Kisses the Persian Cat: I know a secret. Do I spill?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I live with a dog named Terrance. We have always had a good friendship until a week ago. He showed our humans how I like to run and cling onto the screen door with my paws. I usually hang on the screen with my claws dug in for a while. It is fun. Apparently, this ruins the door. How was I supposed to know? The humans got angry at me and now make sure the screen door is off-limits. My spirits have been down.

The other day when I was making myself comfortable on the couch I noticed something under the cushion. There were 4 dinner rolls that Terrence stole. I watch him just before dinner time and he is fast. His face is in and out of that bread basket before I can say meow. He really likes bread. Our mommy is always upset when the bread goes missing before dinner is on the table. She suspects it is Terrence but thinks it could be a hungry little human. Horror of horrors she might think it is me.

I have dirt on Terrence. Maybe if I show the humans what he has done I will get my screen back? Should I spill this secret information?

-Kisses the Persian Cat

Howl Kisses,

I’m sorry you lost your screen and that Terrence told on you. You do have knowledge that might level things if you share it but spilling secrets can be tricky. Things don’t always play out the way you think they will.

Often, while no one was looking, DiDi used to relax on our human mommy’s favorite and flawlessly upholstered couch. I always knew this but one day when I was angry I decided put an end to DiDi’s leisure. I lured my mommy into the sitting room just in time to see DiDi in the act. She was furious at DiDi! I thought my mission was accomplished.

Except the next day, mommy took all the cushions on every couch and chair in the house and turned them on their sides so no one could lay on the furniture. That meant my favorite cushy chair in the corner was no longer available for lounging. I hurt both DiDi and myself.

You are upset but remember that you love Terrence. I recommend telling him how you feel instead of getting him in trouble with the humans. This will make you feel better and if Terrence is a good canine he will feel sorry he told on you.

You are a team. Secrets can lead you to a dark place.

If Terrence doesn’t show remorse after your talk then sit in his kibble bowl at dinner time and he’ll get the idea.

Woof,

Bella

Keiko the Human: Should I get a dog?

Dear Paws to Talk,

As a human, one of my oldest dreams was to adopt a Brussels Griffon dog. I am getting older and I am single and work a lot. On top of working, I volunteer and dance as a hobby.

I have two adorable felines who have been rescued from the streets. Even though I love them to death, I have been thinking more and more about having a little dog to sleep and snuggle with.

Sometimes I think I am being selfish by wanting another animal. Am I being selfish? I feel like I have tons of love to give my dog, perhaps not millions in the bank or extended periods of time (because I will have to go grocery shopping and run errands). Will a puppy get used and still be happy with a single parent and two cats? Please, help!

-Keiko

Howl Keiko,

Thank you for writing to us. The questions you have posed are some of the toughest for humans to decide upon. Adding another animal to your family is a big deal so we are happy you are taking the time to think about it.

No offense to our feline friends but us canines require more loving, exercise and conversation than they do. We also take care of our business outside and not in a plastic box in the house.

Whether you are a single pet mom or not, a puppy will demand a lot more time and attention than you may be used to giving your kitties. Even though both of us were lovely to cuddle with as puppies (we still are), we were always getting into things around the house, craving special chew toys and slow to learn that the carpet is not the bathroom.

Don’t be discouraged by how much work it is to have one of us in your family. If you really want a sweet face and furry body to cuddle with then maybe you can rearrange your life so it is possible.

Right now, it seems to us like you are too busy to have a puppy. You are not selfish to want a dog. After all, we are fabulous! It would be selfish to get a dog and not take proper care of it.

As our mommy says, “They are a lot of work but the joy they bring is even greater.” We’re going to spend today resting on her bed so she remembers just how joyful we are.

Woof!

Bella and DiDi

Bella
DiDi
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Simba the Siberian Cat: How do you know if you’re talented?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Recently, I was watching the big bright thing with my humans and there was a cat on a talent show playing the piano. Then during this same show another cat demonstrated how she could contort herself into a little ball. I thought these cats must be really gifted to be on this show.

It made me reflect on my special abilities. My humans have always said I have the most beautiful purr. Also, I am great at climbing trees. I can pick the highest one in my yard and climb all the way to the top. However, I am not on the big bright thing or on a world tour giving out tons of my paw prints. How do I know if I am talented?

-Simba the Siberian Cat

Howl Simba,

Just because you aren’t on the big bright thing doesn’t mean you lack talent. Cats, dogs and humans all have various talents. This makes our world an interesting place. I would say I am a very talented hole-digger and kitchen taste-tester. However, my talents are not diminished because I don’t have a show on the big bright thing showing me working on a construction site or in a kitchen giving opinions on recipes. I believe in my talent.

When you know what your talent is, the worst thing you can do is waste it. If you have a beautiful purr then purr more. Maybe your humans can help you record album?

If you are great at climbing the highest tree in your yard then climb everyday. Use those powerful paws. I bet there is a taller tree nearby that you can conquer.

Use your talents and enjoy them for yourself. However, you never know when some television producer might want to showcase a signing cat that can climb tall trees.

Woof,

DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bubba the little human: Why don’t cats love me as much as dogs do?

                  Bubba trying to love a cat. Courtesy of bumpyroadtobubba.com

Dear Paws to Talk,

Why don’t cats like Bubba girl loves as much as dogs do? I am a little girl with a lot of loves to give and it makes me so sad when my cat friends run away from me. My Mumma wrote about this recently because I was so upset.

Our dogs, Bella and Beary and all of our other puppy friends are so happy to stay around for my loves. Mumma says my loves are the best kind of loves. So what’s with the cats?

Special Bubba loves for you both,

Bubba

xox

Howl Bubba,

To begin with, you are an adorable little human. If you were in our yard we would spoil you with kisses and Poodle hugs. That sweet face of yours might even convince us to give you some of our special treats. Maybe.

Scientists, philosophers, and great thinkers have tried to figure out on the whole why cats don’t seem to give out love as freely as dogs do. So far there don’t seem to be any solid answers.

But don’t let that get you down. We have some cat friends who are very affectionate and we also know some dogs who would rather be left alone. No matter what kind of animal you are, there is a chance to be loving or distant. We choose loving because more happiness and treats are involved this way.

Maybe your cats were teased by their litter mates and don’t know how accept love?  Perhaps, they only like being near other cats because that makes them comfortable? Our world is filled with all kinds of species who act a certain way because of their own life experiences.

Of course, their behavior has nothing to do with you. If a cat doesn’t want to cuddle with you, that is their problem. They are missing out!

We suggest you keep trying to give them your loves. You are a sweet girl and should not change your way because of others.

We hope one day these cats can appreciate the precious little lady in front of them trying to brighten their day.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheila the Cat: I’m dating online but not connecting with anyone I like. Should I continue?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have been a single feline for quite a while so at the urging of my friends I joined an online dating site.

It has been fun to look at the gorgeous and interesting males on the site. I have written to many but the ones I like never write back.

Instead, I seem to get messages in my mailbox from men that I am not attracted to. I don’t want to sound superficial but I like a guy that is not losing his fur, doesn’t crack jokes about his time in the litter box and wants to accomplish goals in life. Why is that too much to ask for?

I am not sure how to meet my mate at this point. I know many animals and humans who have met their mates online. Should I continue the online dating?

-Sheila the Cat

Howl Sheila,

We’re glad you wrote to us. Even though our kind is supposed to disagree with your kind, we find ourselves relating to your question as we are two single ladies too.

It is one of the great mysteries of our time as to why it can be so difficult to find the right mate. We are determined to get to the bottom of this, even if we have to dig night and day in our yard to find the buried answer.

It is terrific that you are putting yourself out there. If you stay hiding behind the sofa or in your carpeted cat tower then no mate will ever find you.

We think you should stick with the online dating. It seems to be an effective tool even though it may not work wonders right away.

In addition to that, do some other things to help find your mate. If there is an activity you enjoy or cause your believe in (Perhaps, a litter box etiquette group?) then join the groups that participate in these things.This way you can meet some males who share your values.

Also, when you are looking out the window or out with your humans, keep your eyes wide. You never know when the right guy will appear.

Do they have magical powers? We have heard so many stories of men appearing at the right time in a woman’s life.

What can we say? It can be hard being a single woman these days. However, don’t lose hope. Also, don’t settle for a feline that doesn’t make your heart flutter.

We’ll keep digging for a solution. If all else fails let’s get together and have a single ladies’ night on the town.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henderson the Cat: How do I resist an urge?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I’m not the only animal in my family. The humans keep a bird named Billy in a cage in the living room. They don’t take Billy out of the cage much but just open the door once a day to feed him.

For me this is torture, I look at Billy’s feathers and can feel the drool collecting in my mouth. He looks tasty. I have nothing against Billy but my natural urge to capture him won’t go away.

Should I resist the urge to sink my teeth into Billy as if we were in the wild? If so, how do I do that?

-Henderson the Cat

Howl Henderson,

We have never had a hankering for bird. Maybe it’s an acquired taste? Kind of like caviar or squirrel leg (this is especially good when you get a taste as the squirrel is dashing out of your yard).

It seems to us that Billy is an innocent guy who can’t help that he lives in a cage and has gorgeous feathers. We think you should remove Billy from your buffet options even though you have a strong urge to do the opposite.

Start to think of Billy as your brother. Would you want to eat your brother? We hope not.

Urges are very natural but it’s not always a good idea to indulge in each one. Say you get a hold of Billy and have a delicious meal. The enjoyment will be short-lived as your humans will be distraught about Billy’s demise and punish you in some way.

Do they make bird-flavored toys for cats? If so, then find a way to get one. Also, maybe you could play with one of those feathery cat toys we see in the pet store? Hopefully, these things will help.

It is normal to want to satisfy an urge. Just don’t get caught with a mouthful of feathers.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marisa the Cat: The love of my life is a dog. Is this really taboo?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have a confession. I am head-over-paws in love with a canine. His name is Preston and he is dreamy.

When I am with Preston, I feel like a true lady. He is always telling me how beautiful my fur is while he cuddles close to me. If I have a bad day he is there to listen.

It brings me such a sense of happiness to be there for Preston too. I tell him all the time how cute his toned legs are.

Recently, Preston and I discussed spending the rest of our lives together. I had to fight back purrs because I was so thrilled.

However, my feline friends and family don’t know about Preston. They can be judgmental when it comes to canines. This is mainly because they haven’t spent much time around them.

Is it really taboo to love a different species? Should I tell my family?

-Marisa the Cat

Howl Marisa,

Congratulations on finding love! You have tapped into something that is more valuable than a truckload of treats (we may want to retract that statement later). Does Preston have any brothers who are interested in Standard Poodles with gorgeous long legs?

We digress. It is our belief that love can happen between anyone. You can’t help who you fall in love with. Just as long as Preston isn’t betrothed to someone else or have a litter of pups on the side he is failing to tell you about, we think you have nothing to be ashamed of.

Before we get into this family stuff, we ask that you make sure that you aren’t having any doubts about spending your life with Preston. Take some time to ponder this question. It is okay if concerns pop into your mind. You can speak to Preston about them.

Once you have been through this process, tell your family. If they hiss in disapproval that is their problem. Just remember the bond that you and Preston share. That is the most important thing.

Family members can be stubborn but once they see the love between you two they will likely come around.

We wish you both a lifetime of joy.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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