Feline Fun Friday – Adorably Quirky Cats

Most of the cats I’ve loved have had a quirky side. They had a habit that seemed un-catlike to me. I’ll bet you can say the same about the cats you’ve known. Some of them are amazing hunters, for example, and others tend to run the other way if they see a mouse. There are cats that figure their way out of (and maybe into) situations—the inside cat manages to get outside, for example. Super acrobatic cats might be found occasionally on top of a curtain rod in the living room or hanging from a chandelier. I found Olivia hanging from a valance once by a claw. After rescuing her, I removed the valance until…well, maybe forever.

Some cats develop a close bond with another cat in the household. It’s such a lovely sight to behold two bonded cats. Some cats, however, never learn to get along with other cats in their midst. I guess it’s fair to say that you can’t predict a cat’s behavior until you’ve lived with her for a while.

Katy (my sweet Himalayan) never sat on my lap, but she often sat next to me with a paw on my leg. She also slept on my pillow with me at night.

Winfield (our handsome white odd-eye boy) drank with his paw—dip, lick, dip, lick. He was our food monitor. At bedtime he’d go to the feeding station and check the level of kibbles and water in the bowls. If he could see the bottom of the kibbles bowl, he’d make sure we filled the bowls before we got into bed.

Dinah refused to use the litter box. She had to go outside to do her dooty even when it was raining.

Lily (our sweet torbie) brought us her stuffed toys. Every morning I’d get gifts of her baby opossum or a bear or hedgehog dropped at my feet. She was such a giving cat.

Max, a beautiful snowshoe-type cat we rescued from our wood shed, loved stuffed mice until the nose and tail were gone, then he’d discard them. He would play with a new mouse for a while, then de-tail and de-nose the thing, ending his relationship with it forever. Then the red nose pom-pom became his favorite toy.

Sophie ate string and ribbon, even metallic Christmas bows. Now that’s a bit quirky, but also extremely dangerous. The year we found blood in her vomit is the year we gave up using ribbon and bows on wrapped packages. George, a neighbor’s cat, chewed on electrical wires. Now that would be hard to remedy.

Olivia leaps up as high as she can against the walls in our house. That I’ve never seen in my many years of adoring cats. There are no bugs or flies—she just likes to leap against the walls. Her favorite toys are a small empty water bottle and paper towel and toilet paper tubes. I guess she’s into recycling. She also crosses her paws. I’ve heard from a few other cat owners who have crossy-paw cats. Most of them seem to be calico.

Does your cat have a quirky side?

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Paws Up for Wednesday – Make it a Happy Thanksgiving For Your Cat

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow from the Klepto Cat and Calico Cat team to all of Rags’s and Olivia’s fans. Make sure you keep it safe for all of your pets.

Some of the dangers include an inside pet sneaking out with an unaware guest. Fluffy might not be able to trick you into letting her out, but a guest might not be as wary. You know how convincing those beautiful cat eyes can be.

Food is the star on Thanksgiving, and you love to share with your precious fur-kids, but know what you’re giving them before you start offering them scraps. Beware—onions and garlic are toxic to cats as is chocolate. Some other foods they might enjoy could cause them distress if consumed. It’s best to just open a can of turkey and giblet cat food for Fluffy and, of course, dog food for your canine kids.

Another danger at Thanksgiving is the centerpiece. We often decorate our dinner table with a flower arrangement. Keep in mind that many flowers are toxic to cats and there are cats that will try to sample pretty posies. Do some research and choose safe flowers. If someone brings you a bouquet with lilies in it, for example, or other toxic flowers, either remove those flowers and create a separate arrangement for out of doors or place the entire vase on your porch or patio.

Some guests come bearing gifts and some cats might want to chew on or eat the string or ribbon that’s wrapped around it. This can be dangerous to the cat’s health—and even deadly. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe on this Thanksgiving day.

https://cattime.com/holidays/601-thanksgiving-and-your-cat

 

 

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Meowy Monday – A NEW Cozy Cat Mystery for Christmas

I’m happy to see the interest in my latest Klepto Cat Christmas story—Rags Rocks Christmas. The reviews are wonderful. One reader calls the story “heartwarming.” Another reader tells me she read it twice. Yet another one says the story was so touching she wept four times while reading it. And someone else said, “The author captures the true meaning of Christmas.”

Order your print or kindle copy at Amazon.com. If you want autographed copies, order here: KleptoCatMysteries.com.

Here’s the description for Rags Rocks Christmas.

Rags helps solve a mystery for a Christmas to remember.

It’s Christmastime and the Iveys decide to adopt a hardworking local family that seems to need a lot of help. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon hoping to fill this family with holiday cheer, but only Rags knows the secret that holds the young family hostage in a most alarming way. When the family loses their home the Iveys take them in, will their best-laid holiday plans become lost in the shuffle? It’s a wild ride for everyone, but in the end, Rags and the children show the way to the true meaning of Christmas. This story will touch your heartstrings and fill you with holiday spirit.

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Feline Fun Friday – Which Cats Are the Best Mousers?

Have you ever wondered if one breed of cat is a better hunter than another? Some say females are more eager and successful mousers. I’ve also heard that calicos make the best barn cats. Well, the topic came up as I was writing my latest book, which means I quickly shift from writer to researcher. I thought you might be interested in what I learned.

Some believe that the Maine coon is the best hunter around—hands down. Here’s a list of some other cats that are thought to be good mousers. American Shorthair, Persian, Siamese, Manx, Burmese, Turkish Angora, Chartreux, Siberian, and Japanese Bobtail.

You might be surprised to find such a foo-foo cat as a Persian on this list. But I can tell you from firsthand experience that Persians can and will hunt. I had a silver-shaded Persian years ago. How I loved Crystal. I especially adored the fact that she was so sweet, persnickety, and classy—a real lady, until…One morning I woke up to find Crystal sitting next to my bed as proud as a cat could be with a dead mouse at her feet—an offering to her beloved people. No rodent ever tried to get into our house again, so I guess their was a fierce warrior inside that adorable Persian facade.

Here’s a good article on some of the best mousers. I especially like that they’ve included the history of some of the breeds and why they are good hunters and also the fact that the author includes tips for keeping your hunter-cat healthy. Yeah, if they’re eating rodents, you need to take special steps to keep them healthy and safe. https://catvills.com/best-mouser-cat-breeds/

 

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Paws Up for Wednesday – Introducing a Cozy Mystery of a Different Color

Today I’d like to tell you about a new book you might enjoy from friend and colleague, Debbie De Louise. It’s her second book in her second mystery series, The Case of the Parrot Loving Professor (A Buttercup Bend Cozy Mystery). You may recognize Debbie’s name as she’s also the author of the Cobble Cove Mysteries.

In this story, Cathy Carter knew that returning to college would be tough, but she never expected it would involve finding her anthropology professor’s dead body.
There are no shortages of suspects in Dr. Bodkin’s murder. Besides his three ex-wives and estranged son and daughter, there are also the members of the Talking Parrots Club, a group of four parrot enthusiasts, of which he was the president and founder.
As Cathy delves into Bodkin’s murder, she discovers a relationship between her teacher and the Mennonite family from whom she purchased the farmland for her new pet rescue center. She and her friend Nancy, now employed at a detective agency, work together to help Detective Hunt and Sheriff Miller solve the crime.
After receiving cryptic messages, they wonder if someone wants to put a stop to their investigation. With the Buttercup Bend church’s 1970s costume dance and Cathy’s birthday fast approaching, can she and Nancy bring Bodkin’s killer to justice without endangering their lives?

This book is now available for purchase on Amazon as an eBook and paperback, https://amzn.to/3EeIen1

Here’s her recent blog post https://wp.me/p6m4z7-3IO and link to Debbie’s website https://debbiedelouise.com

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Meowy Monday – For Your Holiday Reading Pleasure

I’m excited to share the news. Klepto Cat Mystery Book 60 has been published and is ready for your reading pleasure. I think you’ll like this one because it’s a Christmas story.

I don’t come out with a Christmas story every year, but this year is special. When I sat down to start Book 60 a lovely story began to emerge. It was so unique and touching that I decided to add it to my small collection of holiday stories. So here it is, available at Amazon.com in print and for your ereader—Rags Rocks Christmas.

Here’s the description:

Rags helps solve a mystery for a Christmas to remember.

It’s Christmastime and the Iveys decide to adopt a hardworking local family that seems to need a lot of help. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon hoping to fill this family with holiday cheer, but only Rags knows the secret that holds the young family hostage in a most alarming way. When the family loses their home the Iveys take them in. Will their best-laid holiday plans become lost in the shuffle? It’s a wild ride for everyone, but in the end, Rags and the children show the way to the true meaning of Christmas. This story will touch your heartstrings and fill you with holiday spirit.

You may also want to read my other Christmas stories.

A Picture-Purrfect Christmas (Book 13)

A Christmas to Purr About (Book 22)

A Very Meowy Christmas (Book 38)

All of the books are available at Amazon.com

Order autographed copies at KleptoCatMysteries.com

 

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A Special Holiday Announcement–NEW Christmas Story

I don’t come out with a Christmas story every year, but this year is special. When I sat down to start writing Book 60 in the Klepto Cat Mystery series a lovely story began to emerge. It was so unique and touching that I decided to add it to my small collection of holiday stories. So here it is, NOW available at Amazon.com in print and for your ereader—Rags Rocks Christmas.

Rags helps solve a mystery for a Christmas to remember.

It’s Christmastime and the Iveys decide to adopt a hardworking local family that seems to need a lot of help. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon hoping to fill this family with holiday cheer, but only Rags knows the secret that holds the young family hostage in a most alarming way. When the family loses their home the Iveys take them in, will their best-laid holiday plans become lost in the shuffle? It’s a wild ride for everyone, but in the end, Rags and the children show the way to the true meaning of Christmas. This story will touch your heartstrings and fill you with holiday spirit

You may also want to read my other Christmas stories.

A Picture-Purrfect Christmas (Book 13)

A Christmas to Purr About (Book 22)

A Very Meowy Christmas (Book 38)

Order any of these four Christmas stories at Amazon.com in print of for your Kindle at Amazon.com

Order autographed print copies here: KleptoCatMysteries.com

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Feline Fun Friday – The CATastic History of Cats in Colorado

Here’s another article I think you’ll enjoy—especially if you have ties to cats and to Colorado. It seems that people in Colorado—especially in the Denver area—love-love-love their cats. In fact it is told that the first cat café to open in the US was the Denver Cat Company that opened in 2014—yes, in Denver.

I’m sure that many states have interesting histories around cats, but in Colorado, they’ve actually documented some of theirs and boy are they interesting. In one story, a man asked a friend who was doing some mining in CO what he could bring to help out. The miner said, “Cats.” So the man bought cats for ten cents from kids in his area, took 150 of them to Colorado and sold them for $10 each. That’s how important they were to the miners who were dealing with a huge rat problem.

There’s a story about a 9-year-old in Colorado who taught his cat to perform tricks. There was also a cat in Colorado that could play the piano. And did you know that the novel and the movie, “The Incredible Journey,” stemmed from a true story of a cat left behind in New York when his family moved and finding his way back to his family in their new home in Denver?

Here’s the story of cat history in Colorado

https://history.denverlibrary.org/news/cats-co-not-real-title

 

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Paws Up for Wednesday – What Does Your Cat’s Color Say About Her?

How important is a cat’s color? It depends. Some people prefer cats of a specific color or of a different color—they are fascinated by unusual shades and patterns on the cats they choose to spend time with. But what do we know about a cat’s color and how it might determine her personality? I think it’s a fascinating topic, especially since science has taken notice and studies are being made and published.

I came across a great article on the topic of cat color recently and I want to share it with you. First, a story about a cat I know and love and his surprising DNA story. As you know, I write cozy mysteries with cats. My mother’s cat, Smokey is the model for my cat character, Rags. In one of the stories I wanted to introduce Rags’s father, but I had no idea what he would look like. Smokey came from a litter of kittens my sister-in-law’s purebred Himalayan cat had after a fling out of doors. There were two Himalayans in the litter and two short-haired grey and white cats (as I recall). Yes, the female had gotten out. My sister-in-law saw a black-and-white cat around about the same time and we all figured that was Smokey’s father. But I wanted more information. So I contacted a DNA expert I’d read about and asked what she could tell me.

Surprisingly, she responded. I sent her a picture of the mother and the litter and the kittens. Her response was super surprising: “Orange tabby,” she said. What? I went back to my sister-in-law to ask if she may have seen other cats or another cat in the area when her Himalayan got out that time. She said, “Well, yes, but he couldn’t have sired that litter because he was an old orange cat.”

True story. Cat DNA is a fascinating topic. In fact I had Olivia’s DNA tested and I now know quite a bit about her lineage—down to the interesting fact (?) that the wild cat she’s most closely related to is the cheetah.

So what did I learn by reading the article (link provided), that there are 3 basic cat colors—red, white and black. Cats are basically black unless they’re orange. All cats are tabbies. And dig this, these scientists did an experiment where they asked 189 cat owners to describe their cat color and personality. Then they compiled a report attributing certain personality types with the coloring—for example: orange cats are friendly, tricolors are intolerant, white cats are aloof. I’m sure many of you have had the opposite experience with cats of certain colors, but it’s a fun concept to consider.Here’s the link. Enjoy:

https://www.catster.com/cats-101/different-cat-colors

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Meowy Monday – Is Your Cat Lonely?

Some cats seem born to be an only cat. Others thrive with other cats around. In our household, I don’t recall ever having an only cat for more than a few weeks, until now. Olivia is an only cat. Some say that when you have a calico, you have more than one cat—there are several purr-sonalities inside a tri-colored cat.

Olivia is, for the first time, an only cat. She was trapped as a kitten with her siblings, lived in a shelter with other cats until she was almost three months old, then she came to live with us and our tortie Sophie. Sophie crossed over the rainbow bridge a week from her 18th birthday in July, and Olivia is now an only cat. I wonder sometimes if she’s lonely.

We’ve been watching her closely to see if she seems to need another cat presence here in the house. What we’ve noticed is that Olivia is bonding more closely with both of us, but she also continues to seek solitude now and then. Is this Olivia just wanting to chill or is she lonely?

I’ve been particularly concerned when we’ve gone away for any length of time—for the day, even. For the most part both of us are home. The first time we left Olivia overnight was when we took a ten day trip. Sophie was still here at the time. I really fretted over that decision, and made every effort to accommodate the cats. I ended up hiring two friends to come in and feed, etc, but to also spend time with the cats. One came every morning for an hour or so and the other came in the afternoon for a couple of hours. The results were good. These ladies helped to socialize Olivia, but when we got home, I had the pleasure of extra, super-duper kitty-cat affection. It was obvious that Olivia missed us.

Recently we took another trip—it had been planned for over a year. This time we’d be gone four days and this time Olivia would be alone. We called on the same two ladies to check on her and entertain her and it appears everything went swimmingly.

A few days after we returned I came across an article about cats and loneliness. This writer says that cats can experience anxiety and loneliness, which I think most of us with cats know. And there are signs that a cat is experiencing this in excess: over-grooming, not using the litter box, excessive meowing, and maybe aggressive and destructive behavior.

This writer suggests that if your cat seems to be acting out since you’ve gone back to work or if you’re suddenly going to be gone a lot, hire someone to come in and spend time playing with the cat and/or adopt a second cat. We continue to observe Olivia and so far are convinced that she is okay as things are. So we are not considering adopting again. I’d rather spend one-on-one time with Olivia depending our bond with her.

 

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