'] . '" ' . $item_id; if( !empty($content['option']['background']) || !empty($padding) ){ echo 'style="'; if( !empty($content['option']['background-type']) && $content['option']['background-type'] == 'full-color' ){ echo !empty($content['option']['background'])? 'background-color: ' . $content['option']['background'] . '; ': ''; } echo $border; echo $padding; echo '" '; } echo '>'; $inner_container = false; $inner_style = ''; if( empty($content['option']['background-type']) || $content['option']['background-type'] == 'color' ){ $inner_container = true; $inner_style = ' style="background-color: ' . $content['option']['background'] . ';" '; } echo '
'; echo ($inner_container)? '
': ''; foreach( $content['items'] as $item ){ if( $item['item-type'] == 'wrapper' ){ gdlr_print_column_wrapper( $item ); }else{ gdlr_print_item( $item ); } } echo '
'; echo ($inner_container)? '
': ''; echo '
'; // close container echo ''; // close wrapper } } // print parallax wrapper if( !function_exists('gdlr_print_parallax_wrapper') ){ function gdlr_print_parallax_wrapper( $content ){ global $parallax_wrapper_id; $parallax_wrapper_id = empty($parallax_wrapper_id)? 1: $parallax_wrapper_id; if( empty($content['option']['page-item-id']) ){ $content['option']['page-item-id'] = 'gdlr-parallax-wrapper-' . $parallax_wrapper_id; $parallax_wrapper_id++; } $item_id = ' id="' . $content['option']['page-item-id'] . '" '; global $gdlr_spaces; $padding = (!empty($content['option']['padding-top']) && ($gdlr_spaces['top-wrapper'] != $content['option']['padding-top']))? 'padding-top: ' . $content['option']['padding-top'] . '; ': ''; $padding .= (!empty($content['option']['padding-bottom']) && ($gdlr_spaces['bottom-wrapper'] != $content['option']['padding-bottom']))? 'padding-bottom: ' . $content['option']['padding-bottom'] . '; ': ''; $border = ''; if( !empty($content['option']['border']) && $content['option']['border'] != 'none' ){ if($content['option']['border'] == 'top' || $content['option']['border'] == 'both'){ $border .= ' border-top: 4px solid '. $content['option']['border-top-color'] . '; '; } if($content['option']['border'] == 'bottom' || $content['option']['border'] == 'both'){ $border .= ' border-bottom: 4px solid '. $content['option']['border-bottom-color'] . '; '; } } $content['option']['show-section'] = !empty($content['option']['show-section'])? $content['option']['show-section']: ''; echo '
'; if( !empty($content['option']['background-mobile']) ){ if( is_numeric($content['option']['background-mobile']) ){ $background = wp_get_attachment_image_src($content['option']['background-mobile'], 'full'); $background = $background[0]; }else{ $background = $content['option']['background-mobile']; } echo ''; } // background pattern }else if($content['option']['type'] == 'pattern'){ $background = GDLR_PATH . '/images/pattern/pattern-' . $content['option']['pattern'] . '.png'; echo 'style="background-image: url(\'' . $background . '\'); ' . $padding . $border . '" >'; // background video }else if( $content['option']['type'] == 'video' ){ echo 'style="' . $padding . $border . '" >'; global $gdlr_gallery_id; $gdlr_gallery_id++; $overlay_opacity = (empty($content['option']['video-overlay']))? 0: floatval($content['option']['video-overlay']); echo ''; // background video / none }else if(!empty($padding) || !empty($border) ){ echo 'style="' . $padding . $border . '" >'; } echo '
'; foreach( $content['items'] as $item ){ if( $item['item-type'] == 'wrapper' ){ gdlr_print_column_wrapper( $item ); }else{ gdlr_print_item( $item ); } } echo '
'; echo '
'; // close container echo '
'; // close wrapper } } // print full size wrapper if( !function_exists('gdlr_print_full_size_wrapper') ){ function gdlr_print_full_size_wrapper( $content ){ $item_id = empty($content['option']['page-item-id'])? '': ' id="' . $content['option']['page-item-id'] . '" '; global $gdlr_spaces; $padding = (!empty($content['option']['padding-top']) && ($gdlr_spaces['top-full-wrapper'] != $content['option']['padding-top']))? 'padding-top: ' . $content['option']['padding-top'] . '; ': ''; $padding .= (!empty($content['option']['padding-bottom']) && ($gdlr_spaces['bottom-wrapper'] != $content['option']['padding-bottom']))? 'padding-bottom: ' . $content['option']['padding-bottom'] . '; ': ''; $border = ''; if( !empty($content['option']['border']) && $content['option']['border'] != 'none' ){ if($content['option']['border'] == 'top' || $content['option']['border'] == 'both'){ $border .= ' border-top: 4px solid '. $content['option']['border-top-color'] . '; '; } if($content['option']['border'] == 'bottom' || $content['option']['border'] == 'both'){ $border .= ' border-bottom: 4px solid '. $content['option']['border-bottom-color'] . '; '; } } $background = !empty($content['option']['background'])? ' background-color: ' . $content['option']['background'] . '; ': ''; $content['option']['show-section'] = !empty($content['option']['show-section'])? $content['option']['show-section']: ''; $style = (!empty($padding) || !empty($border) || !empty($background))? ' style="' . $padding . $border . $background . '" ': ''; echo '
'; foreach( $content['items'] as $item ){ if( $item['item-type'] == 'wrapper' ){ gdlr_print_column_wrapper( $item ); }else{ gdlr_print_item( $item ); } } echo '
'; echo '
'; // close wrapper } } // get column class if( !function_exists('gdlr_get_column_class') ){ function gdlr_get_column_class( $size ){ switch( $size ){ case '1/9': return 'one-ninth column'; break; case '1/8': return 'one-eighth column'; break; case '1/7': return 'one-seventh column'; break; case '1/6': return 'two columns'; break; case '1/5': return 'one-fifth column'; break; case '1/4': return 'three columns'; break; case '2/5': return 'two-fifth columns'; break; case '1/3': return 'four columns'; break; case '1/2': return 'six columns'; break; case '3/5': return 'three-fifth columns'; break; case '2/3': return 'eight columns'; break; case '3/4': return 'nine columns'; break; case '4/5': return 'four-fifth columns'; break; case '1/1': return 'twelve columns'; break; default : return 'twelve columns'; break; } } } // print column wrapper if( !function_exists('gdlr_print_column_wrapper') ){ function gdlr_print_column_wrapper( $content ){ echo '
'; foreach( $content['items'] as $item ){ gdlr_print_item( $item ); } echo '
'; // end of column section } } ?> The Catto Crash Course: Curiosity didn't kill the cat - Writemore
12
Jul
2018

The Catto Crash Course: Curiosity didn’t kill the cat

     Cats have had quite a special place in my crammed up heart for the last few years. The quiet, calculative demeanor contrasting the stark impulsiveness (think whacking stuff off counters) is quite a sight to behold. Almost chimeran. They’re timid, yet loving; inquisitive, yet, uninterested in the devil-may-care way that’ll most definitely result in a broken bone-china vase. Okay. That’s probably enough fawning…

 

     I wanted to write about acrylic washes, or even about how Cleopatra went so far as to dissolve a pearl in a cup of vinegar to win a bet with her “friend”. But then I remembered a little something that someone told me (Just so you know, it is with regard to that crammed up heart of mine). I was told that I switched from one obsession to another in a month’s time. Ugh…looks like the onset of commitment issues, but if Tay-Tay can write songs about her exes, I’m definitely in a position to write about opinions taking a dig at my crammed up heart. One that cutesy kittens sneaked into.

 

     Let’s get back to the infamous (whyyy?) cattos. A 90’s advertisement would go something like thisㅡ Cat hair on your dress? Don’t pick the kitty up! Claw marks on your sofa? Leave the kitty out! Want a quiet, sleepy kitty? Sing Penny’s cat song! (also works on Sheldon Cooper. Huehuehue) I know a lot of people that hate cats. And this is not a conversion article. If you’re religion Doggo, I respect that dude. You can still read ahead with no worries.

 

I’m only here to tell you what you should do if you adopt a kitten. Yes, adopt.

 

Uno

 

Look into a mirror and tell yourself that you’re getting a kitten home. Commit to it. Get excited! Talk to your family. Be prepared for it and make sure that your house isn’t dangerous to your pet.

 

Dos

 

Visit an animal shelter. You don’t have to take a kitten home with you on day one. Most animal shelters have strict rules for adoption and also check up on your new pet. It’s all right to take your time. Talk to the staff and vets and find a kitten breed that suits your lifestyle. Inquire about the supplies you’ll need to buy before you take the kitten home. Stock up on food and litter, toys and treats, and some food bowls.

 

Tres

 

Vaccination, meds, and neutering. Sort it all out with your vet and get your pet neutered at the right age. Cats that aren’t neutered mark their territory and you don’t want that.

 

Cuatro

 

Take your pet home and let it explore. Let it get accustomed to its surroundings and your family. Try to confine the kitten in its own space when it’s tired so that it knows where to go when it needs to sleep. Cats need a quiet place to rest. If you don’t find one, they will, and it will probably be under your bed.

 

Cinco

 

Keep a dish of water out for your cat at all times. If you’re giving your cat dry food and nothing else, you might want to think again. Yes, it might be good for their teeth but you’d do well to keep the poor kitty well hydrated and as close to his/her natural diet as possible. Fish is a great start. Don’t give it canned fish that’s meant for humans. It will have a higher salt concentration that is bad for cats. You could prepare it at home by steaming some fish fillets or processing them with a tiny bit of salt. You can ask your vet for the right concentrations. Or just buy wet cat food.

 

Seis

 

Leche is not cool. Do not give milk to your cat. Unlike the happy image of a cat lapping away at a saucer of milk, the reality is much different. Your cat might like the taste of milk, or rather, the cream. Regardless, milk is not recommended. As cats grow, they stop producing the enzyme to digest milk and this could upset their stomach.

 

Siete

 

Independence. A cat is not low maintenance. You ought to understand that. Cats need playtime. Although they sleep for the most part of the day, it is your duty to play with them, to keep them active and to bond with them as much as you can. Playtime could last 10 minutes for some cats and if they’re tired, you could just stay in the same room as them.

 

Ocho

 

Cats groom themselves. That doesn’t mean you don’t brush their hair. Cats are prone to swallow hairballs and this can be easily avoided if you just brush their hair/fur regularly. Trim their claws and give them a bath regularly. You also need to brush their teeth and clean their gums. The best way to do this without getting clawed or scarred for life is to start young. Get it accustomed to the bristles of a brush and clippers. Good behaviour must be rewarded with treats.

 

Nueve

 

Don’t force your cat to play with you or overwhelm it with cuddles when it’s tired. Just like you would with any animal or even baby, let it come to you. Let it trust you.

 

Diez

 

It might be infuriating at times, trying to control the uncontrollable ball of fur, but it is your duty to take care of it and you are all it has. Sure it could find a couple of rats on the streets to sustain itself but the chances of finding someone to love it like you do are really slim. Be sure to keep it close and love it like you mean it.

 

Now, that’s about it. You know the basicskeep the catto happy and you will be happy too.

 

ImageSource: Pixabay (couldn’t find one rolling its eyes, so one that was rolled over had to suffice)

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