Focused Feline



Both of my kitties are able to watch repetitive things for much longer than me – I get bored quickly with the pendulum motion and give up or stop when they still are mesmerizingly entertained.

But beneath that repetitive fixation is the blaze of reflexes when they do strike.  I can be absolutely BLOWN away with how slow my reflexes are and how lightening fast theirs are.  I reassure myself that the “Stimulus – Pause – Response” of my brain (with the longer pause than theirs) is what helps me make better complex decisions.  But in the catching of flies they win paws down.




Happy Valentine Birthday Celebrations


The two kitties (smaller/upper one is Princess, larger/lower one is Rusty) are sharing a heating pad that was placed on one of the office chairs four years ago.

In this photo Rusty is just about a year in my house from his adoption and I decided that it was so close to February 14th when I got him that I would always celebrate his arrival “birthday” by considering him my valentine kitty.

They both (and me) wish everyone love and lots of hugs and purrs on this February 14th and EVERY day.

Location, location, location…

My kitties teach me constantly that location in sales (and in life) matters.  They both know where the sunbeams in the house are at particular times of the day and they often try to tell me about them when they head there.  It has taken me AGES to realize that when they come out of the back bedroom and chat to me on the way up the stairs that the message is “come with us to the sunbeam.”

When I do follow them I am treated to the process there… it starts with grooming:


Then, once every hair is properly placed it continues to lolling in an inviting way… please feel free to pet (with appropriate purring as additional enticement)…


Princess knows the value of location too.  When she wants attention she can place herself in a way that absolutely prohibits being ignored.  In this case DIRECTLY on the document that has my attention…


It is IMPOSSIBLE to resist this face – so she gets petting and cuddling and then she gets what she really wants… ACTIVITY.  Sometimes that is doing tricks, sometimes that is playing chase, and sometimes it is tracking down a favorite toy (or a new toy) for her and tussling with it together.


This is a favoured toy – a “kicker” – that she can really get physical with.  Princess has always been a kitty that likes activity, even now that she is a senior with a bit of a paunch 😉

Home from Seoul (briefly)

I just spent a week away from my kitties in Seoul Korea and found that “checking in” to my WordPress account was fun (I don’t know any Korean – but I can guess):

SignInWordPressKoreaAnd then last night (after arriving back in Calgary only about an hour after I left Seoul – gotta love crossing that date-line) I was greeted with Purrs and Chirps and LOTS of talking by my two gorgeous best furry friends.  After we had snuggled and petted for a while I did the thing that they love most on my returns – opened the luggage (with all its fascinating smells) and let them rummage.  They were a blur of movement – but you can still notice both of them have a ridge of hair standing upright along their backs SO EXCITING!


After I got the laundry into the machine I said “Bedtime kitties” and they raced me upstairs and waited (not terribly patiently for Princess is talking about me getting into bed to play and give treats!)


(NOT your best look Princess.)  But soon we were all snoozing together.  In the morning after play, and breakfast – I foolishly wanted to get some work done.  Have a look at my “help” in that department…


Not my most productive day… but hey – it was a Sunday… and I was jet lagged (couldn’t POSSIBLY be the kitties fault!  😉 )



The stages of Stress Release…

Every now and then I tell my Rusty that it is “bedtime” early.  He always looks at me with a slightly confused expression and then hopefully trots to the bedroom with me.  He waits patiently while I get the library movie ready to play and then settles in fast asleep in mere minutes.


After the movie is over I will give him a belly rub that starts like this…


Notice he’s still hiding his eyes from the bright lights – but he is already purring loudly.

Then he relaxes even more and offers his hind paws for a rub while finding his way towards the sunbeam.


And it all ends when he is relaxed enough to accept a foot rub on those cute front paws.  No photos please – some things are just too personal 😉



Always Time For Important Things

My kitties remind me that no mater what deadlines there are… there is ALWAYS time for important things, like a few minutes play.


Princess rumbled down the stairs into my home office and then slowed… tail swishing, ridge raised on her back she plots her attack.

Rusty, alert to her presence, waits amongst the packing/unpacking….


When the action starts it is so quick that really a slow motion video is the only way to go… but that isn’t what I had right then.


The tussle is over in 20 seconds of rambunctious activity and then it is time for THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL.

Grooming – which also includes stretching the muscles so there is no stiffness after the exercise.


Princess is older than me in kitty years and her flexibility still rivals mine as a young teenager… hmmm… guess I best get back to my yoga poses.  Daily practice keeps one young (according to Princess anyway).


Maybe NOT so smart…

In the ongoing “saga” of the new neighbourhood kitty… after a viciously nasty stretch of cold weather a chinook blew into Calgary raising the temperature to a balmy near freezing.  That morning I was not surprised to see the gorgeous climbing kitty (currently calling her “Snuggles” till we learn her real name) up the tree on my front yard.

I dashed off to get my good camera knowing that once she’s noticed that I’ve seen her she comes over to the step for a snuggle and a treat.


To give you perspective she is most definitely two stories in the air (and she goes way higher in this tree!)


She, of course, immediately started talking to me when I started to take the photos (was difficult to get one with her little pink mouth closed 🙂 )

After taking photos I went back into the house, put on my GoPro, picked up a few treats for her and went out to meet her…

But she was still up in the tree.  She was on the lowest branches (about 6 feet off the ground) and calling to me.  Apparently she doesn’t know how to back down a tree and maybe the last time she was up this one jumping down she may have twisted a paw.

We talked and talked for a while and she insisted she should get some help from me.  So I went to help her.  As you can tell even though she “asked” for help she really wasn’t sure!


I offered her to jump down on my back – but that obviously confused her… then I moved around a different way and showed her the branch I wanted her to step onto – she did so confidently.  And as she stepped onto it I got hold of her.  Eeek… but she controlled herself and stiffened and held in her claws.

AepCatSnugglesHereGoesGoStiffALByc20180113And as I placed her on the ground she was chirping and purring.  She then ran over to the doorway to wait while I carefully tried not to slip on the ice on my way back.  I hadn’t come outside with my snowshoes/crampons.

Happily she talked to me and purred and sat up for a few treats.


Next time if I find her asking for help I’ll try to teach her about coming down a tree backwards.  She can likely learn that.

Dominant Kitty?

The regal Princess pensively ponders the question “who IS the dominant Kitty?” as she watches Rusty enter the room…


I personally think she is amazed that there is any debate – of course it is her 😉

But there *IS* debate.  My brother is convinced it is her, my girlfriend believes the torch has been passed to Rusty.  In living with the two of them I think there is good reason to be wondering.

And I think it has to do with Princess’s leadership “style”.  She doesn’t have to constantly enforce her dominance… and so gets miss-interpreted.  She is fine with Rusty thinking (occasionally) that he is the boss.

But when push comes to shove, when Rusty gets on her one remaining nerve and tries something just a bit too far…

She puts him back in his place.


Happy Cat 2018


These “Happy Cats” from one of my trips through Beijing last year called to me in the photo album as a delightful start to the bright and shiny NEW YEAR!  I looked up a whole bunch of information on the meanings behind them… and decided to just let their happy smiles welcome us into 2018!

Though not picture perfect on January 01st 2018 my two kitties were happily snoozing in the sunbeam on my bed as I slept the afternoon away.  They thought it was the most PURRfect start to the year.  I have to agree that despite being a “bit” under the weather… I agreed!

Despite the wash-out blast of the sunshine you can tell they are warm and happy 🙂


We shall all get rested up for some adventures in the year ahead!!

Happy 2018 love from our house to yours.


Christmas Eve Celebrations

I’m spending Christmas through New Years away from my kitties and with human family but we celebrated our Christmas early.

It is cold and snowy in Calgary but the wind finally “let up” on the morning of the 24th and when I went outside just at daybreak to sweep down the walk and driveway… and look who I found!


Minus 20 is NOT temperature for kitties to be out!  But obviously this well cared for kitty has the ability to come and go from her house and she thinks it is.  I suspect that the previous four days of being housebound with blizzardy conditions made her feel that Christmas came early – she could get out and about.  She purred and stayed for a few minutes and then dashed off (I think it was getting cold on her kitty paws <G>).

Back indoors my kitties won’t even go NEAR the patio door for fear that I will open it and they will get that chill on their tender tootsies.  I was all packed for my departure and we started opening their presents.  The best one EVERY year is from a dear friend of mine that goes to great lengths to bring them new smells and challenges.


This is first stage of the “unpack”.  She stuffed all sorts of neat toys inside this… and they KNOW it – they can smell and sense them.  But despite the anticipation they both want to play with the first part.  They do for about half an hour with just a bit of pulling out the paper blocking the insides.

Then every now and then one of them (in this case Rusty) would go take frustrations out on my luggage (I let them scratch my luggage as it will die from all the travel long before they make a dent in it.)


We played for over an hour and then all of us had to take a nap 🙂

A wonderful Christmas!