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Blog Profile / The Way of Cats

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Archived Since:May 21, 2008

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Playing Favorites

When I mention that I have multiple cats, I often get asked, “So, who’s your favorite?” I find this question difficult to answer. Philosophically, I object to the ranking obsession that crafts ever narrower categories to wind up with only … Continue reading ?

Podcast #16: Cats in Winter

Whether we are Northern or Southern Hemisphere, most of us have a change of seasons, and the challenges that brings to both us and our cats. My latest podcast, Cats in Winter, is all about what we can do for … Continue reading ?

The Odd Cat Out

We currently have an Odd Cat Out situation. Our three boys are happy buddies together. And then, there’s Olwyn. It’s not that Olwyn doesn’t get along with the other cats. She enjoys play sessions (sometimes) and shares her eating space … Continue reading ?

Why cats study us

People often find it unnerving when cats stare at them. But it’s really a compliment. It means they find us interesting. The cat stare is communication It’s also a sign of the equality a good cat relationship demonstrates. Cats look … Continue reading ?

When we are inexplicable

Every day, I do something that my cats can’t figure out. I start my day with such puzzlers as changing my fur and standing in a stream of water. I spend much of my evenings writing, which means I stare … Continue reading ?

The Power of the Spot

To understand Cats in their Spots, we must understand how cats weave themselves into their environment. It is one of the most seamless relationships in all of nature. A cat without an environment is only a partial creature; insecure and … Continue reading ?

Clash of the Titans

When our elderly Statesman cat, James Bond, passed away, the simmering conflict between RJ (seven) and Olwyn (five) boiled over. Not that they rolled around on the floor screaming and drawing blood. But there was a lot more teasing (from … Continue reading ?

Proof of Love

How do we know our cat loves us? We look at what they do. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell. Tristan will wait for me to get into bed, jump on it himself, make his way to my stomach, and begin … Continue reading ?

Cats who bounce back

In human psychology, there’s a concept known as “resilience.” (I referenced this concept in a previous post, The Impressionability Quotient.) This is a process by which thinking beings adapt to, and rise above, adversity. Like people, cats have varying levels … Continue reading ?

Mithy has been good for Tristan

Mithrandir has become one of the best things we can do for Tristan. As a Alpha, Tristan needs more help than average encouraging him to be polite and responsible with his fellow cats. It’s not that he doesn’t have these … Continue reading ?

Affection Move: See a Cat, Speak a Cat

It’s as simple as noticing our cat. If we see that our cat is nearby, we make eye contact, speak their name in a soft and loving voice, and generally show we are thrilled about them being near us. It … Continue reading ?

Dear Pammy, But my cat still has good times!

A recent commenter wrote very eloquently of the struggles we have with our heart when our cat is very sick… and yet, still displays moments of happiness. Ajax cries and moans during 90% of all bathroom visits no matter where … Continue reading ?

Is Reverend Jim our Top Cat?

When our 18 year old James Bond, the undisputed Supervisor of All Things Cat, passed away a couple of months ago, many people would expect Reverend Jim, our oldest cat, to lounge upon that throne. After all, isn’t Reverend Jim … Continue reading ?

The Impressionability Quotient

Cats, like clay, very in their impressionability. Cats can shrug off, or be deeply impressed by, different situations at different levels. This ability can vary so widely that it can become a very confusing aspect of training and rehabilitation. Our … Continue reading ?

Prime Petting Protocols

We love petting cats. Cats love to be petted. Except, this is one of the big ways people mess up the relationship. How can such a wonderful thing go so badly wrong? There are many ways to mess up this … Continue reading ?

Mithrandir reaches adolescence

How is our kitten boy, Mithrandir, now nine months old? He’s wonderful! He’s an even bigger giant mutant kitten. Tristan is starting to tell him “You don’t know your own strength!” with occasional raspy complaints. Since Mithrandir weighs almost 12 … Continue reading ?

Why Cats are Curious

Curiosity is the “art of what-if.” And cats are famous for it. Put those two things together, and I think it says a lot about a cat’s intelligence potential. Cats wonder about things. I love that about them. All cats … Continue reading ?

Cats and a Sense of Proportion

Despite the many traits we have in common, our cats will rank things in order of importance somewhat differently than we do. Windows are a classic example. We see windows in terms of what curtains or blinds we put over … Continue reading ?

Do cats expect to be adored?

It’s pretty simple. Cats want to be adored. Who doesn’t? It’s a misconception to assume a cat’s low maintenance reputation applies to their emotional needs. Cats want to be loved; truly, madly, deeply. The wonderful effects of adoring our cats … Continue reading ?

How we confuse cats

I was just teasing Mithy. He was resting on top of his favorite cat tree, now in the bedroom, and I walked over, very slowly, until I was quite close, and then I pointed at him and said his name … Continue reading ?

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