EDITORS MEWSINGS: It's amazing we managed to stay awake while putting together this issue, what with all the articles on sleeping... Although cats would be the first to tell you that getting some extra Z's is quite a productive use of time. In fact, studies show that consistently depriving ourselves of enough sleep can have serious effects on our health. Perhaps making sleep a priority is another valuable life lesson we can (and should) learn from our cats. In this issue we're also reminded that cats teach us, in their own way, that play and savoring tasty treats are important, too! For these reasons - and many more - we're thankful.
HOLIDAY SAFETY: We want this time of year to
be peaceful, happy, and heartwarming for everybody - including kitties.
Some up-front safety
So this Thanksgiving,
don't just indulge in extra pie; indulge in extra safety steps for your
feline cutie pie.
ON WORDS" CAT TREAT RECIPE
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Drop dough by 1/4 teaspoonfuls 1" apart
onto a greased baking sheet.
CATS AT PLAY
One great way to cope with the stressful impact - and occasional mayhem
- of the holidays is to play with your cat. Cats derive immense benefit
from daily play, and the joy they experience when practicing hunting skills
and letting off steam during a play session can be infectious. It's important
to try to maintain kitty's routine during hectic times, and interactive
play, with its stress-reduction
Click here to read the Introduction to the series:
Fancy, our inscrutable but lovable head office cat, graciously agreed to review two toys for this issue - the Bird On A Wire toy and the Purrfect Feather toy - and filed this report:
: "This bird is my favorite playmate! I like to jump up and bat him with my paws when he is 'flying' around the office, and when he isn't looking I love to tackle him to the ground (I have to make sure he doesn't forget who the boss is around here)."
: "I chased these feathers all over the office. They move quickly and make noise, which only made me want to catch them even more! But the chase was all worth it once I was able to pounce and get my paws on them. I could play with those feathers all day!"
Tips on using wand toys when playing with your cat:
FOR KEEPING YOUR CAT COZY THIS WINTER
(From A to Zzzz)
One of the things cats do best is sleep. You can help kitty practice this valuable skill by turning your home into a cat-napping wonderland (or slumberland), especially as the nights get longer and we're getting
into prime sleeping season. Follow the 26 tips in this article and you
will probably receive some very restful benefits yourself!
"The Zen of One Cat Washing"
Watching a cat systematically wash herself from head to tail
before she goes to sleep is as mindful and peaceful as any
form of meditation one might imagine.
Moreover, the subject of focus is sentient, aware,
self-directed, and unique, not an abstraction. And as she engages in
her ancient ritual, she is practicing a sort of meditation herself - and may
gaze back at the human meditator, forming a feedback loop that
builds compassion, trust, appreciation, and wonder, and
gently expands consciousness.
|Speaking of cats sleeping Where is your cat's favorite place to sleep? We'll publish the most unusual, weird, cute, and creative choices in a future Mewsletter issue. Email us at|
DEAR FANCY,My person won't let me sleep on his important papers.
- Furry papurrweight
DEAR FURRY,I'm not sure - because sometimes nothing is more comfortable
than a stack of receipts and partially filled-out tax forms.
Here's what your human can do as a compromise: Prepare
a nice bed (or lap), within petting distance, so the two of you
can have proper togetherness but the human can pay his bills
or do his taxes. For example, he might pull a chair up beside his,
and on the seat of that chair he can place your favorite blanket or
one of his recently-worn shirts. Or - as long as none of his friends find
out - he could put a cushion or small cat bed on the desk. That way you could occasionally paw at the papers and still help out.
since you're a cat, as soon as your dutiful human has carefully prepared
sleeping quarters, be sure to walk off into the next room.
Got a question for Fancy? Her email is
ASK DR. SCHELLING
First of all, be thankful it's only a catnip mouse!
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