Cats Get Cake Top Honors!

May 17, 2013
Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding

Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding

I recently learned that some of our beautiful porcelain miniature kitties we carry received top honors as a wedding cake topper for one of our customers. What higher praise is that!

Seven separate cakes with one that showcased the cats.

Seven separate cakes with one that showcased the cats.

The very unique wedding cake was one in a grouping of seven cakes elegantly arranged in a metal stand. The bride and her father actually made the cakes themselves.

It was so kind for the new couple to share these photos with us. And they also relayed this story to us which is bittersweet.  “The four kitties represented the cats we had between us. Sadly, in the last nine months, three of them have gone over the rainbow bridge (the orange one most recently). The tuxedo cat is still with us and doing well in her new home.”

We wish the couple many happy years ahead and many more cats to love!

Cutting the Cat Cake

Cutting the “Cat Cake”

Do you have a special life story about a cat product you’d like to share? It can be one from our website, Georgia’s Gifts, or not related to it at all. We just love the stories- cat lovers are a community!


Springtime Cat Shedding

March 27, 2013

All of a sudden I’m seeing little tufts of grey hair here & there on the carpet.  Following them like a trail of crumbs from Hansel & Gretel they lead me to my Dessa’s favorite sleeping places. Now I know! It’s spring and the time for cats to shed their winter coat.

Shedding is normal and healthy for cats. It helps them get rid of dead and loose hair which can irritate their skin. Being a Russian Blue our cat has a thick, dense double coat of fur.  She has a lot of fur to shed!  (This can also mean a lot of hairballs).

We know it’s time to step up the brushing and grooming to help her out.  Some cats love this attention and Dessa tolerates it fairly well when she is in a mellow mood. It’s also a good “bonding” time but when she has had enough she definitely lets us know!  After a brushing her coat feels so soft and sleek when you stroke her.  And I bet she feels refreshed.

Cat hair

A thick pile of cat fur. A couple of days brushing.

"This smells familiar!"

“This smells familiar!”

Some people make good use of this fur.  They might spin it into a soft yarn for knitting or crocheting. Or transform it into handicrafts as seen in the book, Crafting with Cat Hair.  We use the fur and hair from other animals for miscellaneous things so is this so different?  It’s your call!

There’s no items made of cat hair/fur at Georgia’s Gifts, but we have whimsical gifts & decor for cat lovers everywhere. We invite you to check us out!


Tales of Cat Tails

August 29, 2012

Our cats have very distinct ways of communicating with us.  There are the variety of “meows” ranging from a soft sweet mew sound to an annoying “feed me now” MEOWWWW!

And of course their eyes send us subtle messages.  The slow closing and opening eyes which seems to show contentment; the wide-eyed stare when watching prey (even if it’s a feather on a long stick); or a loving look which melts your heart.

But the cat’s most expressive method is it’s tail- the perfect barometer of its mood.  Before I elaborate on that, I’ll tell you about my internet research on cat tails.  After wading through a mix of “cat’s tails” and “cattails” there seemed to be a lot of mis-information about the anatomy of cat tails.  To set the record straight, here is a short lesson from a medical center:

The tail consists of a varying number of vertebrae (called “caudal” vertebrae), voluntary muscle, and ligaments and tendon to hold it all together. The tail attaches to the body at an area called “the tail head.” The first caudal vertebra attaches to a special backbone called “the sacrum” which connects the tail and lower back (“lumbar”) vertebrae. Injuries to the tail can cause serious nerve damage.

The number of vertebrae is 19-28, and varies from cat to cat. (Our tailbone has only 4, in case you are interested).

Now that that’s out-of-the-way we can talk about the fun stuff, the wonderful and delightful way a cat really tells us what is going on. I’m sure you have all witnessed most of these.

The Erect Tail- My cat will meet me at the door with a straight up tail which I think means she is content and glad to see me. (Plus she knows a treat will soon be coming). A slight curve at the tip lets me know she is in a playful mood.Question mark tail on cat shows contentment

The Curl– Sometimes, walking between my legs, my cat will let her tail curl gently around my leg or foot. I take this as a loving touch letting me know that she approves of me, at the moment anyway.

The Wagging Tail–  This lets you know your cat is not really sleeping but is content and partially alert.

The Swish–  A very focused cat, watching birds out the window or about to pounce on a toy.

The Whip– “I’m annoyed” is the definite message. And if my cat almost beats her tail back & forth I know she has had enough!

The Bristle– If your cat’s tail suddenly looks like a fat caterpillar you know it’s frightened or feels threatened.

Do you have some more to add to this list? I bet your cat has some special moves all it own and I’d love for you to share them! Cat cartoon with twitching tail


Following The Sun

July 8, 2012

We all know that cats are the supreme nappers.  They manage to look so cozy and comfortable in almost any position or place. What I enjoy is watching my cat “follow the sun”.

She knows all the best sunny spots in the house according to the time of day. Mornings will find her in her favorite kitchen chair by the window.  She has me trained to open the blinds more for her or to swivel the chair for the best sun angle. (she has taught me this nonverbal, of course).

Dessa sunning on chair

Ahh, just the right spot!

Dessa and sun rays on floor

Getting the last rays of the morning.

Afternoons she moves to the other side of the house to relax in a pool of sunshine and do some lazy cleaning.

Dessa in sun washing paw

Just a little “me” time.

Finally at the end of the day, she finds the last little square of sunshine coming in the west window and tucks in as only cats can do.

Dessa in sun square.

My day is almost complete. Next: dinner.

Does this remind you of your cats? Do they have some favorite sunny spots? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about them!


The Absolute Cuteness of A Sleeping Cat!

April 7, 2012

Once in a while I like to just sit and watch my cat. Sometimes she is so busy-  a face bath takes a while, and that tail needs to be smoothed down, and those freshly trimmed claws need some attention to make sure they feel right. Then she has to just sit and ponder her world for a bit. If only we could have a glimpse into a cat’s mind to see what they are thinking!

Then after all that, it’s definitely time for a nap.  And the cat is the supreme napper!  Of course some might believe babies or puppies top the list, but for me the cat will win every time.

When the whole house is a bed, how do they decide where to curl up or stretch out?  I know after a nice lunch that sunny room is a preferred spot.  I’ve seen my cats move with the sun!

Or when a load of freshly dried laundry is so warm and inviting to a cat, how can I refuse letting her get a toasty snooze?

Another thing to enjoy is the many positions a cat will get in when in a deep, sound sleep.  I like the back curl, it looks like the cat is in pure ecstasy. Below are a few favorites.

Sleeping kitty in back curl pose

The "Back Curl" pose

Flying kitty sleep pose

I call this the "Flying Kitty" pose

"Dead to the World" sleep pose

I’m sure you also have a lot of favorite views of your sleeping kitty.  Tell us about them!


Beware of Cat Crossing

February 6, 2012

There’s two distinct camps when deciding if a cat should be an “indoor only” cat or one that comes and goes.  Many believe it goes against the cat’s nature to keep it inside, when it should be outside hunting, climbing trees, chasing bugs and so forth.

For me, it only takes seeing a pile of fur at the side of the road to know which camp I’m in.  And I don’t even want to think about coyotes having a tasty meal.  In my opinion if a cat is raised inside, with lots of playtime, healthy food and a warm, dry bed then that cat has a quality life.

Driving around in residential areas at night I am always on the lookout for cats trying to cross the road. Sometimes my headlights catch their glowing eyes but many times I just see a dark shape sprinting to make it across. I cringe knowing it’s only a matter of time for that cat NOT to make it.  And I get angry at owners that let the cat out in the first place, putting it in harm’s way.

This debate could also include the subject of spaying and neutering, but I’ll save that for another day.  Also don’t get me started on declawing a cat!

Which “camp” are you in?

Cat Crossing Sign

 

 


Our Cat Has A New Hobby

January 24, 2012

Our Russian Blue cat, Dessa, had never paid much attention to our television.  Even when I Love Cats was on she only gave it a passing glance. Of course one has to take into consideration that our old, outdated set was not the optimum viewing to attract a kitty’s attention.

Then finally, to both mine and the cat’s delight we purchased our brand new beautiful flat screen tv.  We settle in one evening to watch our favorite shows, sitting on the couch with the cat curled on my lap as usual.  All of a sudden Dessa is at full attention staring at the screen.  We are watching a nature show about leopards and tigers.  Next thing she does is run over to the screen to get a better view, her head following the big cats motions.  When one moves off the screen view, she sniffs along the side of the tv looking for it.  We laughed so hard as this was completely new for her to do.

The first time this happened, of course my camera was in the other room.  But I managed to get a couple of shots on another night of her watching tv as you see below.  This might be old hat to many readers but you have to agree that it’s always fun to watch.

Do you watch tv with your cat?  Do you have some favorite shows?  Please share!

Russian Blue cat watching TV            Russian Blue Cat watching TV close-up