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Black and White Sunday: Cooperative Gazing

A rare moment with Noel, Nine, and Mini Cooper all looking out the door probably at a squirrel or bird on the deck.

It is not often that these 3 do anything together, and definitely not cooperatively. According to my research, there may exist a very loose dominance hierarchy amongst a group of cats, but they do not form an interdependent hierarchy as dogs do. That means that they do not have a pack mentality, though they can gang together for survival, usually around food (hence feral cat colonies in the wild). The other interesting thing I learned today is that cats have relatively limited ability for complex visual signally, which we see in other animals that form social groups, because cats largely developed as solitary hunters, without the need for complex social interaction between each other. Not having this signally ability can lead to more fighting (basically they don’t understand what the other wants). It is all starting to make sense to me now…..

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Animals, Cats

 

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Caturday: Dog Beds

The interesting thing about the cats always taking over the dog beds is that they always lay exactly in the middle. Louise is my biggest dog bed user so she is very often being displaced by one cat or another. Amazingly, I even found Noel sleeping in Louise’s office bed (I have never seen any cat on there). The good news is that Louise is very accommodating to the cats and will actually lay on the floor next to them and allow them to have her bed.

Would you sleep on a dog’s bed? Maybe those little cat beds are too small.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Happy Whistle-Pig Day

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These Ground Hogs are such funny weather predicting creatures. They have names like woodchuck, land-beaver, and whistle-pig. Our regional prognosticator is named Punxsutawney Phil. Phil is known as the “Seer of Seers,” the “Prognosticator of Prognosticators” and the “Most Photographed Pennsylvanian.” People in Pennsylvania dress up in top hats and tails and have this whole big event each year to see if we are going to have an early spring or late winter. Leave it to a rodent to let us know.

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Groundhog day actually designates the middle point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. There are 6 more weeks until the Vernal Equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. No matter what Phil says – SPRING IS COMING!!!!! Make way for crocus and daffodils.

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Posted by on February 2, 2020 in Animals

 

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Caturday: Can Cat’s Be Proud?

“I AM NINE, HEAR ME ROAR!”

Mr. Nine has decided that, at least for today, he will be king of the castle. I do think that Queen Noel will not let him bask in that status for too long. Ah, the fur that is flying around this tree is so amusing. There is a lot of good-hearted gymnastics and batting going on, but no cats have been harmed in the process (except maybe someone’s pride).

Which brings up the question ‘do cats feel pride?’ It is funny because when one of the cats pushes everyone else off the tree, or on to a lower level, there seems to be a kind of gloating that goes on, but maybe that is my anthropomorphizing what is happening. I’ve read a bunch of articles about dog emotions, but very little about cats. What do you think? Do cats feel things like pride, shame, and guilt?

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2020 in Cats

 

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Caturday: The Hole

The curtains in the cat window are PURRFECT for viewing back into the kitchen when closed. Noel loves to peer at me wondering what is next on the dinner menu. Do you have a favorite human viewing spot?

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2020 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Paws

These are Noel paws from 5 years ago. Do cat paws age like people paws do?

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2020 in Cats

 

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Caturday: 3 On A Tree

Mini is in the house if you are looking for cat #3. Who knew that the Cat Village would be such a big hit? There are more adventures and head battings then I have seen in years. No one seems to go in the hammock at the bottom yet. Mini makes me a little nervous on those small, no-sided, platforms, as she has taken to chasing her tail and then falling off from one to another. Good things cats have great balance. The thing is 7 feet tall.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Cats

 

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