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I feel so incredibly lucky and blessed. This week has been full of a couple of hard posts (here and here) and the feedback I’ve gotten has been so amazing. I want to thank all of you for being so fantastic and continuing to come here and read what I have to say. It truly is the coolest thing ever!!
Because there were heavier posts than usual I thought we’d have a little fun today! This post started out as a total joke but I think it just ended up revealing my true crazy self.
Okay – the first part of this post is a little sad…Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of my cat Reeses Pieces passing away. Granted, I haven’t been through too much struggle in my life (thankfully) but this was hands down the hardest thing I’ve gone through. Ree Pee was my guy. He was the sweetest and most loving cat there was and I still think of him often.
Shortly after Ree Pee passed (and I mean very shortly, we couldn’t handle the silence) we got two new little kitties with whom I’m sure you are all very familiar by now.
Not to toot our own horn or anything, but my husband and I consider ourselves pretty good at raising cats. Our cats are fun, sociable, loving, and freaking adorable (or so we think). In case you’re in the market for a new furry friend, I’ve compiled what I believe to be the keys to raising an awesome cat.
1. Talk to them ALL OF THE TIME
I’m always having conversations with Sampson and Rockie and I swear to you they do listen. I’ve read that while cats can’t actually understand what you’re saying (of course) they do understand your tone…much like a baby can get a sense of what’s going on by your tone. They know when you’re yelling or mad and they know when you are trying to sooth them. And they love to listen to you talk, I swear this isn’t me just being crazy. I also saw on Cats 101 that cats don’t meow to other cats, it’s how they communicate with their owners so if you have a talkative cat (like both of ours) talk back!!
“do tell me more about your upcoming blog post”
“oh now I understand the benefits of planks over crunches”
2. When you talk to them, say their name a lot
Especially if you have multiple cats…this helps to individualize them and cement their identity. It also lets them know you are specifically talking to them (which makes them feel important and you know cats LOVE feeling important).
Plus, by using their names a lot they will answer when you call them!
“you talkin’ to me??”
3. Don’t be afraid to give them nicknames and make fun of them too.
We had millions of nicknames for Reeses Pieces and these cats are no different. We collectively refer to them as “the toots” (you don’t want to know why) and they each have a slew of random names. Sampson even has a special Sampson voice that we talk to him in – his name comes out more like Sambin.
I’m pretty sure Rockie knows when we are making fun of him and it’s hilarious. He gets very indignant.
Ol’ Long legs Magoo over here:
Also known as Goober
4. Play with them…cats love a good game
Cats love to be active and playing with them really helps (especially if they are indoor kitties). It also helps get out some of that mischievous energy!
Rockie is really into playing peek-a-boo right now
And Sampson loves his pony so much
5. Let them do whatever they want…
…because they’re gonna do it anyway. You can try to teach cats right from wrong but it ain’t easy. In fact, cats have smaller brains (at least the front part)than dogs (because of the shape of their skull), so they actually have less of a capacity to remember when things are wrong. Also, they are like teenagers in that their brain tells them to be risk takers and seek pleasure no matter the consequence. Like I say in #1 they know your tone and what you’re saying when you yell at them for being on the cabinets…they just don’t care.
6. Snuggle with them
Affection is good for you and good for them.
I swear Rockie is really enjoying this….
Sampson’s favorite time to snuggle is when I’m trying to cool down after a workout
7. Take pictures of them ALL OF THE TIME
I’d like to think this makes them more sociable but it’s really because I think they are freaking adorable
8. If you can, get two
These guys are so adorable to watch, they really are best friends who play, fight, snuggle, and love each other so much.
10. Last but not least, don’t be afraid to embrace your inner crazy cat lady. It’s so worth it.
Are you a crazy cat lady? A crazy dog lady? What is your #1 tip for raising a good pet??