What is it Like to Own a Cat?

Sheila NewtonStarred Page By Sheila Newton, 6th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Here, I provide different viewpoints of humans toward cats - from thousands of years ago to the present day. How times have changed!

*This article was prompted by Mark Gordon Brown’s article-writing challenge.

The War between Dog-Lovers and Cat-Lovers

First of all, let us dispel the myth (or the illusion – or, in fact, the delusion) that it’s better to be a cat-lover than a dog-lover – or vice-versa. There shouldn’t be a war: there is no need for conflict. If it is your preference to own a cat or a dog – or a man-crushing python for that matter, then so be it. It really is that simple. It really is purely a matter of preference.
Yet, still, there are the stories of the ‘crazy cat lady’ - and male cat owners are treated with similar contempt. But, ah, the dog-owner – the dog-owner knows who really is man’s best friend! Really? What a load of old rubbish!
Perhaps the myth can be dispelled by languages that contain noun genders – as in French, the cat’s definitive article being masculine –le chat - and the dog’s masculine also - le chien.
Or perhaps it’s all about men preferring to be the dog’s ‘leader of the pack’, whereas women are more than happy to accept the insatiable independence of their cat.
And believe me, if a cat isn’t happy to live with you, it will move on, even if it means having to live the feral life. It won’t stay where it’s not well-looked-after. And that’s no myth.

Egyptian Deities

In ancient Egypt, cats were pampered and worshipped as deities. It is certainly intriguing to have a cat gaze upon you with emerald eyes, appearing to know all of the mysteries of life.

DNA testing has proven that the cat was first domesticated by the Egyptians over 10,000 years ago. Thousands of years later, in Upper and Lower Egypt, the people developed a religion based on the mystique of the cat. To this day, the Muslim tradition of revering cats still holds.

Nowadays, there is still superstitious belief in the mysticism of the cat, accepting as true that the cat can see into your soul! Or even steal your breath!

Although I don’t worship cats in a cultist way, I do adore cats! They expect nothing less, after all. The cat is a creature that insists on being pampered, judges you on your ability to meet its every whim, favours you if you whisper sweet nothings in its twitching ear, purrs loudly when you stroke its fur from head to tail.

Your cat is a creature who knows when you’re in pain or upset. It will always be there for you in times of need – cuddling up and kneading your lap or snuggling into your neck.

Indoor Cats –V - Outdoor Cats – Spaying and Neutering

If you’re thinking of owning a cat, please do weigh up the pros and cons of keeping an indoor cat.

Cats, in my opinion, need the outdoor life so that they can follow their natural instincts.

Cats are territorial creatures by nature and love to roam. However, if you’re worried that your cat will roam far, be good to the cat world and have your cat neutered or spayed. That will ensure that your cat doesn’t roam any further than its immediate territory.

It will also ensure that there are less unwanted cats being born. The ratio of kittens born to that of people taking on a pet kitten is hundreds and hundreds to one. Who wants to be responsible for the death of millions of unwanted kittens? Certainly not I.

An un-spayed or un-neutered cat can also perpetuate the growing problem of feline aids (FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) or cat leukaemia (FeLV).

Indoor Cats –V – Outdoor Cats: Pro’s and Con’s

Despite statistics to the contrary, my cats, with cat-flaps sawn into the door for ease of getting out and coming in, have lived an extremely happy and healthy life – doing what cats do best – enjoying life outdoors as well as indoors.

They have the best of both worlds. They come and go as they please. They join the family circle in the house, obeying the rules – and they enjoy a ‘cat’s life’ outdoors: running and jumping, surveying their territory.

Statistics say that indoor cats are longer-lived than outdoor cats. They say that an outdoor cat will probably live an unhealthy life – and a life as short as five years.
Go to: http://www.cat-world.com.au/indoor-vs-outdoor-cats

And yet my two carefree, happy-go-lucky indoors-and-outdoors cats are eight years old and counting. The cat I owned before these two lived until he was nearly eleven years old – and the one before that lived until she was twenty-two. Statistics prove nothing - certainly not to me.

Let your cat be a cat, I say!

Indoor Cats: Please Remember...

But if you really do need to keep your cat huddled up indoors, then please do take my advice on two little details:

• Cats need to eat grass to bring up hairballs
• Cats need to keep their claws manicured

So please remember to buy a tub of cat grass. Otherwise your houseplants will suffer and it won’t be the cat’s fault.

And please remember to buy a scratching post. Otherwise your furniture will suffer – and it won’t be the cat’s fault.

One last thing on this subject: having cats that can go outside means that you won’t have the unhealthy dilemma of keeping a cat litter tray.

Statistics may well prove that there are all sorts of infections a cat can pick up when it goes roaming – but what about the cross-contamination of having cat poo and cat urine in a box in the house? Even if it’s cleaned out daily, it still provides the owner with a huge problem.

Companion Cats

Whether your cat is an indoor or an outdoor cat, my observations over many years lead me to believe that a cat will always benefit from being brought up with another cat.

They speak their own ‘cat’ language to one another and, even if there’s rivalry between them for human attention, even if it seems that they fight one another, they will always care about each other’s welfare.

I have one long-haired cat who hates being groomed. And he needs to be brushed so much more than my short-haired cat (who never needs grooming at all – but woe betide you if you don’t give her a brush once in a while!).

But even though they fight like cat and dog (pardon the expression!) the short haired one will give me a good old slap if she hears her brother’s cries when he’s being de-tatted!

Cats are a Girl’s Best Friend!

Recent studies on bonds between cats and humans suggest that a cat – be it male or female – will bond with a female human far better than it will with a man.

“Relationships between cats and their owners mirror human bonds,” the study says, “especially when the owner is a woman.”

As an owner of cats, I can identify closely with this statement, knowing that I have always been the female friend and the nurturer of my pet felines, whereas my partner has been given the role of ‘playmate’ by our pet cats.

Describing my (female) relationship with my cats to a tee, the study says:

“Extroverted women with young, active cats enjoyed the greatest synchronicity, with cats in these relationships only having to use subtle cues, such as a single upright tail move, to signal desire for friendly contact.”

http://news.discovery.com/animals/cats-humans-pets-relationships-110224.html

For the love of your cat!

So if you’re thinking of owning a cat as a pet, remember that it will love you lots if you love it too – and show it!

• It will wash itself and only need grooming attention if it’s a long-haired variety.
• It will take care of you if you are ill or feeling down
• It will treat you to some good, healthy exercise if you play with it!
• It will be loyal to you if you are loyal too!
• And they don’t cost much!
- Some people buy expensive cat-toys – but a cat will just as happily play in and around an empty box, bowl an empty toilet roll spool around – or chasing after an empty crisp (chip) bag.
- Open a can of tuna and your cat will be cock-a-hoop. And it costs less than a can of cat food if you shop around.

In conclusion – cats make great pets if you treat them with the respect and love they deserve.

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Cat, Cat Care, Cat Health, Cat Lovers, Cat Owners, Dog, Indoor Cats, Outdoor Cats, Pet

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Jules Castillo
6th Feb 2012 (#)

i would have both. they can be friends...

i've seen dogs and cats playing

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Feb 2012 (#)

I don't know that I'd have a dog coming to stay just now. Rosie (the black cat) has an evil temperament. The poor dog wouldn't stand a chance!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Feb 2012 (#)

You just gotta tell us where you buy the Santa beard for your cat! I added this to Google +
Great information, my cats are indoor and out but we live in 10 acres and they are pretty safe, far from the road and even then maybe only 5 cars go down the road a day.
Many cities here have laws that cats are not allowed to leave your yard, nobody wants do come home to find a dead cat anyhow. For sure on spay and neuter.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Yet, in UK, even in the heart of London, there are no bans on cats out in the streets. There's another difference I've just discovered between US and UK. Thanks for the info - and thanks a million for the star page, Mark.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Feb 2012 (#)

P.S. The beautiful beard is all his very own. And he's terribly proud of it too! Although he's the one who cries like a baby when he needs grooming!

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
6th Feb 2012 (#)

I have both cats and dogs. I love cats though, there is something so peaceful about them. Excellent article!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Feb 2012 (#)

It's nice that you have both cats and dogs. Lovely comment too - thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Well, you sure make your case and done beautifully, that we should all allow these lovely animals into our world. Love the page, all the way around. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise - you're publishing some stunning star pages yourself, my lovely friend. It's nice to get a star, isn't it?????

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author avatar johnnydod
7th Feb 2012 (#)

I had a cat when I was very young, and up to a few years back had a dog, I have to say, the dog gave me a lot more pleasure, always got a great welcome home
Great article Sheila

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Good for you - and what's your next pet gonna be??????

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Sheila, I loved this piece and have been a life-long cat lover. One small, yet vital point your title is in error as you do not own the cat; they own you!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Ooooohhhhhhh! Brilliantly put, Peter. Briantly put, dear sir! Love it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Everyone has said everything for me already. Really great pictures too. Funny you should publish this today...I just watched "Catwoman" on Cinemax last night for the thousandth time. I love that movie.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Aw - I never mentioned Cat Woman - with the suit and the lovely purrrrrryyyyy voice. Dammit!
Thanks Jerry, for your super comments.

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author avatar Retired
7th Feb 2012 (#)

wow sheila beautiful article with wonderful pictures. i can't figure out why people (or may be it persists in my social circle only) tend to be cautious whenever a black cat cross their way while walking. have you come across such belief. well, few of my friends, who are supposedly not a men of strong faith, give so much value to these superstitious incidents that i completely fail to understand. in the urban areas of Pakistan especially this belief is very common and pervasive..
thank for sharing your thoughts and i was amazed to read the Egyptian history and significance of these cats.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh, I'va always been intrigued by the Ancient Egyptians and their adoration of the cat.
And yes - some say it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path - but then there's the superstition about the 'Lucky Black Cat' too. Go figure??!!

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author avatar Buzz
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Hahahaha. Loved your cat with a "Santa Clause beard" as Mark put it...lol. He looks cute and funny too coz he's black yet he's got distinctively white beard. Fantastic article, my dear friend!

This was supposed to be an article with TWO STARS, but you got robbed of that second one!...lol

Interestingly, not a bad idea to have 2 stars for an article, is it? Or an entirely new badge above a STAR?

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

oooh, yeah - I like the 2 star idea. Or even the 'special' badge. Love to have one of those! hahaha! Thanks Buzz. you always read writers' articles thoroughly - and the other comments too. You're a great advocate for Wikinut.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Shelia, wonderful article, and one lucky cat whose owner follows these great tips :0)....!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

TWO lucky cats actually! LOL. Thanks, honey. I always get lovely comments from you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Enjoyed this educational article, embellished with wonderful pictures, very much with such minute details and personal takes. A real gem, Sheila, though I don't own a cat or a dog; maybe due to what Peter put it so well. One needs time, space and patience which do not come easy when you live in a busy city - siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Feb 2012 (#)

True. If you haven't got time for the animals in your family because you go out to work etc. then it's not fair on the animal at all. You're right not to comsider a pet in your busy city life. Namaste, Siva.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Great article about my favorite pet. I'm glad you added the part about spay/neutering your cats. So many people around her do not and we have a big problem with feral cats. Excellent article! P.S. Your bearded one should be in commercials. He is amazing!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I call Mr Jim my cartoon cat - 'cos he is not for real!!!

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author avatar Spicy
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I love pet animals. A cat comes to me at every dinner time, and make the circles along with small noise as "mav..mav.." and goes to another house after eating curd rice. I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you for the sharing Sheila.

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author avatar ppruel
8th Feb 2012 (#)

WOW! So informative article good to send off to digg...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for 'digging' my article. I went into Digg and DUG some of your stuff too - to say thanks.
So Thank You ppruel. Love ya!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Finally I get to my spot to also leave some comments, Mmm! Great stuff dear Sheila I just love all of it, the well researched content, the pics of Rosie, Love it, Love it, Love it. Congratulations with the well deserved star :-)) X

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow - thank you so much for such nice things said - about me, about Rosie (cat), about Mr Jim (cat). Thanks agin. Hugs XX

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Spicy - I'm sorry I didn't write my reply underneath your comment. I messed up! Anyway - I loved reading your lovely comments. Thank you so much.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
9th Feb 2012 (#)

We like cats-
More specifically the walks!
Not cat's works though-
Green eyes-
Brown eyes -
Wow...
Well, as ever good piece of interesting observations attached!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Amazing critique Md. I value this. Thanks.

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author avatar richardpeeej
10th Feb 2012 (#)

My parents used to have three cats and they all had different characters. Great star page Sheila and stunning photos too..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you my beloved Richard - when you gonna visit my stuff on RG? I'm such a cheeky gir!!!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Feb 2012 (#)

I have a different take on this. An article about a lowly animal like a cat gets so many viewers, whereas my articles either on humor or serious subjects have no takers. How is it cats have become so important, of late?
Can anyone solve this riddle for me?

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Do I detect a case of sour grapes, GV? And please don't tell me a cat is a 'lowly' creature. The cat gives great pleasure and comfort to hundreds of thousands of people.

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author avatar Funom Makama
10th Feb 2012 (#)

This is worth reading... Thanks a lot Sheila. I have both and they play together... So I think I can stand as a mediator in any War between Dog Lovers and Cat Lovers. Great and well deserved Star Page.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Great that you have both dogs and cats. That's nice. Thanks for this lovely commentary, Funom

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Sheila: This is a beautiful page and I am the proud owner of three, plus two visiting cats. I have a cat who looks just like your cat with the white beard, The cats are accepting of the rabbit but he bugs them and they swat at him.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Brilliant to have all those animals around you. I just have the two cats - but the cat who used to live next door comes calling nearly every day for a bite to eat and a bed to lie on for a couple of hours till his folks get home from work! He's called Wallace. I call him 'toffee apple' - don't know why!!!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Sheila: I call one of my cats "Hat Box". I don't know why either!!!!!!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh wow - that's hilarious! Hat box indeed! What you like, Ivy???!!! Love ya girl!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Owning a cat is a beautiful experience, though I never owned one for myself, but cats used to enter my house at the village, and as children we always enjoyed holding them.

And my mother used to warn us to be very careful with cats, telling that they might pounce on us if we were not cool enough with them while playing.

In most of the villages in India, cats and dogs are a part of a farmer's family and, though they're not specially raised with great care, they help the farmer in many ways.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

I've seen cats and dogs as part of the farmyard rural scene in goa. They all seemed rally happy creatures. Especially the dogs who roam around, free as a bird. Lovely.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

As I started writing the above comment I felt I must write a full length article, and here's that page: I wrote about my experience of having cats around: http://nut.bz/12o9_knn/

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Good for you, Rathna. Must read this when I get a minute.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi Sheila Hope you're well now. I commented above already, love this article.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for the double-dose of comments. That's like a double-dose of well-being for me.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Sheila: I did not know that you have been ill. I hope you are completely better.
Love & Hugs, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Aw, thanks Ivy - it was only a couple of days. I've got a nasty back problem that's waiting patiently for surgery. It knocks me flat sometimes. I'm up and 'sort of' about now. Go to hospital tomorrow to get a date (hopefully for my next surgery)
Thanks for your concern. Love ya girl. XXXXXXXXXXX

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author avatar jotomy
14th Feb 2012 (#)

i love pets. wonderful article about cats. thanks for the detailed information.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, my brand new Wikinut friend. Nice of you to comment. I'll be following you avidly.

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Never had a cat as a pet, but a lovely post

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author avatar blackangelwings
15th Feb 2012 (#)

A lovely well written read (even with my dog looking on over my shoulder as he sits on the landing). Your photos are great and you so deserved that star page Sheila. thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh - how lovely to hear from you blackangelwings. And thanks for the great comments. Nice of you. Sheila XX

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Dear Sheila: I will be thinking of you and hope all goes well. My doctor talked about a 'nerve block'. Tu comprends?

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Oui, ma cherie!! I've had a nerve block in the past. This one's a decompression op. probably followed by another nerve block procedure.
Thanks for your concern, Ivy. You're me darlin', you are.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow! What an awesome star page. I just loved this - and that cat! Amazing! Thanks Sheila.This made my day.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Aw - I'm glad I could make your day, Steve. You often make mine.

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author avatar NancyG in TN
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Love the photos, Sheila!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Cheer, Nancy

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author avatar Val Mills
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Loved reading this Sheila and the pics are adorable. Glad, like me, you believe cats need to lead the outdoor life. You've done a great piece of work here, so hope it has many, many hits!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Val. You're the first person who's responded to my thoughts that cats need to be proper cats and trawl their territory. Thanks for that. You and me both, eh?

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author avatar Marijo Phelps
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Your babies are totally beautiful! We have four with the latest edition coming to join us at Christmas this year (wish I could post photos here!)

Ours are total indoor cats (we live in an area with fox, mountain lions etc and I couldn't bear the thought of one of our spoiled babies becoming someone's lunch! ) Glad yours can go outside and are safe.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for getting back to me. I felt so selfish after looking at your comment and thinking - oh -oh - now I remember about marijo's poor health. So sorry.
You need to write an article about your cats - then you can post the pix. I'll look forward to that. How are ya??

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author avatar Robb714
25th Feb 2012 (#)

I have always maintained that if were not for cats, we would not be here. They helped curb the plaque by reducing the rat populations. This is one of the most incredible articles I have seen on here. So very well written and with beautiful pictures. I have five felines at the moment. While they quibble occasionally, introduce a threat so as a snake or lingering Owl and they come together like a pack of Viking warriors to defend each other. I really enjoyed this and think I will enjoy all of your efforts. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the star.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
25th Feb 2012 (#)

What a gorgeous commentary you give me, Robb. Fantastic. Lovely to be your friend.

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author avatar Retired
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Cats are wonderful. I love them completely. A good article.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Apr 2012 (#)

I know you do Jennyreeve. just friended you on Triond and read your 10 things article about cats. It's superb. Friend me there too when you get a chance?

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author avatar Retired
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Sheila, S=shame on you. It is always the cats that own the people, never the other way round.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Apr 2012 (#)

You're sooooo right, Tony. It iS the other way around. And my cats own me hook, line and sinker!!!!

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author avatar xphantoms
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice about animal, like cat

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Glad you like cats, xphantoms.

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author avatar shallimarRose
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

Im a dog person myself but my mother in law is the cat lady of VanNuys California... enjoyed and I am a follower of yours now... shallimar

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author avatar Sheila Newton
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks shallimarRose, for following. I'll follow back - your a lovely writer. And I've read your message too.

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author avatar Retired
1st May 2012 (#)

My parents are raising cats since 15 years. Presently Muni is in the third generation.
I know about the importance about cat in ancient Egypt. This is a wonderful article

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st May 2012 (#)

Thanks so much Vinaya. Please, please, email me with any info you'd particularly like me to print on your tribute article.

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author avatar mistyleaf
20th May 2012 (#)

Hi Sheila. Nice to meet you.
Your article is interesting especially for pet lovers.
We have 5 cats and 6 kittens. Taking cats as pets started when a stray cat entered our backyard. The cat must have been sick for a long time and we brought him to the hospital for treatment. Since then even if he's free to leave our place, he kept himself inside the house. One day he brought a female cat with him home. That's how our cats increased. We took care of him for about 14 years and unfortunately, he died 2 years ago.
Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st May 2012 (#)

Aaaah! What a lovely tale. Love it when people care enough about animals to take strays in and nurse them back to health. I've been doing a lot of that all my life - with both cats and dogs. I have just two cats at the moment. But next-door's cat comes in for a feed and a nap most days!! Sorry about your 14 year old cat. It's always so heart-breaking when you lose a pet - like losing a member of your family. Well - that's what they are: they become your family.

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