Who Believes the Experts?

Happy Saturday or rather, as we say at the Joanie household, CATurday 😀

Wassup? Sure I love ya Mom....got nip?

Wassup? Sure I love ya Mom….got nip?

Yep, this is ANOTHER cat blog.

I’m not going to expound on the talent, personality and beauty of my two baby cats. (Not until the third paragraph anyway) but just asking our BB’s their opinion.

I’m addicted to watching animal shows. Cats, dogs, the occasional black-footed ferret. I love the silly antics, the unusual situations they find themselves in. I blame the HUMANS in every episode of My Cat from Hell. But I think I’ve learned a lot and have come to appreciate the doggy yings to my kitty yangs.

But NBC had a show on last night meant to “enlighten” us pet owners. Those aren’t REAL doggy kisses…they just want to taste what you had for lunch. That’s not guilt or happiness when then lower their heads or wag their tails it’s just…some type of mundane inborn behavior.

I say poppycock!

What did you say Mom?

What did you say Mom?

My baby cats DO care about me, they love me and comfort me and yes…they obey my commands. Um, on the fortieth command but they do listen to me. (Excuse me…GRAYSON!!! GET OFF OF THE BOOKCASE!)

Ahem. Where was I? Oh, yes. So I say the experts are just grumpy people who don’t “get” their pets.

What about you? Does your pet show affection? Can they do tricks? What’s an annoying habit (GRAYSON) or “thing” they do that drives you nuts? What about those “shaming” pics (I HATE those…poor pups and kitties)? Like them or not?



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  • Amy Conley says:


  • Jane says:

    Hello Joanie,
    We don’t have any pets right now and the only ones I’ve ever had are fish. I’ve heard people shaming this pets, but haven’t seen any videos or pets.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Hi Jane,

      I used to have an aquarium. I even had ONE successful breeding…a tiny little swordtail that survived among the fake rocks and grass to fishy adulthood. I named him Oops. He loved me 😀

  • Helen says:


    I am positive that pets show affection in many ways our dog Casper is always leaning on me (and he is a big boy) but leans on me he does and rubs is head on my leg as fir tricks he can shake hands and sit most times when he is told to but he also has a habbit of trying to grab things out of the washing basket while I am hanging the washing out and then he runs hoping I will chase after him and play 🙂 but I am usually doing this very early in the morning and of course I have to get ready for work so I have to ignore him and pounce when I can get the sock or small aticle of clothing off him and hopefully there are no holes in it LOL

    I don’t normally look at all the cat videos that are around but there are a couple that have made me smile 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Joan Kayse says:

      LOL Helen. Firstly…I MISS hanging clothes out to dry. Sigh.

      Second, one of the shows I watch Too Cute had a little husky pup that hoarded socks. And another show Must Love Cats reported on a klepto kitty. Literally this cat went around the neighborhood at night stealing anything that wasn’t tied down. Had an affinity for bras??

  • Amy Conley says:

    OMG LMAO!! We have 2 cats now, our oldest just passed away a few weeks ago. But the kitten (Skittles), or should I say Gand #2’s kitten. He pulled a fast one on us and his kitten stays with us.
    Last night she went to the bathroom, her favorite place and decided she needed toilet paper. I buy the MEGA rolls and found more than half on my bathroom floor.
    But she has her good points to. When you ask her to give you kisses she will rub noses with you.
    Son #2 has a dog who barks oour “I love you” and believe me, you can hear her ‘saying’ it.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      I’ve heard the kitties have an affinity for toilet paper. I keep my doors closed on that one.

      I LOVE the name Skittles! I’ll try “different” names on Grayson now and again. The latest was Tater Tot but..Monkey Cat just suits him.

      I believe those animals who can talk do talk. To the untrained ear, Cricket might sound like she’s saying Meow but she really is saying “You’re the best Mommy ever, I love you to the stars and back, bump my nose, rub my ears”

      Um, or it could be the “nip” talking 😀

  • Deanna says:

    When I got myself two maltese crosses many years ago, the first thing many people would say to me is that I had to hide my shoes and all the electric cords. I didn’t. My puppies were well trained and they never chewed anything that was not their toys … okay not entirely true, one of them became fascinated with the wooden buttons on our pillow cases and quilt covers and chewed up a few of those, but not many. In general though, all the things that I was warned about that would be problems with the puppies never came to pass, for which I am extremely grateful. Unfortunately, we had to give up the puppies for adoption when we moved to live in the Middle East. I cried for a week after.

    • Deanna says:

      Oh and we don’t have any pets right now. Planning on more puppies though. 🙂

    • Joan Kayse says:


      So sorry you had to re home your pups 🙁

      Our local humane society has a program to help with that.

      But your experience shows that the experts cannot make blanket claims even as, er, they ate your blanket

  • Shannon says:

    I’ve had four cats. One indeed was the cat from h*ll. He scratched everything, he was not affectionate, and he hated my husband’s cat (a “wedding” gift from his roommate who had to move to a new apartment when he had to move to a no cat apartment.”

    Goo loved me to death. He would just crawl up and let me crying into his fur when life seemed a bit much.

    Bobby and Julia were less affectionate, but they were always glad to see me. They slept with me. The hardest thing when each passed was not having them in the bed in the morning and in the kitchen as soon as my feet hit the floor.

    I’m petless and to afford the next apartment, I need to remain so. The advantage is I can pick up and go take care of my Mom for extended periods of time.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      You were so lucky to have such wonderful baby cats.

      I had an incident last year where I fell at work, smacked my head, cut my eyebrow. When I got home, glued and bruised and sat in my chair both kitties came and got as CLOSE to me as they could and just watched me. I started to give them a tiny little flashlight to do pupil checks LOL

      Hope your Mom is doing well

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I grew up with dogs, Boston Terriers, to be precise. Then when I was about eleven or twelve we hot our first cat. My brother was born with a rare bone disease and was bed-ridden a lot. My mom thought a cat would be a better companion. Tabitha was, always on my brother’s bed, sleeping with him a good portion of the time. From then on, I was hooked. I currently have four indoor cats plus I feed the neighborhood strays. I have had two cats that have actually played fetch just like a dog. I would throw their toy and they would get it and bring it back to Me. I have one now who only drinks out of a faucet, probably because she was a rescue and outside for awhile before she found us. I have one cat who loves the smoked thrillers and has to share with me in the mornings and another who is my little cuddler. She loves being close to you and cuddles, although I call her traitor because once my husband sits down I’m quickly deserted in favor of his lap. And yes, I love the shaming videos because they remind me of my granddog, Lilah. No one does shame better than she does. She even tells on herself. If she’s done something she knows is wrong, as soon as my daughter or son-in-law come home she will tuck her tail between her legs, put her ears back and slink upstairs to my grandson’ s room. It’s hilarious. That’s how they always know she’s been bad! Love my animals!

    • Debbie Oxier says:

      Sorry, should read smoked grillers, not smoked thrillers Lol!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Thrillers, grillers…I thought it was a cultural thing.

      Grayson is my lap buddy and I know it sounds weird but I SLEEP like a cat …for hours..when he’s on my lap. Cricket is starting to join the crown though she is still a bit stand offish. She drapes herself over my ankle. Now SHE will desert me when my friend Lisa comes over. She trills and talks and rubs on her like a long lost friend.

  • Deb says:

    Our Chorkie Bear doesn’t show much affection to me…unless I’m in the kitchen and he thinks I’m going to drop food on the floor. He is, however, crazy about my husband. He will lay on any shirt or jeans of Jerry’s that are on the floor, sniffing them fondly before doing so. Ha!

    Bear grooms himself like a cat. It is the darnedest thing to watch.

    My daughter and husband are both very allergic to cats, so they can’t even hold a cute little kitty. ACHOOOOO!

    BTW, I think you are the cat’s meow, Joanie. 🙂

    • Joan Kayse says:

      I love the name Chorkie Bear!!!! Kind of makes Tater Tot sound like a real potato.

      I grieve for those allergic to the wonder that are kitties.

      And awww…aren’t you sweet. Right back atcha’ Deb

  • catslady says:

    One of my favorite types of post 🙂 I think they can be doing things because that’s the way they are wired but although they may be leaving their scent on you while they are head bunting that to me is a form of affection – why would they bother marking you if they didn’t like you lol. I watch lots of videos and pics of animals of all kinds. The shaming for dogs can sometimes be funny but I have to wonder how they treated them when they weren’t on camera. And I too blame the humans on My Cat from Hell. Most of it is common sense. It takes a lot of patience with animals (as in children). I’ve had 2 dogs and from 5 to 7 cats – the only thing that really bothers me is when not all the cats get along (i’ve adopted some older cats and that is harder on them) but mostly they tolerate each other lol.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Catslady…I envy your your cat census.

      I have REALLY fought the 3rd cat syndrome for a while now. I mean when I volunteer at the Humane Society and a bit ole British Shorthair name “Moose” scales your shoulder to thump down and chill…

      Yeah, those experts don’t know anything…

  • Joanie,

    I’m with you. My dogs love me. They don’t lick my face to see what I just ate, they wag they’re tails because they’re happy to see me, they lay by my side while I work because they want to keep me company. I don’t need an expert to tell me any differently. I mean, seriously, how do they know? Do they ask them? Do the dogs say…”dude, I have my people so fooled, coz that’s how I roll.”?

    And as for shaming pictures…uhm, don’t like them for animals or kids. To me it’s just the adult trying to get attention. Discipline for pets and kids should remain at home.

  • Becke says:

    Are those experts referring to the kid in the doggie suit who shares my house? Of course he loves us. The minute I get into bed to read, he bounces in front of me. Once I’m settled, he lays his head on my belly.

    So I’m sure to the experts, we’re a pile of puppies. I’m good with that! :0)
    He’s warm affectionate and obedient. Much more so than my children were.

  • Joan I’m with you. Or dogs have all shown affection. They’ve always been so glad to see us to come home, and Herself relocates within the house as I do. Maybe that’s just pack stuff, but I like it. It feels like affection, anyway!

  • Mozette says:

    Now I no longer have my little budgie with me, I really do miss the lovely little quiet moments we had together.

    Sad really, eh?

    But there were times when she’d play with my ear rings. Now, that doesn’t seem like much but I do remember the first time she played with my left ear ring and got all panicky when she accidentally pulled it out of my ear and it landed on my shoulder. She just looked at it for a long moment and froze! I asked what happened and felt around my ear, then shoulder, and she shrunk away from me (thinking she was in trouble) and I slotted it back into the hole in my ear and she went back to playing with it… after that, she just kinda jumped on it and threw it onto the floor as though to say, ‘Hey, it fell out again, Mum!’

    Other times, I’d get Little Miss Stevie in my hand and tickle her chest with the tips of my fingers. she’d just look at me gently nibbling at my hand… knowing she could bite harder, but wouldn’t. Then, she’d look really intently at me, reach up and delicately pluck some gunk from the corner of my eye! The first time she did this I totally freaked out! Normally she would do this and then decide to pierce a body part just because she could. But she started really bonding with me at around 5 years of age. After eating the gunk (talk about yuk!), she’d lick my nose making cute little noises then nod off to sleep for a bit. 🙂

    I really miss those moments with her… it’s just something I look forward to doing with my next budgie. 🙂