A Guardian journalist and mom of three-year-old Larry and six-month old Kedi set out to gain a deeper understanding of what makes her cats happy. She consulted with various experts, and wrote an article titled The inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think about hugs, happiness and humans. “Over the course of the week it takes me to research and write this article, I become obsessed – even more than before – with the happiness and wellbeing of my charges,” she wrote. I encourage you to visit the Guardian to read the entire, beautifully written article.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I offered a resource to help you cope with the never ending onslaught of information, on Monday, I told you how the Assisi Loop helped a paralyzed kitten regain mobility, on Tuesday, I shared information on a new study to detect kidney disease early, on Wednesday, we featured Petlibro’s stainless steel fountain, and on Friday, I introduced you to a unique cat café. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win 20 pounds of Darwin’s raw cat food for your cats and 20 pounds for your favorite rescue.

We were supposed to get some snow flurries earlier this week. They never materialized, but the forecast made me think back to when Ruby experienced her first snow in 2011. I hope you enjoy watching my sweet girl.

She got to experience snow one last time, a week before she passed away:

Ruby snow
Have a great weekend!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: The Inner Lives of Cats

  1. The best indepth article I have read on this. So much I can observe and understand better like this excerpt:
    ===A common criticism levelled at cats is that these capricious little creatures only use humans for warm beds and a reliable source of protein. But “cats do get attached to people,” says Siracusa. “They get attached to other animals too.” He explains that cats often show affection by proximity, if not physical interaction, “being in the same room as you or physically close to you”. More demonstrative cats will sleep on or near their owners, or other cats. “Cats who have grown up together are more likely to be preferred associates,” he says. “But as a general rule cats do not like to be picked up, hugged and kissed. The great majority of cats don’t like this.”====

    When my two cats sleep in the room with me, I can feel their comforting is calming. Now and then one of them will get up to lie right next to my chest for a while..don’t know what prompts that….seems like it is when I am feeling really out of sorts. And I wish he would stay longer, but at a certain point, he gets up and goes back to his bed, almost as if to say..OK, job done…..

    A good insight on depression in cats.


  2. That was an interesting article. I think Miss Lulu likes kisses because she gives them to me. But I guess I will no longer force kisses and hugs on them. I love the video of Ruby and the snow. She seems so puzzled by it.

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