Welcome to our first post of 2012! It’s a new year and we capped off 2011 with over 50,000 views! We’re happy to create even better content in the coming year, but I’ll let my cats share their secret to happiness: They know how to relax. Yes, the days are getting longer. Here comes the sun. This will bring a sunny start to the week. Here Come the Sun by The Beatles
Yesterday on new year’s day our cat daddy and I enjoyed coffee on the sunny porch joked about the almost Florida-like weather. Domino, who successfully made the transition to house cat, soaked up the outdoor sun for the first time in weeks. At first we wondered whether would he resort to his old feral ways. He checked all his favorite sunning spots and demonstrated the old adage: make hay while the sun shines, since we’ll be in a deep freeze by Wednesday. He needed extra coaxing to come in that night but hunger always over-rides his fear. I suspect when the temperature dips below freezing, he’ll snuggling under the covers. Indoors. Happy.
With his wild wandering days over and sleeping beside his daddy most nights, I doubt Domino will revert back to his feral lifestyle and will enjoy the best of both worlds. Seeing him outdoors again, playing and blissfully soaking up nature, confirmed why all our cats are indoor/outdoor. We’re lucky to have a relatively safe and supervised environment and while not 100% risk-free (no environment is 100% safe), it’s a risk we’re willing to take. Domino wasted no time relishing the sun-warmed straw, tree roots and a favorite birch log all within a hop and jump from the front door.
And Odin burned off his usual excess energy tearing across lawns, through bushes, up and down trees, pouncing on anyone and everyone but always returning for comforting pats and rewards of praise from me or his daddy. I’ve never used clicker training and at this point rarely need to use treats as a motivation or reward. All cats can be trained but not every cat excels at it like Odin. It comes down to knowing your cat and respecting their limits. Gris Gris is polar opposite to Odin in temperament and we have a different agreement. He doesn’t wander, climb trees or play with cats he doesn’t know. The only thing they all agree on is their love of sunbathing.