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I thought it would be fun today to look back at my very first February. It was 2015, and I was eleven months old. Everything was still very new!

I was practicing my cute looks (not realizing that I already had an unfair advantage as a kitten!).

I got to wear my first crown! As you can tell, it took some getting used to.

It was also my first year of helping my human with her tax returns. This year, my human said she didn’t need my help. Her loss!

It was also my first time going to Petsmart! (Petco is closer to us.) Visiting pet stores in general was still pretty new to me.

That February was a pretty exciting month for me! I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of it.

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Here are some outtakes and leftovers from photo sessions that I thought you’d enjoy! The above photo, actually, isn’t a total leftover — if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen it yesterday. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, here’s a raspberry for you!

My human wanted to use this photo in my blog post about my modeling secret weapon, but I was wearing a different dress here than in the rest of the photos.

This airport outtake really make me look like I soured on giving High Fives! Fortunately, that’s not the case, because I’ll be giving them out in droves on Saturday at a cat show.

Yes, my human got roses for Valentine’s Day.

After Binga went back inside the other day, it was clear I felt gypped staying in, so my human put a leash and microfiber sweater on and took me outside. Here is a photo of me in the shade.

And here is a photo just a few feet away in the sun. I love that I am being kissed by a sun beam!

I hope you enjoyed my leftovers!

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Look who got to go outside for a while! It has been sunny, if still cold (in California terms), so my human wanted to give Binga a chance to enjoy the back patio. Binga actually had complaints. My human wanted to put a sweater on her, but she didn’t like it on over her harness. Then when my human finally took it off and brought her outside, she complained about the cold. There is no pleasing her.

She did stop and sniff the greenery. It’s fresh and fragrant right now.

After a few minutes she decided she had had enough. She really wasn’t happy in 50 degree weather.

She knew right where she wanted to go.

She did not pause for a moment. Even though my human wished she would have stopped for a few more photos.

She went right back inside to the warm house. So it was just a brief adventure for her.

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The way some people talk about cats, you’d think we are all takers and not givers. When they see a cat like me that works as a therapy animal, they consider me the exception to the rule. Every other cat — oh, they just eat and sleep and ignore everyone. Hey, it’s not true — every cat does lots of things for their humans. But do humans ever show any gratitude? Rarely, if at all! It seems like the good things kitties do are taken for granted.

Isn’t it time your everyday housecat gets some kudos for their good deeds? Here’s a list of five common things that cats do that should make humans say, “Thank you!”

  1. Cats give you massages. And we are experts at it too! Call it kneading, making biscuits, or my favorite term, “happy paws,” it’s a special massage that only cats know how to give. It’s relaxing and comforting and often accompanied by purrs (see #5).
     
    If you have an issue with the claws involved, well, that’s your fault for making sure they aren’t properly trimmed.
  2. We catch prey and give it to you. Even better, we often give you dead prey. Yes, we have noticed that you prefer your prey dead. We’ve seen you come home from the grocery store with dead prey already skinned and cut up. Most of us cats know you don’t have the skills to handle live prey. So we bring it to you already dead. It’s our special gift to you and contribution to the household food stores.
  3. We look out for you! We keep an eye on you to make sure you are always safe and not getting into trouble. Why do you think we freak out when you shut the bathroom door and don’t let us in? We know how dangerous it is in there — you could slip and fall and hurt yourself. Even worse, you can (and do) get wet! Who knows what that is about? In any case, you may think it’s a bit creepy that we keep watch over you. It’s not, we’re being protective and you should be flattered.
  4. We wake you up on schedule. Most humans know that cats are better than any alarm clock. We never let you oversleep. In fact, we like to get you up a little early just to make sure you’re never late. In feeding us, of course, but that also includes things like you guys going to work, or watching the sun come up. Who wants to miss the opportunity for a snack and an early morning sun puddle? Certainly not any cat, and we want to share that with you!
  5. We purr! And it’s documented by science that a cat’s purring is beneficial. It’s the right vibration to facilitate healing of bones, and it’s relaxing, thus helping with stress and managing blood pressure. And sometimes we give you massages while purring, for a whole, amazing healing package! And we don’t even ask for tips for this service.

See what I mean about the things we cats do for you humans? You’re welcome.

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We’ve had nothing but rain and overcast days for what seems like weeks! But finally we had a sunny day here in southern California, so I went out on my leash. Since it was still pretty cool out, I wore my raspberry hoodie.

In fact, it was cold enough that I decided to put the hood on. My ears were cold! I thought this might be a good look for a selfie too.

I just needed the iPhone and I was good to go!

Oops! My ear must have poked out when I was reaching for the iPhone. Let me fix that and try again.

There you go, my hoodie selfie! I hope we get some more sunny days. I was starting to get kitty cabin fever!

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Hi there! Did you know that I have a modeling secret weapon? One that helps me get the good facial expressions and poses? And it’s not cat treats! That’s because it’s no secret how much I love cat treats. But when my human needs me to be extra lively, she pulls out this:

It’s my rattle skull toy! It came from a cat show a long time ago, and unlike all my other toys, I never get tired of it. That’s because it makes noise, it moving parts are random… and it’s really annoying so I have to try to kill it.

When my human isn’t getting what she wants out of me in a photo session, sometimes she will pull out a random cat toy. And if that cat toy doesn’t work, she brings out the secret weapon!

The moment this particular toy comes out, I go after it!

It’s actually pretty durable — it takes a lot of abuse.

Once I’ve played with this for a while, my human gets better poses out of me. She also winds up with a bunch of photos of me looking goofy.

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I think that visiting the hospital on Valentine’s Day was one of my best ideas ever! Even before we got out of the car, some people walked past our spot in the parking lot and saw me, and they were excited I was there!

This visit was one of those unusual times when the other team was Josie, the only other therapy cat in our organization. So it was a two cat visit. We also had a team member without a therapy animal along to help us. The first area we visited was Pediatrics. While Josie visited with a young boy and his parents, I went into another room, where an older boy was in bed all by himself. He really enjoyed having me there, and I laid down next to him and just relaxed for a while. It was a nice, quiet visit. Then the boy who saw Josie wanted to see me too, and that visit was just the opposite! He was full of energy and all over the place! He was fun, and my human brought out the selfie props for photos. They turned out awesomely.

A couple of kids were in the play room, and the selfie props came in handy there too. The Pediatrics wing was celebrating Valentine’s Day with red felt hats, and tea for the parents, and some treats. It was nice to see how they were making a festive atmosphere for the kids and their families.

While Josie went to another floor, we went over to the Rainbow Room. Because the waiting room has so many kids, and some of them are developmentally disabled, it can be a bit stressful for some therapy pets. That’s where my two years of being a show cat, and after that, being a cat show Pet Me Cat really helps. I’m used to noisy, chaotic rooms, and I’m good with kids. Today, the kids who visited with me were exceptionally gentle and sweet. Especially the little girl who couldn’t get enough of me.

We finished up shortly after the Rainbow Room. My human let me walk on my leash down the hospital corridors and that surprised some people who saw me! The last person I visited with was a lady by the lobby who was waiting for her husband to take her home. She told my human about the two Siamese cats she has at home. If people have cats, they enjoy telling us about them.

It was a really nice visit, and I was so glad I chose to go on Valentine’s Day!

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When humans think of Valentine’s Day, it usually all about romance, and flowers, and boxes of chocolates, and jewelry, and dinner at a nice restaurant. Somewhere in the mix, they seem to forget about the most important part of the day: love. Not just romantic love, but love that transcends romance, and even species.

Honestly, my human has never cared about flowers and chocolates (although she’s always up for a nice dinner!). That’s why she’s happy that we are celebrating Valentine’s Day by making a therapy cat visit to one of our regular hospitals. I want to spread love to all the patients, and their families, and the hospital staff, and make their day a little brighter. Because the only thing that’s worse than being in the hospital is being in the hospital on a holiday.

My human is bringing along the Valentine’s selfie props that you saw from Sunday’s Meet the Breeds post. Some of the patients we will be visiting are kids, and it may be fun to have these on hand.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, the day is as much about giving love as it is receiving.

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The day after we got back from Meet the Breeds, my human needed to go to the pet store to buy some more Cosequin — we were out. But the pet store was also out! So what did my human do instead? She brought home these unintentional new dresses for me. “Somebody stop me!” she texted to a friend of hers. She really does have a clothes fetish. Cat clothes, that is. But that’s fine, I was more than happy to try them on. I wish you could hear how loud I was purring in these photos.

This dress is really pretty! I think the tulle underneath the rough, open weave of the dress is a cool combination.

It’s still too cold to wear outside. I will have to wait for spring. But it’s really cute!

I could have used this pink sweater dress during my New York trip! It’s so simple and pretty. And warm!

It has a cute bow at the neck, and gold trim on the ruffles. I really can’t blame my human for buying it. Even better, both dresses have a keyhole at the top so that my leash can hook up with my harness when I go out.

Oh, and my human ordered the Cosequin online.

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When I put together my blog post yesterday, a couple of photos wound up not being used. Then I found a few more that were overlooked, so I thought I would share some of them today. My human actually got quite a few photos of me playing with the peacock feather Cathy Keisha’s human gave me. This is one of the cuter ones.

Here’s one of the photos that got left out of yesterday’s blog post. I was checking out my enclosure after my human had set it up. The enclosure’s a very important part of my day, since it’s where I recharge after so much socializing!

Here’s another one that got passed over, but it shows me doing one of my favorite things — going for a walk, which I did after we finished setting up.

The peacock feather wasn’t the only toy I had to play with while I was on my trip. My human almost always brings a toy or two from home. This is one she got from a cat show a few years ago, and it’s usually in my Sleepypod Atom carrier.

And here I am, right after we landed at Los Angeles International Airport! My human always opens up my carrier once the plane reaches the gate, especially after a long flight like we had. Sometimes I get out and sit on my human’s lap, but this time I was just happy to remain in my carrier and look out the window. That’s not ice on the tarmac — it’s puddles from the rain earlier in the day. We were both glad to be home!

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