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My main passions in life are cats and writing and this new section combines both quite nicely. This blog is the chatty bits which are usually found at the beginning of the Mewsletter and the Scratching Post but in a bid to make both of them more user friendly, I am cutting the chatter and putting it into a blog. I hope that you'll take time out to read them and more importantly, enjoy them! I always welcome feedback so please write to me using the contact us box.

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Paws For Thought

a place where you can stop off at any time of the day to rest a while; put your feet up; have a drink and relax – perhaps with your favourite feline on your lap or nearby.

Paws for Thought is a collection of quotations written by people from all walks of life on their passion for cats. I do hope you’ll enjoy them enough that you’ll want to come by often to just sit and find peace with your feline companion while you read.

A Message from Pauline

Why do cats meow?

Cats have developed the meow purely for us humans.  They know we’ll respond, and they milk it for all its worth.  They meow for a variety of reasons but mainly it’s to get attention.

Before we investigate why cats meow, if your cat has suddenly started this behaviour at odd times of the day (and usually, just as we go to bed is a favourite time) it’s a good idea to take him to the vet to have him checked over.  He may have an underlying health problem or be in pain.  If he gets a clean bill of health, then there may be other reasons why your cat has started doing this.

Generally, a cat that meows wants something.  This could be food, attention, or to have access to a room (or cupboard) that is off limits or just to be in the same room as you.  A cat will often meow quite plaintively until you cave in and give him what he wants.

If you’ve just gone to bed and your cats starts meowing, it’s very likely that he wants to be with you.  You have two choices here: either open the door or ignore him.   Depending on your will power this could be a long night! If you are adamant that under no circumstances – absolutely none! – that he is not going to share your bed, then you’ll need earplugs to drown out the meows because it could be a while before he realises that the bedroom door is remaining closed.

Eventually, he’ll get the message and will stop crying.  When you first start to ignore his cries, he might initially intensify them so that they sound like he is being murdered (this is when you know what fiendishly clever little beings cats truly are!) and it’s important not to give in at his point.  When he finally realises that his crying is in vain, his attention-seeking behaviour should start to reduce until eventually, it will be removed from his behavioural repertoire.

If your cat is an older cat, it could be signs of dementia (yes, cats do get dementia).  He could be confused and wonder where he is, or where you are.  All he needs is reassurance.  Pick him up, give him a cuddle and talk to him gently, stroke him to make him feel calm again, and then put him back in his bed, or on the sofa – or wherever he was.

Just feel privileged that cats have developed this ‘language’ as a means of communicating with us, and we, in turn, have a duty of care to interpret their carefully orchestrated meows to be manipulated for the rest of our lives.  What a joy!

Cat Calls - What's New Pussycat!!

LexiLexi: Hey Dezi do you know what time of year it is? 

Dezi: It's winter time Lexi, and it's cold with a lot of grey days. What's the big deal? Dezi

Lexi: Well yeah, there's that, but it's also Christmas time. The time of year when for just a little while lots of peeps (people) that aren't normally nice, get a little nicer and those year round good hearted folks go overboard. MOL Everybody's shopping and buying all kinds of gifts and lots of food all to celebrate one day.

Dezi: Oh Lexi me loves the Christmas lights and the yummy smells from mommy's candles. 

Lexi: Me too Dezi. I hope those candles never burn away. But the real reason for the season has nothing to do with mommy’s candles or all the shopping and food or even the lights we like so much. Although our Lord, Jesus, wasn't actually born on December the 25th, that's the day we celebrate His birth. God's gift to the entire world. The Bible says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

Dezi: So the point of Christmas sissy is Love right?

 

Lexi: Yep Dezi, Love and Jesus. You know we are really blest. We have a mommy who loves us so much she would give her life for ours and we would do the same. And we have a warm and comfortable home to live in and a cosy bed to sleep on.

Dezi and LexiDezi: Oh Lexi we are blest. You know me has a Blest Sunday post on our blog, Deziz World every week. We have so many pawsome furiends and opportunities thanks to the internet on top of our furever home and mommy. But there are kitties that don't have what we do. And at this time of year when it turns cold and nasty outside they really struggle to survive. 

Most everybody has heard about ferals. Just because these kitties live outside and are afraid of humans doesn't mean they don't suffer or that they can take the changing weather. We know a lot of peeps that take care of feral colonies. Most of them use their own money to feed and spay/neuter and provide vet services when they're needed. It's kind of a thankless job, because the world never hears about most of them. A feral caretakers' reward is the day one of those ferals trust them enough to allow the peep to touch them; even if it's just for a minute.

Lexi: Yeah Dezi taking care of ferals is a big job and we appreciate all those who do it. But there are lots of animals in shelters and rescues the world over waiting for their forever home too. While we don't think kitties and puppies make very good surprise gifts, they are great gifts for those who are willing to invest a lifetime of love and care into them. So if you know of someone who wants a new furry for Christmas, please adopt and save a life. Mommy says adoption actually saves 3 lives. The one of the animal you took out of the shelter making room to save another and the human whose life will be forever changed by the furry addition to their family.

Dezi: Oh Lexi you are so right. We would really like to encourage everyone to look around you this season. There are a lot of ways to help the ferals and shelter animals even if you can't bring one into your home. Donations of food, litter, cleaning supplies, time and money are just a few things needed to help these peeps continue to save lives. 

Dezi and LexiLexi: This year can also be hard on humans too. A lot of people are alone at this time of year and they get really sad. Like Dezi said, look around you this season, we bet you know one of these people. A kind word and a smile will go farther than you think. After all, this is the season to share a little of that love that God showed you. 

We'll wrap it up for now, and say thank you for sharing and being a part of our lives this past year.

Dezi: Oh yes sissy, we are so grateful for all our friends and readers. We're keeping you all in our hearts and purrayers and wish you health, joy and lots of love in the coming year.

Lexi and Dezi: Merry Christmas to you all from all of us.

Love and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Lexi, Dezi and mommy Audra 

http://dezizworld.com

http://www.facebook.com/Alexandra.Furiends

theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/bcs/story/from-death-to-beloved-service-cat979 

https://twitter.com/DezizWorld

https://instagram.com/deziz_world/

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