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10/1/2009 6:05:00 PM
Have You Ever Heard of Instant Entertainment?
The Verde Valley Humane Society
The Verde Valley Humane Society "Pet of the Week" is "Pookey." She is a medium-size Rottie/Shepard mix that is in need of a special home. Pookey is in a wonderful foster home right now where she is progressing slowly. If so we can make arrangement for you to meet Pookey. Please contact VVHS at 634-7387 at your earliest convenience.

What happens when you head out to do errands? Do you run into your friends as you enter Fry's, Safeway or Wal-Mart or any other business in Cottonwood?

Just when you think you can sneak in and out of some place without someone seeing that you sort of forgot your make-up, bingo! You bump into everyone.

After the initial greeting and your embarrassment ends does your conversation turn to the economy and how bad things seem right now or other sad topics?

Even though you know you are feeling the crunch, speaking with someone else about it makes you realize that almost everyone is feeling it.

You get back in your vehicle and think about your friend losing their job, how you aren't sure how you will pay your own mortgage and all of the other things that are happening right now.

What can you give up next? Not much to give up is there? Shopping for luxury items is almost gone for right now.

Let's see what else can we do? Do you really need all of those stations on your TV?

Should we get rid of the cell phones? Instead of eating fast food from the dollar menu, we could give up fast food totally.

Then what? Wouldn't we have a bunch of crabby people living in our homes? I can't imagine a home without any of those things.

My son would probably go into some type of depression or seclusion if he had to give up any of those things. How about your family, how would they do?

Cutting back on everything is one thing, but totally giving up all of them would be a totally different story.

What do you do for entertainment? Watch repeats on TV, read books, take walks, garden, bead or maybe listen to music?

I have come up with some "instant free entertainment" for you. How about a cat or a kitten?

Now you're thinking to yourself, "I'm really a dog person" aren't you? Wait, just because that's what you have always been doesn't mean you should toss the idea yet.

Most cats are very easy to care for. A clean litter box, food, water, vet care and a good home with someone to love them (at the time of their choice) is most everything they need.

What do they do for you? They entertain you all of the time. They also give you someone to hold and talk to when it seems no one else in the world is listening.

Don't worry about how many stations you can get on your TV. Throw an empty paper towel roll on the floor and watch what happens!

You want more excitement? If you're brave and have some free time to clean up a little mess, toss out a full roll of toilet paper. Let the fun begin.

You'll be amazed at what a cat or kitten can do to amuse you. Nothing is forbidden until you make it a house rule.

The top of the refrigerator isn't working for you? Don't get too upset. Remember that the top just got the dusting it needed so badly.

Cats are wonderful at finding things to do in the strangest places. An empty cardboard box is inexpensive and will be the "cat's meow" for hours on end.

Are you even just a little bit interested? You can adopt a cat and if doesn't work out for some reason you can exchange it for another cat or dog within a 90 day time frame.

Not sure if you'd like a cat? Come and visit VVHS at 1502 Mingus and spend some time back in our cat area. Visit often if possible; it will give you a better outlook.

The staff can tell you who is affectionate, who is aloof, which ones don't get along with other animals and all types of other things.

Now that I have possibly have you entertaining the idea I'd like to share some things about cats with you.

In a room full of people a cat will go to the one person in the room that doesn't like cats. Do you wonder why?

When a cat is with strangers that want to touch him or talk to him, he is going to the person that isn't paying a bit of attention to him. He feels he has a safe haven with that person.

When you see the tail of a cat quivering it sometimes means he is slightly irritated. If it's straight out and quivering, he's excited.

If his tail is over his head (oh yes they can do it) it means he is feeling like the king of the roost.

Sitting still with the tail just moving slightly from side to side simply means life is good at that moment.

Tail going faster and he is watching something, he is concentrating on something of interest.

Vigorously lashing that fluffy tail back and forth means someone or something has done to anger him. Let him alone and he'll get over it, eventually.

If you aren't sure how that tail is moving it could be because he's not really sure how he is feeling at that moment. Remember, he's a cat. Royalty doesn't need to make a decision until they are ready.

Always remember that a cat is a carnivore and is a bundle of instincts. Although they are now house pets it doesn't mean that their natural instincts have been removed.

Even though cats are natural born hunters, house cats aren't given the gift of hunting by their mothers, so their kill is no more than a toy to them.

If he does happen to find a lizard or a mouse or other moving creature he will play with it before he kills it.

Remember he only does this because he wasn't taught to hunt and kill rapidly. Barn cats or outside cats are a totally different story. They are taught immediately how to survive in the world outside.

If your inside cat catches a mouse or a bird or a lizard, he is going to bring it to you. He considers this to be a present for you.

As squeamish as this may make you feel, graciously accept the gift and dispose of it once he goes about his business.

Did you know that a cat has a memory that can be up to 200 more times more retentive than a dog?

Then why are they harder to train than a dog? Felines use their memory for only what they regard as useful in their lives.

Selective memories they are called. Wait, don't teenagers and even some adults have those also? I knew there was a good reason why we hear what we want.

Your new feline friend will want to be stroked (under their own conditions) because it reminds them of their days of being a kitten when their mother cared for them.

At times your new feline friend will purr loudly and sharpen his claws on one of your soft body areas.

This behavior is called "milk-treading" It reminds him of when his mom rested quietly and was ready to let him nurse.

He uses his paws to "knead" the area to draw out milk from his mother's stomach. It only means he is happy and content being with you.

Often this behavior is followed by a little play bite from your furry friend. I have to say that I don't care much for this type of affection.

Even though I see the bite coming, I'm never quite ready for it and I wind up scaring the cat worse than he scared me.

Once your new cat settles into your home and learns the house rules he will prowl around checking out everything.

He is Christopher Columbus when it comes to the world of animals. He will explore every inch of your house.

This doesn't mean he's constantly looking for food, it means that by nature he is going to constantly want to satisfy his quest for the unknown.

At one time it was believed that cats were colorblind. Further studies have proven that they can actually tell the difference between certain colors.

Blues and greens are believed to be the colors best seen. So why is it when you put a row of little play mice in front of the kittens they more than likely choose the purple one?

There are many more facts about the world of felines, but we have the real life examples here at VVHS.

Stop in and meet these entertaining little creatures. Not many things feel better than picking up a cat or kitten and feeling their body relax and the soft purr begin to get louder. You made a friend at that point.


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