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.

Playmate


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In my experience, cats tend to do better when they have a playmate their own size. A playmate can be anyone who plays with a cat without hurting them. A playmate is willing to play all the games a cat wants to play while giving them companionship and exercise.

Head Butts


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When a cat approaches a human and head butts the human, it’s a form of affection. It’s a way for the cat to tell the human how they feel. It is just one of the many things a cat will do to a human to tell the human the cat loves them. It’s not a form of abuse. Cats tend to play rough each other and their favorite humans. Cats tend to treat their favorite humans as honorary cats. That’s why cats give their favorite humans head butts.

Imagination


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We cats have active imaginations. My girl is one human who still has an active imagination as an adult. I think that might be one reason she gets so silly. We do have an active imagination in common. I think that’s why she understands what I’m doing when I’m stalking my food bowl. She knows I’m pretending to hunt and sneak upon my prey. She finds it amusing.

When she plays with Spot, they both are using their active imaginations. She will tease him with a teddy bear. He pretends the teddy bear is someone to play with. They can do that for longer periods of time than I ever could. Yet, we all have active imaginations. Spot also has a tendency to play with the Y2K bug. He grew up with stuffed animals. The fake kind. He plays with them. My girl never minded. They were hers after all…

That particular Y2K bug lost all six of its legs to Spot. He’d wrestle with it and pretend to kill it. Then he would carry it in his mouth and puff out his chest. He’d announce to all of us about his latest kill.

We cats certainly know how to have a good time without much of anything. All thanks to our active imaginations. How else could we have survived for centuries without you humans to entertain us? I can assure you we weren’t bored as long as we had our active imaginations to entertain us whenever we needed it.

Cat Quotes 1:11


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There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. —Albert Schweitzer

Music is a good refuge from the miseries of life. That is if you like and enjoy the music. A cat can be even better. If you’re sick or injured they will cuddle up to you and purr. Even if it’s just depression, they will cuddle and purr. They can be so helpful when life gets hard.

I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted—but his or her entertainment value. —Geoffrey Household

There have been times when living with cats that I’ve felt as if I had to entertain them in some form or another. Whether it be that I have to play with them as if I was another cat. Or even doing a dance for them. Or tell jokes. Or sing to them. Read them poetry. I’ve done all that and more. Sir Socks Le Chat thinks I’m plain silly. He’s right about me.

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