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Friday Films: Why Do Cats Purr?

(Quote image by Cat Quote Images)

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.

              ~ Barbara L. Diamond

Today’s Friday Film features a video by award-winning cat writer and About.com: Cats Guide Franny Suyfy and addresses the facts and theories of how and why cats purr.  Is it strictly to show us humans how much the cat adores us, or something more complex?

This link isn’t embeddable, so you will need to click on the title below to go to Franny’s site to watch it.  Franny has an amazing knowledge of cats and cat behavior, and even offers free online courses and newsletters if you want to learn more about your feline companion.  Franny lives in northern California, not far from Sacramento.

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Why Do Cats Purr?

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Adopt A LAPCAT featured another one of Franny’s videos last year that continues to be one of our most viewed posts.  You can see it here:

https://lapcats.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/friday-films-identifying-cat-breeds/

October 12, 2012 Posted by | About.com: Cats E-courses, Cat Behavior, Education, Friday Films, Videos | , , , , | Comments Off on Friday Films: Why Do Cats Purr?

Friday Films: Identifying Cat Breeds

Poster available from Cat Fancier's Association (CFA)

Our past few Friday Films have been for fun; today we are going to get a little education in on Felis domesticus by About.com/Cats Guide Franny Syufy.

Identifying Cat Breeds

Think you know your cat breeds?  Here’s a test.  If you are humbled (like I was) and want to learn more about the individual cat breeds, Franny offers some great free email courses on cats at About.com.

Poster source :  CFA, July 2011

November 18, 2011 Posted by | About.com: Cats E-courses, Education, Franny Syufy, About.com: Cats Guide, Friday Films, Videos | , , , | Comments Off on Friday Films: Identifying Cat Breeds

Want to Learn More About Cats?

965ca937-8f4d-46c0-9ee9-7c1d5618ae48About.com.Cats offers 6 free courses you can take by email to increase your knowledge about the feline members of your family.  About.com.Cats guide and cat expert Franny Syufy is a member of the Cat Writers’ Association, an organization of prominent cat writers, photographers, artists, and broadcasters. She won awards from CWA for her writing in 2003, 2004, and 2005, including the prestigious PurinaOne Health Award for her article, “When to Call Your Veterinarian for Your Cat.” In 2005, Franny was honored with the Muse Medallion in CWA’s online magazine competition.

Franny’s mission, in her own words:

To give back to the cats who have so enriched my world by encouraging responsible stewardship of cats, and promoting increased awareness of the plight of “throwaway cats,” the homeless and abandoned cats in alleys, parks, and animal shelters and rescues all over the world. To support those humane groups in giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. To make a difference to the world of cats.

Besides her online classes, Franny also blogs about cats, produces a newsletter, and has written a very extensive online reference library.  If you want to learn more about cats,  About.com.Cats is the place to do it!  Franny’s site is interactive and features a cat community and forum where you can “talk cats” , debate about cats, and learn about cats to your heart’s content.

These Courses Are Presently Available:

October 9, 2011 Posted by | About.com: Cats E-courses, Cat Behavior, Cat Care, Cat Food, Cat Health, Cat Training, Education, Franny Syufy, About.com: Cats Guide, Newsletters about Cats | , , , | Comments Off on Want to Learn More About Cats?

Cat Behavior 101: Free Email Course from About.com: Cats

imageIf you enjoy learning more about cats, you can’t go wrong enrolling in About.com:  Cats guide Franny Syufy’s online classes.  Her newest is in collaboration with contributing writer Amy Shojai, CABC, on cat behavior.  Franny reports that they’ve finally accumulated enough articles for a comprehensive primer on the most commonly reported behavior issues.   Daily Lesson topics include Introducing New Cats, Handling Cat Aggression, and Illegal Scratching Behavior. There are nine daily lessons in all. If you have unresolved behavior issues with your cats, I encourage you to sign up for the Cat Behavior 101 Email Course today.

More information on Franny’s other free courses is available here.

Source:  About.com:  Cats

January 11, 2011 Posted by | About.com: Cats E-courses, Cat Behavior, Education, Franny Syufy, About.com: Cats Guide | , , , , | Comments Off on Cat Behavior 101: Free Email Course from About.com: Cats

Cats 101

Cat e-courses are fun!

Snugglebuns likes to learn!

Want to learn more about our feline friends?  Or are your children pestering  you for a kitty and you want them to know “the big picture”–what good cat care is all about–before taking on a new family member?  Or do you have a senior cat and want to make sure he/she is around and enjoying life as long as possible?

About.com:  Cats offers several good free e-courses dealing with cats and kittens.  Lessons are short and simple, and well-written.  Cats guide Franny Syufy knows her stuff and presents it well.  Along with the e-courses, you can sign up for a weekly newsletter, or just follow along with Franny’s great blog.

E-courses offered include:

  • Introduction to Cat Care – Your New Cat
  • Kitten Care – Your New Kitten
  • The Golden Years – Care of Your Senior Cat V1.w
  • The Golden Years – Care of Your Senior Cat V2.w
  • The Roll of Food in Your Cat’s Health
  • Cat of the Week
  • Cat Quiz of the Week
  • Care of a Pregnant Cat (We know yours are fixed, but maybe an affectionate stray has wandered in?)
  • Breed of the Week Section 1
  • Cat Breed of the Week Section 2

For more information on the courses or for some great reading about cats in general, check out About.com:  Cats.

October 20, 2010 Posted by | About.com: Cats E-courses, Cat Behavior, Cat Care, Cat Food, Cat Health, Education, Franny Syufy, About.com: Cats Guide, Newsletters about Cats | Comments Off on Cats 101