August 25, 2014
Like all cats, my sweet little Russian Blue always finds that patch of sunlight coming through the windows. I recently caught her taking a vigorous sun bath in the afternoon light and couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of her “caught in the act”.
After a few tries, I finally caught her pink tongue.
About to do the famous cat leg lift to for those hard to reach spots.
I had to laugh when I saw this action. She went after her rear paw, actually holding it in place with her front paws! She spread the toes & cleaned each one, being very thorough.
This paw must be really dirty.
Dessa resting after her sun bath.
She finally finished, leaving her fur soft & clean as usual. She rested a few moments, but I think she also looked a little annoyed at my interference of her “toilette”.
Don’t you love sometimes just watching your kitty? Cats are very determined and precise when grooming themselves. They know how to take care of business! Do you have some funny stories about yours to share?
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.
A thick pile of cat fur. A couple of days brushing.
“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!
November 14, 2012
I have a secret favorite thing to do. I like to hold my kitty in a certain way so I can feel her heartbeat. There’s something about that soft but constant beat that assures me that my beautiful girl is healthy and happy. Plus it reminds me that this is a warm, furry creature of nature that’s allowing me to be in its world for a moment before struggling to get free from my firm grasp.
I did some research about “cat’s hearts” online. Below is a diagram of a cat’s anatomy just to show where a cat’s heart is located to make it easier for you to find the spot to feel the heartbeat. Did you know a cat’s beat is almost double that of a human’s? The range is from 120 – 220, depending on how excited your cat is. A relaxed cat should be around 130.
I also watched a few anatomy dissections which I prefer not to even think about again. And I read about heart disease in cats and what to look for and do but that’s not the purpose of this post.
I’d rather think about that sweet heartbeat in my kitty as a confirmation of life and appreciate her for just being the wonderful creature she is – a cat!
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).
Ahh, just the right spot!
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.
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.
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!
June 12, 2012
The first day I saw this line of tiny porcelain cat figurines I fell in love with them. There’s a certain charm in their poses and expressions that will capture you. And being so tiny, they are easy and fun to collect or to give as gifts. Let me tell you about these little darlings…
These miniatures are manufactured in Chiang Mai, Thailand, known as “Rose of the North” and a major center for fine porcelain.
The figurines are hand-painted by talented artists in the Thailand factory.
Every piece is high-fired and the rigorous quality control of the company guarantees the colors, the perfect shape and the sharpness of every detail. There is much experience and skill needed to produce the details of these fine figurines.
Playful Calico Miniature Porcelain Cat
The factory produces all kinds of animals but of course my focus is on the delightful cats and kittens. Some are in typical cat poses and some are joined with books or musical instruments. Their sizes range from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches tall.
Miniature Porcelain Cat with Piano.
Although these are called miniatures, some go even smaller! Named “Little Critters” these minis are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches and still have all the delicate details of the larger minis.
Russian Blue Miniature Little Critter Cat, “Silver”
Marble Bengal Little Critter Porcelain Miniature “Spirit”.
If you like these figurines please visit my website www.georgiasgifts.com and see all the different mini cats. I’m also on the search for more styles and I’m checking into other companies manufacturing porcelain figures in Thailand as some of the finest work is done there. I’d love to hear your comments on these cats!
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.
The "Back Curl" 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!
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!