It is funny where cats choose to sleep. This was Nine’s favorite perch (in the cat area right behind the couch – aka the dining room). But for several months after we got the giant cat-tree, he ignored it. V said, maybe get rid of it. It wobbles and we have no idea how safe it is; it easily falls over and many a morning I will find it laying down on the ground.
But just the other day, he started sleeping in it again. Every night this week. while we watch TV he has cuddled up and slept there. It is hard to throw anything out at this Zoo because everything seems to get a new life after awhile.
We know that we should prune the big tree because the branches are now over the house and hitting the picture window, but it has allowed such an incredible experience for the cats and us since birds are sitting right up at the window. Even squirrels come and look in on us and hop around at eyes view. We haven’t pruned it because the cost is so astronomical but we know we will have to soon. In the meanwhile, Mini is mesmerized.
How come cats are so cute when they sleep? I am sure that I am not so cute. I probably have drool on the side of my mouth and I snore. Cat snores are cute, human snores – no way! And they never wake up with a single hair out of place – that is just not fair.
Mini Cooper is one of those cats that has a need for touch. Charles, the dog, on the other hand, likes to be near humans and other animals but does not like to be on your lap or cuddled too close. That is what makes this picture so interesting. Lately, Mini has started reaching out and laying a paw on him when she can. Is this a sign of her primal need to keep track of a predator? I wanted to know more about a cat’s sense of touch so I did a little research and thought I would share it with you.
Cats have whiskers on their upper lip, on their cheeks, and above their eyes, but did you know that they also have whiskers behind their front wrists? These are called carpal hairs. The whiskers on a cat touch like fingers do.
The cat’s paw has a large number of receptors that respond to pressure and the highest density of those receptors are found ‘between the foot and the toe pads.” (The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health published by Blackwell Publishing – IBSN 978-0-8138-0031-9 — page 46 and 47)
But does Mini really have a need for touch? Experts say that cats enjoy and need contact, just like humans do. Most of that they get in the form of petting or grooming. In Mini’s case, however, she seems to have more of a need than other cats. Maybe it comes from the fact that we held her all the time when she was a kitten (and too young to be away from her mother).
The one thing I do know is that Mini loves to have her paw on Charles, or Mom, or any warm body. I want to believe that gives her comfort.
Recently, I was going through a bunch of old bedding in the attic and I happened upon this blanket that I made Peanut when she was little. She loved horses. She loved everything horse: to ride them, horse toys, even her American Girl doll had jodhpurs and her own Mare.
I decided to use the blanket as a cover on my bed to keep the cat hair off my pillows. Now look who loves horses.