The Pawtogenic

The Pawtogenic

As cat lovers, we tend to have feline instincts ourselves as well. Feline instincts to take photos of our feline friends and show the world just how cute and adorable our kitties are. I bet you’ve tried taking a picture of your kitty once or twice and noticed that it can be quite difficult, right? Cats have nothing to do with photo shoots and cameras. They just want to live their lives as they please. But fear not, here are a few things that you can bear in mind for you to be able to get that prized shot.

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Patience

That is the number one virtue that you need to have when you think about taking pictures of your kitty. Patience! Sure, cats may just lounge around your house the entire day, but once the camera or phone is spotted, your feline friend may suddenly seem to be camera shy. Changing positions, covering the face with their paws, or even just walking away. But with patience, you will find that it truly is worth the wait.

Feline Director

Your kitty is the director of this photoshoot. Don’t choose the spots or scenery; let your feline friend do it. It’s a photo of her, so let her choose where she wants the picture taken. Snap a stealthy photo while kitty is comfortable, that way, by the time she notices the camera, you would have had an adorable picture of her already.

Meet Halfway

Bear in mind that great photographers would go through different positions to get that perfect snap shot. The same applies to this scenario. Drop on the floor and take a picture at your kitty’s eye level. Not only will this attract your kitty, but also, looking down on your kitty might distort the photo that you are trying to capture. Unless if that is your original intention.

Keep an Eye on the Background

Background changes everything. Sure, your kitty may be striking an awesome pose, but what about the dirty laundry behind that pose? Not all background stuff can be cropped or edited. Check online and you’ll see what I mean. An awesome feline doing an awesome pose deserves an awesome background.

Bribery is a Good Policy

Bribery can come in different forms for a cat. From treats to catnip, use anything within your arsenal that can catch the attention of your kitty and make her go the direction that you want her to. Just make sure that nothing can harm your kitty while doing this.

Two Heads are Better than One

It’s no easy task to dive into cat photography. So call a friend and two of you can work on it. One can distract kitty, while the other takes snaps of photos.

Flash Photography

The use of flash photography can go two different ways. And none of them are easy. First, it may startle your cat which would leave a scar in your feline companion’s memory to avoid cameras. The other would be triggering your cat’s curiosity. When your cute ball of fur sees the flash, they can be attracted to it and once they get curious, it is really hard to stop them from investigating. This may get you good close up pics, but it would make lounging or portrait photos a tad more difficult. So avoid flash photography.

One of a Kind

Every cat is one of a kind. All are unique and have different preferences. For some cats, treats may work and get them to do cute poses, but it may not work for others. So don’t hesitate to experiment. Get to know your cat more while doing a photo shoot. This will draw both of you closer.

You know your cute furball better than anyone else. Doing a photoshoot will let the world know the beauty of the relationship you have with your kitty. Don’t be afraid to look weird. Cats do weird things to grab our attention, why don’t we do the same to grab theirs?

Meow for now… Kristian

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The Life of a Cat: Getting to Know the Triple A’s in Each Stage

The Life of a Cat: Getting to Know the Triple A’s in Each Stage

Ever wonder how cats can grow so big? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if they’re already in their prime or at their tenure years.

Like humans, kitties also have different stages of life. Every stage has a distinct appearance, attitude and how we should approach them.

l. The Kitten (0 – 6 Months)

Appearance

It mustn’t be that hard to spot a kitten. They’re tiny, shaky and can barely walk.  Everything about this stage is small – the ears, paws, and tail… so small that it makes you want to just carry it with you always to assure its safety.

Attitude

This stage is all about learning. Kittens are drop dead curious about everything in their surroundings. They are always curious, don’t get me wrong, but their energy at this young and wild age is the often cause why the cushion is destroyed, curtains are torn, and things that aren’t supposedly touched are already scrambled.

Approach

The best approach during this age is to be gentle and patient as you can be. Have him/her the necessary first-time vaccines to prevent unwanted diseases. This is the stage where they will be wild and energetic. You may have to kitten-proof your home by blocking dangerous places he/she can climb, fall or be trap into. It’s better to prevent than cure, so they say.

ll. The Junior Cat (6 months – 2 years)

Appearance

As kitty grows he/she eventually losses that palm-sized cuteness and enter a new and awkward stage. Kitty will have growth spurts that would make him/her long and lanky before she puffs up. Well, it’s that or it’s undernutrition.

Attitude

By the time she reaches 18 months, she’s more likely to be calmer than before. Kitty will start to let go of that rambunctious behavior and learn to be an adult.

Approach

She will need less supervision, but you must keep them in touch with the vet for his/her vaccination. At this stage, it is wise to start the transition from kitten food to adult cat food. In some cases, cats at this stage inflate after being spayed or neutered. It is advisable to monitor kitty’s food intake to make sure he/she is not being overfed.

lll. The Prime Cat (3 – 6 years)

Appearance

This stage is the equivalent of man’s 20 to 30’s. Kitty at this stage is at his/her peak when it comes to physical fitness. Their bodies should be buff but not overweight. By this time, their coats are now sly and shiny.

Attitude

This is the time when kitty is at his/her full natural temperament. It is different from one cat to another. They have developed characteristics depending on where and how they were raised. Whatever traits your kitties have at this age will forever be carried on. With an established territory, kitty should be playful at this age.

Approach

Even though kitty is in his/her prime health, a regular trip down the vet is advised. At this stage, they should be fully trained. From time to time, you may need to remind them about the rules but not too much. If your kitties have an unmanaged behavior, consulting a professional is the way to go. Cats at this age can still be trained.

lV. The Mature Cat (7 – 10 years)

Appearance

Age doesn’t matter but at this stage, your kitty is in her 30’s to 40’s in the human world. Their appearance doesn’t have that much change apart from weight gain. This is the stage where we often see why fat rhymes with cats.

Attitude

Some cats at this stage retain their playfulness but others tend to slow down. The bigger they get, the lazier and slow they become.

Approach

At this stage, you may want your cat to be more physically involved for they are now prone to being overweight. You should also let them have regular check-ups because they are also prone to obesity-related problems such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, thyroid or cancer. Keep your kitty healthy. Exercise!

V. Senior and Geriatric Cat (11 years – up)

Appearance

In their 11 to 14 years, they are called seniors. 14 years up, they’re already considered geriatric cats. It is during this age that the physical appearance signs of aging are now evident. The shine in their coats are now slowly disappearing.

Attitude

Kitties at this stage are very prone to diseases and mobility issues. Some kitties slowdown that they tend to forget her litter training. They are most likely to spend their days like Garfield does – being lazy. And, that’s not because they are, it’s because they are already at their days of seniority.

Approach

Geriatric cats can be a challenge to take care of. You need to closely monitor for health problems and continue those check-ups. Keep him/her comfortable as possible. Put everything he/she need within an ease of reach. If they develop health problems, it is advisable to switch her food to cat food formula to meet all their nutritional needs.

Now, the changes of your cat will no longer come as a surprise for you. The two things you need to be able to live a happy life with your kitties are patience and love. With that, every stage they enter will be a journey for you to discover and enjoy.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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The Black Cat Lore

The Black Cat Lore

“Uh-oh! A black cat just passed by!”

“Quick! Pull out a pair of rabbit’s feet!”

Kitties are uniquely adorable. They’re completely devious looking, but totally not in many ways. They’re the perfect pet for owners who do not want to be clung-on frequently.

Superstition says that the black ones ought to bring bad luck. What’s up with that?

In ancient times, they were once gods.

Ten thousand years ago, cats (Mau) were considered sacred in the ancient Egyptian society. Bast (also known as Bastet) their cat goddess represented protection, fertility, and motherhood. A lot of Egyptians worshipped cats in, especially Bast. This veneration came to a point of worship. The practice of mummification which was only done to preserve human bodies extended to felines. Back in the days, these kitties were treated above the likes of men that killing them was considered a mortal crime.

What happened then?

It wasn’t until the resurgence of the European-based Witchcraft (Wicca) that turned the images of these kitties from being praised to wanting to be erased.

A popular lore that changed the course of history for our kitty cats.

The story began in Lincolnshire back in 1560’s. It was said that on a dark and moonless night, a father and son came across an unidentifiable creature darting along their path. Scared, they threw stones out in the open. Out of the dark, an injured black cat scurried and limped towards the adjacent home of a woman suspected to be a witch. The next day, the father and son encountered the woman on the street. Her arms were wrapped around with bandages and her face was bruised. She was now walking with a limp. And, ever since that day, black cats in Lincolnshire were suspected to be witches in disguise.

The lore spread across the globe. As the witch scare mounted to paranoia, a lot of women and house pets were burned alive, especially black cats.

During the Salem Witch Trials, black cats were considered familiars of witches. They were believed to walk the streets unseen from the townsfolk taking in the form of their familiars. This hypothesis ignited the people’s dread and disgusted perceptions towards our black kitties.

Since then, every time people encounter a black cat, an inter-cultural whiplash about cats as harbingers of doom or the bringer of unfortunate events are the second if not the first thing that comes into people’s minds. For feline haters, a fusion of timeless historical horrors condemns the color of these poor little kitties.

But we wouldn’t want to end our topic today with a bad image for our beautiful black kitties, no. In some parts of the world, stories of their wonders still warm the hearts of our fellow ailurophiles.

In some parts of England, black cats ought to bless marriages. Having black kitties at home will bring marriages the best of luck and the longest and happiest of life together. They’re also believed to be lucky charms for sailors to return from their voyage to their homes safe – why black cats in ye olde times were expensive.

In France, they believe that black cats called “matagots” or “magician cats” will reward them with fortune and wealth if they treat them with respect. Also, when you are in a crossroad, a black cat is believed to lead you where the treasure is.

Freya, the Norse god of beauty, love, and fertility, rides a chariot pulled by two black cats. According to Norse mythology, farmers would have to win the favor of these two black cats for Freya to bless them with a good harvest. That is through this notion, having a black cat in the house is said to keep your lives happy and safe.

In the end, different cultures have different stories and myths to tell. So, the next time you see a black cat, instead of pulling a pair of rabbits, gather up your wits and think this:

Whatever their color is, cats will always be cats. They will always chase mice and lasers, jump in the presence of cucumbers and be lazy most of the time. The best we do is love them; love them with all we got, because in turn, they will bring us the joy and love no other animal or luck can.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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Coffee with Cats

Coffee with Cats

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a cup of coffee with a few pastries while a cute and endearing kitty sits next to you? Before, only cat owners can know how relaxing this can get. But now, we have cat cafes around. You can order coffee and other drinks along with pastries or biscuits while a group of these cute feline creatures are mingling around you. But the main concern for this topic is whether this kind of business is good for kitties. Today, we will look into the good and the “not so good” effects of these cafes towards cats.

Quick trivia; though cat cafes are generally more famous and blossomed in Japan, but the first cat café, “Cat Garden”, opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Good Part

We all know that these felines are generally not a social species, thus leading to the concern on cat cafes. A group of these cute but eccentric kitties together in one place, while having constant human interaction with the human part being many and constantly changing. Not the best idea, right? But not for cat cafes. The rapid increase in number of cat cafes opening is proof that it is possible to socialize kitties. It also opens up the avenue for a place that stray cats can call home as there are some of these cafes that cater to fostering kitties. However, this is being done very carefully as not all cats are happy to interact with others. The grouping of cats together needs utmost attention and care. Most of these cafes are also regulated by their local government agencies and RSPCA or Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This way, all kitties can receive the right kind of treatment and care.

The Not So Good Part

Not all cats are able to adjust to socializing with their fellow feline. If the mix of cats in one place is not done carefully, it can lead to potential stress and aggression for these lovable kitties. Since a lot of different breeds and origin are in a single confined space, it can lead to illnesses as well. It is very possible for these cuties to catch a disease and pass it on to their play mates since they are all in a single area. But among all these, the most probable aspect that holds the most influence is the amount of human interaction that these kitties are receiving. Even our very own kitties at home would have times that they would refuse to be picked up or touched. Too much human interaction can cause stress and depression towards cats. Even they would need some private time, right?

Having a cat at home, we all know how lovable and endearing our feline companions are. Along with that, we also are aware of the particular needs that they require. With cat cafes, it all comes down to proper management and regulation. A kitty’s happiness and health is of paramount importance. But how about cat lovers who cannot afford caring for a cat at home? Or who simply does not have the time and space to do so? Cat cafes are the perfect avenue for you to be able to experience having a cat.

Meow for now… Kristian

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Cat In a Box

Cat In a Box

Try putting an empty box in your living room. You’ll notice that your cute feline pet would become noticeably curious and interested about the box. After some time, your kitty will finally jump in the box and would seem contented and stuck in deep thought. Have you ever wondered why this happens? Why are our kitties so in love with boxes? Ladies and gents, you are reading just the right thing to answer those questionsIt’s not just boxes really, our feline companions would tend to squeeze themselves in wherever they can. “If I

It’s not just boxes really, our feline companions would tend to squeeze themselves in wherever they can. “If I fits, I sits” as the kitty saying goes. This makes them feel safer and more secure instead of being out in the open where there may be possible danger.

This traces back to when they were young where they used to snuggle with the mommy kitty and litter siblings giving them a warm and soothing feeling. It is the feeling of security that boxes or enclosed areas offers to cats that reminds them of the security and sanctuary that the mother kitty provided them when they were young.

In fact, this even holds true for spaces enclosed with lines. Have you seen the videos of cats stepping in to a space on the floor with red tape shaped in a square like the picture below?

Even this kind of enclosure gives our dear kitties the sense of security. Although the box may not have any walls, it is a representation of a box which although, is not as good as the real thing, but it is a representation that offers the kitty the feelings if there was a box in that certain area.

We all know that our feline friends have territorial tendencies; this also plays a part on this natural phenomenon. It somehow ensures them that this is their space. They have claimed it and no one else can take it away from them.

In a scientific perspective, the physical contact with a box’s interior has been believed to release a natural substance more commonly called as “endorphins”, which induces a relaxing and secure feeling. The same kind of feeling we get from a comforting hug. This also reduces stress.

Do you remember when your beloved feline companion was still a cute, tiny kitten? Do you remember where the mommy kitty gave birth to this tiny kitten? If you do, then you know that cats give birth in discrete places. This is a mommy kitty’s instinct to protect and secure the kittens. In this manner, they are also kept close together in one area where they are brought to this world with the warm feeling of the litter being together. This also contributes to why our cats are so interested in boxes or tight spaces. You might even find your kitty in one of your vases.

No matter what the breed of kitty you have, you will find that this is a common behavior among most of them. But isn’t it rather cute to see your kitty having fun with a box? Just make sure that they are safe for instances where they climb and snug into a vase or something breakable. Though our kitties love the feeling of boxes and such, nothing beats the warm care and, if your kitty is feeling like it, hugs from you. So if you’re feeling like giving your kitty something to play with today, try looking for a box.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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Happy Birthday Kitty!

Happy Birthday Kitty!

Do you remember the first time you brought home your kitty? If you don’t, you better start scanning your Facebook timeline or Instagram pictures, and pinpoint the exact date of when your kitty started living with you. Why? It’s because you’re throwing him or her a birthday party, silly!

It may be odd for non-pet lovers to consider birthdays, but it’s kind of a thing, and for cats, the cutest. If you could just imagine those widened naive eyes when everyone in the party yells, “Happy Birthday!” or worse, you’re gonna have to get her back after she jumps and hides under the bed.

Throwing your kitty a birthday party is probably the most adorable thing in world. Not only are you showing your kitty how much you value him or her in your life, you’re also making time to celebrate and remember those cuddly and purry moments with your feline partner.

A birthday party for your kitty is perfect for mingling with other feline lovers. This party could also be the best time for your kitty to meet new friends.

Choosing a place

Throwing a party at a park or at the beach is probably not a good idea. As much as possible, you’d want a place where you can entertain guests without worrying the celebrant to stray away. A penthouse party is definitely a risky choice. The best place would be your own home, where everything you may need is within the premise.  What is important when choosing a place is to consider crowd controlability, guest accessibility and safety for the kitties.

Preparing the food

It is important that the food you’ll be having in this party are friendly to the kitties. Don’t forget, it’s your kitty’s birthday, so everything is about the feline celebrant.

A good idea when serving the food is to have two settings: one for humans and one for the kitties. On the human’s table, you can serve the food you want to serve your family, friends or guest. On the kitties’ small table, you can serve the best feline dishes there is in the cookbook. What is important is to keep the table close to the ground enough for the kitties to have access on it; a picnic-like setting would be a good idea for the kitties.

Decorating the room

The decoration mainly depends on what kind of party you’re throwing your kitty. It can be a tea party, a slumber party or a cocktail party. Whatever it is, you must never forget the essentials of any birthday – balloons.

The fun and games

If kids are attending the party, you may want to have games. In a cat birthday party, mostly the people are the ones playing card games or pin-the-tail on a donkey, or in this case, a dog. You can go stylish by decorating cupcakes, or techy by playing Wii or Xbox.

Picking your guestlist

In a birthday party, everyone close is supposedly invited, but you may want to be careful if one of them is allergic to kitties. You wouldn’t want constant sneezing to be the fireworks in the party.

Another way of picking your guests could be your neighbors who love or have kitties of their own. And while you’re at it, why not invite your feline social group in Facebook. It could be a great chance for you and your kitty to finally get to know them and their kitties personally.

At the end of the day, the choice to throw a party for kitty’s birthday is within your own budget and time. Having your kitty’s day as something to remember in the future is what’s more important.

Don’t forget to blow a candle for him and take that obligatory selfie while doing so!

Meow for now… Kristian

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