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I get a lot of disbelief when I share that I have a Cat Civilization. Many people don’t believe multiple cats can live together in harmony. My own experience taught me that cats, if not stressed by scarcity, prefer to … Continue reading ?
When I am dealing with a shy cat, I don’t actually pet them. I pretend to pet them. In my experience, any cat can figure out this move, and then understand what we are saying. They “feel” the petting without … Continue reading ?
The sad thing about having our cats for a long time is that this increases their chances of developing a chronic condition. Kind of like humans. Our Reverend Jim barely escaped a criminal case of animal neglect. For his first … Continue reading ?
There’s two kinds of bored: passive and active. People can’t help but notice the active kind. Which often results in mayhem as our cats seek out things to play with. People also need to notice the passive kind. As intelligent … Continue reading ?
It’s like a tractor beam on the Starship Enterprise: sun shapes on the floor pulls in cats. Why? Turns out, there’s several reasons. territorial imperative As I explain in my latest holiday rug post, we can create new territory with … Continue reading ?
It can be big: we get a new cat. It can be small: we find a needy local cat on Petfinder and let people know about him or her. Any of us can help a cat find a home. This … Continue reading ?
A reader writes: I wanted to pass along some more anecdotal evidence that even the BEST dry food is not as healthy for our cats as wet food. About a year ago I told you that we switched T– and … Continue reading ?
Cat play is part reflex, and part imagination. We see this in how a cat changes their play, from the unthinking responses of a kitten to the elaborate plotting and planning of a senior cat. In my post, Cats Playing … Continue readin...
I was talking to Mr WayofCats on his cell phone, and he held it down so I could say hello to Mithy. As Mithy stared at it, trying to understand, he darted a glance at nearby Tristan. According to Mr … Continue reading ?
A handy tip for figuring out if a belief is irrational is to examine it for incompatible elements. Like when the cat-averse assert that cats are both indifferent to people (“they only want you to feed them!”) and are bent … Continue reading ?
Cats can extend friendship to other species. This is the magic of socialization. But since cats are continually processing new information, their basic socialization skills are often being updated and recalibrated. This can be confusing for their humans, who get … Continue reading ?
Welcome, Holiday Rug! At the top of the post Tristan demonstrates its timeless appeal. As I explain in my first holiday rug post, a small throw rug can become an incredible toy for our cats. It plays with their conception … Continue reading ?
I don’t have to tell anyone about the advantages of kittens. Anyone who is contemplating a kitten should also be familiar with their disadvantages. Kittens are considered “more adoptable” and there’s nothing wrong with adopting them. However, one of the … Continue reading ?
A commenter writes: My family and I adopted two 10 week old female sister kittens 4 days ago. I’ve bonded with one of the girls somewhat, but the other one wants nothing to do with me. I’m a homemaker and … Continue reading ?
I love kittens. It was loving kittens that got me into this. Now, I also love cats. Because I realized what I really love about kittens is their potential to be cats. No matter when we got our cat, they … Continue reading ?
I use a lot of gestures with my cats. If I had a deaf cat, I would do it even more. Because a cat’s first language is body language. My cats know that an index finger pointed at them means … Continue reading ?
At two years and eight months old, our “baby,” Mithrandir, has made incredible progress over the last few months. (I put baby in quotes because he still is, but he is also the largest of our cats.) It is still … Continue reading ?
A commenter writes: It’s been just about two years since you posted this (sorry about the recent sad anniversary for James). I’m curious how successful this has been, and whether re-realignment has happened…and if so, what the new alignment looks … Continue reading ?
I often get accused of giving love to cats when it should be given to humans. This illustrates a common misconception about love. That it is a finite resource. Many of those hostile to humane animal concerns have a central … Continue reading ?
Much of our cat’s finely tuned, highly cranked, nervous system is about being on the lookout for threats. Even if we humans don’t see any. I’ve had true scaredy cats who crept around the edges of the house, and bold … Continue readi...