Cats Show Love Like Their Owners

We all know the old saying….The dog is man’s best friend.

Well while that may be so, they sure don’t know how to show love like man. It takes our fab felines to know how to REALLY show affection the “human way”.

According to a recent report, cats show love like their owners by gentle touches, kisses, eye contact and purring sweet somethings in your ear.

I can say “yes” to all of these because it seems each of my cats tend to show their affection in different ways. Beaner will hold a steady gaze at me with her big green eyes, and once I look at her and smile or say “I Love You” she slowly blinks a “kitty kiss” back. Ms CG lets out a sweet little “bleet” with her pink tongue sticking out between her teeth when I say “I love mama’s girl”.

Gwen, well she’s my “kissy face” girl. She’ll grab my arm, then reach up to touch my face or stand on my chest to plant a big slurpy kiss smack on my lips with her lips. She’s the only cat I’ve ever shared my house with that has done that and it never stops to amaze me that she understands what a kiss is! She’s done it since a kitten so I know it’s how she loves to express her, well, love for me.

Now the boys, they’re different. Hershey will give me “kitty bites” in his own sweet way. And Tim, well he locks your arm down with his two big front arms, snuggles his head on your hands and purrs up a storm. Otherwise he’ll be touching your arm or hand as long as you’re in reach.

So next time you say “I love you” to your cat, look them square in the eyes…and I bet you’ll at least get a “kitty kiss” right back.

PS February 20th is Love Your Pet …. so dont’ forget to say “I Love You” in your own way.

Deb Decker (who shares her house with 4 Havana Browns and one Household Pet)

The Bengal is Crowned Most Popular Cat in 2009

For two years in a row, the Bengal has been proclaimed the most popular cat based on registrations. At the end of 2009, 6,264 cats and 4,489 litters were registered around the world.

“Once again the Bengal has claimed the title of most popular cat!,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal’s regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty.”

Coming in second was the Ragdoll with 3,829 cats and 2,974 litters registered, while in third place the Maine Coon had 2,088 cats and 785 litters registered at year-end 2009.

Rounding out the Top Ten most popular breed of cats for 2009 were the:
• Sphynx – 1,107 Cats, 681 Litters
• Siberian – 819 Cats, 563 Litters
• NFoundation Savannah – 580 Cats, 454 Litters
• Persian – 579 Cats, 252 Litters
• Norwegian Forest – 560 Cats, 234 Litters
• British Shorthair – 517 Cats, 195 Litters
• Abyssinian – 342 Cats, 213 Litters