low in dominance. People who are high in dominance are generally described as being forceful, assertive, persistent, self-assured and self-confident. They are the people who stand out in social gatherings as opposed to people who are low in dominance that come across as being more timid, bashful, shy and unaggressive. The final dimension that I looked at was thrust, and cat owners appear to be fairly trusting. People high on this dimension are often described as obliging, modest, straightforward and "good sports." People low on this dimension can be more suspicious and manipulative.
      The general pattern that comes out of both studies is that dog owners are more social, interactive and accepting and cat owners (who own cats exclusively) are more introverted, self-contained and less sociable.

     Perhaps one of the most telling differences between dog and cat owners is illustrated by a single comparison. I asked people who own only cats "If you had adequate living space and there were no objections from other people in your life, and someone gave you a puppy as a gift, would you keep it?" The answer to this was compared to what I got when I asked people who own only dogs the same question about a kitten. More than two thirds of the cat owners (68 percent) said that they would not accept a dog as a pet, while almost the same number of dog owners (70 percent) said that they would admit the cat into their household. This suggests that most people who own only a dog or potentially dog and cat owners, while most people who own only a cat are exclusively cat owners.
     Stanley Coren is the author of many books including: The Modern Dog, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? The Pawprints of History, How Dogs Think, How To Speak Dog, Why We Love the Dogs We Do, What Do Dogs Know? The Intelligence of Dogs, Why Does My Dog Act That Way? Understanding Dogs for Dummies, Sleep Thieves, The Left-hander Syndrome

Link from psychologytoday





 

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