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  • The cat with style!

  • Communicating cats at close quarters!

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    CAT WITH STYLE

    I recently read this story about an amazing cat. And I thought you might want hear it.

    " He may not know the musical group the Stray Cats, nut this is one cat who has it's lyrics down put. Pudgie Wudgie, who took first prize un his doctor's costume, complete with stethoscope, in a halloween contest sponsered by Pittsburgh radio station 91.6 FM last year, delights in wearing a closet full of custom-made outfits. Pudgie Wudgie may be the only cross- dressing cat in the country, says his owner, Frank Furko of East Oakmont, Pa., 10 mines north of Pittsburgh. Furko rescued Pudgie when he was a 7 week old kitten slated for euthanasia 13 years ago. It doesn't have to be Halloween for this fashionable feline to dress up. With 185 outfits, 50 pairs of sunglasses, 100 hats to chose from. Pudgie is the cat's meow personified. Furko discovered his compaion's penchant for chic clothing by accident. While celebrating PUdgie's first irthday, Furko put a little pointed paper party hat on his cat's head. It stayed, as other fashion accessories have over the years. " I knew from the start he was special," Furko says. Fashion aside, this is one talented kitty Pudgie bowls by knocking down clothes pins with golf balls. He also kicks a kids football. His talents have even landed him on television shows that feature pet tricks, including The David Letterman SHow and the Maury Povich Show. Furko and Pudgie are always on the move rudding errands in town, sightseeing in Niagra Falls and New York City or playing at an amusement park. Wherever he is, Pudgie is right at home and appropriately dressed. Pudgie travels on a car seat designed to look like a car complete with steering wheel. He's equally comfortable on a leash or in a stroller. Despite his celebrity status, Pudgie has not forgotten his roots. For years Furko and Pudgie have spent much of their time rasing money for animal rescue groups. Pudgie recently spent four hours in a stroller at an animal walk-a-thon. WHen the day's done, Pudgie settles into his antique oak Murphy bed with a cat-motif coverlet n his own gold-carpeted bedroom. Perhaps visions of Halloween are dancing in Pudgie's head. Yes,he and Furko go trick-or-treating each year. And the neighbors know to have little cans of cat foon on hand."

    COMMUNICATING CATS AT CLOSE QUARTERS

    Smelling of home- For cats, smells are at the top of the list in terms of impact, and the right or wrong scent environment can mean the difference between a very confident and relaxed cat and one constantly on edge. Of course cats can recognize each other by sight, but confimation of status is done by smell. Long-distance scent signals -- those used by cats to leave messages for others to keep them away (except during reproductive cycles). However, our pet cats have developed to be able to share space, and seemingly enjoy the company of some other cats when it suits them. ALthough they are not pack aminals like dogs, then have the ability to creat a type of group scent that enables them to relax with other cats people and even other animals within their core territory -- usually our homes. THe "smell of home" is vital even to the single cat, and makes it feel secure and comfortable-- the equivalent of us being surrounded by our own personal possessions, the decoration we feel happy with and people we are familiar with. Group-living lions use methods of creating a smell profile similar to those our pet cats use with us. THey make use of the distanct individual scents that each cat produces in the various glands around it's face, in the anal area, between the foot pads and above the tail to build a cocktail of smells that is mixed by scent marking and rubbing to include everyone in the group. THis smell is instantly recongnizable to others, and on meeting they react very differently than if they were meeting a strange cat without the group membership scent. If you own several cats that get on well, you will be able to watch this relaxed communication that allows the cats to make almost immediate phsycial contact, to sample each other's smells up close and to check for reassurane that all is as it should be. THey are then free to exhibit behaviors that are much more kitten like with eachother (such as playing or grooming), safe in the knowledge that they will not have to be on guard , as they would with an unfamiliar cat. How is this scent cocktail mixed and maintained? First of all the individual cat coats itself with it's own perfume--it's glands produce an individual scent; it's own Channel No.5, which it spreads over it's entire coat during grooming. Cats groom along the direction in which their hair lies, their rough tongues sparating each hair, removing dirt and parasites, and spreading oil and secreations from the various glands along each hair. By using their paws to wash their heads and faces, they spread the scent from the glands over the head and neck then groom it further down the body using the tongue. At the tail end they work from the anal area out and downward,spreading the scent along the legs and tail. A cat spends a lot of time grooming, so the scent is reapplied fequently and the fur kept in immaculate order. Amazingly we are completely insensitive to these feline smells- one of the joys of cats is that to us they dont seem to smell unlike their canine cousins who can be exceptionally unpleasent at times, even to human nose. However, coated with their secret feline perfume, cats are ready to indulge in a little scent swapping. IMagine this scent is visable- a thin fiml of fluorescent oil spread over the cat's coat, stronger in color in the area where the scent glands are situated around the head and tail, and lighter is color as it is spread further over the body. As the cat moves around the house and in the yard you will see it rub it's body over objects other cats, and toher pets, and people with which it is familiar. As it does so a little of this oil is smeared on furniture and animals. Points where the cat has a regular route or even favorite sleeping places will have stronger blobs of color scent than others. Places where the cat rubs its glands directly- for example, those glands arount the mouth that are specifically anointed onto areas (bunting)- have stonger color, too. Of course, any area where the cat has sprayed will be brightly colored, although this is usually confined to the yard.

    grooming-- IF you are lucky enough to observe a mother cat and her kittens, watch how they greet her once they are old enough to be up and walking. As she approaches they run up to her, tails up straight and even slightly bent foward, relasing a "pocket" of scent. They meet nose-to-nose then the queen checks under the tail, which the kittens have made very available by keeping their tails well out of the way. They may rub against her and even let their tails drape over her, mixing their scents and reassuring everyone that they are part of the group, and deserve some of the food she has caught for them. Now watch your pet cat when you come in from a day away from home. It will walk quickly toward you, probably meow, raise it's tail relasing smells from the anal area, and make itself available to be checked out. It will rub against your legs and walk backward and foward, anointing you with it's smell and taking on some of yours. Mutual or allo-rooming has a similar efect; not only does it allow cats to be groomed in those eares around the head where they cannot reach but again it allows each cat to sample intimately the other cat's perfume and mix in a little of it's own. Using the color comparison we did before, a mixture of colors would be spread not only over each cat, but around the home,too. IF ou have several cats the patterns of color and intensity could become very complex. Bear this complex picture in mind when you thing about bringing an additional cat into the household- there are things you can do to ease a new cat in and try to encourage it's acceptance. Not only is mutual grooming beneficial toeach cat in terms of hygiene, but cats seeem to enjoy the phsycial sensations (as they do when we stroke or pet them). This too reinforces bonds- it may give them the same feeling of security they felt when they were groomed by the queen as kittens.

    Last Months Articles..

    FELINE SIGHT

    CAT BREEDS

    CATS AND BALANCE

    CATS AND GROOMING

    PREVIOUS CAT FACTS

    PREVIOUS MONTHLY POLLS

    PREVIOUS MONTHLY QUESTIONS

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