HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (human me) 🎈
On this special day, I’m asking you to help the most vulnerable - stray cats and dogs! I‘ve set up a Facebook fundraiser to support @streunerglueck (link in bio). Please find it in your heart to donate a couple of bucks to save the tiniest lives, such as this little guy you see above. Tofu was found in a sealed box in Croatia, in the afternoon heat - no water, no food, no mother. He was nursed back to health by a lovely local woman and brought to us. We fostered him for only 3 weeks before he got to live with the best family there is - @lillystofu. Sadly, millions of cats suffer the same fate and are not as lucky us Tofu.
This is why organizations like @streunerglueck are so vital in regions where animal welfare barely exists. The link to the fundraiser is in my bio. I‘d be forever grateful if you‘d join me in the fight for a better, safer world for those who need us the most ♥️
Apparently touching the belly fat is strictly forbidden. I learn something every day 🙄 do your cats let you touch their belly?
Fun fact: All domestic cats have a primordial pouch. This belly flap is an excess layer of skin and fat on a feline's underside. Some people believe that spaying or neutering (the removal of cats' reproductive organs) causes this primordial pouch. This is a myth. All felines, regardless of their size, shape, or sex have this extra flap of skin. Even cats who lose weight due to diet or disease still have these belly flaps.
Biologists aren't sure why cats have these abdominal folds, but they have several theories.
1. The pouches protect cats' organs during fights. When felines battle, they "bunny kick" each another with their sharp claws and hind legs. These kicks can cause abdominal injuries. The primordial pouch insulates internal organs (viscera) from injuries and death. This flap can also help them wiggle away from predators.
2. These abdominal folds allow their bodies to fully extend when running. Primordial pouches help cats move easier when chasing after prey. Additionally, the extra fold also helps cats walk and jump. Their wild cousins have these belly flaps for similar reasons.
3. In the wild, some felines can go for days without eating. When they finally get a meal, this pouch allows their belly to expand or swell after eating a large meal.
Forget the ‘boyfriends of instagram’, I present you never-seen-before footage from my life as a cat slave of instagram!
On social media, we always see what is neatly edited and presented to us. But what we don’t see is the work that comes with it. We try to incorporate filming into the first part of our play sessions to capture our cats’ crazy moments. I’m saying ‘part of…’ because while this saves a lot of time, I’m not a fan of focusing on something else while bonding with my cats, so I never sacrifice the whole session for videos.
Taking photos is another story. Momo and Cleo are not the easiest cats to photograph, so capturing them in the right pose or with big pupils usually requires my normal camera that I can’t operate with only one hand and a looot of motivation. While my boyfriend plays with them, I lurk on the side, hoping for a good shot. This is much more work and my photography skills are rather moderate, which is why we focus on funny videos. Can anyone relate? What are your routines?