Independence of A Cat – Smart Animals

Innocent Yes - Smart Absolutely

Sweet & Sassy

“With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?”
– Fernand Mery

It is a remarkable thing, how a cat can be so independent and loving, an animal who knows from experience that survival is of the utmost importance and food being the key to healthy life. That of course the unspoken truth, yet to be sure today, as I write this our cat pictured here did something surprising and perhaps cute.

You see she spends more time in retirement sleeping but she also can be found exploring  a closet or resting under covers. Partly because in the closet is her litter box, that is of course not the only thing that is in that closet. There is also her dry food, that is usually closed or at least so I thought. The result was the next time I check on her she has her head in the food bag and chowing down, even though her food bowl had some food in it she wanted the fresh stuff straight from the bag. Instead of waiting she just went for it. The funny thing was this is the first time I have seen her do that. Otherwise I probably would have stopped it earlier. At the very least it was good to laugh and to offer the same love that she offers without condition by smiling and giving her a hug. Though I think I put a damper on her raiding of the food bag by closing it up. She still is a feline of surprises, as loving a cat as a person can be so fortunate to have in their life.

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Camera Phone – Pictures of Our Pets

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

What is mentioned by Chief Seattle, holds true even today, where there is still that connection, the photos below show some of those pets who continue the connection with Earth, Who Offer Love without Condition or Expectation.

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Playing with Your Cat – Improves Health decreasing stress.

…she just wanted to play so I ran after her knowing full well I could catch her but not planning to, instead just sneaking up on her as she ran around again.

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Escape the Sensory Overload of Society – Reconnect with Nature.

It is in these moments of natural silence, with complete relaxation, that often inspiration can be found to bring out the pen and the paper and write a sentence, a paragraph and perhaps a page. To write about a simpler existence, in recalling that it still exists if we would just take the time to see it with our own eyes and experience by our own human locomotion. A cat knows this world, when she is loved and taken care of, when she is happier when there is only silence, providing an ample opportunity to relax.

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Pit Bull’s and Bad Raps

From The Pets in My Family – Their Stories and experiences

One of the most amazing things about this breed is their ability to adapt to almost any situation. They serve in a wide variety of professional fields as well as making outstanding companions.

via Pit Bull Lovers

When you hear about Pit Bulls, what are the first thoughts on your mind? Sadly most of the thoughts in relation to Pit Bulls, are of a negative sort. Usually a direct result of all the Bad Press, that gives Pit Bull’s a bad rap. It’s really to bad because in actuality Pit’s are great dogs, as they one that has been in my family for years, has never shown to be the snarling beast, that doesn’t let go as the media likes to present them. What is the worst of it, is that is what usually sells newspapers, only bad news. My hope with this article is to shed some light on the subject, and help others realize Pit Bull’s are Great Dogs.

To start the history of Yoda, was of a regular born Pit Bull in the rural areas of Salinas, where he was well taken care of, just as his mother was also, when they had puppies Yoda was the runt of the litter. My little brother Paul Marr (Link to His Facebook) who was part of FFA and was helping to raise a pig,(Link to Article)  had come across Yoda, at a farm nearby where he was keeping his pig. He immediately fell in love with the dog, as little Yoda was friendly and inviting. There was no pre conceived notions about this breed when he decided to take this little puppy home, and to raise him to be the best dog ever. Certainly it was not a walk in the park, but throughout all the years I have known Yoda, he has not snapped at anybody, or attempted to attack them he has only shown unconditional love and appreciation, for this family that he adopted.

Certainly he has been to obedience school, to make him a better dog, not as a punishment, but instead just as with any breed, obedience training always helps. Funny thing he had to go through it twice not for him but for my father who is currently his handler and his wife. Yoda picked up on it the first time the second time was so my father could get it, interesting how a pit bull is a faster learner then a human.  Though it also proves the point that Pit Bull’s can be trained, and they are quick studies. Why I also say how your Bull Terrier acts is a direct result of how you train them too. For the better or the worst certainly Pit Bull Terriers are quick studies.

As with everything they are a result of how you train them, for the better or the worst. The bad raps they get from the press, is simply because they sell, mauling, rabid dogs, these sort of things sell and why not make a breed out to be the enemy, simply because they can learn more quickly than most humans?  Really the Bull Terrier breed does not warrant such bad press, yet the only way for stories to change, and points to be made clear is that there is awareness. Understanding that Pit Bulls, can be trained, and should be trained for the companionship that will last a lifetime, not as fighting dogs only there for a quick buck from a bet on a fight. Instead the Pit Bull Handlers, should take the time to lead by example, by training your Bull Terrier well, you will be rewarded with a flexible dog, strong and willing, to be the best pet it can be, as the quote I started with on this post, they are flexible and uniquely sharp, so be the best trainer, to be rewarded with the best pet, who will love you for many years of your life and will be there at your side through the good and bad times as a companion for life.

What is your story? How have you made your Bull Terrier the best pet ever, and the lifelong companion? Why not share in the comments down below. Truly Bull Terriers are wonderful dogs, our Yoda still is with us to this day, he has certainly grown, but he is also the most caring companion you could ever know.

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The Author and Their Cat ~ Love From Knatchwa

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.  ~Robertson Davies

via Quote Garden

The Caretaker, of the pets who speak on knatdecat

Our Caretaker ~ Knatchwa

As I was reading some of these quotes I started thinking about ideas, about how such simple things as one person said at one point in time could relate so very differently in today’s world, where it seems it is more about sensory overload then, remembering the simplicity. That you can exist fine without all the unnecessary, noise or gadgets or what ever the current trend is.

Instead as an author does, they take time away from all the unnecessary things, as an author will often do their best work when in silence, when without distraction, can actually put the focus on what needs to be done then, to create their work. To know silence, is a result of appreciation of the felines of the species, and how these cats see no point in being distracted, as they are also in their own world in their delightfully independent way. They do not bark, they do not do all they can to distract you instead they have an appreciation that at every point there is a chance to relax, there is an opportunity for cuddling but it is not forced on the author.

A cat has an intuitive sense, as most felines do in relation to appreciating each others space, there are times they like to share the space but it is more likely they are more appreciative of their own space just as the author is. Meaning in more simple terms felines are in tune with their caretaker, with the one who feeds them, takes care of them and the same one who at night they watch over. A cat, is a very wise animal, with their awareness and the willingness to listen more than meow the night away. In that sense a cat can be an authors greatest asset, as a sounding board of sorts, or simply as the one sentient being who is there for you, whatever may be on your mind.

Often the best writing comes from those silent times, in the wee hours of the evening, as I am sure many can relate, as the only of  little or no distraction, when the world is asleep and the only noise heard is the breathing or the purring if the cat decided to warm your lap w/o distraction. It is in those hours, whereby I often have the most profound inspirations, and deeper thoughts when there is nothing else to detract from it like there is when the world outside is awake and moving. When people are lost in their sensory overloaded world, wanting to blast stereos or make noise in efforts not to really think but instead to just be. The same individuals who may only see the Black and White without any idea of the full spectrum of color that awaits them outside there sensory overloaded world if only they would take a moment to silence all the technology and remember the power of the silence.

The silence that is appreciated from both the author and his cat, as each understand that there can be Meditation, reflection, and better understanding of the self that only appears when there is only white noise surrounding the consciousness of the human mind. When there is less external stimuli, an author begins to look inward as in that silence it is only him and what he chooses to allow to enter into thought. In a cat purring warming the lap, the author can use that sound, that constant sound to enter into a state of self-hypnosis, where more depth of thinking can take place. In that sense both are benefiting as the cat is appreciative that there is love and there is touch, and the author is appreciative because the cat is helping with self-hypnosis, as a pathway into deeper consciousness. In this space where creativity flows freely, a united effort of two sentient being in union of one objective.

That objective is to access deeper consciousness, and to have a chance to think differently, while the cat only asks that you are there with her. The Author and a Cat seem to be a team, one which should rarely be separated, since there is that intuitiveness from a cat, there is a interdependency of sorts. Where each plays their role in a common direction, in creating something profound, deep and unique. Then to take those thoughts, that ability, to write that sentence, that paragraph or that page, to begin and to keep going working together through the good and the hard times united in a common objective.

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Free Kittens Are Never Really Free

RIP Fluffy - One Kitty Lost

Cute Yes - A Child, Correct.

When you are feeling the pinch in your wallet, but want to have a fluff of love and cuteness with a kitten, a free kitten seems just the thing the doctor ordered. It seems to good to be true, because it is. As a free kitten is not really free at all just as there is no free lunch. The reason I say this is simply because anyone who is giving away a free kitten is in that situation for one of two reasons. Either she had not taken care of the Queen, the mother of the kitten, by not having her fixed to insure there would be no unplanned kittens or the economy has hit her hard and she has to get rid of them and the new place doesn’t allow pets.

Now you may say that does not really say much about the reason why this seemingly ideal kitten without cost could be so desirable. Quite simply because a kitten may be cute, but they are also a handful, to take them on without cost could mean you would have to have them fixed so as to make sure there is no encore performance and you find yourself in a similar situation. Also as they are very much like a baby, they only will learn from their mother and if they are separated to soon they may or may not have a chance to survive. As in taking them under your wing you also become the primary caregiver, and this little fluff of fur and love looks to you to learn how to be. Very much like a baby learns by trial and error though the difference is that with a kitten – you need to get them used to using the Litter Box, where it is and when they are fed. And as the saying goes Curiosity can be a killer for cats, you double that for a kitten, as they want to explore this new place, their new home and they may get into more than you imagined. Which again brings about a new cost, to replace all the things that the kitten may destroy until he/she understands what can or cannot be done.
Also with a kitten, there is also consideration of as much as you may know about her background, as some breeds though most kittens now are more of a mixed breed each has its issues. To take care of your kitten as best you can it is also necessary to make sure all the immunizations are current or your kitten may have a very short life. As there are also many considerations and viruses that can be lethal to a kitten. Also a kitten has different dietary needs, to a point where they eat more than a full-grown cat would, because just as a young boy needs to eat so should a young kitten to get what they need to grow up healthy and strong. To do that you as the primary caretaker are really the one person who can decide this kitten will live or die. To do that you need to begin to set money aside to take care of immunizations, food and litter … Referenced within Kittens For Dummies on the side bar.

When you are feeling the pinch in your wallet, but want to have a fluff of love and cuteness with a kitten, a free kitten seems just the thing the doctor ordered. It seems to good to be true, because it is. As a free kitten is not really free at all just as there is no free lunch.

The reason I say this is simply because anyone who is giving away a free kitten is in that situation for one of two reasons. Either she had not taken care of the Queen, the mother of the kitten, by not having her fixed to insure there would be no unplanned kittens or the economy has hit her hard and she has to get rid of them and the new place doesn’t allow pets.
Now you may say that does not really say much about the reason why this seemingly ideal kitten without cost could be so desirable. Quite simply because a kitten may be cute, but they are also a handful, to take them on without cost could mean you would have to have them fixed so as to make sure there is no encore performance and you find yourself in a similar situation. Also as they are very much like a baby, they only will learn from their mother and if they are separated to soon they may or may not have a chance to survive. As in taking them under your wing you also become the primary caregiver, and this little fluff of fur and love looks to you to learn how to be. Very much like a baby learns by trial and error though the difference is that with a kitten – you need to get them used to using the Litter Box, where it is and when they are fed. And as the saying goes Curiosity can be a killer for cats, you double that for a kitten, as they want to explore this new place, their new home and they may get into more than you imagined. Which again brings about a new cost, to replace all the things that the kitten may destroy until he/she understands what can or cannot be done.

Also with a kitten, there is also consideration of as much as you may know about her background, as some breeds though most kittens now are more of a mixed breed each has its issues. To take care of your kitten as best you can it is also necessary to make sure all the immunizations are current or your kitten may have a very short life. As there are also many considerations and viruses that can be lethal to a kitten. Also a kitten has different dietary needs, to a point where they eat more than a full-grown cat would, because just as a young boy needs to eat so should a young kitten to get what they need to grow up healthy and strong. To do that you as the primary caretaker are really the one person who can decide this kitten will live or die. To do that you need to begin to set money aside to take care of immunizations, food and litter … in the most simple terms, if you are considering getting a kitten, take some time to do some research, before you jump at what seems just the right situation.

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