Image by Aoife McCannDo you ever look at your human’s face and marvel at what you see?  I mean, when you think about it, us cats look pretty much the same.  Oh, yes, we’ve got different shaped faces and eyes, and obviously certain breeds have a particular look about them.  But for the main part, look at us and we all look very similar.  Dogs, on the other paw, are amazing the way they have evolved.  There are so many different breeds of dog and not many of them look the same or even similar.  But humans are such a diverse species that you never know what you’re going to get when you decide to go and live with one of them.

Mum is pretty ‘normal’ looking for a human.  She’s not very tall; she is quite round; and usually her face is a kind of pinkish colour and she has green eyes.   Just lately though, her pinkness has been replaced by a yellowish tinge and her eyes, well, the whites at least, have been yellowy as well.

She’s been to the hospital and had to stay in overnight because the yellowness made her very sick.  And now she’s waiting for something called an ‘operation’.  Gibbs and I don’t know what is going on and we certainly don’t know what an ‘operation’ is but we’ve been doing our best to look after her.

This yellowness has made her very tired.  When she gets up in the morning, she always gives Gibbs and me our breakfast first before she even thinks about getting her own.  Then she replaces our water bowls with clean bowls and fresh filtered water.  Next, she’ll feed Clive, next door’s cat, and if necessary, she’ll go and replenish the fat balls in the bird feeders so the birds that visit our garden – and that squirrel – don’t go hungry.  THEN she’ll think about her breakfast.

Image by Aoife McCannOnce she’s eaten it, usually while watching the news on breakfast television, she lies down again on the sofa and goes to sleep.  I am usually with her at breakfast time, so I lie down with her to make sure she’s alright.  Sometimes, in the afternoon, she’ll have another sleep!  Of course, I am with her then, as well, so I snuggle into her and my purring makes her feel better.

So, you see, being yellow makes her very tired.  

Next time you sit on your human’s lap, have a good look at their face.  If it’s a yellowish colour, be prepared to do lots of naps with your human.  This is part of our job description when we’re sent to live with them.  Our purring vibrates through their bodies which energises them.  We haven’t quite been able to make Mum less yellow, but we’re working on it.

Happy New Year everyone.  Look after your human well.

Till the next time,

Casey xxx

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A Cats Purr

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A purring cat is a form of high praise, like a gold star on a test paper. It is reinforcement of something we would all like to believe about ourselves - that we are nice."

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