Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

The smell of caramel apples, the sight of pumpkins, the taste of roasted sweet corn. May you have a wicked Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Gray Cat and the Green House at the Corner

An original short novel written and copyrighted 2012 by me (G.-Rudi Maicher) No text nor graphics may be duplicated in any form. The story is a mixture of fantasy and "cold reality." Surely you will find it to be entertaining. Enjoy reading it.

I watched, silently, as the gray cat prowled down the street. I followed it, hiding behind bushes and trees, as it turned the corner. I crept up to the corner, softly, pressing my back to the wall. Craning my head around the corner, I saw the cat cross the road quickly. I watched as it approached a house. It was a green house, with wooden panels. I slowly, crossed the road and crouched below the fence line. I waited for a few moments, and then quickly raised my head above the top of the fence, so I could see the cat. It was staring at a particular spot on the wall of the house. As I watched it, the cat pawed the wall carefully and waited. When nothing happened, the cat moved along to another section of the wall, and pawed it again. Suddenly, the cat was startled and turned around. It looked at me for a split second, before I quickly crouched back down. When I looked for the cat after a few seconds, it was gone. I looked around for it, along the side of the house, but could not see it.

How did it get away so fast? I thought to myself.

I turned around and walked back home, puzzled. I didn’t really know why I had started following the cat in the first place. When I first saw it, all those years ago. It just seemed to call to me, almost like I was being drawn to it, like paperclips being pulled towards a magnet. The cat didn’t really stand out, it was just a normal looking cat; gray, black stripes in the tabby style. It looked well-fed, not skinny like a common street cat. I was just walking to the shops when I first saw it. When I came back, it was still there, in almost exactly the same place, even though it was almost an hour later. I dropped my shopping off at home, and went back out, for a walk. I saw the cat again. I slowly walked up to it, trying not to startle it. When it saw me approaching, it ran away, leaping silently through the bushes. I went back home, and tried to forget about the cat, trying to push thoughts from my mind.

I saw the cat every day that week. Whenever I walked past, there it was. It might be on the street corner one day, on a nearby wall the next, but it was still there. Every time I tried to approach it, it ran away. I couldn’t explain what force kept drawing me back to the cat. I needed to find out what was going on with that cat. I needed to know more about it. So, one afternoon, I slowly stalked it, and watched it from across the street. It didn’t seem to notice me, and just continued, well, doing nothing. Then it ran towards the house again. I silently followed it. I saw it at the house again. This time, it didn’t notice me. It quietly slipped underneath the house, through a small hole in the paneling. I looked around the house, trying to find a way in.

“What are you doing?!” a gruff voice yelled at me, making me jump high in the air.

I looked towards where the voice had come from and saw an old man, standing on the back steps of the house. He was tall, unusually tall for someone of his age, and had long and thin, wiry arms. I noticed that his arms were particularly hairy, as if he had fur of some kind.

“Nothing, nothing,” I smattered anxiously, worried about what the man would do. He might call the cops on me.

“So you’re the one who’s been stealing my fish eh?” he accused me, pointing his finger.

“No, no, I haven’t stolen your fish,” I said, trying to convince him that I was innocent.

“I don’t believe you,” he said “I leave my fish at the door, whenever I go fishing and it disappears. Someone must be taking it, and I haven’t seen anyone around here except you!” he concluded, angrily.

“The cat,” I suggested “it might have been the cat.”

“What cat?” the man asked “I’ve never seen any cats around here.”

“It was around here, it went underneath the house,” I said “please you’ve got to believe me.”

The old man started to open his mouth, as if to say something, but closed it again suddenly. Then he spoke again “a cat, which went underneath the house?”

“Yes, yes, it definitely went underneath the house, we could look for it right now,” I told him.

“What did this cat look like?” he asked, ignoring my offer to look for it.

“It was a tabby cat, gray, with black stripes.” I informed him.

The old man seemed to stop for a second. He was thinking, wondering. I saw his mouth moving, as he muttered to himself. I could barely hear the words “could it be?”

The man looked at me and said “please, come inside, I’m sorry about yelling at you.”

“No-way am I coming inside,” I said, turning to walk away.

“I can tell you, about a cat.”

I stopped, interested by his offer. Was he talking about the cat that I kept seeing? I really wanted to know about that cat. Why was it here? Why did it keep coming to this house? I wanted these questions answered, but I didn’t know whether I could trust the man.

“What kind of cat?” I asked.

“A tabby cat. A gray one. With black stripes.”

I knew that he was talking about the cat that I had been seeing. I wanted to walk away, to just go home. But I couldn’t. I needed to know about the cat. I would never be able to rest, knowing that someone could tell me about it, and I had just walked away from that person. Cautiously, I climbed the steps and walked into the house. I followed the old man, into the living room. As I walked through the house, I noticed the pungent smell of fish. The living room was almost completely bare. Just a few chairs and a table. On the table was a single picture frame. Inside the frame, there was an old, black and white photo of a cat. I couldn’t tell what color it was, but it had black stripes.

“Is this the cat you’re talking about?” I asked the man, as he opened the curtains to let in some light. A sudden rush of dust up my nose told me that those curtains had not been opened in a while.

“Please, sit down,” the old man said to me, pointing towards an old, under-stuffed armchair.

I sat down. A cloud of dust leapt into the air as I did.

“I will tell you a story now,” the old man said “a story, about a boy. A story, about a cat.”

Continued tomorrow ....

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pawsitive

Put your hand on my paw.
I will never lket it go.

Put your trust in me.
I will never, ever leave you.

Put your heart in my heart.
I will forever give you love.

Put my paw in your hand.
I will always keep you from harm.

All I ask for is your love.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cat Note

We little feline volunteers worked our tails off for you to keep this page filled with posts ... and need a short rest now.

You're invited to visit us tomorrow for news, announcements and more.

All of you, have a GREAT sunday!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Get Ready for Spooking Time

Just in time for Halloween, I complete a short novel of a house, an old man and his cat ....

The story is a mixture of fantasy and "cold reality".

I think you will find it to be entertaining.

The story is suitable for all audiences.

It will be published shortly here my on blog.

I encourage you to visit this blog often to check my news, event schedules and special offerings.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

POOR LITTLE STRAY

Poor little beggar cat, hollow-eyed and gaunt,
Creeping down the alley way like a ghost of want,
Kicked and beat by thoughtless boys, bent on cruel play,
What a sorry life you lead, whether night or day!


Hunting after crusts and crumbs, gnawing meatless bones,
Trembling at a human step, fearing bricks and stones,
Shrinking at an outstretched hand, knowing only blows,
Wretched little beggar cat, born to suffer woes.


Stealing to an open door, craving food and meat,
Frightened off with angry cries and broomed into the street.
Tortured, teased and chased by dog through the lonely night,
Homeless little beggar cat, sorry is your plight.


Sleeping anywhere you can, in the rain or snow,
Waking in the cold, gray dawn, wondering where to go,
Dying in the street at last, starved to death at that,
Picked up by the scavenger--poor tramp cat!


Credit
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

From a postcard from the American Humane Education Society

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Little Introduction to a Cat Named Cheri

Darla from Belleheaven, VA wrote:

"Is there anything cuter, or more graceful and lovely than a cat? Cheri love this time of year. All those smells and sounds! She can actually hear the squirrels and dogs and kitties. So she will sit in the grounded leaves and enjoy it while she can."

Thank you, Darla, for sharing your picture of Cheri with us!

Note;
I have no claim over any images that I got to post and share. Please message me with a link if a post upsets you and I will gladly remove it.
THANK YOU AND HAVE A CAT FILLED DAY!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Are You Ready for It?

Fall is officially here, and it's a time for change! The leaves are starting to change colors.
Your cats and dogs will love chasing falling leaves and well, anything that moves. Followed by some existential soul searching and a cuddle.

Do you have any great photos of fall cats, kitten, or any animal?

Send pics you would like to share with me to edward(at)greencatart.com or use the 'comment' function of this blog plus check out my Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/GreenCatArt.

I would love to share your images and stories.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

So why DO cats purr?

To Err is Human,
to Purr, Divine


While cat lovers might readily assert that their cat’s purr is an obvious sign of affection, science has, in fact, shed some light on the evolutionary functionality of the cat’s purr.

The consensus seems to be that purring offers a selective advantage to cats, and that the vocalization serves a purpose under many different circumstances. Cats purr when they are under duress, stress, in pain, and frightened, as well as when they are comfortable or happy. Cats also purr when they are nursing. Researchers have studied the purr in many scenarios.

Interestingly, cats purr when inhaling as well as when exhaling, and the pattern of the purr is consistent. Also, the frequencies of sound produces have been found to induce healing and bone growth/density. Thus, it is very possible that cats are not only improving their own health and the health of their growing kittens with purring, but may also be benefiting their human friends as well!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Are You Willing to Share Cat Photos?

Hello everyone,

Smart, city-savvy and fun, GreenCatArt brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to pet lovers throughout the world.

We are looking for some hi-res photos of people who own one or more cats and live in urban areas. We are putting together a 3-5 minute music video of people having fun, playing with their cat(s) out in the backyard, rooftop garden, urban home or watching the city. The video will be later used on our web site (www.greencatart.com) and youtube. If you have some great shots of your cat(s) and are willing to share drop us a line at edward(at)greencatart.com or use the 'comment' function of this blog.

All participants will receive a copy of the video.

Photos of strays are also welcome!

Note:
Please do not ever put your pet in danger or discomfort merely to take a photo.

Privacy:
Your privacy will be respected. We keep any any personal information confidential and do not share anything with third parties.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Every Life Should Have Nine Cats

"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat."

Mark Twain

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Don’t We All Love Hugging!

Let's face it: We all need a good hug now and then. And, no wonder animals enjoy hugging just like we do!

I guess it’s something about the feeling that goes with it that makes our day happier and makes us feel fuzzy inside.

For the record many studies show that hugging is healthy and that all we need to be “happy”are 8 hugs per day.

Also people who hug each other and hold hands with a significant other are more relaxed and feel better.

So, people spread the love of hugging!

As hugs are:

An important expression of affection. And just by hugging someone you remind them how important they are to you and how much you care and support them.

You know, hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug and is all natural!

Also did you know that hugging:

- helps the body’s immune system - cures depression
- reduces stress
- induces sleep
- revitalize
And I guess the same goes for animals, too!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Cat Who Dropped from Heaven

A church pastor found a stray kitten that had climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down.

The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope between the tree and his car and drove a little way so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That's what he did, all the while checking his progress from the car. He figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But, as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boing!" and the kitten instantly sailed through the air---out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. Finally, he prayed, "Lord, I commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. "A few days ago she was begging for a cat again, so I finally said, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.' Then, I watched her go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."

Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Dogs's Purpose

Touching Story

A Dogs's Purpose
(from the viewpoint of a 6-year-old)

The following story have been told by a vet and I would like to share it with all of you.

Quote
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might leasrn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat at Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood was was going on.Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty of confusion.We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listeniung quietly, piped up. "I know why."

Startlerd, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heared a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learnb how to live a good live - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Grooming Your Cat

Grooming Your Cat

No cat wants to be dirty, and it’s up to you to ensure that your cat stays clean. Grooming is very important, as it helps your cat remain clean and healthy. Grooming starts with brushing, as brushing helps to keep the cats hair from becoming hairballs. Brushing will remove loose hair, and help prevent the risk of hairballs. A lot of cats have trouble dislodging hairballs. If the cat isn’t able to get a hairball out, it could result in a blockage of the intestines. Blockages are very serious, and can quickly become life threatening for your pet.

Cats that have long hair need to be brushed and combed on a daily basis, while cats with short hair need to be groomed on a weekly basis. When you brush your cat, you should always watch for lumps in the coat and skin irritations. You should start brushing along the cat’s back, going from his head to his tail. Do this a few times on one side, and then switch to the other. Each area should be brushed a few times in the direction of the way your cat’s hair is growing.

When you brush your cat, you should always avoid brushing his face and paws. If a cat doesn’t like to be brushed, you can still groom him using another tool. The grooming glove is an excellent alternative to the brush, as most cats don’t mind it at all. Starting out young is the key to grooming, as it will get your cat used to brushing and grooming. Some cats that have started grooming when they were kittens grow to love it, many of which often look forward to their grooming time.

When brushing your cat, make sure that you check his ears, eyes, teeth, and claws. His eyes should be bright and clear with nothing residing in the corners. His ears should be clean, pink in color, and no sign of ear mites. Ear mites result from dirt built up in a cat’s ears, and can result in the ears shriveling up and your cat losing his hearing. Ear mites are very annoying for the cat, and hard for you as an owner to get rid of. The best way to get rid of them – is to ensure that your cat’s ears stay clean and healthy.

Each time you groom your cat, you should always aim to go a bit further with your examinations. When your cat remains still, you should always praise him and give him a treat. If your cat doesn’t cooperate and starts to struggle, you shouldn’t fight with him, but instead let him go and try the next day. Once your cat gets used to grooming he will look forward to it each and every day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Taking Care Of Cats

Taking Care Of Cats

These days, cats are among the most popular pet you can own. There are several breeds available, with the most popular being Persian and Siamese. Cats are a domesticated animal, with origins dating back some 8,000 years and beyond. Like any other pet that you may own, including dogs, cats cost money to take care of properly.

When you get a cat, you’ll need to think about the costs. You’ll obviously need food, and you’ll also need to plan ahead for vet costs. You’ll also need litter, which can tend to get quite expensive as the years go by. Your cat will need a litter box, food dish, and water dish. You should also invest in some toys as well, such as a scratching post, cat toys, a pet carrier, and a bed. You should also look into getting an ID collar as well, just in case your cat ever gets lost.

Feeding your pet will depend a great deal on his age. Older cats require two small meals or one large meal for the day. Kittens on the other hand, require several feedings a day until they get around the age of 12 weeks. Cats that are between three and six months of age need to be fed three times a day. Canned food can be fed to cats, although any food that has been left out longer than 30 minutes need to be disposed of. Canned food can get expensive fast, and you should always keep in mind that some may need to be thrown away when you buy it. Cats loved canned food, although it doesn’t have any benefits to their dental health like dry food does.

As an alternative plan, you can always leave a supply of dry food out for your pet. When you give your cat dry food, you should always make sure that he has enough water. Dry food costs less than canned food, and it can also help to prevent the buildup of tartar on your cat’s teeth. When you buy dry food, you should always look in terms of health and benefits, and stay away from generic food. Even though generic food may be cheaper, it may not offer the nutrients your pet needs.

If you own a kitten, you should only give you kitten food designed for him. You’ll also need to clean and refill his water dish every day. Even though kittens and adult cats like cow’s milk, you should avoid giving it to them as it can cause diarrhea. Treats are fine on occasion, although too many of them can cause your pet to get fat. Feeding your kitten human food is good on occasion, although you may have to mix it in with his cat food.

By themselves, cats stay fairly clean. Although you don’t have to bathe them that often, you’ll need to give them a brushing at least once a day. Brushing will reduce the risk of hairballs and keep your cat’s coat nice and clean. If you are keeping your cat indoors, you’ll need to have a litter box in an area that is easy for your cat to access. You should always scoop it on a daily basis, and clean it out once a week. Cats don’t like to use dirty litter boxes, they prefer for it to be nice and clean.

Although cats do require some work, they are great pets that will provide you with years and years of companionship. As long as you take care of your cat and take him to the vet for his checkups, he should remain healthy. Even though cats can get sick from time to time – knowing how to care for him will make a world of difference.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dear God

Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm so tired of running and sick with despair.
My body is aching and filled with such pain;
And dear God I pray, as I run in the rain
That someone will love me and give me a home,
A warm cozy bed, and food of my own.
My last owner left me alone in the yard...
I watched as they moved, and God that was hard.
So I waited a while, then went on my way
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now, God, I'm so tired and hungry and cold;
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.
They've chased me with sticks and hit me with straps
While I run the streets just looking for scraps!
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
For I have become just a "Victim of Man!"
I'm wormy, dear God, and I'm ridden with fleas;
And all that I want is an Owner to please!
If you find one for me, God, I'll try to be good.
I won't scratch the carpet; I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, play with them, and try to obey.
I will be so grateful if they'll let me stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
'Cause I'm getting weak and I'm so all alone.
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
'Cause I'm so afraid, God, that I'm gonna die.
I've got so much love and devotion to give
That I should be given a new chance to Live!
So dear God, please hear me, please answer my prayer,
And send me somebody who will REALLY care.


Author unknown

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GreenCatArt.com

A little over a year ago a group of us (me and friends) decided to combine our love of art and our passion for animals and create a gallery project. We choose to provide Great Amazing Original Art devoted to the Cat including traditional, contemporary and abstract Art, Photography, Watercolors, Posters, Paintings and Drawings, Fine Art Prints, Sculptures, Art Pendant Jewelry and Antiques.

The project is now in the final stage. You want a first impression? Please visit

Green Cat Art

Check back often to be updated on the progress!