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Fourth of July parties can be a great way to kick off the summer, but
they may not be very fun for your cat. There are plenty of potential hazards
that can cause your cat discomfort during the holiday festivities – from
dangerous "people" food to the noise from fireworks. Check out
my article, ,
on how to keep your cat protected and in good spirits during summer celebrations.
Our darling cat Darla sometimes looks at me and slowly blinks. What does that mean, O Wise One?
– Enraptured by our cat's eyes
Darla's slow-motion blink may be her way of saying "Eye love you."
Cats show affection in many ways; some are well-known, such as purring and snuggling. But we communicate with nearly all parts of our bodies, from nose to . Our eyes are part of that communications system;
we use them not only to take in information but to convey our intentions
: I like to give this ball a good "whap!" with my paw, watch it roll around, and then – just like that, with my superior quickness and agility – stop it in its tracks. Ha ha! (Note: This toy may be suitable for older or couch potato cats; it lets them engage in satisfying play without having to run around.)
: I have to give credit to my humans, who seem to invent endless ways to entice me with this combination toy and blast of catnip. They make the toy dance around in front me, knowing that I'll grab it. Sometimes they throw it down the hall, and I chase it down. When they're away during the day, they might leave the Catnip Rocket Blaster in not-too-difficult but not-too-easy hiding places for me to find. In every case, once I get a hold of the catnip-infused toy, I go to town. I roll around, give it the old back-kick shred, bite it every which way, and have an overall good time. Did I mention I may do a few victory pounces? I have a blast with my Catnip Rocket Blaster.
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In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was punishable by death. Cats were held in such high regard that the entire household would mourn their passing and many of them were mummified.
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