Here’s How the Belief That Cats Have Nine Lives Came About

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All myths have some kind of fact behind them. Cats usually keep to themselves and seem pretty content with their isolated and unbothered lives. Saying that it’s difficult to get a read on them would be the understatement of the century. There’s a very famous myth that says that our beloved feline friends have nine lives. While this is a far cry from the truth, the story behind the myth is actually pretty interesting.

Cats are admittedly one of the cutest creatures out there. But at what point do they go from being cute, to having nine lives? Although the cool myth is very much false, it is based on a rather spectacular ability that cats have.

They can jump and land on all four legs – with absolute grace. They’re like ninja acrobats in that sense. They can climb really high trees, jump off of really high places for kicks, and even run in front of cars and come out of that unscathed. So an oldwife’s tale came up with the theory that cats don’t just miraculously escape from every dangerous situation, but they simply die and come back to life!

How do cats actually escape from dangerous situations?
There are cats that are known for their ability to jump off of tall buildings, even skyscrapers during earthquakes, and come out of the whole thing without a scratch. Cats always land on their feet because they have righting reflex.

What is righting reflex?
Righting reflex is actually a very interesting concept. It’s your cat’s ability to twist herself very quickly if she’s dropped from a high place, so she can land neatly on all her feet. Cats have even more vertebrae than humans, which makes them extremely flexible. It also, in part, accounts for their incredible reflexes and balance.

What with the number?
The old proverb goes, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” And if you’re going to give a cat magic lives, nine is as good a number to start with as any. Although this proverb is not factual, it’s based on general feline behavior. They love to play with their prey and although they do come back most of the time, they do also run away whenever given the chance. Cats are tricky that way.

The Greek also used to believe that the number nine represents the trinity of all trinities – a holy number that has remained mystical to all. The number is said to invoke religion and tradition. Magical indeed! While we can’t count on our cats having nine lives, we can always count on them landing safely. They’ll be around for a long while.

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5 Ways To Make Your Connection With Your Dog More Meaningful

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Maintaining a meaningful connection with your furry friend might not be as easy as you would like to think it is. Hectic schedules and packed timelines often end up taking a toll on the time with your dog. However, if you find yourself wondering how to establish a more meaningful connect with your dog, try to make the best of what you’ve got. Here are some ways to go about it.

Reserve A Weekend Just For Him

Come Friday and we all have a weekend to-do list up our alley. Try giving all of that a break for once and just spend at least one lazy weekend a month with your pet. Just engage in something you both enjoy – a game, a walk or could be anything else! Your dog has a way of knowing when you go the extra mile and so the effort will be worthwhile.

Talk to them

Everyone has a way of conversing with their pets, and their four-legged friends also have a language to respond. Take this little connection to the next level and talk it out with them, literally! Do not just stick to your usual non-verbal ways of communication, try expressing yourself the way you do with other family members. The dogs are intelligent enough to pick up the signs and improve their responses too.

Introduce Them To The Important People In Your Life

You want all the people you value in your life to strike a chord with the people close to you. And so, your beloved dog should be no exception to the case. Never mind bringing over and introducing new people in your life to your pet. Let him take his time to recognize them and understand they’re important to you. That way, they’ll not only bond well with them but also make your connection with the dog even deeper.

Know Why They Get Cranky And When To Worry About It

Different dogs have different behavioral issues and so they have to be dealt with differently. Some of them become irritable around visitors, others may get cranky if they sense attention deficit. If you know the usual traits of your dog, it’s easier to deal with them. However, if you notice something beyond comprehension in his behavior, do seek medical intervention.

Do Something New With Them

Think humans are the only one who get bored when life gets monotonous? Well, think again! You might give yourself a pat on the back for meticulously taking care of their diet and health but maybe that’s not enough. Occasionally, take them out to bond with other pets in the vicinity, or train him to do something new that you both enjoy doing.

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5 Ways To Make Your Connection With Your Dog More Meaningful

Image Source : Pixabay.com

Maintaining a meaningful connection with your furry friend might not be as easy as you would like to think it is. Hectic schedules and packed timelines often end up taking a toll on the time with your dog. However, if you find yourself wondering how to establish a more meaningful connect with your dog, try to make the best of what you’ve got. Here are some ways to go about it.

Reserve A Weekend Just For Him

Come Friday and we all have a weekend to-do list up our alley. Try giving all of that a break for once and just spend at least one lazy weekend a month with your pet. Just engage in something you both enjoy – a game, a walk or could be anything else! Your dog has a way of knowing when you go the extra mile and so the effort will be worthwhile.

Talk to them

Everyone has a way of conversing with their pets, and their four-legged friends also have a language to respond. Take this little connection to the next level and talk it out with them, literally! Do not just stick to your usual non-verbal ways of communication, try expressing yourself the way you do with other family members. The dogs are intelligent enough to pick up the signs and improve their responses too.

Introduce Them To The Important People In Your Life

You want all the people you value in your life to strike a chord with the people close to you. And so, your beloved dog should be no exception to the case. Never mind bringing over and introducing new people in your life to your pet. Let him take his time to recognize them and understand they’re important to you. That way, they’ll not only bond well with them but also make your connection with the dog even deeper.

Know Why They Get Cranky And When To Worry About It

Different dogs have different behavioral issues and so they have to be dealt with differently. Some of them become irritable around visitors, others may get cranky if they sense attention deficit. If you know the usual traits of your dog, it’s easier to deal with them. However, if you notice something beyond comprehension in his behavior, do seek medical intervention.

Do Something New With Them

Think humans are the only one who get bored when life gets monotonous? Well, think again! You might give yourself a pat on the back for meticulously taking care of their diet and health but maybe that’s not enough. Occasionally, take them out to bond with other pets in the vicinity, or train him to do something new that you both enjoy doing.

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Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: BlogPaws Conference Donation

Are you counting down to the BlogPaws Conference with us? This week’s Wordless Wednesday blog hop is dedicated to a BlogPaws Conference donation. Are you coming to the conference in May? Are you considering coming? If you are coming or even considering it, there is a key date to keep in mind.

Get registered by 11:59 pm PST on 04/09/17: That’s the cutoff date in order to be in the random drawing for your favorite 501c3 shelter to win a $2,000 donation from BlogPaws. The winner is drawn at random and will be announced at the BlogPaws 2017 Conference during opening remarks on Thursday, May 18. Tell your friends if they have not registered or if you are on the fence, now is the time to register for the BlogPaws 2017 Conference.

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The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Plus we have the weekly tradition of the Wordless Wednesday BlogPaws Blog Hop! Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the BlogPaws Blog Hop button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:

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You can add the BlogPaws Blog Hop button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, by cutting and pasting the image below. Need more help? Here it is: How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial BP_Wordless_wed_Hop_Logo_2014



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Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: BlogPaws Conference Donation

Are you counting down to the BlogPaws Conference with us? This week’s Wordless Wednesday blog hop is dedicated to a BlogPaws Conference donation. Are you coming to the conference in May? Are you considering coming? If you are coming or even considering it, there is a key date to keep in mind.

Get registered by 11:59 pm PST on 04/09/17: That’s the cutoff date in order to be in the random drawing for your favorite 501c3 shelter to win a $2,000 donation from BlogPaws. The winner is drawn at random and will be announced at the BlogPaws 2017 Conference during opening remarks on Thursday, May 18. Tell your friends if they have not registered or if you are on the fence, now is the time to register for the BlogPaws 2017 Conference.

BlogPaws Conference register

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Plus we have the weekly tradition of the Wordless Wednesday BlogPaws Blog Hop! Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the BlogPaws Blog Hop button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:

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You can add the BlogPaws Blog Hop button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, by cutting and pasting the image below. Need more help? Here it is: How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial BP_Wordless_wed_Hop_Logo_2014



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How to Be Creative Instantly

When I taught writing to college freshmen, almost every incoming student said the same thing: “I can’t write.” Why? The inevitable answer: “Because I’m not creative.”

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I hear this from bloggers, too. “I wish I could X, but I’m not creative enough.”

Friends, I’m here to tell you that you ARE creative.

Every single one of us, whether we like it or not, is a creative being. It’s just that somewhere along the way, “creativity” became synonymous with the visual arts–drawing, painting, sculpting, and so on–when, in fact, creativity is something all of us do every single day. We innovate solutions to problems. We crack jokes on our friends’ Facebook pages. We take and edit images. We doodle on a notepad during a long conference call. We write emails that explain our thought processes. And on and on… we all create all day long!

That said, when it comes to creating work, whether it’s a painting, a poem, a blog post, or an Instagram story, sometimes we get stuck.

It happens to everyone.

What separates the most productive creators from the least productive?

It’s what you do after you find yourself stuck.

You can give in and call it writer’s block.

Or, you can push through the block almost immediately with one of these tips for how to be creative in an instant:

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Activate a different part of your brain.

If you just can’t get that post written, pick up your phone and start snapping pics of your pets. If you’ve been taking photos and can’t seem to get the shot you want, grab a pencil and a piece of paper and start doodling. It doesn’t have to be museum-quality work with any of these projects. It just has to keep your brain active but focused on something novel. Your subconscious will be busily drafting your post so that when you come back to it later, it seems to appear out of nowhere.

Take a walk.

Or a shower or a swim. I’m sure you’ve heard it said–or you’ve said it yourself–that the best ideas come when you’re in the shower or out on a walk. Just like in the artistic distraction mentioned above, taking on a physical activity that allows your mind to wander relieves the immediate pressure of, “OMG! Why can’t I just write this stinking post!” You burn off that anxiety and get back to your desk refreshed.

Honestly? Just do it.

I don’t believe entirely in writer’s block, to be honest. Writing, like any other skill, needs concentrated effort. I personally believe that blocks come from external factors–like fear or doubt–and can be overcome simply by doing the work. Here’s the key, though: The work doesn’t have to be good! It just has to happen. So, here’s what I would have my students do who said they were facing down writer’s block. Take out a piece of paper and your favorite writing utensil (for this to work, it has to be a handwritten exercise… no typing allowed!). Start at the top of your page and write: I don’t want to write. Then, sentence two: I don’t want to write because _____. Sentence three: I don’t want to write because _____, and I feel _____. Sentence four: I don’t want to write because _____, and I feel _____, but if I had to write it would be about _____. Sentences five to as many as it takes all have to start with: I don’t want to write.

Example: I don’t want to write. I don’t want to write because it’s flipping hard today. I don’t want to write because it’s flipping hard today, and I feel frustrated that I can’t get this post out. I don’t want to write because it’s flipping hard today, and I feel frustrated that I can’t get this post out, but if I HAD TO write it would be about how my cat wakes me up every morning by chewing on my hair. I don’t want to write because there’s something missing from this post.

Once you finish the sentences, you’ll either be off and running with a fresh idea (“Why does my cat chew on my hair? I’ll work on that blog post now and come back to this other one later!”), or you’ll be so tired of rewriting the words “I don’t want to write,” that you’ll just park it in your chair and start typing.

There you have it: how to be creative, well, if not instantly pretty quickly. Have you ever felt blocked in your work? How do you move past it if you get stuck? Have any of these tips ever worked for you?

Maggie Marton serves as the BlogPaws blog manager. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at ohmydogblog.com and maggiemarton.com.

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