Blog Profile / The Way of Cats

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Archived Since:May 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Cats who handle their own problems

Why do cats fight? Because they see the other cat as the source of their issue. Rightly, or not. Since a cat’s first impulse is varying degrees of independence, they will try to handle things themselves. However, these issues vary … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, Isn’t there more I can do?

Someone wrote in saying my post, Dear Pammy, Trouble with my purebred, did not go deep enough. I wish you would offer this caring person some more help with providing a happy future for the Russian Blue. After some thought, … Continue reading ?

Cat Kisses = Human Smile

One of the challenges of inter-culture communication is how a well-meaning outreach can look… wrong. And send the wrong message. With cats, people make wrong moves all the time; reaching for a shy cat and making them think they are … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, Trouble with my purebred

A commenter asks: My husband and I adopted a female, That we think is a Russian Blue, from a pet shop 2 years ago. She was there from a kitten on. When we got her, she was 1 year old. … Continue reading ?

Helping cats deal with medical

Modern medicine is a bitter blessing for our cats. On the one hand, medical professionals are a vital part of keeping our cat happy and healthy. On the considerable other hand, our cats hate everything about it. From the visit … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, My cat is a lap cat now!

A reader writes: Just a short note – and a big THANK YOU!!! I have been meaning to support your site for a while – and I saw that you are currently having a drive, but decided that purchasing the … Continue reading ?

What we know that ain’t so

The biggest barrier to cat understanding is misinterpretation. The cat is doing something, and we decide what it means. But if we are having trouble, it’s worth stepping back and asking ourselves, “Am I right?” Because when Reality does not … Continue reading ?

How they are different

Cats resemble humans in many ways. They are capable of conceptual intelligence, especially with pattern recognition, figuring out cause and effect, and anticipating the behavior of others. They are also social and empathic, capable of cooperation and compassion. They have … Continue reading ?

Cat Medicine: Considerations

As I write this, Reverend Jim is sprawled across part of my lap. (He is sharing it with my laptop desk.) It is early days yet as far as his pharmaceutical interventions go, so we don’t know how much his … Continue reading ?

The cat’s incredible variety

One of the first things to astonish me about cats was the incredible range of their personalities. Each new cat I acquired was different. It took a while for me to come up with my Cat Type concept, because each … Continue reading ?

The fun of feedback

I was lying on my side on the couch, and Tristan climbed onto my stacked knees. I reached out a hand to rub the base of his ear with my fingers and he put his paw in my palm, tucked … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, I’m right because shut up that’s why

I approved a comment which ended with: Cats still suck! Dear Readers, Feel free to click on the link and read the whole comment, though I am going to quote all of it here as I explain where this person … Continue reading ?

Cats are communal

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 ?

Cat Affection Move: Invisible Petting

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 ?

Cats with chronic conditions

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 ?

The cat in a rut

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 ?

The solar powered cat

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 ?

New Year’s Resolution: Home a Cat

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 ?

Dear Pammy, It’s true about wet food

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 ?

How cats play

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...

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