Happy Caturday! (8.6.2022)

By Prince Ramses XII

SHE’s beem gettimg om my case about doimg “Caturday” posts. Said the last ome I did was back im 2020. Fime. I DO hope SHE realizes this cuts imto my stalkimg/eatimg/mappimg/playtime…

MOL!

Famtabulous felimes…

Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.
– Paul Gray

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Happy Caturday! (12.5.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

Im a few weeks we will celebrate our ome-year ammiversary (December 16th – M) amd this will be our secomd “Christmas”. Mot sure what that meams but SHE says everyome gets presemts! Yippee!! So today, I’m rummimg dowm the list of What A Kitty Wamts For Christmas.

Ready? Let’s go…

The playful kitten, with its pretty little tigerish gambols, is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world.
– Sydney, Lady Morgan

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Scary Caturday! (10.31.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

This special Halloweem editiom is all about black cats, because whem you thimk of Halloweem you picture ravem-furred beasties, right? Right?!? Well, I’m here to tell you there’s more to us tham ridimg om broomsticks or crossimg your path. There’s mo truth to the rumor that we cause bad luck AMD we take meow-velous selfies (Ramses and I are still working on this. He just cannot sit still long enough for me to capture a shot of us together. – M).

But first, let’s hear what SHE has to say about today’s Full “Blue” Moom.

The second Full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon. The Full Moon on October 31, 2020 is also a Hunter’s Moon – which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon – AND is conjunct Lilith. Damn.

Rare Halloween ‘Blue Moon’ is a spooky treat for us all
“The moon will be full this Halloween night across the entire United States. This is a truly special confluence of spookiness; a Halloween full moon visible for all time zones on Earth hasn’t happened since 1944… [and] It won’t happen again until 2039.”
Full Moon October 31, 2020 – Rebellion
“The October 31 blue moon is extremely close to Uranus [in Taurus], the planet of change and revolution. So unexpected change and uncertainty may cause anxiety, impatience, and an inability to relax…Civil unrest, violence, and rebellion are possible. […] The October 31 full moon in the Sign of Taurus aligns with the brightest star in the Constellation of Aries.”
The Spiritual Meaning of the Halloween Blue Full Moon 2020 is Surprising
“…Samhain was celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 as a way of welcoming in the harvest, and the darker half of the year. The Celtics believe it’s the only day in the year where the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world can be dissolved…Full moons are powerful on their own, so when you integrate the rarity of it also being a blue moon, on the eeriest night of the year, it means something.”

Astrologically, Full Moons sit directly opposite the Sun. Today’s Full Moon is in Taurus (the Earth) while the Sun resides in Scorpio (the Underworld). As above, so below. The lunar properties of the moon will shine a light on that which is hidden. It will bring the mysterious out into the open. This is a moon of change and transformation.

Indeed. There is electricity in the air and you can feel the power of its magickal energies. Spooky. The perfect time to cast a spell or two.

Now, let’s get on with this post! (Take it away, Ramses!)

A black cat crossing your path
signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

– Groucho Marx

Black cats were considered good luck on ships – this despite the fact that ALL cats are great hunters and kept rodents at bay during long voyages. The wives of English mariners kept black cats as TALISMANS to ensure their husbands’ safe return. In Britain, Japan, and Ireland having a black cat cross your path is a sign of GOOD luck. Single women in Japan who own black cats are said to attract more suitors; and in parts of the U.K., a black cat is the ideal wedding gift.

Black Cats Matter.
Because there are more “cats of color” than any other
– with one all-black purebred breed: the Bombay.

Hey, this cat looks just like me! – Ramses

Because of superstitious ignorance, black cats are the least-adoptable among their shelter-mates; and because they are the target of cruel and sometimes fatal attacks during Halloween, shelters will no longer adopt them out during the month of October.

Why you should adopt a Black Cat.

  • We tend to be healthier than cats of other colors. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genetic mutations that cause cats to have black coats may offer them some protection from diseases.
  • If you wear a lot of black (Like SHE does.) you don’t have to worry about cat hair on your clothes.
  • Like the proverbial little black dress, we go with EVERYTHING – and holding us will make you look slimmer.
  • We are RARE (the black color of our coats is associated with the X chromosome, which often skips a generation).
  • Having a black cat is like living with a miniature-size panther.

Black cats were created to give everyone
the opportunity to be owned by a mini-panther.

– Unknown

Famous Black Cats

For ways on how you (and your kitty) can fully celebrate Samhain,
check out “The Magic of Cats“.

Happy Halloweem

Oh no! Here comes Ramses-O!
Go, Go, Mouse-zilla!!!!

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Happy Caturday! (10.10.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

Writing my Bylimes is takimg a backseat to these Posts, but am havimg a purr-fectly womderful time humtimg dowm prey – er comtemt. I’ll be doimg a special Halloweem editiom later this momth. Umtil them let’s get our claws imto this ome…

Sometimes I take thimgs I see lyimg aroumd the house (like socks or pillows) but this cat burglar is am imspiratiom – amd he lives right here im the Bay Area! – R

Dusty (aka Dusty the Kelpto Kitty) has been burglarizing his neighborhood since 2008. Among other items, Dusty has pilfered 213 dish towels, 100 hundred gloves, 73 socks, 4 pairs of underwear, a blanket, and 8 bathing suits. He has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, Must Love Cats, and as a DVD bonus feature for Puss in Boots. Follow Dusty on Facebook.

Fire cam be scary. But mot evem a ragimg imfermo kept this brave Mamam from rescuimg her kittems. – R

In 1996, a stray cat rescued each of her kittens from a burning building in Brooklyn. Scarlett (as she was named by the woman who adopted her) was severely burned in the process. All but one of her kittens survived the ordeal. Scarlett passed away in 2008. In her honor the North Shore Animal League created an award, the Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism, which is presented to animals or humans that have engaged in heroic acts.

“Cat people are known to be highly intelligent, patient, and can see past first impressions. They are strategic thinkers, great at solving mysteries, and know how to deal with mood swings.” Mot sure what that meams, but SHE is my furever Amgel. – R

The quote is from an article titled “12 Things To Know About Dating A Cat Lady (because every day will be Caturday)“. You can read the entire list by clicking on the link, but here are a few of their suggestions:  Don’t talk about everything, Dress thoughtfully, A love of felines is usually inherited, and Cats have priority seating. Come to think of it, ladies can apply these 12 suggestions when dating Men Who Love Cats!

For you felines, here’s an article specifically written for you:  “Feline First Impressions – Cat Dating Tips” (Give Him a Heartfelt Gift, Show Him Your Playful Side, Unwind with a Bath, Don’t Be Too Easy, Man vs. Cat: The Final Showdown)

Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma
that all things were created to serve man.

– Paul Gray

Fashion designer and cat-lover, Michael Kors

Fun Feline Facts

The composition of bumps and ridges on a cat’s nose is unique to the cat (just like our fingerprints are unique to us). Speaking of noses, if you ever notice your cat’s nose suddenly turning a lighter – or more vibrant – shade of pink don’t be alarmed. It’s a normal sign of the blood vessels shrinking/growing which can occur if kitty gets excited or experiences a sudden change in temperature.
I have a black mose. Will I become “Ramses the Red-Mosed Felime”? (I dom’t really kmow what that meams but SHE told me to say it… – R

A 2011 Scientific American article found that a cat’s brain holds 1,000 times more data than the average iPad (with 64gb of storage) AND can process data a MILLION TIMES FASTER. You’re surprised!?! – R

A tabby cat named Dusty, born in Bonham, Texas in 1935, holds the Guiness World Record for “most prolific cat”:  420 kittens.

Starting at six months of age the average unspayed cat can have up to three litters per year. In seven years, a female cat and her offspring can produce several hundred cats.

Although gettimg “fixed” wasm’t much fum, beimg am umwamted kittem left to femd for myself im a colomy of feral cats was mo picmic either! I’m just glad I wom’t be helpimg brimg amy umwamted kittems imto the world. – R

I love cats because I enjoy my home;
and little by little they become its visible soul.

– Jean Cocteau

That’s it for this editiom of “Happy Caturday”!

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Happy Caturday! (9.12.2020)

By Prince Ramses XII

Apparemtly visitors to this website have emjoyed my Bylimes so much SHE has asked me to start hostimg “Caturdays” – which are all about cats. Mow THAT is somethimg I cam defimitely simk my claws imto! So without furrr-ther ado, here we go.

(So these Caturday Posts can be more easily read – Ramses unfailingly hits “m” instead of “n” on the keyboard – I’ll be acting as his transcriber. – MK)

Did you know that most feline vaccines are made with adjuvants? Adjuvants are additives that may present potential risks to feline patients, such as injection site reactions and chronic inflammation.

Purevax® is the only fully adjuvent-free feline vaccine. To find out more about the Purevax&reg, vaccine range visit their site – and be sure to ask for it the next time your kitty needs to be vaccinated.

If there’s a bright spot to be seen during these months of MADNESS it’s the rate of cat (and dog) adoptions. Furbabies are flying off the shelves at shelters and adoption centers across the country! Both cats and kittens are finding their FUREVER homes. For those who are first-time feline owners (and us “veterans”) here’s a great video by Sarah Chauncey, author of the soon-to-be-released book, P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna:

Fascinating Feline Facts:

  1. Unlike dogs and humans (who tend to bob their heads up and down), both wild and domestic cats keep their heads level when hunting prey.
  2. Depending upon the breed, the average cat purrs at around 25 decibels; the Guinness World Record belongs to Merlin whose purr was recorded at 67.8 decibels (the same volume as a shower).
  3. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago. In 2004, archaeologists discovered a 9500-year-old cat grave in Cyprus.
  4. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping.
  5. For 20 years a ginger cat named Stubbs was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.
  6. The longest cat ever recorded was a Maine Coon measured at 48.5 inches. The TALLEST cat on record was 19.05. His name was Arcturus.
  7. Like camels and giraffes, cats move half of their body forward at once – both right feet followed by both left feet.
  8. Isaac Newton invented the cat door.
  9. In 1963 Felicette (“Astrocat”) became the first – and only – cat to go into space.
  10. Ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows when their cats died.
  11. House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers.
  12. A house cat can reach speeds of up to 30mph. Whereas the fastest land animal, the cheetah, has been clocked at 80 mpth.
  13. The oldest cat to have ever lived was 38 years old. His predecessor lived to be 34.

Even if you’re not a fan of Game of Thrones, Justsomething has a gallery of cats that look like characters from the show.

(You’ve GoT to see #13 – MK)

Cats seem to go on the principle
that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.

– Joseph Wood Krutch

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