Why kittens of my cats kill other cats

Have you ever visited a shelter? Have you ever seen all these unwanted cats, waiting in small cages? If yes, you’re likely to agree that the proportion of cats versus humans who want to adopt cats is out of balance.

cats in a cage

Tessa and Kajsa at the shelter. Their cage was actually big in comparison!

I admit that I would love to see kittens of Tessa and Kajsa. A small version of Tessa, playing around, destroying my headphones, or a small version of Kajsa bossing me around … so cute it hurts! And so irresponsible that it’d cost lives and a lot of pain. Why? Well, I’d probably find good homes for their kittens, but they would take places away from kittens waiting at shelters.

Again – have you ever been at a shelter and want to tell these cats “Sorry, I want to see kittens of my own cats, which means that you can’t get a great family?”. Eventually, all kittens will become adults, and their chance of finding a family becomes less with every week – new kittens will come, being way cuter than adult cats, and more likely to find families.

cat is shy at shelter

Kajsa was very shy and afraid. It took days until she dared to leave her den

Apart from a cat population outnumbering humans who love cats, unneutered cats also face serious health risks like cancer. Unneutered cats are also more likely to destroy your furniture and fight with other cats.

And last, but not least: I know it’s difficult, but please question your friends’ choices when you hear that they want their cats to become pregnant. If you want to experience the joys of living with kittens, ask a shelter if you can host a cat with her kittens until the kittens are old enough to go their own ways! A great way of helping shelters, having a lot of fun and minimizing your own costs. Giving birth and fostering kittens can be very expensive on your own!

cat is so happy that someone plays with her at the shelter

Tessa was so happy when I came to play with her at the shelter

 

This post was part of a great Twitter campaign from UK shelters. Hashtag: #neuteryourpets

 

The (of)fence

Tessa here. I can’t believe it, but all birds disappeared from our backyard! Good news is that we can use our garden again – some of you may remember that we cats were afraid of mad gulls. The flip side – well, we didn’t get to eat the chicks.

Cat in front of a new fence

Here I’m inspecting our new fence. So weird – do humans really think that a fence will protect our garden from being invaded by crazy gangsta gulls? Don’t they know that birds can fly??

Cat looks through fence

The fence does not only fail to stop birds, but also squirrels. Not that I’m complaining about squirrels in our garden. No, squirrels are indeed guests I highly appreciate!

cat moves whiskers when watching animals

Mom loves that I can move my whiskers, and it never stops fascinating her that my whiskers stick out when I observe squirrels. Well. Thinking of humans’ confined abilities to move their hair, I’m not surprised, hehe.

 

Being your cats’ foolish doorman

Hellooooo? I want to go out, but the window is closed! Mom? Meow? I want out!

Oh yes, I do know that the balcony door is open, but that’s totally irrelevant here.

I mean – is she flexible in her habits to go out? Of course not – she always uses the door. So why can’t I also have my own preferences?

 

Training for the Olympics

Feline friends – I’m very sorry for the poor quality, but I can’t help sharing pictures of my gorgeous athletic body.

  1. Can anyone hire a better photographer? Mom sucks.
  2. Is this technically a handstand? Mom says no, but I think she’s just jealous: we all know that humans are stuck in inflexible bodies. Ok, some humans can stand on their hands, but certainly not our human.
  3. Can a cat participate in the Olympic Games?

 

Help! Have you ever grown catnip plants?

Total number of catnip plants: 14
Total number of plants my cats find interesting: 0

Staged picture. I put treats on the table to get a picture of Tessa and Kajsa in the jungle.

Their ignorance drives me mad. Why are they not interested?? Any ideas? Does dried catnip smell more intensive than fresh?

Other random questions:

  1. Is it me or does catnip smell a bit like weed?? I thought my neighbors were smoking marijuana until I found out that the smell is actually coming from our apartment.
  2. What is the difference between Nepeta faassenii (blue flowers. Common names catmint / Faassen’s catnip) and Nepeta cataria (white flowers. Common names catnip / catmint)? We have the latter.
  3. Will I ever learn that my cats are spoiled rotten and will ignore most things I do for them?

 

Cat Logic on Closeness and Distance

What is it now? Are you surprised that we’re sitting side by side? Thought we only do that when our catsitter is around* ?

Well. We do indeed sit close to each other here, but technically, Kajsa is on the fridge and Tessa on the Grand Throne – something compleeeeetly different from sharing one piece of furniture. So don’t ask why we can’t hang together on your king-size bed; you’re comparing apples and oranges.

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* Cats will understand, but if you’re a human reader: yesterday one was sitting on the scratch tree and the other on the laundry bin. Again – close to each other, but on different furniture. Makes total sense to us.

 

Things humans do when no one is watching

Picture credit: @Nickisreading (Instagram)

Our silly human was very surprised when she got this picture from our catsitter: we never sit like that when Mom’s home.

Come on! Why should we behave the same with a different person? Did she really think that we’d sit all day on our usual spots and miss her?

Besides, when she gets visitors, she also behaves different, and does a lot of things she normally doesn’t. Like closing the bathroom door. Getting dressed. Eating at the diner table instead of in front of her computer. Covering her mouth when she’s coughing. Hiding our tampons. Picking her nose only in the bathroom.

Ups. Guess she wanted to keep that a secret, hehe.

 

 

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