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Left: Lady - Lady was a stray that we saved. She'd had kittens, but we could not find them. We took Lady home with us, and nursed her back to health (she was a mess!), and named her Lady after we noticed her habit of poshly holding up a front paw when she wanted something. She's been through a lot, and we've almost lost her a few times - but the Goddess has kept my lil baby with me, and she's now about 12 years old and healthy as ever.
Center: Pippa - This was the first kitten I remember raising. I was about 7 when we got her, and I loved her to death - even though she chewed the ear off my favorite stuffed animal. She was put down in 1991 or 92, I think. She lives on in my heart though. Blessed Be, ~Taliana WolfSpirit
Right: The picute is entitled 'Princess Tara' I thought you might enjoy it even if it is too big to put on the site. (Daven's Note: Picture resized for space.) She is my magickal friend and loves to be near all things from the goddess. ~Lisa
Center: Here is a picture of Roodie. He was abandoned by an apartment above my workplace and was desperately trying to survive in a gutter on that busy street. The first day I heard about him and saw him I took him home. He has been with us for over 2 years now and is very healthy and amazingly communicates his love and gratitude. From his serious eyes and his battle scars from his days of fighting for his survival we call him our "little lion". ~Winter
Right: This is an extremely candid photo of my furry feline friend, Tuxedo. The breach of trust in failing to support his normally cool facade cost me a bundle in catnip, but the picture made me laugh so much it was worth it! He is extremely intuitive to moods and loves to sit in front of my altar and meditate. ~Iris
Center: This pic is of my daughter(Arra Starr's)familiar Freakishi. She got her name because she is a freak, and after a famous japanese food critic. She loves her squirrel, and carries it around with her everywhere. ~Aphrodite
Right: My daughter and I found Cappy at 2:00AM laying in the road, injured after being hit by a car. We brought him to the vet and he recovered and we took him home. He is also deaf. He is the most awesome cat I have ever met. He and I bonded immediately. I only recently discovered The Wiccan Way. My path in life is now clear to me after 51 years of searching. ~Noni
Center: This is Gobban our forge cat. Gobban (Go'-ban) is Scots-Gaelic for "blacksmith". We named him before we moved near the forge site. It seems we picked the right name though. Every time we head out to the forge he follows, and if he's not let right in he will cry until we do let him in. Our smithy is our circle (since we work with all the elements we positioned them in their quarters to make a permanent circle). Although we have three other cats Gobban is the only one who enters the circle while we work and "participates". ~Daniel T. Crowther & Sarah M. Ritchie-Crowther http://www.oakandacorn.com
Right: These are more than my cats -- they are truly my family! Each one of them is so special to me! Each one is different, but I love them each so much! Mikey is so cute his picture has been on the Internet as Pet of the Day with IWon! Mikey is my youngest-- he is also the largest! He weighs 14 pounds (double the weight of any of my other cats!) He is the most affectionate, climbing on top of me in the middle of the night to get kissed on the head -- he also loves to be hugged -- long and hard like a dog!
Center: Hen-ni (Korean for Sunshine) is a Blue Bengal from Beverly Hills! He is the human of the group. He is smarter than any cat I have ever seen! He likes to be cuddled like and infant and kisses my third eye! He also talks to me -- REALLY! He is so responsive that when he got lost outside once, he answered me when I called him and I was able to find him in the blackness of our woods!
Right: Merlin is my baby -- he was the one who healed my broken heart when I lost my first cat. He is the sweetest and sometimes most timid. He is truly my familiar and is all mine. He is very shy with others but loves ritual and loves his Momma (Me). ~Lady Alura
Center: The second is Angus. Angus is especially fond of eating...and that includes herbs, tarot cards, licking the runes and drinking the water element during spells. ~Sheacat
Right: This is my cat Gemini. She's curled up on my lap as I type... She has this sense of knowing when I'm talking about her... or if I'm thinking about a soul friend of mine, Jerid. She has orange blotches all over her... one dot right in bewtween her ears, surrounded by a white cirle. I dont know if it means something, but it does to me. Her name definetly fits her dual personalities... Loving one second, and fiesty the next. But that makes me love her all the more! ~Jess
Center: Here is my youngest kitty and her name is CoCo Chanel. She is a playful and protective kitty. She was a gift given to me by the Goddess Bast.
Right: Here is my second oldest kitty and she is a Princess of kitty. Her name is Briar Rose. And is a very soild kitty and when I have Circle she loves to sit in the North sending her strength and solid nature. ~Panthea
Center: "Runtball" cruising in front of the altar.
Right: My shadow, familiar, beloved "Smudge" hanging out on his Cat Pad in front of the Yule tree. ~Kim
Right: This is my Familiar, faithful friend and guardian, "Sparky". He's 16 years old and has finally stopped chewing through electrical chords! ~Circe
The Purr of a Cat
This is probably the single most often asked question, "How do cats purr?" The answer, in a nutshell is; no one knows.
Scientists have a few gueses, however. There is one group who believe that air moving over a "false larynx" causes the purr, and another group believes that it is caused by large blood vessels in the throat vibrating cause the purr.
There is not even a consensus about why a cat purrs. It is known from observation that the cat will purr when content, when it is happy, but there are many cases where the cat will purr when in pain or giving birth. It is also known that cats purr when the young are feeding, sort of a call to chow by the mother.
According to Britannica.com, the purr can be seen as a kind of "mantra", intended to comfort and to return the cat's consiousness to a "safer" time, that of kittenhood.
There is no doubt, however, that we are totally attracted to our furry companions by that mysterious purr. Just hearing it across the room makes most of us want to go and start petting and hugging them.
(Kittidiot's aside: Personally, I use purring as a meditation. A way to forget for a while the trials of my life and to be at peace. Usually I use it when a foot is being swung at me, encouraging me outside, after I sharpened my claws on the couch. Don't know why that would upset my pets, but, there you go.)
Persoanlly, I still find it amazing that cats can purr while both inhaling and exhaling. I tried it once, and almost choked. But I hope the scientists never unravel the mystery of the purr. It's too enchanting. Once you know the magician's secret, the magic he does isn't nearly as attractive anylonger.
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