Fridays With Friends: Invitation For Cats

Hello Everyone,

Starting today, I am initiating “Fridays With Friends.”

So, today, I am inviting you to send me photographs of your cats.   Please include the names of your cats.  If you have more than one cat, it is better if you send in separate photographs of each cat, to insure that they are properly matched with their names.

Send your photographs to me at: archimedesthecatblog@yahoo.com.

I can’t wait to hear from you and see your lovelies!

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The Cat’s Ear

Cats have amazing hearing. The superpower aspect of their hearing lies in their ability to hear very high pitch sounds.  Cats can hear ultrasonic sounds, which are higher than the sounds that humans can hear.

One thing that helps cats with their hearing is the shape of their ears. Cats have outer ears, called the pinnae, that cats can rotate 180 degrees to face toward sounds.  Furthermore, cats can rotate the pinnae independently. These pinnae catch and amplify sounds.

There are four reasons that cats need their sharp hearing skills. First, cats’ natural prey have high pitched sounds.  Rodents such as mice generate sounds in the upper range. Second, the high pitch sound of kittens helps parent cats locate their offspring. Third, the cats’ hearing helps it hear and avoid their predators.  Lastly, cats use their great hearing to assist them in navigating their environment.

So, when you want to get your cat’s attention, remember that using a high-pitched voice will be more effective.

Check out my big bat ears in my kitten photo!

The Cat, Pop Tarts, & Taylor Swift

 

I was home by myself for a few hours recently. As you know, if you’ve read my “About” page, I am quite inquisitive. I am also persistent. My family won’t give me Pop Tarts, no matter hard I beg.   So, when I found this box of Pop Tarts on the counter in the kitchen, I dragged the box onto my climbing tree. I was just about to rip into the box when someone returned home, caught me in the act, and snapped my picture.  (I ripped into the box any way.)

Our grocery delivery man said that Pop Tarts aren’t good. But, then I heard that Taylor Swift likes Pop Tarts. She’s a cat lover. So, I’m more likely to believe her than the grocery delivery man.

What do you think?  Do you like Pop Tarts?

Valentine’s Day Poetry Shared Today

Today, I put out an invitation for my readers to share their Valentine’s Day/love poems.  Below are the poem that were submitted. Bravo!

Little feet

Pitter patter

Oh, spilt milk?

I’ll take care of the splatter!!

The poem above was submitted by Erin C.

This is a really fun poem, and sweet, too.   Thanks so much for sharing, Erin.

The days are short,

The Sun sinks fast,

Hopefully, this weather won’t last.

My nose is cold,

The world is too.

(Everyone except for you).

Because of you, the world is fine,

Just as long as you are mine!

Submitted by Alexis C.

This is a heart warming poem.  Even with my Maine coon fur, I will be glad when the cold weather is over, too.  Thanks very much for sharing, Alexis

Advice From This Cat: First Love

With today being Valentine’s Day,  it reminds me of a recent conversation that I overheard. I was listening to a young lady who was discussing what she thought her “first love” might be like.  The message I’d like to pass on to her (and others):  “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.”

How To Save A Life

Watching the movie Lion, which is about a human that was adopted, reminded me that there are a lot of my cat brethren out there that need to be adopted, also.

There are many shelters that have cats that are waiting for homes. If you are considering getting a cat, please consider rescuing a cat by adopting from a cat shelter.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates there are between 13 million and 87 million stray cats in the United States. Six to eight million animals are put into shelters each year.  But only 4 to 6 million go to homes.  The remaining cats get euthanized, which breaks my deep cat heart.

By adopting a rescue cat:

  1. You are saving the life of the cat that you adopt.
  2. You are making room for more cats to get into the shelters.
  3. You are improving the lives of people who have fewer stray cats in their areas.
  4. You are saving small animals who would be prey of the stray cats.

So, please consider adopting a cat.  You’ll feel great about yourself for doing so, and I’ll be proud of you.