One thing about cats

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Cats have a bit of a reputation for standoffishness, especially compared with dogs. But if you find your feline friend is a little hard to bond with, maybe you're just not speaking their language.

Research shows that it's actually not so difficult. You just need to smile at them more.

Not smile in the human way, by baring your teeth, but the cat way: by narrowing your eyes and blinking slowly.

In a study published in 2020, scientists observed cat-human interactions, and were able to confirm that this act of blinking slowly makes cats – both familiar and unfamiliar animals – approach and be receptive to humans.
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists ... ery-slowly

I tried it last night. The cat and I were on the couch, so I did it. I think it was too slowly, as I woke up cold and alone on the couch. I'd fallen asleep.

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I was fond of cats from the time I was starting to talk well enough to be understood by more folks than just my parents.

I long considered myself a "cat person," preferring cats to dogs, even though I've enjoyed the company of dogs quite a bit.

A former girlfriend's father thought cats were mean creatures, perhaps because he never had good experiences with cats. I observed (to myself and to my girlfriend) that people who want to control others more prefer dogs because cats don't put up with the nonsense dogs will.

These days, I have two dogs and two cats. The Basset Hounds are Wilbur and Orville, because Bassets should be "Wrightly" named.

The cats are Pester and Torment, so I can say I'm going home to Pester and Torment, my cats.
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Once had a Siamese who wasn't a typical Siamese or even a typical cat, he was more like a dog. Even the two dogs we had played with him. Other that Monk it's just been dogs for me over the years.

Cats and cat people are a bit strange. :)
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Had cats for about 40 years. Some were fun, some shy, some irritable, and one of our two is 3 to 5 of the most destructive feline on the planet--but he IS affectionate.
Still really a dog person--got one of those, too.
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Had several cats. The best one was Sam. Sam I Am.
He was a retriever, the best of any dog.
When I went out into the desert behind my parents house to shoot some breakfast, mostly quail and some dove he would be on the bird as it hit the ground.
But then he wouldn't give it back. So first one was his. Then I was on my own.
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Flossie, 26, officially the world's oldest cat
A new record has been set by a pet in south-east London as the world's oldest living cat. Flossie, 26, of Orpington, was confirmed as the oldest cat by Guinness World Records, which said she had a human equivalent age of 120 years old. Owner Vicki Green described Flossie as "an amazing cat" who settled in after being rehomed by Cats Protection. Vicki said Flossie was deaf, had failing eyesight, but was still affectionate and playful.

"I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat," Ms Green said. "But I didn't imagine I'd share my home with a Guinness World Records title holder. "She's so affectionate and playful, especially sweet when you remember how old she is."
Guinness World Records said Flossie had been living in a colony of cats near a Merseyside [Liverpool, England] hospital, when two workers took pity on them and each homed a cat.

Flossie and the worker, a woman, lived together for 10 years until she died, and Flossie was taken in by her sister, who had Flossie for 14 years until she too passed away, the organisation added. She was finally rehomed with Ms Green as it said she had experience in caring for older cats.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-63728931
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I have a stripey dude who lives outside and only comes in to eat. We call him Bob. It's frosted one night and promises to get colder here in a couple days. I'll see what he wants.

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CDFingers wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 12:39 pm I have a stripey dude who lives outside and only comes in to eat. We call him Bob. It's frosted one night and promises to get colder here in a couple days. I'll see what he wants.

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They do make up their own minds. I have a few outdoor ones that come to my garage through a small cat door. I feed them there and at least one has probably stayed in there during the recent cold spell. I doubt he wants to be an indoor cat, been feeding a few of them for many years and they don’t seem inclined for a closer relationship. The above definitely did, she made an effort and when she got used to visiting inside, she found the bedroom with a comfy bed. Put a food bowl for her on the bedroom floor and one day she decided to not ask to go out. It was pretty clear she made a decision. LoL.
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Cats definitely like the slow blink. They enjoy eye contact in general, but don't overdo it. If the cat decides to look away, don't try and force them to look back. The key with cats is let them know you are there for them but that you are going to let them initiate interaction most of the time. As was mentioned above they don't respond well to attempts to control them.

I have 2 cats right now and have had another 20 or so over the course of my life. I like to say that my purpose in life to make cats happy.
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We just adopted by a feral Siamese cat…most expensive adoption EVER!! Insulated the shed, vet, straw in shed, vet, heater, more straw, vet, good food…guess he is going to stay a while😁.
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