It’s Friday Feline Fun day! Happy Friday to feline yogis everywhere and to the humans who serve them! In the continual celebration of the magnificent species which is the cat below are a few fun feline facts plus a few links to some fun cat stories!
- The cat has been in our homes for only 5,000 years. Compare that to the dog which was domesticated by man as a hunting partner 10,000 years ago.
- There are approximately 220 million domestic cats in the world according to the International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH). Their figures exclude strays or community cats. So just think how many cats total there are in the world!
- The Egyptians are the first “cat nuts” on record. By 3000 B. C. they were considered sacred. They Egyptians held cats in such awe that anyone who killed or injured a cat was put to death. And if an Egyptian’s house caught fire, the house cat was saved first. Talk about a culture that held cats in high esteem and worshiped them for the deities they are!
Cat Stories you MUST Check Out!
Pippy and I love the whole idea of Japanese cat cafes. We came across a charming little travel blog this week called Sarah’s Excellent Adventures. She does a great job of giving you the skinny on what it’s like inside a Japanese Cat Cafe. And if you don’t know what a Japanese Cat Cafe is, all the more reason to check this fun post out!
Japanese Cat Culture
In the mood for some cat fashion? Are all you human yogis out there tired of the same old same old leggings and yoga tees you constantly trek around in even when not in class? Come on! You know what I’m talking about! Cats can now adorn our sweaters, dresses, shoes, headbands and yes probably our yoga clothes as well! Cats have been popping up on the runways and fashion spreads galore lately. Check out this article for some cat fashion inspiration!
Cat Fashion: How These Furrocious Felines Are Dominating Closets Everywhere
Now here’s one for the feline yogis! Pippy and I found yet another charming little blog this week (gotta love Google News alerts! ) and lo and behold came across a kitty who likes yoga mats! We of course at Feline Yogi are not surprised at all. Check out little feline yogi Luna as she practices yoga with her human.
Yoga Cat & Other Obstacles
Meow and Namaste!
Pippy and Paige
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Pippy and Paige would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Paige will be enjoying a vegan feast at a dear friend’s house. Pippy and her feline companions will enjoy a tasty treat from The Honest Kitchen and the community cats in our neighborhood will enjoy a scrumptious meal from Weruva.
This Thanksgiving Pippy is thankful for the following;
- Her humans who keep her well fed with lots of tasty meals
- She has lots of windows to view the birds outside her house
- Her yoga practice
- That her humans have gone several months without bringing a new cat into the house
This Thanksgiving Paige is thankful for all her beautiful felines and turtle who bring her so much joy!
Happy Thanksgiving All!
It’s Friday Feline Fun day! Happy Friday to feline yogis everywhere and the humans who serve them! In honor of the magnificent species which is the cat, we would like to share a few fun quotes, facts, and jokes.
- If left to her own devices, a female cat can have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why population control using neutering and spaying is so important.
- Cats live 14 to 20 years, some 30.
- Cats land on their feet because they have a flexible spine.
- Cats love to nap and their daily naps add up to 16 hours a day of snoozing!
Fun quotes about the Feline
- As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. – Ellen Perry Berkeley
- Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. –Robert A. Heinlein
- As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind. –Cleveland Amory
And now for a few feline jokes:
Q: What color is a happy cat?
Q: Why did everyone like Tom Cat?
A: He was very purrsonable.
Q: Where did the kittens go on their class trip?
A: To a mewseum.
Meow and Namaste!
Pippy and Paige
Feline Yogi Hunter really knows how to de-stress and enjoy life!
Cats are natural yogis and I’ve learned plenty from all the cats I’ve known over the years (especially from Pippy who co-authors this blog with me). Below I share some of my insights.
- The most important pose is Shavasana aka the corpse pose or resting pose. This is the pose practiced at the end of yoga classes but my felines tell me that’s it ‘s them most important pose to practice. They have perfected this pose and practice it numerous times throughout the day.
- If you do enough stretching, deep breathing, and resting you will have little to next to none stress in your life. They should know as their stress level is practically non-existent except when they are trying to wake me up at 5am for their morning feeding and I’m not getting up as fast as they would prefer.
- When doing the classical poses, don’t make such a big deal about what you look like while doing the pose. Just because the lithe young kitten down the street looks a certain way while doing a pose doesn’t mean that every cat has to try to emulate her. Show confidence while doing the poses and act as if you were the poster child for the latest cover of Yoga Journal magazine.
- We all come in different shapes and sizes and we are all gorgeous. It would be boring if we all had the same body type or fur pattern. Whether you are a tabby, calico, Siamese, Maine Coone or any other beautiful breed of cat, you are special and lovely just the way God made you.
- Yoga also reminds us that our natural form is preferable to any outer accessories that we can adorn our bodies with. Yes, fancy cat collars with jewels and bells on them have their place but they are not near as lovely as what we look like in our natural state.
- Downward facing dog was originally meant to be called downward facing cat until the dog lobby invested millions in making the name change. (This was news to me but my cat companions swear it’s true!) At any rate, they say it doesn’t really matter because if dogs have such big egos and need the pose to reflect their name then so be it! Cats know that no species can stretch quite like them plus they say it’s an excellent opportunity to practice non attachment and keeping one’s ego in check.
- Take the necessary time to care for yourself because no one else will do it for you. Cats are always grooming themselves and making sure they have plenty of “me time” before they give back to those they love. They know if they don’t take care of themselves first they will be of little use to their loved ones or communities.
- Yoga is about letting go and being in the present. Don’t worry about the future because there will always be food in the food bowl and cat nip aplenty if you just trust your higher power to provide for you.
Meow and Namaste!