To cats, January 1st is just another day. They may notice that breakfast comes a little later than it normally does, or that party-happy humans are a little grumpier on the 1st than they might otherwise be, but cats may not appreciate the significance of the arrival of a new year. As a result, they might not set resolutions, as their human counterparts do.
It's a little sad, as many resolutions humans might have could also apply to their cats.
Take Popoki here. She's posing in front of what is a part of my New Year's resolution: My new Nordic Trac. I don't need to lose weight, per se. But I do need to make sure that I am doing some sort of aerobic exercise each day so I can keep my stress level down and my optimism level up (after the compassion fatigue disaster of 2016, this is more important than ever). Having a machine in my studio I can use every day, rain or shine, helps me ensure that I work out every day.
Popoki also needs to work on her optimism. In the winter, when the days are cold and bleak, she can't head out into the catio for daily stimulation breaks. She doesn't like the cold and she doesn't appreciate the rain. So she has to stay inside. And I notice that she isn't moving as much as a result.
Since she isn't heading outside as much, and she isn't moving as much, she is putting on a little winter weight. And that's something that needs to stop.
So this week, I am installing a set of cat stairs for this sweet girl. They will allow her to climb up a wall behind my desk onto a shelf that sits just below a semi-circular window that faces the street. She'll see a ton from up there, and she'll be warm from the heat that rises in the room. She should be motivated to use those stairs as a result, and that should help her to move, to feel better and to lose weight.
It's something to look forward to in 2017, right? I'll have photos of her progress next Sunday, so be sure to check back.
And for this week's Sunday Selfie, as hosted by The Cat On My Head, Popoki wanted to do something special. She's ceding the floor to a distant relative she's never met. Her name is Nellie, and she's a German shorthair pointer. If you follow Popoki's Instagram account, you may have seen Nellie's pretty mug last week.
Nellie lives with my dear cousin, and Nellie is very much a working dog. Her breed is designed to help families do things like farm and hunt, and Nellie is a great representative of her breed. As a result, she isn't very friendly with small things that look like prey (like my teeny Boston terrier or any of my cats). So she doesn't ever come to visit me. But I always enjoy visiting with her. She has such expressive eyes, accentuated by lovely brows, and she has the most endearing little woof. Popoki and I both thought her selfie deserved a place of prominence on the blog this week. So here she is, in all her glory.
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