Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, she knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats.

Cats smile with their eyes. That slow blink that exudes total contentment is their way of showing they trust you. If you blink at them, slowly and without staring, they will often blink-smile back at you.  ~Cats’ Eyes, chapter 2

 

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, and Cat’s Paw.

 

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CAT POETRY 2

 

 

Do cats dream?

Do old cats leap and play as in their kitten days?

Do crippled cats run the hills on unfettered legs?

Do indoor cats prowl the jungle wilds?

In their dreams, are sick cats whole again?

Do feral cats dream of a safe place?

Do lost cats dream of home?

Does the cat who has reached his senior years

dream of times before pain

and wonder why?

 

Does the cat on the path to the Rainbow Bridge

dream of what is to come,

and if so,

is it beautiful?

 

 

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, she knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats.

The human-feline bond has been documented to save lives. Cat people will do for cats what they would not do for themselves. A man was dissuaded from committing suicide by jumping off a building when he saw his red tabby cat held in the policeman’s arms. ~Cat’s Paw, chapter 30

 

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, and Cat’s Paw.

 

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CLONING YOUR CAT?

 

Tobey Jr. born January 2, 2016

Can you clone your cat?  ViaGen Pets says yes.

ViaGen, calling themselves “America’s Pet Cloning and Genetic Preservation Experts” will take your kitty’s (or doggie’s) DNA and produce a genetic twin. I had a chance to talk with Melain Rodriguez and Lauren Aston about the company, the business, and the details of pet cloning when I was at BlogPaws last month.

Before I stopped to read the attractive placard showing a cute kitty and a sweet furry dog, I had no idea someone was actually successfully, and profitably, cloning pets. I suppose I was a little shocked. I’m a big sci-fi fan and, up until then, cloning, with all its implications, had been safely relegated to fiction. Visions of Blade Runner, Star Trek Nemesis, and Jurassic Park flashed through my head. But these weren’t dinosaurs or super-men; they were animals. Pets. Our pets.

This brought me to another moment of pessimism. Being a devoted shelter pet advocate, I had the same problem with cloning that I have with breeders: Why go to all the trouble of making new animals when there are so many homeless animals already here? But I knew I was being closed-minded, so I began to ask questions. I didn’t come away sold on cloning my clowder, but I did learn a lot.

  1. ViaGen has successfully been cloning pets for some time. Several successful pets such as Tobey Jr. (pictured above) are into their teen- and adult-hood.
  2. ViaGen doesn’t guarantee the clone will have the same personality as the original, but because the clone is genetically identical, the part of the personality that develops physically will be similar. Melain said owners have reported a marked amount of similarities.
  3. There is no genetic modification (GMO) involved.
  4. ViaGen does not breed the feline surrogates themselves. “For optimal health of the feline colony we use SPF (specific pathogen free) cats which are purchased from a commercial breeder.” The cats are adopted out once they have the kitten. Melain assured me the cats are loved and cared-for. ViaGen acquires the eggs utilized in cloning from a spay clinic. No cats are harmed in the process.
  5. Clones have normal lifespans, are healthy, and require no special medical treatment.
  6. Cloning is expensive but fits a real and honest need for some people.

Melain Rodriguez and Lauren Aston of ViaGen

I still think it’s a bit weird, but I sure would love to meet a kitty clone. Now, is anyone else up for binge-watching Orphan Black?

 

 

 

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IT’S A DATE! CAT CALL LAUNCH SCHEDULED

 

 

When a friend suffers a bizarre accident on the set of a television pilot, Lynley takes over her job as cat handler, only to find out the show is “hexed” and murder is waiting in the wings.  Cat Call, coming in October.

 

It’s hard to believe while still deep in proofing Cat Call, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #4, that we have a launch date. Someday I will have finished the typo search, the fine-tuning, and the urge to edit into infinity, and there will be a real book. A published book. A book to celebrate with cat-face cupcakes and champagne (or if a you’re teetotaler like me, sparkling cherry cider)

I have the cover design, of which I’ve shown glimpses, with another beautiful cat painting by Leslie Cobb. I have the dedication: to my journalist father-in-law who passed away this year. I have my wonderful editor doing her best design work and watching my back for those pesky grammatical errors. I have two cats helping me proof. I should be all set.

I’ve chosen Thursday October 26 for Cat Call’s launch, to (almost) coincide with National Cat Day, which comes the following Sunday. What better time to celebrate a book whose hero is a dedicated cat shelter volunteer?

The event will be hosted by one of my favorite independent bookstores, Another Read Through. Elisa, owner of A.R.T.,  is a bookish angel to local independent authors like myself, accepting our work on its own merits without prejudice or inequality, and we love her for it. In fact, go buy a book right now and be sure to come to see Cat Call take off on its little kitty wings this October.

About NATIONAL CAT DAY

National Cat Day is observed each year on October 29th. National Cat Day was founded to help the public recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued.  The day also encourages cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship that they bestow upon them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pay particular attention to your cat today.  Adopt a new cat. Use #NationalCatDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation and was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, in 2005.   Since its inception, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats.

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, she knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats.

 

Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate  and are ignored by many rescue groups because they are so hard to place? We don’t know if it’s superstition or merely because black isn’t as exciting to most people as the colors. Luckily a lot of cat people love black cats and go the extra mile for them. ~Cat’s Paw, chapter 20

 

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in in Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, and Cat’s Paw.

      

 

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CAT POETRY

I’ve been trying my hand at cat poetry. I’ve written people poetry for as long as I can remember, but nothing about cats. Why not? Lately I’ve come upon a significant amount of cat poetry and it has caught my fancy. Here are 2 poems, one from a cat’s view and one about my new cat, Tyler.

 

                       Night Muse

In night

I wander,

purposeful

stealthy

sleek

black

cat.

In shadow

I follow

I lead

I wander.

My eyes glance up

to star-filled dark.

I wander.

Grass beneath my paws,

dust beneath my paws,

wood beneath my paws,

rug beneath my paws,

I wander

home.

 

New

 

Getting to know you.

Tabby fur,

dark-ticked paws,

graceful tail,

yellow eyes questioning, seeking.

Eyes that have seen eighty years in your world,

eighteen in mine.

 

So beautiful.

 

Are you a climber or a burrower?

Will you be bold or will you hide?

Are you curious or content?

Active or lethargic?

Scared or trusting?

 

The first time you jump in my lap of your own accord,

circle and settle and purr,

my heart takes flight.

 

           

 

 

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A MEMORIAL DAY MEMORY, WITH CATS

This Memorial Day, let’s remember not just those who have died for our country, but all who have served: living or dead; fighting or behind the scenes; human or… feline???

Since World War I and before, cats have been employed by the military in a number of capacities. Navy ships brought cats along on voyages to fend off rats and other unwanted vermin. Of special note was Simon, the HMS Amethyst’s ship’s cat. In 1949, he was awarded the Dickin Medal for “the disposal of many rats despite injury”.

Cats also served as much needed mascots. Tiddles, was the official Captain’s Cat on the HMS Victorious in the early 1940s and traveled over 30,000 miles during his naval service. Tiddles was a black cat and may be one of the reasons black cats are considered lucky in Great Britain.

Other military cat mascots were Spark Plug, Pincher, Yardbird, and Bilgewater.

Here is an especially remarkable story about a cat named Pitouchi and his person, Lt. Lekeux of the Belgian Army WWI. Pitouchi followed Lekeux wherever he went, then one day he saved Lekeux’s life.

“As Lekeux reached a spot near the German lines, he saw that they were digging a new trench. He hid himself in a shell hole nearby to make a sketch of the German works. He was so absorbed in his sketch that he did not notice approaching German soldiers on patrol. When he finally realized his situation, it was too late to run.

He decided to lie very still, hoping that the Germans would not see him, but unfortunately he heard one soldier say, “He’s in the hole,” so he knew he had been seen.

When Pitouchi heard the German say that, he jumped out of the hole onto a piece of timber. The Germans were startled and fired two shots at Pitouchi. However, as frightened as he was, Pitouchi was not hit, and he jumped back into the hole with his beloved Lekeux.

The Germans laughed and joked that they had mistaken a cat for a man and left. Lekeux finished his drawings and returned to the Belgian lines with Pitouchi on his shoulders.”

 

(from the book, Soldiers in Fur and Feathers by Susan Bulanda)

 

Hopefully someday we will no longer be adding names, human or other, to the list of those lost at war. Take care, enjoy this day, and remember.

     

 

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MIND-PIX FROM THE CAT WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 2017

 

I am a visual person. My memory is like a slide show rather than a spread sheet.  Now that I’m back from the Cat Writers’ Association conference/ BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach, my mind is spinning with images. From the animal attendees to the sponsors to the dinners and awards, from promotion to connection to saving the world, the conference was an inspiration to me in ways I haven’t even begun to plumb.

Among the exciting and praiseworthy assortment, a few special pictures stand out, not because they were the best or the greatest, but because they spoke to me on a personal level. Maybe they will speak to you too.

 

   

Slide 1: Sophie the cerebellar hyperplasia cat and star of the Kitty Cat Chronicles Blogsite. I immediately picked Sophie out of the crowd by her distinctive wobble. Having fostered a CH cat, I went to speak with her dad about her condition and what it meant for an adventure cat such as she. The conversation entailed me fast-stepping around the lobby as dad was propelled into every corner by a curious Sophie. She certainly doesn’t know she is disabled! Cats never do. They just go on with what they have. How much can we frail and whiney humans learn from cats?


Slide 2: A collage of faces, strangers who became friends. The appearances were remarkably divergent but they all had one thing in common: an almost spiritual glow of compassion, vision, and hope. Who doesn’t need a little of that in today’s world? It comes from the absolutely unshakable love for an animal, be it cat, dog, ferret, giraffe, or ??? It is a love and respect for all animals, all life. This care and concern is amplified by the sheer number of like-minded others, and its result is a determined pledge for a better world.


 Slide 3:  A close-up of a big silver disc with a cat on it, the Muse award for my blogposts, “Life Stages”. I was so honored to have won this award for my writing. I was not alone. There were many winners among both the CWA and BlogPaws. But though everyone loves to win, loves for their hard work to be publicly acknowledged, here, it’s the work itself that’s important. Whether news articles about animal rescue and relief, blogs on breakthroughs in health and behavior, or a good cat mystery book to curl up with by the fire and chill, our work speaks for us, defines us. In that, we are all winners, all doing our part.

Many more pictures come to mind: nice people, good dinners, a comfy hotel room (one of my guilty pleasures). There was an ahhhh feeling of safety within the group, as if we all had each other’s backs, and of course, the backs of the animals. There was also a sense of equality, where the famous and the not-so-famous, the animal champions and the people who can only volunteer once a month at a shelter, those from different places and economic backgrounds, politics and beliefs, were all welcome together, joined by a singular cause: love.

 

     

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Above Politics, reblogged from DAILY FELINE WISDOM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here, from Luna of DAILY FELINE WISDOM is the best catitude I’ve seen lately.

Source: Above Politics

 

 

 

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