Raising the Purrfect Cat
Copyrighted © May 2009
Over the years the author wrote and has published over 80 articles on horticulture, "Memoirs of Derald Freeman", "60 ways To Toast Your Bread", and other books and pastiches. Derald was educated at East Texas Baptist College, spent 25 years in business management, and then started his own computer software business which continued for 30 years, successfully marketing inventory software and computer peripherals nationwide.
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Cat body structure
How cats think
Below are excerpts from some of the chapters.Chapter contents in the book
Chapter 1 - Introduction to cats
Chapter 2 - The History of cats
Chapter 3 - Cat characteristics
Chapter 4 - Are you ready for a cat?
Chapter 5 – I’m hungry
Chapter 6 – Health care
Chapter 7 – Talk and play time
Chapter 8 – Growing together
Chapter 9 – Fun and excitement ahead
"Cats have been associated with humans for over 9,000 years. Indications that the domestic cat existed in Egypt have been found in tombs of the ancient Egyptians with skeletal remains of cats that were buried with the human remains. The cat in ancient Egypt was a sacred and respected creature and was venerated by all. It was in Egypt that the cat was first domesticated 4,000 years ago and where they were held in the most admiration and respect. In Egypt male cats were called Mau and females Mait. Cats were worshipped as idols, and kept as agents of pest control and good luck. Probably the most famous Egyptian goddess after Isis was Bast, also known as Bastet."
Most people have either a cat or dog or both in their home. Paradoxical the cat can be loving and predatory, relaxed and alert, consoling and inquisitive. Domestic cats will never win at distance running, but when it comes to sprinting they take the Olympic medal every time.
Cats have maintained a skeletal structure similar to their ancestors whereas dogs have changed considerably due to selective breeding. Therefore, cats are free from many skeletal abnormalities. For the most part evolution has been kind to cats. The frame of a cat permits coordinated, fluid, managed, and graceful movements that have adapted the domestic cat to hunt, stalk, leap, run, play, and jump.
A cats skeleton is very similar to that of a human being, however it does lack the shoulder blade bones. This allows freedom of movement of the foreleg, which can be turned in almost any direction. The skeleton consists of 28 different types of bones. A human has 206 bones, however a cat has around 290 bones and 517 separate muscles, this makes them very agile animals, they use more than 500 muscles to leap, jump and sprint. It has 13 ribs. Many of a cat’s bones are found it its tail. Typically, the number varies from 14 to 28 depending on the length of the tail.
How the cat thinks
The cat’s brain is large and well-developed compared to other animals of the same size, enabling them to assimilate facts and react quickly and to solve problems with skill much better than larger animals. The brain makes up one twelfth of its length and 9% of its body weight. Compare this to 2% of the total body weight of the average human. Researchers Norman Maier and Theodore C. Schneirla reportedly found cats to have long-term spatial recall of at least 16 hours, as compared to no more than five minutes in dogs.
If we define intelligence as the ability to acquire information, retain it, and utilize it to solve problems, the cat is clearly the winner of all our companion animals. Try putting an adult cat in a room in which he has never been before and watch how every nook and cranny is carefully examined. Actually, curiosity didn’t kill the cat; it gave him a reputation for having 9 lives!
We know that the ability of cats to investigate new environments is legendary, but it has also been proven that their ability to retain information is superior to that of other domestic animals. Cats learn by observation, imitation, trial and error just as humans do. Cats will turn doorknobs to open doors, ring doorbells, open cupboards, turn off lights, and even use the toilet solely by observing the owner perform these activities. Many feline behaviorists as well as child psychologists seem to agree that the intelligence of an adult cat equals that of a two to three year old child. Some say four or five years old.
Some interpretive cat sounds.prrrt - means Aren’t I wonderful?
mrrrAOWr! - means, You will find OUT how far I’ve come from jaguars!
drawn-out mrrroooow - a demand for something
low pitch MRRRooooowww - a complaint or displeasure
high-pitch RRRROWW! – is anger, pain or being fearful
chatter (rapid teeth-chattering jaw movements) - excitement, frustration (when prey is out of reach or escapes)
chirrup - friendly greeting sound and
purr - invites close contact or attention
A letter to my cats
These are some chuckles I have found on the Internet and received in emails from friends.
Rules for NON-PET OWNERS who visit and like to complain about our pets
Cats are better than kids because...
The cat poem.
Nine little pussy cats playing on a gate;
30 ways to spoil your cat
Myths about cats
Ancient mariners believed that a cat’s behavior could foretell a change in the weather. Some sailors considered black cats unlucky since they were thought to bring bad weather. Tortoiseshell cats were often held by seafarers to be lucky and Japanese sailors in particular would carry a tri-colored cat aboard. They believed that such a cat could give early enough warning of an approaching storm for the vessel to return to port to avoid it, and would also send the cat up the mast to "put the storm devils to flight".
A story is told of Muezza, the prophet Mohammed’s favorite cat. One day, when Mohammed had finished his prayer and meditation, he discovered that Muezza had fallen asleep on the sleeve of his robe. Rather than disturb the cat, he cut off the sleeve so that he could be on his way.
Another legend holds that the ’M’ marking on the forehead of the tabby was created by the prophet as he rested his hand lightly on the brow of his favorite cat.
Sayings about cats
As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind. -- Cleveland Amory
Comedian George Burns chose to call his cat companion of many years "Willie" because, in his words, "When you told the cat what to do, it was always a question of will he or won't he...."
There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage. -- Carl Van Vechten, American photographer
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. -- Joseph Wood Krutch
A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. -- William Ralph Inge
I’ve never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don’t listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they’re home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat. -- Jay Leno
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