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Update on Lil' Eli

May 25, 2008 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode

Thanks for all your kind well wishes for our little Eli guy. I know you have helped to channel some very positive vibes our way that have aided the medication and TLC in helping him get better.

(photo: Eli lounging on bath mat waiting for me to finsh my calgon bath)   I wanted to give an Eli update. Eli's health appears to be improving. His symptoms are all but gone including the sneezing. His appetite is incredible. He and Mazey are still co-existing. She is quite amused that he is apprehensive of her but today he actually layed next to us as I was rubbing Mazey's belly.

(photo right: Eli in middle of a craft project. He is of little help.)   Thanks to I've been able to attempt to break the cat code to decipher what the heck Eli is always talking about. He's a talker alright. Very loud when hungry but mouths a series of silent meows when he seems to be discussing an issue with me....

from: Vocal Sounds and body Language for Cat Owners 101/Morons/Me

Although a cat cannot talk to us it can communicate with ourselves and other animals by vocal sounds and body language.

(picture: Eli finding it quite amusing being tickled by a leaf.)

Purring is the sound that comes from deep within the circulatory system of a cat. Why does a cat purr? Some reasons given are:

• A sign of contentment and relaxation
• A mother will purr at her kittens to reassure them
• Kittens will purr at their mother to let her know they are warm and secure
• Cats will purr when then are nervous and frightened
• Cats will purr if they are ill

We often hear a cat meowing when wanting attention, e.g. looking food. A louder meow sound, which often sounds more like screaming, can be heard when a cat is fighting or before mating.

The posture of a cat can reflect a cat’s mood!

(picture: Eli finally playing with a ribbon.)

A Happy Cat
A relaxed cat will let its eyelids rest half-closed. Its ears will point slightly forward and outward. A happy cat will greet its owner with an erect tail with the tail tip bent forward.

Passive Submission
When a cat rolls to one side from a crouched posture it signals passive submission. A frightened/submissive cat will have its tail low. A submissive cat will look away from the offender.

(photo: some aggressive tiger i've got, teasing eli with a leaf on his head. he must think he's in the jungle.)

Defensive Cat

When a cat feels threatened its eyes will dilate. Ears will be flatten to protect them from attack. A defensive cat will arch its back up to make itself look bigger. Its tail will be arched and bristled

Aggressive Cat
An aggressive cat will often put its ears back and hiss or growl at the intruder. It may position itself to look like it is ready to pounce or it may roll on its back with its teeth and claws displayed ready to fight. An aggressive cat’s tail will be straight and bristled. When the tail thrashes from side to side it is a sign it is about to attack.

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