Today I want to talk about whiskers. Cat’s have whiskers that grow as wide as their bodies so I am guessing fat cats have the longest whiskers. When I was a kid I had a cat that was quite fluffy and he had very long whiskers too. This makes me wonder if cats who plump up during the winter and slim down during the summer grow new whiskers each season to adjust to their size. That’s pretty amazing if you think about it.
Did you know that whiskers have a direct connection to a cat’s sensory nerves? Whiskers help cats “see” in the dark. Their whiskers give them all sorts of information about their surroundings. Never trim your cat’s whiskers. Doing that can be quite debilitating for them.
A cat’s whiskers help them chase prey, decide if they can fit into tight spaces, and can help them determine how far to jump from one place to another. Surprisingly, whiskers can also tell you something about your cat’s mood. Whiskers that are flat against a cat’s face and point backwards indicate fear. A hunting cat will often have whiskers pointing forward. Cats can be very mysterious, but luckily we do know a few things about them!
While painting kittens I thought about how, by design, they have attributes that make them even more lovable than cats. I mean, at least 75% of kitten DNA consists of love potion 99. They have fluffy fur, big eyes, and sweet facial expressions. They instinctively know how to win over hearts and influence people.
Kittens have these qualities to trick you. After running amuck, as mischievous little devils do, they will then look up at you with adoring eyes, melt your heart, and make you forget that they just shredded your favorite curtains from top to bottom. Unrolled toilet paper may cover your bathroom. Your head may be attacked in the middle of the night along with your toes. You may even find that some of your jewelry has gone missing. As you likely already know, kittens have a streak of naughty, but we love them anyway. How could we resist the cutest baby animals known to man?
You don’t think kittens hold the title of cutest baby animals known to man? Well, let me present to you: Exhibit A.
Have you ever laid your eyes on anything cuter than these two fur babies? If you say yes I won’t believe you. The word adorable does not do these kittens justice. This level of adorableness belongs in another universe. This kind of adorable is so powerful it probably breaks the space-time continuum. OK, so I have no idea what I am talking about here, but let’s all agree that these kittens explode the word adorable. Science doesn’t have any way to explain this level of adorable. It breaks down barriers. It burns thesauruses. It meows to the 10nth degree of something.
In addition to cuteness, kittens possess some other remarkable traits as well. Kittens sleep about 18 hours per day. As a mom with a 7 month old baby, who can’t even sleep through the night, I’m a bit envious of the sleeping abilities of kittens. As a kitten, my cat would sleep most of those 18 hours during the day so she could stay up all night playing. These sleep patterns resembled those of a newborn baby! I don’t miss being stalked or having my hair attacked while I sat on the couch watching TV, that’s for sure, but I do miss all of the cuddly kitten purring that used to go on. Purring kittens can make even the staunchest dog lover join team cat. That is the super power of kittens.
In conclusion, I should probably stop now before I find myself at the local humane society adopting all of the kittens I can get my hands on. The last time I painted dogs I came home with a Chihuahua. My husband will ban me from painting baby animals for life if I keep bringing home strays.
Anyway, I only have 6 days left to fill so if you want me to paint your cat let me know soon before all of the spaces are filled!
September is cat month! I will paint cats daily. The word “meowtastic” probably describes September most accurately. Or perhaps “furrmazing” if you like inventing new words. Anyway, I hope to hear some purring while I paint. Let’s get this party started!
First of all, let’s talk about cats who stare. I mean stare directly into your soul and communicate through telepathy. All cat lovers know at least one of these seemingly terrestrial beings. These cats have an intense nature. If reincarnation does exist, cats may be the beasts who invented it. They certainly exercise some very human-like traits. They give you disapproving looks and complain, with their eyes, when they want to tame you into cooperating with them. According to Egyptian mythology the goddess Bastet has the ability to transform into a cat. Most cats I know definitely expect to be treated like a goddess so this make perfect sense to me. Especially the cats who stare!
For example, Cleo has all of the characteristics of a goddess trapped in a cat’s body. She likely has a Ph. D. in hypnotism too. When I look at a picture of her I can’t help but stare into her eyes. I’m positive she always gets exactly what she wants. Who could say no to that intense stare? She’s got us all wrapped around her little dew claw. She means business too. You better not misbehave!
So, tell me, does your cat get you to do her (or his) bidding by staring? Tell me a story about your cat in the comments. We should make this cat month as entertaining as possible! I’d appreciate some funny cat stories.
I still have a few days open if you want me to paint your cat this month. Space is limited so please contact me on Facebook or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll give you the details. You can purchase your cat’s 5×7 portrait for $12 (including shipping).