Twitter-Cats Team Up to Benefit the Cat Community

As a cat, I’ve always said that cat lovers possessed two of my favorite qualities: they are exceptionally passionate, and they love to share their passion with others.  When two cat lovers cross paths for the first time, it’s often like they’ve known each other their whole lives.

There is no better example of this than the world of Twitter, where an ever-growing community of cat lovers is sharing causes, tips, and jokes every day.  When I decided to join Twitter as the spokes-purr-son for www.mythreecats.com a few weeks ago, my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to find any friends.  After a few days, I quickly realized that there was a whole community of cats and cat owners simply dying to share their stories and thoughts with other cat devotees. 

How can you join?  Start by going to www.twitter.com and create an account.  You’ll have to pick a name that isn’t already taken.  Here’s a hint: use underscores as spaces in names.  If you really want billthecat but it is taken by someone else, try bill_the_cat.  Once you have your name, you can sync the account with your mobile device or simply start posting updates, or ‘tweets’, from your computer.  Don’t forget that all posts must be 140 characters or less!

To make sure that your updates are being read, it is best to use the ‘Find People’ function located at the top of your Twitter home page.  For a cat lover, it’s a good idea to start with simple search terms like ‘cat’, ‘meow’, or ‘pet’ to find people who share your interests.  Become a ‘Follower’ of their Twitter feeds and see who is following them.  Remember to check to see who is ‘following’ you, so that you can return the favor.  If you keep up to date with your Twitter account like I have, you’ll be introduced to hundreds of new cat lovers within weeks.  Make sure to follow my feed at www.twitter.com/bogeythecat, and I will most certainly return the favor. 

Once I started ‘following’ different cat-related users and garnering some of my own ‘followers’, I realized that sharing happens in a number of ways.  Sometimes it happens in the form of alerting others in the Twitter community about an upcoming event being hosted by an animal shelter or advocacy group.  Other times it entails getting a tip on pet care or a product review.  It can even be as simple as a link to a video of a cat jumping into a box.  The more users I interact with, the more I realize how many wonderful people in this world are looking out for cats.

So cat lovers, if you aren’t on Twitter yet, see what all the purring is about.  It’s a great social media tool to learn more about the cat community, especially www.mythreecats.com.  You’ll learn about opportunities to help other cats, about methods and products to improve your cat’s life, and sometimes, you’ll learn that nothing brightens up a day like a video of a cute cat playing in front of a camera.

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Raindrops on Roses & Whiskers on Kittens

A cat has about 24 whiskers, 12 on each side of its nose.  Whiskers are almost twice as thick as ordinary hairs.  Richly supplied with nerve endings, whiskers provide cats with extraordinary detailed information about air movements, air pressure, and anything they happen to touch.

As air swirls around objects, whiskers vibrate too.  Cats receive messages in these vibrations to sense the presence, size and shape of objects without seeing or touching them.

Whiskers are extremely sensitive as they are closely connected to the nervous system.  Any damage to his whiskers will cause your cat discomfort, and he may become confused or disoriented.  Don’t ever trim his whiskers, and don’t ever wash them.

Aren’t these the most fascinating creatures!

My white whiskers are more than just pretty!
My white whiskers are more than just pretty!
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Adopt-a-Cat-Month: A Purrfect Time for Adding to Your Family

by Bogey the Cat

Twelve years ago this June, my life was on the verge of a big change. I was in a shelter then, and while I was being taken care of very well, my world was much lonelier. I kept to myself, did some reading, and started to think that maybe life would just go on like this forever. I was alright with that though, and I even found myself agreeing with Mark Twain when I read that “If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” When you live mostly by yourself, you start to believe that you can get by on your own.

I’d tell my friends in the shelter that I enjoyed it there, and they’d agree that animal shelters have great intentions, but they’re not the happiest places for cats like us – many of us who can’t find homes are euthanized. However, shelters provide opportunities. “They are a waiting ground for what’s next and what’s better,” they’d say. I’d shrug, not knowing any different.

Now, as a sixteen-year-old cat in a loving home, it seems hard to imagine life without the parents that adopted me. It isn’t sufficient to simply say they saved my life – they showed me what a blessing it is to be loved, and taught me how important it is to share this blessing with others. That’s why it means so much to me to be the spokespurrson of MyThreeCats.com, where I have a chance to encourage others to show the same kind of love that I’ve received.

There’s no better time to welcome a new member to your loving family than right now, during Adopt-a-Cat-Month. To celebrate and promote this wonderful month, throughout June MyThreeCats.com is donating 10% of all sales proceeds to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The goal is three-fold:

1) to donate to a wonderful fund that helps protect and promote animal welfare
2) to provide cat owners with innovative, one-of-a-kind products at affordable prices
3) to bring awareness to cat adoption and the amazing impact it has on the lives of both cats and families around the world.

Shelters around the country are overcrowded with kittens and cats just like me. The poor things can’t possibly imagine what they’re missing. Many people don’t know what they’re missing, either. If you are a cat lover and know of someone that would make a great adoptive parent, please let them know. Tell them in a way that lets them know how much cat ownership means to you and incidentally, how you think they would make a great “forever” home for some lucky cat.

My life is different like cat-and-dog, now that I’m in a loving home. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for a shelter that gave me an opportunity to be adopted and a family willing to do so. June is all about opportunities, too – opportunities to help the Doris Day Animal Foundation, to get great products at MyThreeCats.com, and most importantly, to adopt a new cat into your family circle-and make your life a better one!

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