Saturday, 23 March 2019

Are Cats Introverts? #caturdayart

Are Cats Introverts?


As this week (18 -24 March) is Introverts Week I asked Mum to blog about whether cats are introvert or not.

I'm in two minds about it but Mum thinks cats are indeed very introverted. For example, she says cats are more introverted than dogs. And yes, compared to those woof woofs, we cats are more introverted. Extroverts are loud. And most dogs are too. Cats are quiet and masters of mindfulness. Cats would rather sit and observe. Mum is a lot like a cat in that respect (not the masters of mindfulness part).

As an introvert, Mum believes that's one reason why she gets on with the feline species so well. Mum could have been a cat (though I don't think she'd love the hunting for prey or eating meat part).

As for me, I am mostly introvert but I'm a little more extrovert than Mum. Though Mum can be a little extroverted too when it comes to expressing herself through music and singing. 

Below are 5 reasons why cats are introverts. We're sure there are others but time was limited and Mum could only quickly come up with these. If you can add to the list please do so in the comments.


green eyed tabby cat close up

5 Reasons why cats are introverts


1. Cats enjoy their own company and keep themselves to themselves. This is also my introvert Mum without a doubt. 

2. Cats only need affection on their terms and will come to you when they want. They will give affection when it feels right. I'd say most introverts are like that too and I know Mum is.

3. If things overwhelm cats they need to find a quick hideaway. Sensory overload is all too real for us and so is the need to recharge. Mum does this a lot. As a highly sensitive person, she gets the sensory overload loads. 

4. Cosy duvet days and naps are a must. Self-care is so important and cats know how to do this so well. Introverted humans should take note and if you can, take a nap. You will feel better, I promise.

5. Cats can read your thoughts. I can tell exactly what you're thinking. Can Mum? Yes, she is quite intuitive. Like a cat she silently observes and like a cat, she is quite good at reading body language. Of course, cats don't talk (not verbally) and Mum isn't much of a talker. Maybe that's why she's a writer?

So I want to put this over to you - are my feline friends and followers introverts? Are your humans?

CATURDAY ART 


Want to participate in the Caturday Art Blog Hop? Just enter any animal art or animal photo art. You don't have to be an artist, just get creative with your photos - there are so many free online photo editor apps or sites to choose from. Then add your photo and link to our linky below and share on your blogs (linking back to us would be greatly appreciated!)


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Here's my art for today. The deep thoughtful gaze of an introvert with her rich inner world. Mum used the MySketch app on her phone.

digital sketch of tabby cat






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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Charity Tuesday: A British Kitty and a Greek Kitty Looking for Their Forever Homes


We are sharing two rescue cats today who are looking for their forever home. One is from the UK and he is at Wood Green The Animals Charity and the other is from Nine Lives Greece in Greece!

Winston


black and white rescue cat
PHOTO: Wood Green, The Animals Charity

This playful boy is Winston and he says he has a lot of love to give. He is so handsome, isn't he, lady kitties? Winston wants a home where he can have all the love and affection he deserves. He would much prefer to be the only pet in his new home so he can steal all the attention (I don't blame him). Find out more about Winston HERE. Don't forget to check out his video below!







And now let's meet this sweet little girl kitty from Greece. 


Molly


rescue kitten
PHOTO: Nine Lives Greece


Molly is a 6-month-old female kitten who is looking for a home. She tells me that she was found near a Greek taverna together with her sister Kim who was badly injured. Poor Molly was found dehydrated from starvation and she had a respiratory infection. The vet said it was a matter of days before she would die. But thank the gods she managed to survive under the vet’s care. Though she was timid at the beginning she's now very calm and enjoys cuddles and playtime with her sister. A loving home where she feels safe and loved is needed for this pretty girl and she needs to be an indoor kitty. Find out more about her HERE






ATHENA'S RESCUE STORY

All proceeds from A Forever Home For Athena will be donated to the following charities:

Wood Green The Animals Charity
Greek Cat Welfare Society
Cats Protection




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More homeless pets looking for forever homes can be found on my Mum's Pinterest Pet Rescue board.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. As a rescue kitty myself I want to help other rescues find their forever home, so each week on Charity Tuesday I share adoptable cats from Wood Green, the Animals Charity (which is where I was rescued) and some other charities dear to our hearts. Mum and I are so grateful to Wood Green because without them we would never have found each other! 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

St Patrick's Day Special #CaturdayArt


HAPPY CATURDAY!

And HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY for TOMORROW!

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St Patrick's Day tabby cat art





Want to participate in the Caturday Art Blog Hop? Just enter any animal art or animal photo art. You don't have to be an artist, just get creative with your photos - there are so many free online photo editor apps or sites to choose from. Then add your photo and link to our linky below and share on your blogs (linking back to us would be greatly appreciated!)



We are doing 3 posts in one today so we are also including Friendly-Fill-Ins and Sunday Selfies.

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15andmeowing
1. I could live on _________.
2. I rarely _________, but when I do, _________. 
3. I would most like to be known for _________. 
4. If you want _________, you have to _________. 

Marie 

1. I could live on chocolate forever if I could. 
2. I rarely go out these days but when I do it's usually shopping (which I hate anyway). This is due to my social anxiety. 
3. I would most like to be known for being kind, especially to animals. 
4. If you want something done you have to do it yourself. 

Athena 

1. I could live on treats forever. 
2. I rarely let Mum do what she wants but when I do it's when she tricks me to go to the vets. 
3. I would most like to be known for being a beautiful kitty goddess who rescued her human mum. 
4. If you want something done, you have to stare at a human long enough and they will do it. 



 And here is our Sunday Selfie!

for The Cat on My Head's Blog Hop



Another St Patrick's card :)

St Patrick's Day cat mum and cat selfie


Friday, 15 March 2019

Pethood Stories: Athena and Marie

This is a sponsored post. Full disclosure Here

We are teaming up with Petplan Insurance as part of the Pethood Stories campaign to tell you all about our life together and our special bond.


tabby cat sleeping


Marie

The first time I ever saw Athena was on the website of Wood Green, The Animals Charity. My heart melted at the sight of the cute little face staring back at me, her enormous eyes crying out for love.

I had wanted a cat for ages, 13 years in fact. My last cat was Suzy. It broke my heart when she passed away at 13 years of age in 1998. Sadly she had cancer and I had to have her put down. 

Devastated, I told myself no more cats. Ever. At least not for a while. I decided to focus on my career and threw myself into studying for a Literature degree as well as writing the novel I’d always wanted to write. But my love for cats never went away. I’d spend hours online looking at cats being the cute, adorable, funny and magical little beings they are. I realised how happy they made me feel and how much they eased my stress. Before long I began to get broody for my own purry bundle of fluff again.

Fast forward to 2011, devasted after another death - this time my father's - my anxiety hit the roof. I’ve always struggled with depression and anxiety and so my dad’s passing from cirrhosis of the liver really affected me. I could not fathom how I would be able to handle his passing with my already frazzled nerves. I knew it was time to get another cat.

tabby kitten Athena


The sweet tabby with large emotive eyes that I'd seen on the animal charity website was called Sophie and I went to view her early next morning. She was in the first pen, and as soon as she saw me, she pawed at the pen door, obviously wanting to get out of there as soon as possible. I spent some time with her, touched her delightful kitty paws and that was it!

I reserved her and went back to pick her up two days later. I renamed her Athena, a name I’ve always loved. Sophie is now her middle name. Both names suit her for Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and Sophie means wisdom in Greek. And believe me, this tabby cat goddess is indeed wise. Look into her alluring magical eyes and you’ll see a wise old soul staring back at you.



tabby cat wise kitty


Once we got home Athena jumped out of the carrier and to my surprise, she wasn’t fazed at all about her new surroundings. It’s as if she already knew that this would be her new home from now on.

After I’d fed her (and she gobbled it all down) Athena settled onto my lap. As I gazed down at her sweet contented face my heart just swelled with pure unconditional love.

That first night Athena slept next to me, curled up on the pillow and deep love like nothing before warmed my soul. I felt like a mum. A proud cat mum! This is my baby, I thought, holding her close while my heart was about to burst, and I will always take care of her.

tabby kitten sleeping



Some people might argue that a cat isn’t a baby, but just a cat, a furry friend, a family pet. But I’m not the only one who feels that their pet is their child. According to the Petplan Pet Census 2018, 41% of owners refer to their pet as their best friend, and 44% call their pet their “baby”. 

As I work from home and Athena is an indoor cat we spend all our time together each day. I wouldn't have it any other way. She is my constant companion and my day revolves around her.

Having a mental health problem makes most days difficult. Waking up in the morning is often filled with anxiety. Athena has changed all that. She is my reason for getting out of bed and facing the day.

I do worry that she may absorb my stress and anxiety so I’m doing my best to make self-care my priority. I need to do this to give my girl the best life ever. We’ve also recently moved out of London to Essex and the surrounding countryside has made me more chilled out and Athena totally loves our new home too.

When things get overwhelming I take a nap. This is Athena’s influence as no way could I ever take afternoon naps before. The most perfect time is while she sleeps close to me, her head resting on my leg. I just want that moment to last forever.

cat lady Marie with her tabby cat


Athena

I love my Mum. It if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be here sharing my story on my own blog.

As a scared abandoned little kitten, I thought my life was over. When I got taken to the shelter, I thought I would never find a forever home. At 10 weeks old I was ready to be adopted and that’s when I saw Mum. As soon as I saw her I knew she was mine and I made sure I got her!

tabby kitten with exposed belly


Being with Mum is full of happy days even if Mum sometimes isn’t in the best of moods. She gets low and feels sad a lot but I always manage to get a smile out of her. I love the gleam in her eyes when she looks at me. I know she is admiring my beauty. She worships me and it’s good!

tabby cat Athena for Pethood Story

We do have a lot of fun together. Mum is pawsome at inventing games for us to play. She knows how to tap into my hunting instinct and I love it when she pulls ribbons along the floor and behind and under paper for me to stalk and catch. I make her laugh when I wiggle my bottom in preparation for launching an attack.

I have her under my paw and I can do no wrong in her eyes. Even if I scratch her Mum seems to forgive me and continues to shower me with love. When she upsets me, like when she traps me in that ugly carrier and tricks me into going to the vet, I act like I don’t want to know her. Until we get home and then I give her the sad eye so that there isn’t a delay in her giving me those treats she promised me on the way to the vet! I don’t stay upset for long so I just forget it and soon I’m up for more cuddles. The best part of the day (or night) is when I curl up against Mum at night and I purr us both to sleep.

We are paw to hand, together against the world. Two lost souls who rescued each other.

This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own.

Athena and Marie collage