Thursday, November 15, 2018

Whiskers

Your cat's whiskers are far more important than you might think. 

The most sensitive hairs on a body are called tactile hairs. On cats they are commonly referred to as whiskers. They are found on their upper lip, their chin and where their eye brows would be. Take a look behind your cat’s front paws. There are also whiskers there! 

Usually cats have about 12 whiskers in four rows on either side of their muzzle. The top row of whiskers move independently of the middle row. They are all connected to nerve fibers deep inside your cat's skin. These very special hairs on their faces are extremely sensitive and can detect changes in air current and vibrations that help your cat to locate prey as well as a safe escape route, like furniture or the closest tree. The whiskers on their ankles helps them with captured prey in their clutches. Cats are farsighted and often can't see what's right under their noses and the whiskers help. 

Your cat's whiskers also communicate three distinct moods. Whiskers flat against the cheeks means shy. Fully fanned and a bit forward indicate a tense or excited cat and whiskers in a neutral position, as if when sleeping, means a calm kitty.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nostalgia

Old men simply need to touch
The brow of a dog,
To look into its eyes
To feel its lick
So that they may experience again
The freshness and joy of life.
– A Thousand Hounds, Merritt and Barth

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Tabby Cat

In America and other Christian countries, the TABBY cat has a legend of its own. As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an in token for the Madonna's gratitude.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Freckles

CATS whose coats are red (orange), cream or calico can develop freckles as they age.
The spots can appear on the eyelids, mouth, nose and paw pads - all areas of exposed skin.