We are ten chirpy felines sharing our space with two humans who adore us. We share tips on connecting cats and their people, as well as ideas on cat environment enrichment and other fun stuff. We have lots to talk about as our name suggests and we love sharing our feline stories to all who care to hear. We offer advice to newbie cat lovers as well as seasoned ailurophiles and show you how to listen to your cat's chirp!
Can you feel it? Can you hear it? The crisp cool air, the captivating frisson of colour everywhere and the crispy crunch of ‘leaf Fall’. But the bugs are leaving and Mr Spider is about to pack his bags goodbye so what’s a kitty to do? Well, perhaps spend more time at the indoor watering hole or do more laptop time. But if you’re an outdoorsy kind of cat that also loves silver vine (Actinidia Kolomikta), then you’d be wise to spend your mornings claiming your spot. What’s so special about the silver vine plant during the Fall? The twigs are exposed when the leaves fall making them more attractive and accessible to kitty noses. Not a cat goes by without stopping in their tracks and rubbing against the vine, spreading a cheekful of pure vine goodness on their fur.
Old grandpa Earl Grey Ninhsy and Scout get their share of vine loving at the vine corner of the catio.
Jump my old boy, jump! Confident and sure-footed You are amazing!
Dignity intact A graceful purrfect landing With a spring in your stride
Invigorated! Scented twigs my nostrils flair I feel like I'm home
I've forgotten the vet The Silver Vine calls me home I am here to stay
Cool tortie walks by She seeks vine twigs a plenty Enough for me alone?
Can it be explained The vine tickles my tortitude My senses entranced
I think long and hard The leaves go but the twigs remain Even in the snow
Oh marvellous leaf! Our kitchen floor is too bare Time to decorate!
Watch the one minute video below where Scout enjoys walking the circumference of her catio.
What are your kitties’ extra curricular activities like during these colder days? Are they doing more laptop time snuggling with you or do you have some outdoor adventurous types in your kitty lair? Chirp us a line below!
“You want a Sunday Selfie? Sure I can do one or two, but make it quick! I have places to go and things to see.”
When branches are swaying and leaves are moving, the pitter patter of little tuxedo capri pants paws are itching to leave their prints through the tunnels to investigate. Sly Pie sits for a minute and shows off his new layers ready for winter.
Determination and tenacity will eventually earn you the prize, but sometimes you need a trick or two up your sleeves. If you’re a squirrel surrounded by five pairs of glaring cat eyes while gathering up your sunflowers heads, your bag of party tricks should include more than just being nimble. You need to fly, or at least pretend that you can. Mr Squirrel and his bandit friends had their eyes on the largest sunflower heads near the catio and no amount of cat threats were going to deter them from getting their paws on the bigger booty. No, he had his eye on the prize so in one fell swoop he jumped from the balcony onto the roof of the catio, and then bounced onto the main catio beams, trying to dodge Ollie’s paws that were trying to reach out and grab him. What he did next was straight out of a scene from the Looney Toons…
I will just sit here motionless and pretend I’m a flower pot
Mr Squirrel flew off the main catio roof and darted into the nearby tree. All the cats made a crazy dash through the tunnels from all sides to get a closer look, ignoring little tweety bird dancing on the grass close by. All this took place in less than ten seconds. I captured the moments before and the aftermath of this short comedy scene and this is what I got….
George was bewildered….
Was that just a flying squirrel or are my eyes deceiving me?
Mr Jack and Ollie were flustered….
Ma, where did he go?
And Baggy was contemplative…..
I don’t know where you are, but I will look for you, I will find you and I will eat you.
In the meantime, Mr Squirrel decided that perhaps he acted a little too impulsively and waited patiently for his second chance to strike gold.
I’ll wait it out here until those losers go back inside.
We’re participating in The Cat on my Head’s awesome Sunday Selfie blog hop. We hope you hop over to some of the other blogs to follow their shenanigans and we thank Janet and The Kitties Blue for hosting this blog hop.
What have your kitties been up to this weekend? Were they as good as gold or were they plotting to eat squirrels? Or perhaps they were entertaining you with party tricks of their own? Give us a chirp below, we’re listening.
Kitty Salad bar and watering hole. Executive cat lounge for exclusive members only
We’re in week three of Happy Cat Month, created by the Catalyst Council to promote cats wellbeing and this week we focus on the Happy Safe Cat. There are many ways in which you can keep us kitties safe but we would like to talk about cat safe plants. Yes, we’re obligate carnivores but there’s not a cat in town that doesn’t like to graze on greens. It’s also officially the start of Autumn and we’re excited because the humans have begun setting up our watering hole/salad bar for winter. Essentially, this is when they bring the outdoors, indoors for the duration of the winter, during which time our catio is a blanket of white. The kitty salad bar is an area in the house where we like to lounge, groom, drink, share sun puddles and snack on our greens. There are many plants that appear on the toxic list and it seems that there are no safe alternatives for us cats. Cat grass and catnip are the most popular snacks on the menu, but I’m here to tell you that you can broaden your tastes, and that there are indeed many other safe varieties of plants that us Chirpy Cats have tried and tested. Of course, our plant-eating habit comes with leaving a few recycled remnants of regurgitation on the carpet, but fret not humans. Cleaning it all up is a very small price to pay for the precious purr therapy we provide to soothe your stressful living. By creating these little kitty garden watering holes around the house, you’re stepping up your cat environment enrichment game. Below, our big lady cat explains further on greening up our living spaces and tips on keeping us out of your plants. (as if!)
Sarabi, the old lady Bengal cat
The kitty Salad bar and Watering hole
Providing cats with their very own lounging area with a variety of cat safe plants to chew on, is a great way to mimic the natural setting of what cats would normally encounter in an outdoor garden. A little nibble here, a sip there, perhaps a catnap for the afternoon? Your indoor cat will welcome it.
Where to set up the kitty salad bar
The ideal spot for the cats’ salad bar is somewhere near a South-facing window that gets a good sprinkling of sun puddles throughout the day. This is ideal in a multi-cat household where different cats will be time-sharing the same spot throughout the day. Even if your cat is not a lap cap, they still like to be in close proximity to their humans. So make sure the location is not hidden in some secluded spot where there is no human activity. The Chirpy Cats’ watering hole consists of a two tiered kitty bar stool with cat safe plants on either end. It is situated in the kitchen, next to a sunny south-east facing window in a high traffic area. It’s also the male human’s office during the day, so he’s in good company.
Things to consider when setting up the kitty salad bar:
Arrange your plants on sturdy platforms so that there is little risk of being knocked over by over-zealous zoomies sessions. Multi-tiered plant stands are ideal, but ensure that they are secure and do not tip over easily.
A pet water fountain in between the plants is a great feature to add to your kitty’s watering hole and also encourages drinking. I always notice my cats immediately heading towards the water after a catnap or grazing session. During winter most heated indoor environments are dry in winter and the fountain also acts as a mild humidifier for the plants around it. Ensure that the water is always fresh and change filters regularly.
If you have space for more plants, double up on a kitty favourite. I know that our cats go for the Carex grasses and spider plants, so I have these in abundance which I bring inside for the winter. I place them at various levels so that it’s easily accessible to multiple cats.
Spider plants can be placed directly overhead the watering hole in hanging baskets as well as on lower levels in pots. This plant has a two-fold function. With its attractive variegated foliage, the spider plant is known for its air purifying qualities, a fantastic choice for the indoor environment (see NASA’s study on plants for indoor air pollution). The cats like the taste of the spider plant and the long dangling spiderettes (spider plant babies) which grow outwards, provide a little amusement for kitties. Spider plants are said to have a subtle hallucinogenic effect on cats, similar to catnip, but this effect is completely harmless.
Very important: Even though a plant may be listed as non-toxic, always watch for over-indulgence. Any plant eaten in excess may cause upset stomach and diarrhea, and if your cat seems to gravitate towards one particular plant a little too often, perhaps it’s best to elevate the offending plant or remove it from the snack menu altogether.
Spider plant crunchies taste the best
Hey there, this is where we hang out
Cats only, do you have a valid pass?
Plants Toxic to cats
I know quite a few people who have said that they cannot keep plants in the house due to concerns about plant toxicity. The ASPCA has an exhaustive list of plants that are toxic to both cats and dogs, with varying degrees of toxicity from mild stomach upset to death. Many of the listed toxic plants have not all caused illness, but are listed anyway, if it happens to be in the same family or genus of a known offender. There are many plants that sometimes share the same name with a toxic plant but are not toxic themselves. All very confusing! First in Flowers has an easy to read breakdown of plants that vary in their toxicity to cats and should be avoided.
Plants and herbs that are safe include:
I love this list of safe plants for cats, dogs and your two-legged kids from the Laid back gardener, many of which I have in my home. A word of caution: It’s always a sensible thing to observe your cat if you are introducing a new plant, even if it’s on the safe list. Cats or any animal can choke on leaves. I have had no incidences other than the lovely regurgitated present left on the kitchen floor. (Thanks Sarabi!) My cats generally go for plants with grass-like leaves and leave the succulents alone.
Plants for the Kitty Salad Bar:
Polka Dot Plant (does not mind shade but keep away from heat)
Catnip (best grown outdoors in full sun, but still worth a try indoors)
German Chamomile ((Matricaria chamomilla) NOTE: English Chamomile is toxic to cats
Other household plants safe for cats (present in our home):
Iresine Purple Lady
How to keep your cats from eating your house plants
We have a money tree and a Cordyline plant next to their watering hole and Jimmy likes to test the waters and tries his luck at chewing the leaves. The kitty salad bar should keep your cat from munching on your other household plants, but if you have a persistent little grazer on your hands, like our Jimmy, here’s what you can do:
Spray some bitter apple on the foliage of your plant where little paws can reach. Test on a small piece first, especially for sensitive plants.
Mix water and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray the foliage. You can also try a few drops of citronella oil mixed in water and use this to spray the plant – cats don’t like citrus and will literally turn up their noses if you flash a lemon under their noses – a good deterrent. Sometimes I leave a few pieces of sliced lemon in the pot plant and this has worked wonders.
If all else fails, simply elevate your plants on higher plant stands or put them in hanging baskets. I have a mother-in-law’s tongue, also know as the Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) and this plant could cause upset stomach and diarrhea in cats and dogs, so it’s completely off-limits to our cats. I keep this plant in our bedroom as it is one of the top air purifying plants which give off oxygen at night and aids a good night’s sleep.
Lastly, let’s not forget that we can always rely on our trusted cat herb, the good ‘ol nip. Sprinkle catnip on the plants at their watering hole and this is sure to make them keep coming back for more.
Keep a can of coins handy and shake it whenever you see a grazer at your plants. What was that noise, let’s keep away!
Have you set up your indoor kitty watering hole for winter? If you know of any other plants or herbs that can be included on the safe list please let us know in the comments below.
I leave you with a video of one of our first kitty salad bars, I hope you enjoy it!
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Hello, it’s Ollie here and I’d like to kick off another edition of Marvellous Monday Haiku to shake off that Monday blues. We spent all weekend trying our best to stay cool. It seems the heat and humidity is back for a brief period just to remind us that we’re still very much in a transitional phase when temperatures are all over the place. Some of us spent time inside, lying on our backs, belly up under the fans, and some of us who like the heat just chilled in our catio as usual. The African Daisies are still in bloom and the bees are hard at work. We like this slow transition, we’re not is a hurry for anything to change. Let nature take its course and we will follow along. In today’s gallery I invite you into our world and hope this week’s haiku picks will inspire you to stop and savour the moment. Do not let that mountain of work overwhelm you, just sort through it one by one and reach out for help when you need it. My paws have the healing magic touch, just so you know.
Hello there humanMy paw has the magic touchTo ease your troubles
Busy Busy beeMake honey while the sun shinesYou still have some time
I walk in beautyLike an Autumn breeze swaying leavesNot yet upon us
It's time for snooziesInertia is my best friendWake me up in Fall
Fresh petals pose brightBerry centre bleeds anewThere's no end in sight
Slow down Mr. GreyYou walk with purpose knowingThe coming of Fall
Did you say the sunWill hide its rays in AutumnI will be waiting
Clouds of fur all bright Your silver lining soothes meWill it rain tonight?
I will chew on grass Recycled for you later On your kitchen floor
Trickling of waterI see the fleeting SummerIn my fickle thoughts
How do you deal with your Monday workload? Do the shorter days affect your mood? Grab your first morning coffee and tell us in the comments below.
Sly wants to play, but what does Ollie have up his furry paws?
Hello furriends, I’m Sly Pie and I heard via the cat vine that September is Happy Cat Month. I would not have deemed it necessary to have a month dedicated to our happiness, because every month should be Happy Cat Month. But when I reflect back on my life before I joined the Chirpy Cats crew, I understand why there is a need to highlight a month for us cats. You see, I was not always pampered and fussed over, I was living the thug life, free to roam but always wondering where my next meal is coming from.
Happy Cat Month is an awesome event created by the CATalyst Council to highlight cat wellness, by “focusing on cat happiness”. Chirpy Cats is celebrating Happy Cat Month because we’re all about “connecting cats and their people” and we want to see more happy cats in forever homes and less cats in shelters. We would also like to squash the tired old stereotype that cats are aloof, and too independent to care. We don’t like being left alone for long periods and we do like human company, even if we don’t always want to sit in your lap.
Week two focuses on the Happy Enriched Cat and this is where I show you that us cats have different play preferences. Some of us are high flyers, like the two ‘brofurs’ Ollie and Baggy, who enjoy surveying their lair from high places in the catio. But I am more of a ground dweller, and I love to scratch, play and hunt things on the ground and in enclosed spaces. It’s no surprise I was a very good mouser out on the streets. My favourite toy is a cat lounger where I like to tease Ollie and challenge him to a game of patty cake. See my video below and be sure to turn up the volume to hear my conversation with him.
Quicktip from the big Lady Cat:
As Sly Pie has mentioned above, it is important to observe your cat for types of scratching surfaces they prefer. I have heard many times from some cat owners that their cat just refuses to use the new scratching post and still prefers the couch. Well, most people rush out to buy the vertical sisal rope pole scratch posts. These are wonderful for cats that scratch vertically but there are those cats like Sly Pie that love the horizontal scratch pads and loungers, either made out of cardboard like the one in the video, or made out of carpet. Overall, it’s good to have variety especially in a multi-cat household. And remember, to keep boredom at bay, get that fishing rod toy out from under the couch and give it a good swing around the house to give your little hunters something to jump about!
How are you celebrating Happy Cat Month? We’d love to hear from all the happy kitties and their humans.
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Hello there! It’s Scout again and I confess, I am saying goodbye to Summer with a bit of ambivalence. Yes, I said I am the Autumn girl, but I also enjoy staring at and posing next to pretty flowers. Last week in our Summer Highlights haiku, I invited you into a few of our favourite spots where we spent the lazy long days in the summer shade. In the gallery below, some of our plants look withered and forlorn. But not to worry, that’s a good sign that soon, the big Lady Cat is going to be preparing the harvest of our favourite herb – catnip. We can’t wait for that! But in the meantime, let’s just focus on the here and the now shall we?
Fall whispers to meIt's song clear but the flowersTell me otherwise
Agile paws landingIs Summer gone already?Spring into Autumn
The Summer haloGlowing shaded canopyIt's my sunset crown
Summer high in bloomFiery faces waving proudLittle bandits feast
This is my curtainWatch it turn from green to redThat is my calling
There he goes rushingIt's Summer still don't worrySunset comes too soon
Are you enjoying the cooler air? We’d like to hear from our furry friends and their humans.
Our most riveting ‘Acatpella’ performance at breakfast time!
There are not many things us cats do together as a team. Of course, there’s synchronized sleeping and grooming, but those things are largely accidental and form part of the random hum drum existence of cat life. But there is an activity that unites us all towards a common goal, and that is performing our morning song to be fed our breakfast on time. If you have never heard of ‘A-cat-pella’ before, you have never lived in a multi-cat household. This is the moment when we set aside our differences with the dawning of each new day and unite as “team cat”, performing our morning song with unrivalled purpose and vigour. Our harmonies are sweet, yet tinged with an urgency that screams “hear the cry of our starving clan”.
There is nothing random about our harmony. Every single note contributes to the end result and this team performance yields great results each morning. Our humans scurry around in the kitchen preparing us breakfast in record time. It is vitally important that we continue this morning ‘Acatpella’ tradition because it is the only way we can communicate the crying growling hunger pangs in our bellies to the humans. They are largely vocal in their communication to each other so we figured that this is a great way for our voices to be heard, literally.
Us cats have a myriad of varied vocalizations, which mean different things and you can read more about this at Catster. We can yowl, chirp, chatter, chirrup, coo, burble and croak, to name but a few. But all our morning Acatpella is made up of a series of complex meowing sounds that we have composed for the utmost impact.
Do you like singing Acatpella for your humans? We know you do! Please tell us in the comments below.
We share one of our performances below. I hope you enjoy it!
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In recent posts I have featured many photos of the various cat safe plants and flowers that are perfect to adorn your catio. But today’s focus is the catio highway, or better known as the “super highway” if you’re a Jackson Galaxy fan of ‘catification.’ Here, best friends George and Mr Jack are enjoying the peace and tranquility of their super highway in the catio at sunset after dinner.
I would like to say “George the cat was here”
After dinner sunset snooze. This is the cat life.
The world is so much more interesting from up here.
What’s this thing dangling, oh just some leaves.
We had built our catio in three stages and made many modifications along the way, with recommendations from our feline crew. In fact, it was the cats who shaped it and made it what it is today.
Quick tip about building your first catio:
When starting out building your catio, do not become too overwhelmed by getting it right the first time. You will learn along the way by trial and error and your cats will surely be providing some input by letting you know if there is a design flaw. It has to be easily accessible to reach the top from the ground yet still provide a challenge for their wild instincts. The platforms or ramps have to feel sturdy and solid, otherwise your cat will avoid it. If it’s too steep or leads to nowhere without any escape routes, kitty would be showing you his ground-dwelling skills, sitting next to the flower pots. Sometimes you have a design in mind, but your cats know better!
Click here for my in depth post on how to build your cats’ dream catio.
Hello, my name is Scout, the Tortie and I present this week’s Marvellous Monday Haiku. Summer is the season favoured by most of my pals and until we see the first hint of yellow or red leaves in our catio, in the coming weeks we will be highlighting some of the best times we had this summer. The humans had extended our catio with some extra tunnels this year and we had plenty of zoomie sessions chasing each other in there. My favourite season is Fall because I am known to ‘decorate’ the house with all sorts of pretty leaves and I collect the best ones for the Big Man Cat which he loves, I think.
The start of Labour Day weekend means summer is almost over and in a few months our green catio will turn to white. While some of my house mates lament Autumn looming ahead, with its shorter days and crisp air, I welcome the new chapter and the colours it brings. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we still have the last days of summer to enjoy! In the gallery below we show you a few of our favourite hang outs.
In all her glory
Stealthy paw, she lies in wait
Tortie in the wild
Treading lithe and sleekSprightly paws fall on all foursUnseen and unheard
Where does it come from?
The sound so eerie
Behold my aeroplane ears
Catnip waves a dangling stem
ready to plunder
Hard at work she toilsThe fruits of her labour bringsUs humans the spoils
Lemongrass splays fresh
Crunchy blades my canines crush
Ripe for the harvest
A four cat pile upSummer catwalk brings our friendsCloser together
The scent of dusk dims
The light sleeps until morning
My cat awakens
How have you been spending your summer and do you look forward to “Leaf Fall”? We’d love to hear from the humans and their kitties.
It’s Sunday Selfie time and it’s Mr Jack here, also know as Jackaboo to my people when I’m being cute, like today. You see, we are not the only ones who love our catio. We have plenty of other company ranging from yummy earthworms on the grass patch which surface after our thunderstorms, to hairy worms (yuck) and then the most invasive and audacious of all, the spider! These eight-legged little beasties weave their webs all over our plants and we mostly just admire them from a distance. The Big Lady Cat used to fear spiders but has learned to live with them as they are a part of the hot humid Quebec summers and they help to keep many other undesirable pests away. Besides, trying to exterminate them will cause us and our ecosystem much harm too, so us cats don’t mind them either. When she comes into the catio with her morning coffee she has to ‘release’ some of these ‘itsy bitsies’ from their webs with a wave of a stick in order to get through, and they go scurrying to the corners. This is my chance to introduce myself. But as you can see below, Mr Spider is not willing to play with me. He is known as the Cross Orbweaver
Itsy bitsy spider, where are you?
“Catch me if you can, you big lump of fur!”
Oh well, what else to play with?
Oh, what’s that? I bet that can’t run away!
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George tries his calming reiki skills on the ‘beast’.
Hello my furriends! I’m George and I’m super stoked to be featuring in this week’s Caturday Doodle. Like all cats, I am very attuned and connected to my environment and everything around me should have their place. But I’m also one of those cats that gets easily over-stimulated by enthusiastic human cuddles when the energy transferred is just too much to bear. Luckily my humans know this and everything is good in the cuddles department.
But there is one other thing in my cat environment that I don’t quite think belongs there and it needs to go. I’ve told my humans on numerous occasions through my diverse eloquent vocalizations that “the beast must go” but it falls on deaf ears. This ‘thing’, this ‘beast’ is what they call the “purrinter” and what a misnomer, it does anything but purr! It utters the most incomprehensible gobbledygook I’ve ever heard and makes Lewis Carroll’s The Jabberwocky, make sense. Now, why would the humans keep something as obsolete and dumb as that around, when it doesn’t even make any sense at all? Well, I question why they still keep Charlie around, which doesn’t make sense to me either, but that’s another story for another day.
My tech savvy friend Mr Jack “the hack” can get into anything online so we don’t need this purrinter contraption. I was told via the cat vine, that humans are killings more trees when they use this monster. We cannot have that happening since I am the tree hugger. (Well, I hug my cat tree but let’s not get pedantic, a tree is a tree!)
So when this ‘beast’ starts uttering it’s maddening soliloquy of sad ‘bunkum balderdash’, I leap over and try to tame it with my calming reiki-like energy. But alas, this beast cannot be tamed and I look forward to the day when he breathes his last goodbye and gets relegated to the recycle heap.
So friends, I ask with perked up curious whiskers, what is your take on this “purrinter” beast and how do you deal with his teasing nonsensical retorts? Please let me know, I’d like to hear from fellow beast slayer kitties and their humans.
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In every multi-cat household there is that one cat that unwittingly performs a very important task – sharing and maintaining the communal scent of the whole group through grooming. In our household of ten cats, this cat is none other than Mr Jack, the groomer of all cats. Cat behaviorists call this the ‘social facilitator’ cat. One could compare this cat to that nice kid in high school who reaches out to the less popular kid and befriends him. He’s confident enough not to care about reputation but believes that everyone counts. For Mr Jack, it doesn’t matter if you’re not in his circle, he doesn’t discriminate and will happily go around grooming the others, mixing all the scents so that everyone smells the same. This is a vital ingredient in the success of maintaining harmony in a multi-cat household. Scent is everything for a cat. Whether Mr Jack knows this or not, when there is a grooming session in motion, tension between the cats automatically decreases.
Quick tip: what you can do to facilitate harmony between cats
When two cats do not get along and hissing is the only thing in their vocabulary to each other, try grooming them yourself to pass on the scent to each other. No, not with your tongue! Use a soft brush and groom each cat around the cheek and chin area where the friendly pheromones reside. With time these cats will learn to get along. They might not become fast friends, but it’s also a good way to ‘remind’ each cat of the other’s scent and that they belong to the same group.
Watch below as Mr Jack grooms George outside in the catio tunnel.
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Happy Monday and welcome to our second edition of Marvellous Monday Haiku with me, Mr Jack. Let’s face it, Mondays are a little ‘meh’ and doesn’t score very well in the inspirational department but I have something up my fur sleeves for you. Now, I’m no Einstein (and my humans can attest to that, in fact, I’m the class clown) but I invite you to stoically follow your path, even if it seems a little daunting at first. Abandon those cobwebs of procrastination and reap the rewards of determination. Yes, you read that right, us cats have a lot on our minds. Contrary to exaggerated urban legend and tired old cat stereotypes, we are constantly having to make calculated decisions and challenging our game, like “Do I give chase now or three milliseconds later?” or “How high do I have to jump to get into the food cupboard?” Our brains are constantly on the alert for potential threats and our reflexes are designed to react in a heartbeat, even in our sleep. So as you browse through my gallery of haiku I hope that the parallels you see between our universe and your’s will take the ‘meh’ out of your Monday.
There's something aheadCoaxing me to carry onWhat is that, a bee?
So many things ringLoudly in my head up closeThoughts of giving up.
I will go back nowReality is a blurI'll never get far.
Evil thoughts be gone!Calling through the maze I reachMy true destiny.
My journey is donePeaceful tranquil slumber landSun puddling with friends.
Look me in the eyeGo on and work your magicYour week has begun.
How about you? Are you a procrastinator or do you take the mouse by the whiskers? We’d love to hear from the humans and their kitties below.
Hello everyone and Happy Caturday. It’s Mr Jack here and today I’d like to talk about an obsession of ours that has probably perplexed humans since its invention. No, it’s not tuna. It’s not even catnip. I have bigger fish to fry and I have my paws firmly gripped onto its keys everyday day. Yes it’s your computer, your laptop, your precious iPad, or whatever name it goes by. But for us cats, it doesn’t matter what you call it, a computer by any other name is just as awesome! I know I’m in good company because all you cats out there can relate to this cat obsession with keyboards and technology. Cat savvy humans have tapped into this trend of ours and have even built us some amazing apps for cats. A high paw to that I say!
There are many reasons why we love your computer and why it’s a good thing for you too. I highlight just a few below:
Your laptop is warm, we love warm places to sleep. No need for expensive cat beds.
We love it even more while you’re using it. We actually do like the company. We’re a team after all right?
We like all the strange things that pop up on the screen and all the sounds they make. That’s cat environment enrichment with no extra effort on your part.
We provide much-needed stress relief during your work day which helps lower your blood pressure.
We like overseeing your tasks and you can brag to your friends that your supervisor is a cat.
We help you discover new keyboard shortcuts that you never knew existed before, increasing your productivity. Therefore, resist the urge to curse the casual paw stroll across your keyboard.
And finally don’t believe everything the big Lady Cat is posting about us, we really cannot login to your accounts as we lack the opposable thumbs unfortunately. Although my friend Jimmy, the polydactyl, has been twiddling his furry thumbs about that idea for a while so keep an eye on Tom thumb. On that note, just a friendly reminder to keep your passwords safe, don’t use the same password for multiple accounts and never ever use your cat’s name for a password!
Below is a typical work day as we supervise the big Man Cat in his daily tasks. We think he appreciates his little helpers.
Human, I spot an error in your report.
Taking a snooze break from long hours reviewing reports with the Man Cat.