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Archived Since:May 21, 2008

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The path to cat compatibility

We can set the template for what our life with cats will be like with our very first choice. How many? It can seem daunting, even foolish, to dive in at the deep end by starting with two or three … Continue reading ?

Cat Communication Move: Twenty Questions

If there was a faster method, I would use it. But since cats speak body language, and we humans speak verbal language, there’s no other choice. We have to play Twenty Questions. When I ask my cat to Show Me … Continue reading ?

Cats training themselves

I see training as harnessing the power of our cat. The power of what they want. Attention and affection and appreciation, from us, is what they want. When they love us, that is. This is why gaining the friendship and … Continue reading ?

Cats who exclude

We have a lopsided cat arrangement at the moment. With the loss of James Bond, who was Olwyn’s closest cat friend, she now has a gap in her circle of friendship that she is having trouble filling. I predicted this … Continue reading...

Cat Communication Move: Hot and Cold

Cats live in a very tactile world. We can harness this power for good. We can verbally ask our cats what they want, but what makes it even more powerful is when we approach, and touch, the things they might … Continue reading ?

How Cats Mourn

Just days after we had to say goodbye to James Bond, we took Mithy for his altering. We’d made the appointment weeks before. It was just an accident of timing. Because it was the wrong time to have another cat … Continue reading ?

Cat Translation Techniques

Can humans learn to speak Cat? Yes, we can! Often, with a heavy accent. Sometimes, we’ll need a translator. Learning our cat communication techniques is invaluable to our relationship. How can we be friends if we cannot “speak” and let … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, Why is my taming going backwards?

A commenter asks: I have a three-year-old male cat who was kept by a hoarder before I adopted him. He can be very aggressive. He bites very hard and when he scratches, he tries to go after my eyes. I … Continue reading ?

The Myth of the One Special Cat

It is always a sad time when we lose a cat. It’s even worse when we lose a cat we have a very close relationship with. It’s true that we mourn a bond which is now gone. But that does … Continue reading ?

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 ?

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