Play


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After I grew up, play wasn’t something I liked to do that much. However, I have learned play can be a good way to learn things. My girl understands this and has told me it’s okay to play as an adult. Sometimes I’d take her advice. I think she’s correct in thinking play is a good thing for cats and it’s a good form exercise.

I remember as a kitten my brothers and I would play and learn how to respect each other better because of that play. I think that’s probably why our mother encouraged us to play. So, not all learning has to be painful. It can be fun and learned in different ways.

Just don’t expect me to play very much now. It’s just not my way. I’m not silly enough to play all the time.

Fight


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If hissing and growling are ignored, then screaming happens which then leads into a fight. Cat fights aren’t a good thing. I’ve been in too many and I know from experience they can be bad and hard to recover from. I lost part of my ear from a bad fight. Perhaps my girl is right and thinks fighting should be avoided as much as possible.

However, we cats do have a right to defend ourselves from bad humans. Treat us with respect and we won’t fight you. Don’t put us in cages and demand we submit to your tyranny or else we will fight you. We have natural built in weapons that you don’t have.

We cats are people and don’t ever forget it.

Growl


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It’s never good when cats growl. It’s worse than a hiss. A hiss is a warning, but a growl is much worse. It means we’re getting into fighting mode. So, it’s best to step away from us when we growl. A growl is in between a hiss and a scream. Don’t forget we are armed with claws which we sharpen everyday.

A growl means we are angry and don’t want to be bothered for any reason. We may not understand what your intentions are. We feel threatened and will attack to defend ourselves. It’s the way cats are. Best to leave us alone and give us lots of space until we calm down. Or the consequences could be dangerous.

Hiss


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Beware when a cat hisses at you. It’s a warning. We may not like you. We may not like the way you’re treating us. Or perhaps we just don’t feel well. Cats like humans can get irritable. We get sick on occasion. Hopefully, not very often. When our favorite people die or never come back to visit us or be with us, we get depressed. We can get upset when new people come into our lives.

But a hiss is just a warning. It means we want you to give us some space. Just leave us alone for a bit. Perhaps we just need to watch you from afar before we can let you get closer to us. Don’t take it personally and just give us the space we’re asking for.

Kittens


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Can be quite annoying until they grow up. Can be too playful. I had to raise one and he adored me from the start. I couldn’t stand him at first. He wanted to play all the time. Yet, I know I was a kitten once. I did play then too. But I don’t think I was ever as bad as Spot was. I’m just not silly enough to have been like that.

Kittens have so much to learn. I know I learned a lot as a kitten. I also taught Spot how to be a good cat. He learned from me and he also picked up some weird behaviors from my girl too. If it weren’t for me, there’s not telling how different Spot would have turned out.

I do know kittens are necessary or else cats would disappear. So, fine have a few kittens, but don’t bother me with them.

Playmate


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For kittens and those cats who remain playful as adults, having a playmate is a good thing. I didn’t mind playing so much when I was a kitten. It was how my brothers and I learned how to fight and how to play without hurting each other. It can be a good way to deal with tensions with other cats without killing each other. Just a playful way of letting others know you’re a bit annoyed, but won’t actually attack and cause harm.

I know I enjoyed having Spot around after I had gotten used to him. We used to play and wrestle to my girl’s delight. She found it entertaining because we didn’t hurt each other. If things had gotten to the point of screaming, she would have gotten involved and separated us. She never tolerated that. I can’t say I blame her that.

Servants


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As a cat who has lived indoors and outdoors, I can say it’s wonderful to have servants tending to my every need. It’s rough living outside. Inside it’s possible to have at least one good servant taking care of one. However, finding the right one can take a long time. I know when I finally found the right one, I had to train her as she didn’t know much about taking care of cats.

I’m glad I took the trouble to train her. She turned out to be the best one to take care of me. She was a little whirlwind who had turned my world upside down, and she loved me well (and still does). It is possible to have more than one servant. But one servant is better than none at all. One good servant is still better than lots who don’t have the least idea of what we cats need.

I’m a cat. I never had an owner who was human. I only had servants. I do hope humans can remember we cats are people and not objects to be owned. Hence why humans tend to become our servants and not the other way around.

Vet


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Not a human I particular like to see, but sometimes it’s necessary. I prefer that I don’t take any medication even when many would think it would be better. I don’t like medication as my girl knows. The few times she’s had to give me some, she would use a liquid that I couldn’t spit up. She’d have to chase me and catch me first.

But getting routine check ups and vaccines are a good idea. It’s a preventive sort of medicine. Not pleasant and I did my best to pretend I was somewhere else when they were examining me, especially when they stuck the thermometer inside me. I know my girl agrees with me. Vets are a necessary evil in a cat’s life. Without them, we may not live very long.

If you don’t like the vet, please keep in mind not all vets are bad. There are some who do love us and want to help us out. There are some, I’m happy to report, who understand why we don’t like to take medication and only prescribe when it’s absolutely necessary. For that I am thankful.

Toxoplasmosis


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I never knew my waste could cause my girl trouble. There is a disease called Toxoplasmosis which humans can get from cleaning up cat infected wastes. My girl usually is very good about cleaning out the litter boxes everyday. If she didn’t it would give the disease causing parasite a chance to cause problems in anyone without a good immune system. Vets will caution humans with weak immune systems or those who are pregnant. One way to help prevent this parasite from causing any problems is by cleaning out the litter box or tray everyday and washing their hands afterwards.

I don’t want my girl or other human servants to get sick. So, please clean out the litter box or tray often. I know I appreciate a clean box. It does get full when there are others who use it too. I strongly urge you to not forget so you don’t get sick. Oh, and wash your hands when you’re done. That’s another good way to stop the spread of disease.

Limber


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Cats tend to be limber. We can stretch in ways which astound any human we live with. It makes my girl remark how well we can do yoga without being taught. One reason why we are so limber is because we have a lot of little bones which creates a lot of joints. All those bones allow us to stretch and lay in positions humans can’t. So, humans, be amazed. We’ll keep at it and entertain you some more and convince you we are the best creatures in the world.

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