How Does a Cat Brain Work? And Are We Really Smarter Than You?
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
8h ago
When humans discuss how smart cats are, it’s usually through their own points of view. Do they equate smarts with social skills? A college degree? The ability to understand ethics and morals? Honestly, a lot of human beings fail in these areas too. But cats are smart in ways humans aren’t. We have the ability to sense danger long before humans can. We are extremely sensitive to the moods of those around us. We have an amazing ability to focus on something that we really, really want. So in a lot of ways, the type of smarts that are important to humans don’t matter to cats… but not necessaril ..read more
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Window Portraits
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
1d ago
My human likes to have some photos of me on reserve for blog posts that are more informational and not as focused on pictures. The lighting coming through the window was nice and even kind of dramatic, so she quickly had me pose for her. She kept moving me around, looking for the best combination of lighting and background, when I took matters into my own paws and went over to this table sitting by the window. Interesting story about this table: my human inherited it from her grandmother. She doesn’t know how old it is, but it’s probably over 70 years old. Of course I had to look out the w ..read more
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Dog Chews for Cats? Let’s See What I Think
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
3d ago
My human was out shopping and she saw these Earth Animal No Hide chew sticks. They were labeled for both dogs and cats, and they’re alternatives to rawhide chews. That means they are supposed to be easier on the digestive system, and they have no bleach or other bad things like rawhide sometimes does. My human figured if I enjoyed turkey tendons so much, maybe I’d like these. So she brought home a package. I was all over the bag when she opened it up. Then she gave me one to check out. It was interesting at first, but I lost my enthusiasm pretty quickly. You can see the whole process in th ..read more
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My Crazy Celebrity Cat Show Weekend
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
4d ago
This weekend was the craziest cat show I’ve ever been to! I think people were dying to come because this was the first time they’ve held it since 2020. First Covid made it impossible, then they couldn’t organize this huge show in time for 2022, because everything was still getting back to some sort of normal. In any case it was super packed! People were lined up almost into the parking lot to get in. A lot of people came to see me. Like, I mean a lot! It was kind of overwhelming. My human had to restrict access to me! She set up a schedule where I came out every hour for about 15 or 20 minu ..read more
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Grouchy and Other Outtakes
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
4d ago
It’s time for outtakes! And I have all sorts of bloopers for you. Can you blame me for looking grouchy in this photo? I just knew my human’s hand had gotten in the shot. I don’t look too thrilled with the hoodie of this rabbit outfit either. It was surprising the ears ever stayed put at all! I have loads more bad ear photos with this outfit, but I didn’t want to get too repetitive. My heart shaped sunglasses had a hard time staying on the other day too. I look like I’m about to walk right out of that suitcase… into thin air! So did I? I will just say no kitties got hurt in the taking of ..read more
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Getting Ready for the Year’s Biggest Cat Show
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
6d ago
I’m getting ready for the year’s biggest cat show on the West Coast! It’s in Del Mar, near San Diego, and this is the first time they’ve put it on since 2020. I’m very excited. Here is a photo of me from the 2020 show, at the Somali breed booth. My human still has all the materials, and she’s in charge of bringing them and setting up the booth again this year. I’ll be helping her. The exhibition hall where the show is can be really cold, especially in the mornings, so I’ll be bringing my warm clothes, like my pink puffy jacket. Also a hoodie or two. But don’t worry, I’ll bring some of my ..read more
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Why Cats Blep – Is There Even a Meaning?
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
1w ago
Cat tongues are fascinating things! At least humans seem to think so. Just flash a photo of a cat with their tongue sticking out and they go crazy! Especially when it’s just a tiny sliver of tongue, otherwise known as a blep. So what is a blep, and why do cats do it? Is there a meaning behind it? Let’s see what info I could find for you. For all the human obsession over bleps, surprisingly little hard information exists about them. No scientific blep studies or research. Nobody even knows for sure exactly how or when the term blep originated. It just sort of appeared in the internet lexicon ..read more
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Familiar Faces at the Assisted Living Homes
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
1w ago
For a moment when we entered the big room at the assisted living facility, my human wondered if she’d stepped back in time to a 1980s dance club. Peter Gabriel was blasting on the stereo! I just noticed more residents than normal were there, which meant I had work to do! So I got busy visiting. The first couple of women I saw were Spanish speaking, which I love. They really enjoyed me too. The lady who always wants high fives was present, so I visited with her. Her friend was sitting next to her, and it turned out the man next to her was her boyfriend. A staff member with a tablet came over ..read more
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Building My New Target Scratcher House (Video!)
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
1w ago
What a nice surprise! My human came home from Target the other day, and she picked up this new cat scratcher house while she was there. She always looks in the pet section, even though she knows she shouldn’t, because there’s always something she winds up getting. Anyhow, I helped her put it together. I made sure I was there during the whole process. Since it’s my scratcher, it was really important for me to conduct periodic examinations. To make sure it was up to code, of course. It was actually pretty easy to put together, but I still know it would have been really difficult for my huma ..read more
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Random Funny Photos
SparkleCat - Featuring Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go
by Summer Samba
1w ago
Sometimes the outtakes from the week’s photo sessions will have a running theme. This week there is none. They’re just a bunch of random funny photos. They certainly made my human laugh! When my human had me pose with people food, there was one item that captured my interest over the others. Yes, it was this packaged toast from Trader Joe’s. It only figures she came home with deli turkey after we did the photo session. Yes, I really was wondering what I was doing up there. How comfortable were those knit hats really? Well, a couple I was glad to have removed, or I tried taking off myself ..read more
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