Friday, August 23, 2013

Saying "Hello"

Jeepers Jamie, she's cute when she sleeps. Gets me every-time.
But, don't tell her I said that. I'll never live it down.

THIS is the proper way to introduce yourself to a cat. In my business I have to enter an empty home and try to bond quickly with the unsuspecting stay-at-home feline. Many do not need any thought to the introduction. They are just happy for company. Some do need me to take my time and let them meet me first in the proper fashion. Before the owners leave I always set up an introduction time to meet the owners and the cat. The cat, if shy, might be brave because the owner is standing near but it can be a different story once I actually start caring for the cat. I find this one step of introducing myself again very slowly and speaking with a calm, quiet voice helps the skittish feline.

Once the cat has had a chance to take in your scent and hear your soft voice, they can relax and begin to enjoy their new company.
Cats are the most patient animals (ever watch one stalk their prey?)so we should return the respect and take that extra bit of time to make them feel safe.

Can it really be the end of the week? Where did this month go?
Well, I am pretty much finished the Autumn rush on cat-care. Just in time, I might add, as my home needs attention, MY cats need attention and it's time to get ready for a new addition to arrive soon. My daughter, Jess, is due to have her first child in 2 weeks and I want to start cooking and baking for their freezer. That is one thing I can do that I know will be appreciated very much. I need to do something to calm the old nerves, anyway.

Have a great weekend. I'm putting together a post of all my kitty-clients this week 'cause they are all spectacular.

hugs,  (anxious and nervous) Deb


  1. It'll be a busy time with the new grandchild!

    And yes, she's an utterly cute sleeper!

  2. I bet you are anxious and nervous ... enough for both you and Jess. Audrey is a beauty ... even when asleep! Summer has gone quickly -- although, I will still have another 2 months of hot weather. Maybe that's why I like Halloween so much -- it "cools" down to the low 80s!

  3. Awww little sleepy Audrey is adorable. Love how the young ones seem to sink into a deep exhausted sleep.

    A new grandbaby - how exciting.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  4. My cats always take off when someone they do not know enters the house, even if I am there with them and anxious to introduce them to my guests.

  5. Hi Deb! Oh, I wish the best for your daughter and little grandbaby to be ~ safe delivery and healthy baby! Now your little clients are so cute! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  6. Bet you can't wait for the new arrival.

  7. You're so right, knowing how to introduce yourself properly to cats and dogs is really important isn't it.

    Good luck to the mum to be ... I bet you can't wait to meet your grandchild :)

  8. As usual your tips are so wise! Yesterday I met a sweet oldie white cat who was peacefully resting when I arrived.I came close to her and as I knew her name I softly said:" Hello Emi" but she didn´t move (later I learnt she was deaf) so very very slowly I put my hand near her as you recommend and after a moment gently started touching her little face. When her owner got into the room she smiled at me and said: " Many people immediately touch her hind legs or back when they met Emiliana for the first time and she hates that!! you know how to deal with cats.
    Jess looks lovely and I think all the family is anxiously waiting for the great moment to arrive!

  9. Wow, she's huge now!! Hope all goes well with the birth! :)