What’s really going on in that furry head of theirs?
I think I’ve got a bit of a reputation for being a cat lady. Not a birthday or a Christmas goes by without an array of cat-themed gifts and cards, and most of my Facebook notifications are from people tagging me in cat videos (not that I’m complaining). People seem to be quite surprised when I tell them I love dogs, for some reason.
I’ve had cats my entire life, and I can’t imagine my life without them now. Despite 22 years of cat ownership, there’s one thing that still eludes me to this very day – what are they thinking? I like to think that I know my cats quite well, but you still never really know what’s running through their minds as they gallop around the house at 4am.
Last week marked an entire year since the night we first brought the gruesome twosome – Bonnie and Clyde – home from the shelter. When the photos popped up on my Facebook memories I couldn’t quite believe how small they were at around six months old, but I was mostly shocked that a whole year had passed in the blink of an eye. Whilst it feels like no time at all since we adopted them, it also feels like they’ve been part of the family forever.
Before Bonnie and Clyde, we had Ginger. Ginger was an old boy, we rescued him when he was around six to eight years old, and he lived a long and happy life. He was lazy, loved cuddles and slept for the majority of the day, so bringing two lively kittens into our house was a bit of a shock to the system. They settled in within a matter of hours and have ruled the roost ever since, but still, I find myself wondering what they’re thinking and if they’re really happy living here.
That’s why, when I was first introduced to Whiskas Kat Institute of Technology (or K.I.T) I was instantly drawn to the concept of cat happiness and their video on the subject. I thought I knew a lot about cats and their body language, but even I managed to learn some new things about decoding their actions in their video, so let’s take a look. Any excuse for a blog post full of cat photos, right?
The Pursuit of (Feline) Happiness
Based on what Whiskas have to say about signs of a happy cat, though, I think the feeling is pretty mutual. The gruesome twosome are chatty wee creatures, Bonnie, in particular, loves a natter, with cute little high pitched mews that suggest they’re content cats. They start purring as soon as they spot you, but my favourite sound has to be that little “prrrrp” they make when they’re sleepy and you give them a cuddle. If you have a cat, you’ll know exactly the sound I mean.
90% of the time you’ll find Bonnie curled up on her radiator bed, but each night she crawls into bed with me for a cuddle, whilst her brother likes to alternate between my mum and dad, and my brother. When they’re not snoozing, you’ll find them running about outside, batting their toys about the house or chasing the cable ties they’re absolutely besotted with. We have no idea where they keep finding these cable ties, but I now know to check my shoes for them before I pull them on in the morning.
Appetite is supposedly one of the best indicators of how content your kitties are and based on that alone I’d say we have two very happy cats. They’ve got us well trained to deliver their treats and their food whenever they deem appropriate, to the point that we’ve had to create a chart to make sure they’re not tricking us into overfeeding them. Bonnie and Clyde certainly run our house, and have us at their beck and call no matter what time it may be.
Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s nothing that makes me happier than the comfort of a cosy, purring cat on my lap. I think that we’re giving these two a very happy life – who wouldn’t love to sleep by a warm radiator all day and be fed on demand? In one short year, we’ve already made plenty of memories with the two furry members of the family, and I can’t wait to see what other antics this daft pair get up to as they grow older… and hopefully wiser.