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URL :http://www.wayofcats.com/blog
Filed Under:Pets & Animals / Cats
Posts on Regator:1270
Posts / Week:3.8
Archived Since:May 21, 2008

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Degrees of brightness

We might not think our cats need much in the way of abstract thought. But if so, we’re mistaken. Cats need to visualize, imagine, and project future actions. Their brains need as much of a workout as their bodies. The … Continue reading ?

Patterns of Affection

How do cats bond with people? I’m convinced it’s chemistry. Our personality meets their personality and forms patterns like ripples on a pond. Cats have no instinctive imperative to form bonds with us, so I can only conclude that they … Continue reading ?

Farewell, James Bond

It’s been tough for all of us, watching James Bond fading into physical, and mental, difficulties. But, of course, it’s been the toughest on James Bond. Click on any picture for full size. And that’s the point. We have to … Continue reading ?

Way of Cats Fall 2014 Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again. I need you, my readers, to help me out. I so appreciate the interaction in the comments, the questions in my email, and the sharing of articles with other Cat Appreciator friends. People help … Continue reading ?

Adopting Shelter Buddies

Should we adopt two cats who get along in the shelter? Of course we should! If we want two cats, we often adopt two littermates at a young age. This can be a fine strategy, since we have the advantage … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, I say declawing is an opinion

I got a recent comment that started out asking about their current cat meshing with a new kitten. Even as I was mentally composing my best advice and thinking of which articles would be most helpful, I stumbled over a … Continue reading ?

Cat training move: Show and Tell

Now that we have a new kitten in the house, everyone gets a refresher course in What Not To Do. Of course, the old hands know all this. But I involve them because they really enjoy knowing more than the … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, Is this trauma?

Readers often write me with questions like this: My kitten acts so frightened sometimes. They’ve been slow to cuddle and sit in my lap. Did something terrible happen? Dear Readers, It’s natural to worry that someone mistreated our cat before … Continue reading ?

When to alter the cat

I never say “if” about altering the cat. I say WHEN. That’s because I’m a long-time animal rescue person. We’re the ones who see, over and over and over again, the bad consequences of not performing this simple health procedure. … Continue reading ?

Mithrandir has a heart of gold

Our kitten, Mithrandir, is now almost seven months old. While he can be insistent on wanting breakfast, and bossy about getting play from most of the sentient beings he encounters, he’s also a sweetheart with very tender feelings. Click on … Continue reading ?

When Toys Aren’t Fun Anymore

While any cat can develop boredom, they will vary in how quickly that state is triggered. The more input a cat needs, the faster they will burn through amusements. There are a few shifting factors that also influence our cat’s … Continue reading ?

Cat Affection Move: Tell me about your day

One of Tristan’s favorite games is Tell me about your day. He says it to me, but that’s just being polite. What makes him really happy is when I ask him. Unlike RJ and Mithrandir, who usually wait for me … Continue reading ?

Tristan teaches Mithrandir

The first day we brought Mithy home, I promised Tristan they would have a lot of fun together. While Tristan demanded that this start happening right away, there was an important pause while Mithy grew confidence and Tristan figured out … Continue reading ?

Where cats fit in the pet kingdom

Cats are a particular kind of pet. I don’t mean that they are particular about things (though they are.) I mean that they are pets who are very good at certain purposes, and not at all good for other needs … Continue reading ?

What kind of exercise do cats need?

“Cats and exercise” can be a misleading term when we think of it as a human does. What cats need are “activities.” Most people don’t give their dogs enough exercise, and they need it. When we realize dogs, in the … Continue reading ...

Giving the kitten a kitten

When I can choose a cat, (sometimes they arrive unannounced,) I always look for social skills because our new cat will be living with cat friends. And they all need to be cat friends. I also tell our youngest that … Continue reading...

When we hurt the cat’s feelings

We may be bigger than our cats, but we are never too big to apologize. Staying cognizant, and respectful, of our cat’s feelings is highly important to our relationship. I accidentally hurt my cats’ feelings more often than I’d like. … Continue reading ?

Are cats naturally self-centered?

I hear it all the time. Cats are selfish! They only care about themselves! Sadly, if these people had cat encounters, those cats did seem that way. Because the cats were not interested in them. Of course, people who do … Continue reading ?

Why do cats have a pouncing routine?

So what’s with the butt wiggle? It’s true. Cats get all jiggy with their behind right before they pounce. But why? It’s the same thing a dart player or golfer does “lining up” a shot. The big cats do a … Continue reading ?

Our taste in kitties

While I love all kinds of kitties, I’m also the first to urge anyone to choose wisely. If we can match the potential cat to our actual personality and circumstances, we have a much greater chance of everyone being happy. … Continue reading ?

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