~A Prayer for Cat Lovers~
Because I'm only human, it's sometimes hard to be,
The wise, all-knowing creature that my cat expect of me.
Oh let me not forget that chairs were put on earth to be shred,
And that what I'd like to call a lap is actually a bed.
I know it's really lots to ask, but please, oh please take pity.
And though I'm only human, make me worthy of my kitty.
What cats do for us:
~ From Iams Pet Foods ~
Warm our laps
Give us someone to talk to
Help reduce high blood pressure
Bring the winter air inside, nestled in
Create a kindred feeling with other
Turn common household objects like bottle
caps into toys
Make us more aware of birds
Donate their services as alarm clocks
Display daring acrobatic feats right in
front of our eyes
Contribute to living a longer life
Make a window sill more beautiful
Keep mice on the run
Make us smile
Inspire poets and playwrights
Teach us how to land on our feet
Let us indulge our desires to really spoil
Make our homes warmer
Remind us that life is mysterious
Share with us the all-is-well experience of
Instruct us in the luxurious art of
Show us how to lick our wounds and go on
Give us cool cartoon characters
Make even an old worn couch look beautiful
Open our hearts
If you treat your cat with
if you treat your cat with respect,
if you treat your cat as if he or she is an intelligent, thinking animal, capable of
making decisions, your cat will respond in positive, astonishing ways.
You must present a clear picture for
your cat of exactly what makes you happy. We don't have to dominate our cats with
corrective techniques, we just have to go overboard on all the things our kitties do
properly. Cats that feel good about themselves will behave better for you.
Learn to communicate with your cat.
Listen to his or her different meows and learn to interpret their meaning. Pay attention
to Kitty's body language and not only will you better understand your furry little
companion, but you may be able to pick up early warning signs indicating illness.
When Kitty chases and grabs you ~
Gradually ease the furry Rambo out of her feet-hunting way by concentrating on those
things that she is allowed to chase. Let her release chase energy at appropriate times and
you'll find that she'll slowly decrease her pouncing on your ankles.
When kitty won't give you any
peace while you're talking on the phone ~ Kitty doesn't see anyone else around. As far as
Kitty is concerned, you are talking to her! Your cat legitimately thinks that your voice
is meant for her ears.
When kitty scratches or chews ~
You can't teach a cat not to scratch or chew, but you can teach Kitty precisely what to
scratch or chew. Entertain your cat, rotate those toys and make your own scratching posts.
from How to Get Your Cat to
Do What You Want by Warren Eckstein and Fay Eckstein
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