Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Stuff I never knew about cats...

It's been a while since the cats featured here. They don't really do much to contribute to the eco-friendly or frugal things I like to focus on here, but when it comes to simplicity they score highly. You can't ask for much more in life than having a purring cat sitting on your lap.


The cats arrived in October 2013, after a serious campaign by our kids for a proper pet, one that lived in the house (unlike the chickens) and that didn't need a cage (we've done hamsters). In a moment of weakness, when our attention had been focused elsewhere on some very poorly family members, we found that we'd somehow agreed to acquiring not only one, but two kittens. Two sisters that couldn't possibly be separated...

Having never owned a cat before it's all been a steep learning curve and I look in amazement at the new cat lover me and wonder what became of the old not-that-bothered-about-cats me.

Stuff cat lover me has learnt:

  • Although the advice is that cats are solitary creatures, our two co-exist happily. They mock fight sometimes but more often than not, they can be found hanging out together.
  • Cats particularly like unmade beds and rumpled clothing to sleep on. And they really do sleep anywhere.
  • There is an unspoken cat rule not to use the facilities that are provided. We supply bowls of fresh water - they hang around the bathroom waiting for someone to turn the tap on so they can have a drink, or even worse, slurp out of the loo. Gross. We supply a scratching post - they make it their policy to claw everything but. All the chairs with rush seating and that lovely rattan chest in my bedroom...
  • Cats are supposed to be aloof and un-doglike but ours always come to greet us at the garden gate when we return home, and one in particular is very affectionate. Maybe I'm biased but our cats are particularly lovable.
  • I know they can't help it, and in their defence our cats haven't brought me presents often, but I just don't like the catching small creatures thing. Especially birds. We've tried to deter it with jingly collars and by fattening up the sparrows so that they have lots of energy to fly away, but there were casualties amongst the babies last spring.
  • Cats get fleas. Even when you've been treating them from before they ever went outside. We've swapped from using Frontline to Advantage, which seems to work better (and is cheaper - yay!) Two of us humans also got bitten in the summer when it was high flea season. I'm sorry for Husband and Daughter but secretly so glad I'm one of the two that does not attract insects.
  • My strategy of changing cat foods often seems to have paid off and mine eat what's put in front of them. Currently on the menu? Aldi dried food and a small amount of Sainsbury's wet food.
  • However many times I go to the vet with the cats, I still laugh when they call out the name of the pet followed by the owner's surname..."Tigger Smith next please". I'm easily amused.

Cats sleep, anywhere,
Any table, any chair
Top of piano, window-ledge,
In the middle, on the edge,
Open drawer, empty shoe,
Anybody's lap will do,
Fitted in a cardboard box,
In the cupboard, with your frocks-
Anywhere! They don't care!
Cats sleep anywhere.

Eleanor Farjeon

16 comments:

  1. I haven't heard that poem for ages :-)

    Last time I was at the vets with my dog (who hides under the chair and has to be dragged across the floor when the vet calls her) the lady next to me did an hilarious impression of her cat with splayed out legs trying to avoid being put in the travel cage :-)

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    1. Ah yes, trying to get the cats in the cat basket is a whole 'nother thing here too!

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  2. So good to get an update about your cats. You're right, you can't ask much more out of life than to have a purring cat on your lap. :)

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    1. Wondering if all your cats are lap cats or just certain ones?

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  3. When it rains our cats lick the collected water off the glass topped table in the back yard (table
    water=cat Perrier). They also drink out of the extremely algae filled fishpond.. I can't remember
    the last time I saw them actually drink out of the bowl filled with nice clean water (that I
    religiously change very day).

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    1. I'm sure our cats would soon complain if we didn't refill the bowls for them though!

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  4. Cats steal your heart that's for sure. My cat drinks from anything but her bowl unless it has milk in it - yes I know you are not suppose to give them milk, but she loves it so!

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    1. If ours can get their paws on a cereal bowl with some leftover milk in it, they will, so they'd LOVE you!

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  5. I can't imagine a life without cats...

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  6. What a lovely photo of your 2. Our cat will drink out of anyone's glass if it's left within her reach. She's such a strange one though. I hand reared her from a feral kitten and she's grown up (she's 2) to be scared of everything, including other cats. We were thinking of perhaps getting her a companion to teach her how to be a "proper" cat as she missed out on a lot of teaching from her feral mum who abandoned her at just 3 weeks of age. She is very amusing though!

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    1. That's interesting that she's stills cared of everything, even though you've had her since a kitten. I guess those early weeks are important in cat development.

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  7. Cats are the best! I wouldn't be without one. Mine thankfully now eat the Aldi sachets in gravy, which are half the price of Gourmet Perle which was the only one they would eat for a while. I use Advocate to deflea mine, which is not cheap but worms them too. I can't get the tablets down them!
    Jane

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    1. Ooh thanks for reminding me - think ours must be due a worming tablet...

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  8. Appreciated the update! I have two sister cats as well. Did find they started fighting more after year 2 though! And happy they will also eat anything.

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    1. Ours are 18 months...I wonder whether they'll get more fighty?

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