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Cat Quotes 5:01


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“The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.” — Ernest Menault

After living with cats for more than a decade, I know they have spirit and heart both. They talk to me. They play with me. Sometimes they complain and sometimes they just let me know they love me.

“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer.” — Paula Poundstone

It is true that many people don’t think cats have many looks. Their faces aren’t as expressive as humans, but for those of us who have lived with cats for a very long time, we know cats are very subtle. So, to someone who hasn’t watched cats very closely, their facial expressions look the same no matter what the cat is looking at. But someone who knows the subtle signs will have a much better idea of what a cat thinks and feels.

Dental Care


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Like humans, cats can get gum disease and cavities. It’s not pretty. Although, I think as a cat, it can be hard to get proper dental care. I didn’t like my girl trying to brush my teeth. I know I wouldn’t have like to get a dental cleaning and exam because I never liked going to the vet. However, we cats need some kind of dental care or we can get cavities and lose our teeth. Also all the bad bacteria that accumulates inside our mouths causing bad breath can lead to other diseases.

Perhaps we just need a little wet food to get us to brush our own teeth with our tongues. Or try to brush our teeth. Or even feed us special treats which can help reduce plaque and tarter build up.

Dental Care


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Dental care for cats means a nuance. It means their caregivers have to use toothbrushes and brush their teeth. Not that it tends to work. It is recommended to take them to the vet where the cat is knock unconscious otherwise, no one would be able to clean their teeth. I have found it’s just easier to let them have some wet food and then they will clean their teeth better with their own tongues.

Writing Outtakes Episode 7 Cooking


Writing Outtakes Episode 7 Cooking

Day 5 of the creativity residency.

Ali has a flashback which contrasts with her current reality.

*Please note: Flighty is not the server or the one Ali is dining with. All three are characters played by the same doll.

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Losing My Teeth


I’m not sure why I lost my teeth, but it happened. I lost most of them. My girl tried to brush them at one point, but I didn’t like it. So, she stopped. She found I tend to clean my teeth better after eating wet food rather than crunchies. If it wasn’t for my girl, I don’t think I would have had enough to eat at the end. She gave me wet food whenever I asked for it.

I do believe she did what she could for me and what I would allow her to do. She never took me to the vet for a dental cleaning and I would have hated it. I know she knew that. So, I never had to worry about it. At least under her care, I stopped losing teeth, but I couldn’t eat enough crunchies to stay alive because I had lost too many teeth. What I did have left were quite loose and rather useless. I could no longer hunt and I didn’t need to.

I could retire and be a senior cat knowing my girl would like after me. I could live in peace and relax knowing I didn’t have to deal with anyone bad anymore. I was safe and Spot and Isis could play with each other and leave me alone.

Season’s tidings from the Emperor


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Another year has flown by at Casa Julius…another year of glorious imperial successes, long naps, and furtive snacking from the dog food bowl when nobody is looking. As one season closes and another opens, his Highness wants to send all of his dear readers and subjects his best wishes and good tidings for the holidays. May your trees be good for climbing and your food bowls full, and may each of you have a warm fire, chair, or bed to snuggle into this season.

Happy holidays,

Emperor Julius + his imperial crew

Writing Outtakes Episode 6 Help is on the Way


Writing Outtakes Episode 6 Help is on the Way

Day 4 of the creativity residency.

Marmalade takes matters into his own paws and finds a solution which his boy Matteo accepts.

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Nuri Wants Another Cat to Play With


Nuri couldn’t always trust other cats. It’s from the time she had to live on the street. It can be hard to learn to socialize with other cats when you have to look out. They may want to fight instead. But it’s been a long time since Nuri has lived inside and has had some better interactions with other cats.

She feels so comfortable now that she wants to play with another cat. Unfortunately, she lives with Lily who is old and cranky and doesn’t like to play. So, it’s not a good thing. Nuri’s girl will play with Nuri as much as Nuri wants. It’s not quite the same, but the best thing that can be done for now.

Ali’s girl isn’t allowed to have another cat for now. So, she and Nuri will just have to play together until another cat is allowed. This might mean that Ali uses a fake cat doll that’s closer to Nuri’s size. Nuri loves that play.

Pet


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I find it amusing that you humans call us cats your pets. Ever wonder if we think of you as our pets? I hear some humans think of other humans as their pets. Perhaps it’s just an affection thought that makes us think of each other as pets.

I know I didn’t mind that my girl called me her cat and her pet. She knew she never owned me. She didn’t try that. I can tell you, she was a great pet to me. She petted me often and let me know how much she loved me. So, of course I rubbed up against her and let her know I could pet her too.

Pet


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To a cat, we can be their pets. Their beloved humans. They know we think of them as our pets. I don’t know how many humans accept we could be pets to cats. I don’t have a problem with it. It’s fair and reciprocal.

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