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All about FUN, and a few fun facts!

This blog post is dedicated to the funny in all of us cats, especially us shelter cats. When I want a belly laugh, all I need to do is just look around at my fellow shelter cats. Whether it is Panda playing in the cat swing,

or ME Norman stealing a kiss from one of our beautiful volunteers while also checking out her nosepad (more on that later),

OR Jacob leaping to (and missing of course – haha) one of the cat trees in the shelter.

There is always something (some cat) to laugh at (I mean, laugh with). Of course I am laughing with them, not at them (at least that is what I will swear by if you ask me in front of any of them!).

Oh, and now to the facts I promised. Here are five amazing facts about us cats – plan to be amazed and amused!

  1. Every cat’s nosepad is unique, like a fingerprint.
Yes, Keylor, I know you have a very unique nosepad!

2. Cats can run 3mph faster than Usain Bolt! A domestic cat can run about 30 miles per hour; Usain Bolt averages 27 miles per hour. MEOW that is amazing!

3. Cats have more bones in their bodies than humans. Humans have 206 bones while cats have an average of 244 in their body. About 20 of these bones are in their tails for flexibility. Well, that is purrty spectacular!

Bandit is VERY flexible – must be because of all those bones. I thought it was because she practiced yoga!

4. Kittens grow when they are asleep! Their bodies release a growth hormone only when they are sleeping. So, that’s why we sleep so much! Well, actually it’s only why kittens sleep so much. The rest of us are just catnapping.

Alicia taking a catnap.

5. A cat’s MEOW is reserved to communicating with humans. Kittens do vocalize to their mamas but as adults they save the MEOWs for You humans. Aren’t you lucky. And, you didn’t think us cats could talk!

There are soooooo many more amazing facts about us cats, but I don’t want to bore you with too much purrfection today. Until we meet again dear humans.

Cheers,

Norman

“I’m not over-weight, I’m under-tall. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Bryan at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Hi, I’m Bryan. I was found in a trash can and saved by El Refugio. I clean up pretty nice, don’t I? I am waiting for you. xoxo Bryan

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Just call me Professor Norman!

In my last blog post I ended the post with some tantalizing catnip about how us cats can teach your children important life skills.

Class is now in session! Take out your notepad and your favorite writing paw (I mean pen), and let’s get started with “Life Lessons According to ME.”

Besides the many health benefits from having cats in your family (fewer allergies and less stress and anxiety I’ll cover just a few of the other many benefits for your children when adopting a cat:

  • Responsibility. Sharing some of the daily tasks associated with us cats can teach your child responsibility. Daily tasks such as FEEDING (my top priority), litter box cleaning (someone’s gotta do it and I can’t), and brushing our coat (especially if its a hairless catlol!) teach a child responsibility.
  • Empathy. A cat can teach your child about empathy. By your child simply petting a cat, listening to our purrs, noticing the positive reactions when stroking our ears, or rubbing our belly, these simple gestures can all teach your child how to respect and tune in to another being’s needs.
  • Love and Companionship. Cats will shower your child with unconditional love. With this overflowing cat love, your child will learn to also love others unconditionally, while also giving your child companionship (especially if he is an only child). Cats will help children combat loneliness.
  • Save a life!!! Adopting a cat, especially from an animal shelter, can teach your child the amazing awesomeness of saving a life. Now, that my beautiful humans, is a life lesson that keeps on giving.

So, my sweet mamas and papas out there, let me lighten your workload just a little, by adopting one of us cats. We will help teach your children some amazing life lessons, did I say FREE OF CHARGE!

Cheers,

Norman

“A balanced diet is having chocolate in both hands. Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Jorge at El Refugio Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Jorge

SURFING FOR YOU! Hi, my name is JORGE.  I am a young adult male. I was found at the beach and brought to El Refugio. I get along with other cats. But, I am past the kitten stage, so less playing with kittens and more spoiling my human.  Can I spoil you??  I am waiting for you at El Refugio. xo Jorge

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Listen up – another great reason to adopt a cat – fewer allergies for your kids!

I am not surprised at all to hear this, but I thought I should share this amazing news with you. Especially if YOU have not yet adopted a shelter cat.

Numerous studies reveal that children that have lived with pets (cats and/or dogs) in their first two years of life were 77% less likely to develop various types of allergies. Not only pet allergies, but also dust mites, ragweed, and grass allergies. Wow! Wait, before you go on, read those last two sentences again. I’ll wait for you here (sounds of paw pads tapping the keypad over and over again…………………………………………………………………………………………………..).

Also, these studies go against the long-held belief that children exposed to pets could develop allergies later in life. These studies show this long-held belief just isn’t true. What great news this is for parents, their children, and of course us cats!

Exposing children to us cats will not only help PREVENT allergies, but so much more! While I have been boasting about all the health benefits from adopting a cat (prevent heart disease and stroke & purring medicine), I haven’t even touched on the many emotional and mental benefits, as well TEACHING moments received when you adopt one of us cats: Responsibility, Empathy, Companionship, and of course Fun! Sounds like the best gift you could give your children (and yourself) is a CAT!!!

Please stay tuned to my upcoming blog posts where I will share with you the many benefits for your family when adopting one of us amazing purrfect adorable hilarious awesome cats. Until then my beautiful humans, until then.

Cheers,

Norman

“If people were meant to pop out of bed, we’d all sleep in toasters. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Kendra, young female cat at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Kendra is Kissable

Hi, my name Is KENDRA.  I am a very young cat.  I love to play with other cats and humans. I promise to bring you joy and fun (and kisses!) everyday.  Will you play with me? 

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I’ll get you a date!! (if you are a man, that is)

Just call me matchmaker, cupid, or my favorite the Love cat – Meow!

Research finds that men who adopt cats (especially shelter cats) are more attractive than men who own dogs. I’m not kitten around here. This is purrty amazing information. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. NO Commitment Issues – men who adopt us cats understand that cats can live longer than dogs – sometimes up to 20 years. This shows us that a man is making a commitment to take care of another living being for a pretty long time – very sexy indeed!
  2. Spirit of INDEPENDENCE – us cats are known for our independence. We don’t have to be with you, we choose to be with you. We aren’t clingy, we are affectionate. We like our space, but also want to share yours. Thus, men with cats appreciate someone with a spirit of independence.
  3. LOVE. When a man adopts one of us rescue cats, it shows us he is accepting, loving, and purrly amazing to save a cat’s life. It gives the world hope. It gives me hope. Can you hear my purring right now? (remember the benefits of purring?) It is making me very sleeply. Wait, while I rest my furry head down for just one minute.

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Okay, where were we?

Oh yes, why a man with a cat is sexy. Well, honestly because cats are sexy, but I digress. I’ve been stalking (I mean browsing) this celebrity webpage with my paw for the last couple of minutes (ok, hours). Celebrity Catnip, beauties that love us cats – ME-OW.

But, if celebrities aren’t your catnip, take a look at these historical men and their lovely words about us cats:

  • Sigmund Freud  “Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
  • Albert Schweitzer “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
  • Charles Dickens  “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci “The cat is nature’s masterpiece.”

So, yes, if you are a man and you own a rescue dog, well, that is pretty darn amazing too. But, if you really want to up your game (dating game that is), rescue a cat too. While you are semi-attractive now, you will be MUCH more purrfectly attractive after adopting one of us shelter cats.

Cheers,

Norman

“Housework. No one notices when you do it. But everyone notices it when you don’t. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Mickey at El Refugio animal shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica.

Hi, I’m Mickey. I am a young male tuxedo cat. I’m all dressed up and waiting for you at El Refugio in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica.

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I have the PURRfect medicine for you!

Purring. Yes, you heard me right, you lucky devil. And, when you hear my purring, you are being given therapeutic health benefits for your bones and muscles. And, might I add, this healing method is FREE!

If you don’t believe me, read this article The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. Cats create purr vibrations at a frequency of 20-140 HZ, which is known to be medically therapeutic for many illnesses.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to pet a cat and hear her purr, then check out this video and try not to become calm and peaceful Happy Cat Purring Smoothly. You might even fall asleep. (I do, often, when I listen to myself purr.) I’d say this is definitely the PURRfect medicine for you.

A FREE cat therapy session at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

If you are in the Costa Ballena area, please stop by our shelter. Come sit with us feline beauties for awhile, try NOT to smile, and enjoy the free healing medicine! Your heart, your mind, your body, and especially us felines, will be so glad you did!

Now, as you were reading this, yes, I was being petted by this amazing volunteer at the shelter, and my purring has put her to sleep (don’t tell her boss!), and I can barely keep my eyes open. But, while she is sleeping I think I will find those cat treats I saw her hide. Until we meet again.

Cheers,

Norman the cat

“Avoid fruits and nuts: after all, you are what you eat. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Rolo at El Refugio Animal Shelter, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Rolo

Hi, my name is Rolo. I am a young male cat. You know what they say about Tuxedo cats, don’t you! Come meet me at El Refugio and you will see I’m the PURRfect size for you. xo Rolo

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Why YOU Should Own a Cat!

by Norman the Cat

First things first, I don’t like the word “own” but for all practical human purposes, this word will be used.  But, I am telling you now, I don’t like it, with a triple loud MEOW MEOW MEOW.  We don’t own each other, we  nurture each other.  Any who, here is one very important reason why you should bring one of us amazing shelter cats home with you – YOU WILL LIVE LONGER!  Now, rumor has it, I have nine lives, but you my dear human friend only have one life I hear, so listen up to this very important blog post! 

You will live longer with a cat.  Did you know that owning a cat lowers your risk of heart disease?  I’m serious, there actually are studies that show I will save your life!!  A US National Library of Medicine 2009 article says that there is a decreased risk for death due to heart attacks and all cardiovascular diseases (including strokes) among persons with cats. Wow, now I knew all along that I had amazing super powers but to have it in writing, well, that confirms it all! 

Now, if I didn’t convince you to run down to the nearest animal shelter to find your furry cat friend, read on. This next study confirms that owning a cat can reduce your risk of a stoke by a third!! 

Did you know the World Health Organization said in 2016, “Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes, of those causes, Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.”  Double MEOW MEOW!!  I hope I didn’t scare you into a heart attack or stroke with that last bit of information, but don’t worry, here’s some tantalizing catnip for you, please read on. 

An article by The Telegraph shows that a cat can actually reduce your risk of a stroke.  Even, just the simple act of petting your cat can lower the stress-related hormones in your blood, thus lowering the stress and anxiety in your body and in your life. Can I say it again – double MEOW MEOW!!

So, my human friends, take HEART (and stroke) of these very important research articles and go get yourself a cat at your nearest animal shelter.If you are in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica, please stop by the El Refugio shelter.  You will live longer, and you will save not only your life, but a well deserved cat’s life too!

Now, its time for my catnap before dinner. So, stay tuned for my next blog post where I will continue to share with you even more health benefits of owning a furry feline friend.

Cheers,

Norman the Cat

“If you want to look thinner, hang around people fatter than you. – Garfield”

Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs.  There can be too much of a good thing!  There’s only so much catnip to go around. 

Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors. 

FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY

Havy at El Refugio Animal Shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Havy is Heartsome

Hi, my name is Havy. I am a female cat and I love to give kisses and cuddles. I get along with other cats and even dogs. Come find me at El Refugio in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica. I’ll be waiting for you with open paws.

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Welcome to Norman’s Corner

by Norman the Cat

 Well, here we are.  I’m living at the El Refugio shelter in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica writing about my fellow cats, and you are sitting at home reading about cats.  Here’s to us and our demise.  No, seriously, here’s to us and our nine lives! I’m still on my first (life that is) so I have plenty of time to share with you some very valuable information about the amazing, unforgettable cats of the feline world. And you, my lucky reader, are in for some yummy catnip.  You will be mesmerized and captivated by every blog post written by me, your one and only top hat shelter cat (okay, you got me, there are lots of us shelter cats).  I will share with you information on all things felines, most importantly, why you should have a 4 legged fur ball in your family.  If I get adopted (I mean, WHEN I get adopted), no worries my human friend, I have other fellow shelter furry friends that I am training to step right into my paws.  Also in every blog post, I will have a Paws Spotlight where I will introduce a Feline Favorite of the day (or dare I say it, dog) to my readers. 

So, find a sunny spot to stretch out, curl up with your favorite feline friend, and read my very first blog – “Why YOU Should Own a Cat”  

Cheers,

Norman

Rosario is waiting for you at El Refugio, Costa Ballena, Costa Rica.
“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
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