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Chatting Cats: Mewsy RaenaBelle

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. WoooooooWhee You should’a seen the winds we had yesfurday, they whipped us all over the road. Mine’s furs was blowin’ in the wind so much that by the time we got home, I’s looked like a scraggly stray. Mommy didn’t look much better. She had knots on top of knots in her head furs.

 

Dezi sits on cat tree looking at camera while Raena sits on small perch looking out the door

 

 

 

          Yeah Raena, ya’ll were quite a sight. Me was worried ‘bout ya’ll. The wind here was whippin’ things ‘round outside and me could hear all kinds of noises and bangs on the house and windows. Me was so happy to see ya’ll and fur us to be all together and safe. But what happened? Ya’ll came home without mommy’s new denture, yet again?. 

 

 Dezi sit on cat tree and Raena sits on small perch while looking out the door

 

 

 

Well sissy, you know mommy’s been tellin’ ‘em all along that the wax mold they’ve been givin’ her to try in didn’t fit and sure ‘nuff, when they made that denture based on the wax model it didn’t fit. Y, when mommy put it in, it just fell right back out. So, they’re havin’ to remake it yet again. Hopefully, it’ll be right next week. There was yet another new dentist there yesfurday. Mommy didn’t like him at all. ‘Course, it doesn’t really matter; the dentists don’t have anythin’ to do with the denture pawrt. That’s all on these untrained assistants. Anyways, our assistant, Patrick, told mommy all ‘bout this new smarty pants fone he got fur the cheap. Ya’ know, mommy’s been thinkin’ ‘bout movin’ us into this century and gettin’ us a smarty pants fone. 

 

          Well, did ya’ll get one Raena? 

 

Dezi sits on cat tree and Raena sits on small perch while looking out the door

 

 

 

Not yet, sissy. We did go by the place and check ‘em out. Seems they could give mommy one of those smarty pants fones fur furee and get us all set up fur the same price she pays fur our non smarty pants fone. And, the fureebie is even big enuff that mommy can see it. Y, she could even learn to text. All she’d have to do is talk to it and it could type all by itself.

 

          MeOW  That does sound like a purretty smart fone, Raena. Ya’ reckon it could unnerstand our meows and help us write our own blogs? Ya’ know, on the days when mommy feels bad? 

 

Dezi sits on cat tree and Raena sits on perch while looking out the door

 

 

 

I’s bet it could sissy. We tried it out in the store and mommy and the clerk got a big o’l laff when I’s meowed and it typed somethin’. Since I’s can’t read, I’s don’t know ifin it translated mine’s meow as good as mommy does tho’. Besides, I’s like writin’ our postys with mommy. The smarty pants fones are purretty cool, but I’s wouldn’t trade mommy in fur one. 

 

          Me either Raena. But, it would be nice to have one. Me hopes mommy decides to go back and get it. What else did ya’ll do yesfurday? 

 

Nuffin’, sissy, After meowin’ ‘bout smarty pants fones, we came straight home. We missed you. And hopefully, we can get some visits in today. I’s miss what’s goin’ on with all our furiends too. And, all the x’citement that’s goin’ on outside. All the birdies are out and I’s even saw a squirrel this meownin’. 

 

 Dezi sits on cat tree and Raena sits on small perch while looking out the front door

 

 

 

          C’mon Raena, let’s finish brekky and get to visitin’. 

 

I’s comin’ sissy. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee   

Chatting Cats: Breaking Mews And Updates

Raena: Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Storms, storms go away and don’t come back any day. 

 

 Dezi lays on tissue paper in front of fireplace

 

 

 

          Dezi: Uh Raena, me doesn’t think you’ve got that sayin’ right?. Not that it matters, just meowin’ somethin’ isn’t gonna make it happen. 

 

Raena lays atop the Liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Are you sure sissy? Mommy says the Bible says “ask and you shall receive.” (Mt. 7:7) 

 

          Oh Raena, (Dezi shakes her head) furst, you’re paraphrasin’ that scripture. But, more ‘purrtantly, that’s not what it means. And, since ya’ paraphrased it, you missed the most ‘purrtant pawrt, ‘bout askin’ in Jesus name. But really it means spiritual things and really ‘purrtant stuffs, like healin’ and things. While me might not care fur the storms any more than you do, they’re typical in the area we live. And, while it might mean we don’t get to go fur strolls, the ground and farmers who farm the land, really need the rain. Summer’s comin’ and you’ll be complainin’ ‘bout the heat in no time. Besides, you got to get out yesfurday with mommy and go to the dentist. 

 

 Raena sits pretty on the floor

 

 

 

I’s did sissy, but that wasn’t any fun. Mommy furgot to put a towel down in the new stroller and I’s got all wet. Fanky fankfully, she had some paper towels in the car so she was able to dry us both off. And as usual, the nasty peeps at Aspen Dental did mommy dirty again. It’s a real shame, cuz we had just met a new dental assistant that mommy really liked. He’s ex military and really nice. Mommy says she really ‘purreciated how nice and respectful he is.

 

 Dezi sleeps on brown tree in front of window

 

 

 

          Wish me could have met him. Did ya’ll make sure to fank him fur his service Raena? 

 

Of course we did, sissy. We never miss an oppurrtunity to fanky fank those who serve our Country and fight to keep us safe. I’s thought he might cry when he told mommy the office manager said they didn’t want mommy to come back and they weren’t gonna make her lower denture. He said they were tired of mommy wantin’ them to do things right and to make mommy’s denture look good and fit propurrly. 

 

 Dezi sleeps on the tissue paper

 

 

 

          So, after upsettin’ mommy and tellin’ her that she still owed $800.00 and makin’ her sign a new contract; due to their incompetence, they’re voidin’ their own contract? These peeps just don’t know when to stop. (Dezi shakes her head)

 

 Raena sleeps in Gen7 stroller

I’s just gonna have a short nap.

 

 

 

Yep sissy, I’s thinkin’ the same thing. ‘Specially since in all this time mommy hasn’t lost her tempurr not once. No screamin’, callin’ peeps names or cursin’. They have no idea how lucky they are to have never known mommy’s wrath. We’ve gotta go back next week to hopefully pick up mommy’s upper denture. We’re sure purrayin’ hard that it fits this time. And hopefully, mommy can find somewhere else to go to finish all this up. It sure has been an ordeal and quite furankly, we’re all tired of it. Anyways, let’s finish brekky and see ifin mommy will let us play with our hexbugs. Since they run off batteries and not ‘lectricity, mommy has no reason to keep ‘em from us. And hopefully these storms will pass soon and we can visit all our furiends. 

 

Till the next time…………………………………………Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee 

Service Cats What’s The Easiest Task To Train

Meowllo and welcome to another Miserable Monday. Dat means it’s time fur another educational Service Cats posty. It’s also Labor day here in da U.S., and we gotta tell ya’ we seriously thought ‘bout lettin’ mommy have da day off. You know, no laborin’ on labor day?. But we got some great questions from our last Service Cats posty, so we thought we’d give ya’ some answers. Let me say dat some of da training questions we’re bein’ asked apply or can/should apply to all cats, not just Service Cats. We are covering them under the Service Cats posts, because Service Cats must be well behaved in general. Training a Service Cat isn’t just training the specific duties they will perform, but also good behavior. As with all our educational posts the following will be written in human English. Ifin you’ve missed any of da posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ da links below.

Part 1: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/service-cat-what-to-look-for/  

Part 2: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/service-cat-training-foundation/  

Part 3: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/service-cats-how-to-train-kitty-to-massage-without-claws/  

Part 4: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/service-cats-smelling-disease/ 

Part 5: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/service-cats-do-you-need-one/ 

Part 6: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/service-cats-who-bears-the-cost/   

Part 7: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/service-cats-housing-laws-and-exceptions/  

Part 8: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/service-cats-accommodations-and-common-sense/  

Part 9: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/service-cats-what-happens-when-the-handler-dies/  

Part 10: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/service-cats-proper-training-methods/ 

Part 11: https://dezizworld.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/service-cats-proper-training-methods-part-2/ 

 

 

Dezi getting mommy loving and petting.

 

Now that you’re all caught up, let’s see what today’s question is. Awnty Jean, Shoko and Kali from the Canadian Cats asked, “How long does it take to train the average kitty to perform an “action” properly? And “Is there something they learn quicker than others, and why?” Well now those are great questions. Initially the first thing you want to train any cat/kitten is to know and respond to their name. We’re not trying to be “smart” with this answer. But before any training can commence, it’s important that kitty, doggy, whatever animal you’re dealing with knows their name and will respond to it. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Mommy doesn’t allow anyone to call us kitty kitty. The reason for that is because kitty is not our names and it’s very important that we respond to our names every time. As a result of this we do not respond to anyone who says “here kitty kitty”. And yes, any cat/kitten can be trained to respond when called by their name.

 Raena lays in mommys lap and starts to massage

Now, we know this isn’t the answer awnty Jean was truly wondering tho’. She wants to know about those specific tasks we’re trained for like calling 911, massaging mommy or driving her wheelchair. So, we’ll address that now. First, every kitty is different, even within the same breed. Knowing that, you can’t expect each kitty to learn at the same pace. For instance, me was 3 weeks old when me came to live with mommy and sis Lexi, and me started alerting mommy that she was going to pass out within a couple of days. Sis Lexi had always known mommy was going to pass out, but she never alerted to it until watching me do it for about a year. And then suddenly one day, sis Lexi started alerting mommy too. So you could say it took sis Lexi 11 years to learn that task and me, 2 days. But in all fairness, mommy had never thought about training that particular task so she never asked that of Lexi, nor trained her for it.

Lexi lays in mommy's lap and massages

Dat’z da spot mommy. How ’bout you, am I’z gettin

da right spot on your leg here?

Mommy says probably the easiest task to train a kitty to perform is massage. How long does it take to train a kitty to do this? Because it’s an instinctive behavior, it usually only takes a few training sessions before kitty performs perfectly. Remember, Raena was doing this her first night with mommy. It took me a couple of days to learn, and about 2 weeks to learn the specific areas me was to focus on. Now this brings us to another question and a few replies we’ve received. Let’s address the replies first. Several of you said that you had kitties that started out without their claws but eventually those claws came out and of course the massage is no longer enjoyable. Remember we told you that any massages should be performed in a place that was secure for kitty in the event they lost their sense of balance, etc.. The reason kitty loses balance or those claws come back out is because kitty has entered a state of “Euphoria”. That means kitty has entered a state of extreme pleasure and is no longer thinking; they are lost in the moment. A light tap on the paw will rouse kitty and cause the claws to retract again. You can also try speaking to kitty. If you choose to speak, do so in a quiet and calming voice. Mommy will say things like, “Claws in”, “That hurt a bit”, “Thank you”, “That’s enough”. Remember, Training is all about Repetition.

 

 

While we’re on the subject of massage, we need to address another question we got about this. We were asked how to train a kitty to massage in the first place. Meaning, they believe their kitty doesn’t know how to knead at all. Altho’ the possibility for this is exists, especially for bottle fed hand raised kittens, it’s not likely. Kitty is kneading, you just aren’t seeing it. Let’s explain this action and the reason for it. When a kitten is born, ideally they will have a mother cat to raise them. When kitty gets ready to eat, they will latch onto the mothers teat and begin to suckle. This action is then followed by gently kneading around that teat to make more milk come out. If you’ve ever milked a cow, you know that after pulling the teat and dispensing milk, you push up and into the udder of the cow before pulling it back down. This motion allows the teat to fill up with the maximum amount of milk to dispense. Even a kitty who has never fed from a teat will still knead instinctively just like purring. They just may not do it as much or in the open. 

Mommy petting Raena while she sits in her lapIs this right mommy?

So, you believe your kitty doesn’t know how to knead; can you train kitty to do so? The answer is Yes. Remember, this action is instinctual. You just need to get kitty to perform the action around you and for you. This is the point at which an outsider will think you’re crazy, because you’re going to have to get kitty to that Euphoric state before they knead. Think about the things that cause your kittys’ motor boat (purr) to rev up. Mommy used to be able to just look at sis Lexi even from across the room, and she would turn on her purr box so loudly that things around her shook. She would get so excited she would knead the air if she couldn’t get to mommy. I prefer for mommy to rub my chin and coo at me. Mommy will say things like, “I love you Dezi, You’re my sweet angel girl, You’re my beautiful blue eyed angel, Mommy loves her baby, Sweet Dezi,” or she’ll sing the made up songs she sings to me. Let me tell ya’, nothing gets me going faster than mommy singing sweet songs to me. So, once you’ve found kittys’ trigger, keep them going, they will eventually start kneading. Again, they’ve reached that Euphoric state and all actions they perform now are totally instinctual. It’s not uncommon for any kitty in this state to drool as well.

Another option to train kitty is to give them a blanket, bed, throw, etc. made of plush fabric or faux fur. Most kitties love the feel of these materials and automatically knead them. Me has torn up at least one blanket a year, a throw and 2 cat beds. Me can knead those with me’s claws much to mommy’s chagrin. But she allows it because me doesn’t use me’s claws on her.

Dezi kneads the cat bed

So to sum up our answer to today’s question, the easiest task to train a kitty is massage because it’s taking advantage of an instinctual action. Because it’s instinctual, kitty is eager to learn. Training kitty to massage (knead) a specific area can take as little as a few hours to a few months. It takes less time to train a kitten than an adult, but both can be trained.

Dezi and Raena sleep on the lLiberty cat tree

Well now, me’s gonna wrap it up and see ifin me can’t get mommy to take me fur a stroll later. Purrlease feel free to ask your training questions or any other questions you might have in da comment section, or you can email us via our contact page. And by da way, those emails are private. We’re da only ones dat can see them. We hope you all have a relaxing Labor Day. And by da way, mommy said da foto above was one of her favorites cuz Raena and me were sleeping peacefully together on da cat tree.

Do you (does your kitty) knead anything in particular besides your human? 

Do you (your kitty) have a favorite blanket or bed?

Have you had to replace anything because kitty kneaded it to death? 

Till da next time…………………………..Be Blest!!!

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

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