Darling Cat

The wisdom of a woman and her cats.

Sales June 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — darlingcat21 @ 10:47 PM

Hey all, 

I know this is slightly off-topic, but I am trying to bring in funds for various reasons. I am selling different items at three different sites. If anyone is interested in purchasing anything, you can email me at amy.elizabeth9@hotmail.com, but for Ebay & Amazon, you need to purchase it through the website. Thanks!

1) Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/shops/lilblckpnthr 

2) LiveJournal.com – http://dark_roses.livejournal.com/25201.html 

3) Ebay.com – http://myworld.ebay.com/dark_roses_69 

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Some Interesting Books May 30, 2012

Filed under: Books,Business — darlingcat21 @ 6:09 PM
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I’ve had multiple books that I haven’t read yet, so I’m going to post a small list of them for everyone to peruse. If you think they might be helpful, maybe check them out at your local library. Enjoy! Have a great week! I’ll post again soon. I may have to find a new home for Morgan and Reid, and keep Bit.

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Write to the Point: How to Communicate in Business with Style and Purpose” by Salvatore J. Iacone; ISBN: 0760762538

The Girl’s Guide to Power & Success” by Susan Wilson Solovic; ISBN: 1567315631

The Girl’s Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business” by Susan Wilson Solovic; ISBN: 9871567319880 or 1567319882

You Must Remember This: Easy Tricks & Proven Tips to Never Forget Anything, Ever Again” by Karen Dolby; ISBN: 9780307716255

1000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies” by Jamie Novak; ISBN: 9781402209192 or 1402209193

1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets” by Jamie Novak; ISBN: 9781402206511 or 1402206518

Living Organized: Proven Steps for a Clutter-Free and Beautiful Home” by Sandra Felton; ISBN: 0800759451

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A quote from “The Girl’s Guide to Power & Success“:

“On a personal level, power is the ability to produce the results you most want. It helps you raise your expectations for yourself and overcome the mental barriers that keep you from success. Competition in a “man’s world” is difficult enough; you don’t need the added burden of self-defeating beliefs and negative self-perceptions. Power also means being unafraid to take risks, to follow your instincts, to do what you want to do, rather than what you think you “should” do. You must give yourself permission to succeed and ignore the messages-from within and without-that urge you to hold back. Only then can you act on your passions and live out your dreams. Ultimately, power means having a voice and the ability to create change. It’s up to you to use that voice to make positive changes and help leave a legacy of equality for future generations. But no one will simply give you this power. In fact, no one can give it to you. You have to develop it within yourself.”

 

Some Cat Books Available at Amazon.com May 28, 2012

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Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover 

The Rules: A Guide For People Owned By Cats 

The Big Book of Cats 

ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats 

I hope that this is a little helpful, all of the books go to Amazon.com. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Good night, Darling Cat 

 

All About Happiness May 19, 2012

Filed under: Moods,Positivity — darlingcat21 @ 12:10 AM
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Today’s piece of information/article is from Whole Living’s March 2011. The whole magazine is based around the idea of happiness, and some of the info is definitely worth repeating. I give full credit to the magazine and original writers.

HAPPY NOW? (three key lessons from the book The Buddha’s Way of Happiness by Thomas Bien, Ph. D.)

1. Know that happiness is always available to you. – The moment you see the truth of this, you can be happy right away. There’s nothing that needs to happen first for you to be happy. You don’t need to do anything else, go anywhere else, reform yourself, or become a different person. Happiness is very simple. It’s only our tendency to complicate things that makes it difficult.

2. Accept Imperfection. – There always seem to be something naggingly imperfect in life. We have the idea that if we could only get it all together, attain some imagined state of complete wholeness and authenticity, everything would be great. Being happy is about being able to relax into the imperfect nature of our experience, not about finally having everything just the way we want it.

3. Don’t try so hard. – The Declaration of Independence asserts our right to pursue happiness, but the pursuit of happiness makes us crazy. The idea that happiness is something to chase after deadens us to the wonders of life that are here now. Happiness is about being receptive, about opening to what’s good in the present moment – here, now, and this.

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10 THOUGHTS ON WHOLE LIVING (Again from March 2011 magazine)

1. It’s hard to jump high and feel down at the same time.

2. Sometimes the loneliest moments are the ones that show you HOW STRONG YOU REALLY ARE.

3. The riskier the endeavor, the more exhilarating the reward.

4. Spending just five minutes outdoors can undo hours of pent-up stress. (I totally agree!)

5. Don’t think of decluttering as emptying your home – YOU’RE FILLING IT WITH POSSIBILITY.

6. RATHER THAN BATTLE YOUR EMOTIONS, MAKE THEM YOUR ALLIES. THEY HOLD THE SECRET TO WHAT DRIVES YOU – AND WHAT SCARES YOU.

7. Happiness is a fickle houseguest: She shows up at surprising times, but when she leaves, YOU KNOW SHE’LL BE BACK.

8. Treat an apology like a gift. Accept it without peeking at the price tag.

9. You achieve balance not by pushing against your body, BUT BY FOLLOWING IT’S LEAD.

10. Sing joyfully.

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So let me know what you think, and if you agree or not. I’ve always enjoyed Martha’s publications. Have a great weekend! I’ll be back soon. Morgan and Reid have been trying to get their greedy little paws on any type of human food they can. They actually ate french-fries from Chick-Fil-A last night. Crazy cats! But I love them. Good night all! Darling Cat

 

What’s Your Color Personality? May 16, 2012

Filed under: Color — darlingcat21 @ 1:37 PM
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Originally from House Beautiful, the September 2009 Issue. Since I’m getting rid of so many magazines and catalogs, I thought this was interesting, and might be something to think about. I know this isn’t about cats, but it’s interesting, and eventually everyone should find this out for themselves.

These are the questions to ask yourself to help you figure out your color personality.

1. What’s the first color you see in the morning?

2. What color are your eyes?

3. What color do you wear the most?

4. What color do you never wear?

5. What color do you wear when you want to feel sexy?

6. What color gets you the most compliments?

7. What color is your lipstick?

8. What color was your living room when you were growing up?

9. What color was your bedroom when you were growing up?

10. What color are your bedsheets?

11. What color was your favorite crayon as a child?

12. What color is your car?

13. What color was your prom dress/outfit?

14. What’s your favorite gemstone?

15. What is your favorite flower?

16. What color makes you happiest?

17. What color depresses you?

18. What color calms you?

19. What color makes you grind your teeth?

20. What color would you like to try, but are scared to?

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My answers:

1. S&L Blue from Serena & Lily; 2. blue/grey; 3. red & white; 4. lime green; 5. red; 6. red or turquoise; 7. pink or brown; 8. white or off-white; 9. white or wood; 10. white, blue, and tan; 11. pink; 12. n/a; 13. lavender; 14. anything blue, green, or blue/green; 15. almost anything pink; 16. bright pink; 17. olive green; 18. grassy green or light blue; 19. neon anything; 20. violet or purple > so for me I guess I’m good with greens, blue, & violets

 

Keeping the Peace (repost from Cat Fancy August 2010)

Filed under: Articles,Cats! — darlingcat21 @ 12:53 AM
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(And especially, since I went from 1 to 2 to 3, and now am also keeping a friend’s 2 cats with me as well, it’s become a 5 home house, with only 3 bedrooms! Crazy, I know! Sorry about not posting sooner. I’m trying to clean out some junk. Enjoy the article! Darling Cat)

45 Tips for a Harmonious Multicat Home

Sharing a home with multiple cats can be beneficial for you and your furry family members. It can also lead to some not-so-favorable behavior. The following tips will help you and your cats live together peacefully.

1. For homes with one current feline resident, choosing a new cat of the opposite sex can reduce fighting.

2. Introduce the new cat slowly. Cats are very territorial and can be hesitant to welcome a newcomer.

3. Temporarily keep the newcomer in a separate room with her dishes and litterbox.

4. If you have an older cat, consider adopting two kittens instead of one so they will entertain each other.

5. “Feed [cats] on opposite sides of the door,” suggests Dusty Rainbolt, author of Cat Wrangling Made Easy: Maintaining Peace and Sanity in Your Multicat Home (2007, The Lyons Press). Doing so teaches the cats to associate good things with each others’ scents.

6. Make initial face-to-face introductions through a cracked door or on opposite sides of a baby gate.

7. Some hissing or growling is normal, but one cat should not be allowed to bully another cat.

8. When they are interacting pleasantly with a boundary between them, remove the boundary. Watch carefully for signs of aggression.

9. Never leave a newcomer alone with resident cats until you are certain they will not fight.

10. Make sure to give resident cats plenty of attention so they don’t feel replaced.

11. Ensure that all household members enforce rules consistently.

12. Set boundaries early.

13. Train cats using positive reinforcement.

14. Make accommodations for older cats who don’t want to be bothered by a newcomer.

15. Never force a cat to be social if she prefers spending her time alone.

16. Patience is key. Cats can take as long as 12 months to bond.

17. Because cats are territorial by nature, create as much space for them as possible. Rainbolt suggests providing lots of high spots and hiding places to maximize territory.

18. “Vertical territory is very important,” says certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger. Optimize this space by installing cat trees and kitty condos throughout the home.

19. Window perches create space and allow your cats to bask in the sun.

20. Outdoor enclosures expand territory and allow indoor cats to experience the outside world.

21. Establish a routine, and feed all cats at the same time.

22. Never give treats to one cat and not another.

23. Provide separate food and water dishes for each cat.

24. Provide numerous feeding locations to ensure that a more dominant cat will not guard the food.

25. In homes with pets other than cats, all animals should have separate dishes and feeding locations.

26. Immediately address and correct any food possessive behavior.

27. Spread litterboxes throughout the house. Provide one box per cat, plus one extra.

28. Keep litterboxes clean to prevent messes outside the box.

29. Clean up accidents immediately with an enzyme-based cleaner to make odors undetectable to cats and other pets. This prevents other pets from returning to the scene of the crime.

30. Rachel Knapp, assistant manager of the McKean County SPCA in Pennsylvania, suggests regular grooming as a method of relieving stress.

31. Many cat behavior experts and cat owners recommend pheromone diffusers or sprays. These products contain odorless endorphins that give cats a feeling of tranquility.

32. Most cats don’t like commotion. Give them a quiet area to escape to help reduce stress.

33. Ensure that cats burn excess energy through exercise and mental stimulation.

34. Provide numerous toys for each cat.

35. When cats are playing with each other, do not allow them to fight or behave aggressively.

36. If fighting occurs, never separate the cats by hand. Distract them by making a loud noise, then place the cats in separate locations.

37. To prevent cats from fighting with dogs, never allow a dog to intimidate a cat.

38. Following a disturbance, reintroduce cats slowly.

39. Never allow aggressive behavior toward people or other pets.

40. Learn to understand feline body language.

41. Have all pets spayed or neutered to help reduce behavioral problems.

42. Take your pets to the veterinarian for regular exams.

43. If your cat or any pet has any sudden changes in temperament, see your veterinarian immediately to rule out underlying health problems.

44. Consult a behavioral expert if your cat behaves aggressively for no apparent reason.

45. Always make sure each pet’s needs are met, and accept each as an individual family member. Doing so is the most important step in developing and maintaining a harmonious household.”

(Originally written by Samantha Mittlelmeier.)

 

Apologies January 30, 2012

Filed under: General — darlingcat21 @ 8:10 PM
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Hello All,

Got busy and lost my login info again. Bad me! My cats are doing well, and within a week or less, Bit will no longer be mine. She’s going home, and hopefully her family will be happy, and so will she.

My yard sale a little over a week ago, didn’t go so well, probably cause I wasn’t up as early as I should have been. I made more money selling hotdogs and drinks, more than actual items. So I’m re-posting most of my stuff on Amazon.com and Ebay. A friend of mine wants me to switch from Paypal to an alternative that doesn’t charge as much in fees. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment.

My boys (cats) are doing well. Eating and putting up with my human flaws. I think they think of me as their toy. But that’s ok. I appreciate that. They love their laser toy. I have them running all over the place and jumping up on the wall and doors to try and get the red moving bug.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their month of January, since it’s the 30th going on the 31st. One thing with the Republican candidates running for President. Even though I don’t like talking about politics, in my personal opinion, I don’t think Newt Gingrich is a good candidate. I respect Romney, and Ron Paul at least, but I’ve never been fond of Newt. Anyway, that’s it for me and my political opinion.

Anyway, have a great Monday night!

Good night all, Darling Cat