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Spring that is. March 20th it begins. Its a cold one out there this morning though. We had a bit of snow, but its the air temp (16) and the wind that is making it feel like -6 degrees this morning. And its going to get worse. The high on Saturday will be 1 degrees. WOW. I fed all the kitties, and told them to go back into their little huts to stay warm. I was thinking about this. Talking to cats. When I greet my own each morning, I talk to them. I think they love my voice and love to see me because they look into my eyes, and they mill around my feet. This is true for dogs too. I believe its important to talk to your animals. I think its comforting to them. There are some days I walk in from work and don't talk to them, and other days where I greet each of them with a pat on their heads, and say their name out loud. I think they like this! Its the same for the outside cats I feed. I try to talk to them, and hold the ones I can - even though I am trying to stay as quiet as I can due to it being 4 am. and dark, and behind a vacant house. :)
Here are some interesting facts about reading cats body language:
Watch your cat’s tail. Like dogs, cats communicate with the positioning and movement of their tails. Knowing the signals of tail position in conjunction with vocalizations can help you understand the needs and wants of your cat. Some common tail positions include:
Look at your cat’s eyes. Gazing into your cat’s eyes can help you bond with him and read his feelings. Be aware, however, that direct staring without blinking may be interpreted as a position of aggression that makes your cat uncomfortable.
Notice other body language. Since cats are more "fluent" than humans in body language, certain gestures will accompany vocalizations to reinforce their message.
Identify communicative behaviors. Some of a cat’s communication with you is based on how she behaves when she is around you. Certain behaviors have consistent meaning among most cats.
All very interesting!
Regular car goes into the shop for the exhaust system today. I wound up having to buy four new tires for the Catmobile yesterday. Thanks to my neighbor Tracy who offered to allow me park in her driveway overnight. No slashed tires this morning. Its been a bad year for car expenses.
Have a great day.
"You know why its hard to be happy? Its because we refuse to let go of things that make us sad."