Saturday, November 15, 2014

9Lives: 'Morris the Cat' Needs Your Help & A #Giveaway @MorrisApproved














How to Pet a Cat (or Dog if Your Must) By Morris the cat (9Lives)

One thing I've discovered throughout my years of living well is that more than a few humans could really benefit from cat-petting instruction. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s not a lesson they teach in school.
Although every cat is different and has a unique set of purr-worthy zones, us felines usually have some common petting preferences. So put down your smart phone. Fasten your seat belt. Make sure your seatbacks and tray tables are in their fully upright and locked positions. It's time to learn some life skills, people!

To bond with your cat — and receive a happy purr or friendly head butt, if you do it right -- follow my specific steps for these 9 must-learn and must-do cat petting techniques:




1. The Chin Chillin'Purpose: Activate scent glands, assist with groomingPopularized by: Jay Leno, Marlon BrandoStep 1: Locate the underside of the chin where the jawbone connects to the skull.Step 2: Take one hand and scratch rapidly like your fingers are doing "The Riverdance."Step 3: Listen for a Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. (Congratulations, you're doing it right!)


2. The Swedish EarmuffsPurpose: Stimulate glands, release tensionPopularized by: Abba, Vince VaughnStep 1: Place your thumb and forefinger behind our ears.Step 2: Rub them back and forth like Johnny Manziel after scoring a touchdown.Step 3: Watch us melt into a purring ball of cuddles. (Hint: Drool is good!)


3. The Booty-O-VatorPurpose: Therapeutic relaxation, triggering kitten memoriesPopularized by: Jennifer Lopez, Sir Mix-a-LotStep 1: Locate your cat’s rear muscles, right above the tail.Step 2: Squeeze your hands in and out like you’re kneading dough.Step 3: Go slow and steady… this isn’t the latest Vin Diesel movie.NOTE: When we position our rear towards you, it is an offer of camaraderie—much like a posterior Facebook “friend request.”





4. The Neckasaurus RexBenefits: Stress relief, cat-human bondingPopularized by: Keira Knightley, Gweneth PaltrowStep 1: Feel the spot at the base of your cat’s skull where the head meets the neck.Step 2: Use your finger and thumb to create a circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes.Step 3: Watch your cat rub his face against you like a little furry windshield wiper.


5. The Brain HurricaneBenefits: Stimulates creativity, tends to end in nappingPopularized by: Natalie Portman, Danica McKellarStep 1: Put your thumb and index finger on the top of your cat's head.Step 2: Pretend you are a large lobster and gently pinch your thumb and index finger back and forth.Step 3: Your cat will likely blink and nod in approval (and lucky you for having opposable thumbs!).


6. The Smooth Operator
Benefits: Muscle relaxation, back alignmentPopularized by: Marvin Gaye, Boyz II MenStep 1: Place one hand in a flat position on the upper portion of your cat's back.Step 2: Swoop your hand down the entire length of your cat's back saying “smooooth” as you do it.Step 3: You may feel us stretch out our limbs and paws in kitty delight.


7. The Lumbardi PartyBenefits: Helps release toxins and chemicals, relieves the stress of chasing red laser dotsPopularized by: Rihanna, Vince LombardiStep 1: Put down your smartphone and place two hands on our lower back and sides.Step 2: Position your fingers to form a cat-ready fine-tooth comb.Step 3: Move your hands to and fro, pausing every so often to let us ask for more.NOTE: I highly recommend pairing this petting experience with a follow-up nap in a nice sunny spot.


8. The Get CheekyBenefits: Social bonding, marks you with our scent glandsPopularized by: Angelina Jolie, Gisele BundchenStep 1: Locate your cat's temporal gland on the upper cheek between the eye and ear.Step 2: Keep your fingers relaxed but firm and give your cat a nice scratch.Step 3: Much like an NFL football player, you may become the recipient of a friendly head butt.


9. The ShoulderificBenefits: Therapeutic massagePopularized by: Michelle Obama, Ashley GreeneStep 1: Place two hands on your cat's back, one on each shoulder blade.Step 2: Press inward with your palms and use soft circular movements (but don't press on the spine).Step 3: Feel great about your rapid accumulation of positive kitty points and good cat karma.

Wanna know exactly what a cat sees? Check out my first 'catventure' where I am outfitted with cutting-edge wearable technology straight from Silicon Valley:>>  The 'Cat's Eye View' Experience >>  http://www.9lives.com/catseyeview/(Take two minutes to try "Cat's Eye View" ... you'll be laughing like crazy.)And guess what? I'm now on social media. That's right, I can tweet and hashtag like the best of them (#YOL9 !!). So what are you waiting for, follow me back!


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38 comments:

Amy Orvin said...

I have 4 cats named Chester, Bubba, Little and Ryder.

Jeremy Cartwright said...

I have 3:) Bruce, Bob and Frank

cloud10277 said...

My cats name is Mystic.

Irene Lirette said...

I have 2 cats. The female is Daisy and the Male is Pepper.

Denise S. said...

My cats are Snickers and Valentine.

Mary Somerville said...

Our little boy is named Henry Hugs.

slb3334 said...

my cat is spooky.

Anonymous said...

My cat's name is Minnie. :)

kellyr78 said...

My cat's name is Buddy. He looks a lot like Morris.

sweepmom said...

My cat's name is Mikey.

amp said...

I have 4 kitties-Hope, Monkey, Gretal and Max



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Anonymous said...

We have 2 girl cats..Monster and Daphanie

Connie Lee said...

Ms.Kitty is my cat's name, she would love to win this prize.

calvad said...

My cat's name is Frankie. Thanks for the chance.

CindyWindy2003 said...

Got 3 of them- Vester, Oreo, and Bit Bit.

Stephanie Grant said...

My kitty cats names are Kat and Grim :)!
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smilekisses said...

My cat's name is Kiki Marie. Thank you for the giveaway.

tat2gurlzrock said...

Baby Kitty says thanks you!

Terry Cross said...

My cat's name is Luna

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

We have two cats,Moses is ten and Scooter is nine.

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Anonymous said...

My princess cat's name is Mimi.

MARK WHEELER said...

Buffy and Willow

Jammie Morey said...

Stubbie because he only has part of a tail!

Maria Simon said...

OUR LITTLE GIRLS NAME IS FLUFFY :)

laurasloves said...

We have 3 cats. Princess, Gwyn and Scotty.
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Leanne Godfrey said...

His name is Woody! Have a great weekend!

Lisa Pecora said...

I have two cats, Cody and Kaci

Stephanie Larison said...

Our cats named are Precious and Skittles.

Trisha McKee said...

My cat's name is Spazz.

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Melanie Comello said...

His name is Hammerhead!

Anne N. said...

My cat's name is OJ.

SandySue210 said...

I have seven - Vicki, Vanna, Sammy, Samantha, Silver, Tuxxie and Little One!

janet m said...

MY 15 YR OLD CAT'S NAME IS BROWNIE AND SHE IS A TORTIE:)

Leslie said...

They are Joxer, Gabby and Calli.

Nicole C. said...

My cat's names are Michael and Biscotti!

Sarah Hall said...

My cat's name is Killer.

Lynde Foy said...

Our cat is named Nala Boo Boo:)

channallocks said...

Boo ,Bolt, and Ryan