Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. This week, my focus is on cats because it’s Adopt-a-Cat Month, tomorrow is Hug Your Cat Day (better adopt one quickly), June 7 is Pet Appreciation Day, and June 17 is a Purr-fect Day.
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The Quirky Quote
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
~ Mark Twain
The Quirky Fact
Cats generally only meow at people – except when mother cats are teaching their babies to meow at people. You may think cats meow at other cats, but experts define that as yowling. According to this fascinating article, the cat’s meow has multiple meanings:
- If the emphasis is on the “mmmm” it means the cat likes you.
- If the e of the meow is stressed, it can signal physical discomfort, such as being hungry or cold.
- The meow that cats use most with humans has a long ah-sound. (Sort of me-ahh-ow) It’s often a cat demanding to be fed after you ignored the e.
- As for the ow part, it depends on the inflection. If it’s high pitched, like a human asking a question, it’s positive, like “Wanna play?” If it drops in pitch towards the end, like meowu, it’s negative – perhaps disgust with us for being slow to understand.
None of those observations work in Korean where the sound cats make is interpreted as yaong, or in Japanese, where it’s nyan. This delightfully illustrated expressions of 10 animals in 14 languages is a must see.
Are you a cat-lover? Here are a few famous cat-lovers. Do any surprise you?
- The Brontë sisters
- Sean Connery
- Charles Dickens
- T.S. Eliot
- Ernest Hemingway
- Victor Hugo
- Grace Kelly
- John Lennon
- Jay Leno
- Claude Monet
- Auguste Renoir
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Vanna White
- William Wordsworth
And Florence Nightingale owned 60 cats in her lifetime.
One of the customized webinars I give for clients is on incorporating pet therapy in residential care settings that makes the case for going beyond cats and dogs to llamas and more. With COVID 19, your live possibilities are limited, but you might be surprised by what’s still possible. Contact me for more information at Kathy@WiserNow.com, and check out my other favorite webinars to give at www.WiserNow.com.
I have written at least half a dozen trivia quizzes about cats, in part because there are lots
of words, idioms, puns, and proverbs about them. You’ve all heard many of them. “It’s the cat’s pajamas,” by the way, is an expression coined in the 1920’s by Thomas A. Dorgan when such clothing (then spelled “pyjamas”) was a new fashion item. It means it’s the best there is of that kind.
This quiz goes beyond the common, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play,” to a few you may not have heard of. See if you can fill in the blanks:
- Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the ____________ did it.
- Nervous as a cat in a room full of _________________
- After dark all cats are _____________.
- The cat was created when the ______________ sneezed.
- A cat in ________ catches no mice.
- You look like the cat that got the __________
- Busier than a ________ cat in a dry sandbox
- And similar: Busier than a ________cat watching two mouse holes.
Answers at the end of this document.
The Shameless Request
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The Kiosk of Resources
Answers to Quiz
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My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire am doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com)