Merry Catmas and Happy Holidays!

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again! Wishing all my readers a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Whether you spend it with friends, family or felines I hope you take the time to sit back and relax. Lil Bub’s Most Magical Yule Log video, complete with guest appearances, a tree, mini couch and some extra special Bub effects, will help you do just that.

Merry Catmas and Happy Holidays!

Follow The Leader

“Three abandoned cats being fostered  were discovered to be pregnant resulting in 13 more kittens. All were  later fixed and vaccinated all the kittens and then found loving homes for all of them!” Watch this adorable group of kittens follow the leader…

The Hammock

“Cats have it all — admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”
— poet Rod McKuen


Time Out

A puppy gets a time out and learns who is really in charge

How Does a Cat Cross The Road?

With a little help from his adorable bunny friend of course.

Celebrating Easter With Cats

Cats of all sizes domestic and wild, know how to celebrate Easter in these fun holiday themed videos. From one of my favorite sanctuaries Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats, comes A Big Cat Easter.

Big Cat Rescue established a team tasked with the purpose of providing enrichment for the animals, thus ensuring the cats are stimulated and able to express their natural instincts as much as possible. This is key to keeping them healthy while preventing boredom or Stereotypic behavior so commonly seen in captive animals.

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Sheena the Serval enjoys her Easter Carrot – Image Big Cat Rescue

When using different enrichment techniques, the animals can be stimulated to investigate and explore their surroundings. This can be accomplished by presenting novel food items (or presenting food in different ways), as well as novel objects and smells. The presentation of new items and scents can help relieve boredom and improve the overall welfare of the animals.

How about enrichment for your domestic cat? The folks at Furball Fables show us how to craft our own Easter themed toys that are sure to please the tiniest of Tigers. A fun project for the DIY crowd using felt, piper cleaners, catnip and everyday object around your home. The simple instructions will help you create toys that are both fun and safe for your cat.

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Get crafty with these easy to make cats toys

It is important to stress that your cats should always be supervised and never left unattended while playing with toys. Be sure to keep the toys safely stored when they are not in use. Warning!!!! Easter Egg Grass is Unsafe for cats. Don’t use it in their Baskets. The plastic one is deadly.

For more Furball Fables and the cats that star in the videos be sure to head over to their YouTube channel.


Sign Language For Cats

Cats have pretty much mastered communication, especially when it comes to getting what they want from their humans. They are also highly adaptable and can easily learn to communicate in other ways when a situation calls for it or, when one of their senses is missing.

Kim Silva, a retired teacher for the American School for the deaf, started to teach her cats sign language after deciding she would adopt a deaf cat.

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Bambi, adopted by Kim Silva, was taught Sign Language – Image Huffington Post

Kim and her husband, who are both deaf, were ready to bring a new cat into the family when they spotted Bambi on PetFinder. In preparation Kim began teaching signs to the cats she already had, her goal was to help Bambi integrate quickly and live the best life possible in her new home.

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“Some deaf people have questioned if cats could learn sign” – Huffington Post

Kim trained her two cats Bobcat and Bear first and tells the Huffington Post that “Bobcat immediately understood…while Bear, was very old and was not interested. Bobcat learned one sign after another until he learned the new vocabulary…he was a sponge for sign language! He showed off. He was fabulous.”

This helped Bambi, once she arrived in the home, who picked up the signs even more easily by copying Bobcat. For Kim the teaching didn’t end there, after Bear passed away she taught her new cat Thomasina who picked it up even faster.

The cats current vocabulary includes the words “come, more, sit, stay, shake, high-five, sleep, circle, shrimp, play, canned food, finish, and dance. Off must be spell out, letter by letter“. She hopes to teach the cats to learn the sign for food and plans to work on this with Bambi and Thomasina.

The cats enjoy communicating and clearly love the interaction with their humans

Kim hopes that the video of her demonstrating the signs will be shared and inspire others to adopt deaf cats and teach them sign language as well. Remember when doing any training with your cat to always use positive reinforcement and of course lots of treats.