I’m in NY this weekend at my parents’ house, and I brought Venus! We are headed to NYC this evening to see Jerry Seinfeld standup. Her and Norman will have the house to themselves tonight. I let Venus free roam around the backyard for a little bit since she doesn’t get much outdoor time lately.
Before adopting a cat, it’s important to know if you’d rather have a male or female kitty companion. There are some differences to consider…
- Males will always be larger in size.
- More muscular.
- Tend to roam more and wander further (especially if outdoor cat).
- Will bond better with females.
- Typically friendlier and more outgoing, although this varies.
- More affectionate and cuddly with their owners.
- May display territorial behavior by spraying.
- Females are smaller in size.
- Less likely to wander, and will stay close to home if let outside.
- Will bond better with males.
- Typically a greater need for attention, or more likely to ask for attention.
- Generally more reserved and independent.
- Strong maternal instincts.
- Also territorial, though more likely to show it by rubbing their bodies to mark their scent.
Neutering/spaying your cat plays an important factor — an un-neutered male is going to be much more aggressive and territorial due to higher levels of testosterone, for example.
“Male vs. female” is simply one factor to think about when determining what type of cat is best for you. It’s also vital to consider breed, age, genetics, and their unique personality traits.
Today my precious cat, Venus, turns three! I am so grateful for all of my time with her. She truly enriches my life, lends emotional support, and offers wacky entertainment.
Anyone who has ever had a pet knows how strong that bond is. Animals teach us so much about our own wild nature. They offer unconditional love and are always there to listen to your troubles, without any judgement.
It was October 2016 when we first met and I was wrapping up my last semester at Del Val. She was so unbelievably tiny! Her eyes were permanently wide as a kitten — in constant awe and bewilderment at the world around her. So innocently curious and adventurous she always has been.
She loves being outdoors! At first I let her roam around free (while living with my parents) but it made me very nervous after hearing so many horror stories about car accidents, so I leash-trained her. I try to take her on walks whenever I can.
Venus is so sweet and absolutely adores attention. She is shy at first but warms up quickly to anyone. It makes her so happy just to get some cuddles. Sometimes too much affection gets her so excited that she can’t even handle it and so she starts biting and scratching — in a playful way — and you have to calm her down.
And then sometimes she gets in her “moods” and acts really sassy. She will pee on everything or she’ll attack me, scratch me, jump in front and try to trip me. She can be so bad!!!
But still I love my princess so much and don’t know what I would do without her!
Happy birthday, V!
Xoxo, your crazy cat lady mama.
Cats seem to have a knack for finding the strangest places to get comfortable in. Since moving into the apartment, Venus has found a few go-to spots for cat-napping.
The closet is actually Venus’s bedroom. She likes to jump up into the cubby and lay down on the second-to-bottom shelf. That way she is up high enough to feel safe, but not so high that she’s too scared to jump back down. She turns the clothing into her blankets. Very comfy, indeed. It’s also nice and dark in there.
Another popular choice for Venus is the bathroom. This is her second bedroom. It’s nice and dark in there as well, until someone rudely barges in and turns on the lights, then obnoxiously makes a lot of noise by flushing the toilet and running the sink. Umm, excuse me? I’m trying to rest here. Go away.
Every cat knows that sitting by the window is where its at. That way you can people-watch or dog-watch, or even bug-watch if you’re lucky. Can’t miss out on all that exciting action. And yes, her body looks quite strange in this photo.
Recently, a chair has been placed in the middle of the room. Why? Who knows. But this is the ideal opportunity to find a new spot to chill at.
And of course, my favorite spot of hers is when she sits at the end of the bed. But why is it that cats always insist on sitting at the end of the bed instead of right by your pillow?
Every day brings new opportunities to lay in new spots… who knows what she will come up with next!
The other day, Kevin and I took my kitten Venus for a little hike. We feel bad that she is stuck in a small apartment and we wanted her to get some fresh air. Hopefully next year we will be able to have access to a yard or at least more space. However until then, we have to be creative.
We leashed Venus up, put her in her carrier, and drove her to Fonthill. From there, we carried her to the woods and then safely let her out of her carrier while holding onto the leash. She wore a pink harness to keep her secure.
Venus did much better than we thought. We could easily tell that she loved being outside, surrounded by wildlife and all the different scents for her to smell. At times it was hard to keep her on the trail, but overall she didn’t have any issues. By the end of the walk she was panting. We had waited until evening to walk her but it was still very hot outside.
Finally, we brought her back home (she hates the car). She gobbled down her dinner and then slept like a rock for the rest of the night!