Category: Cats


A Street Cat Named Bob

A tale of one man and the cat who saved him. James has written a book about his life with Bob. He still does busking with Bob every afternoon at Covent Garden, unless the weather is awful.

Calming Music for Cats

Researchers have found that during general anesthesia, cats remain physiologically responsive to music; and beyond that, classical music was found to be more soothing than pop or heavy metal. An LSU study went in a slightly different direction and decided to investigate the effect of music specifically created for cats. (There are people out there making music for cats = faith in humanity restored.)

The authors describe cat music as being comprised of “melodic lines based on affiliative vocalizations and rewarding sounds. These melodies are interpreted as more likely to be effective if the goal is to calm an agitated cat. The thought and musical design behind composing cat-specific music was based on the idea that the development of the emotional centers in the brain of the cat occur shortly after birth, during the nursing stage. Because purring and suckling sounds are common in this developmental stage, these sounds are layered into tempos and frequencies used in feline vocalization to create cat specific music.”

A sweet family dog rescued a stray kitten after finding the cat in the pouring rain. Hazel, a Yorkie/Chihuahua/poodle mix, lives in Abilene, Texas, and surprised her mom, Monica Burks, by bringing home the abandoned kitten.

Hazel had been let outside for her bathroom break by Monica but didn’t come back right away. When Monica looked outdoors to see where her 3-year-old dog had gotten to, she was surprised to see Hazel returning with a new friend.

Hazel kept drawing attention to the faint meowing coming from underneath their shed. She refused to leave the spot, despite the downpour until she was able to coax the kitten from her hiding spot. Once the kitten was out from under the shed, Hazel led the cat back home.

Each time the kitten hesitated and stopped in her tracks, Hazel encouraged the frightened animal to keep following her. Monica recorded Hazel bringing the kitten to her doorstep. And when the kitten couldn’t quite jump up the step into their home, Hazel picked the kitten up in her mouth and helped her inside. Since her rescue, the kitten has been given the name Sheba, and Monica’s brother, Michael, has adopted her!

Says Puddles Pity Party, “All those sweet critters out there, in need of forever homes, are yearning for kindness and safety and security. They want to know what love is. And we (you & me) could provide that for them. Please adopt.”

 

Pic of the Day – 2/3/20

“Feline Masquerade” on the model Topaz Arbell, by artist Tal Peleg.

SQUEE ALERT!

Badass Cat Chasing Dog!

The guy who plays the role of “fractious cat” deserves an OSCAR.

Pic of the Day – 1/10/20

Hazards of the garden.

“Kitbull” by Pixar SparkShorts

“Kitbull,” directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. Get the tissues out now!

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