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  • How attachment works

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday November 24th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Because our cats are territorial, they get attached to their spots in the home. Because our cats have a social side, they get attached to each other. When cats have a familiar, portable, object, they get attached to that, too.

    All of this can contribute to them getting attached to us.

    When we encourage cats to form deep and lasting bonds, we get the benefit when this overflows into our own relationship. The more bonding, the more security. The more connection, the more affection.

    We might say we...

  • The path to cat compatibility

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday November 21st, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    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 cats at once. But this is only because it is not yet common wisdom about the advantages of starting with more than one.

    And there are advantages.

    They get along.

    If we bring two or three cats into a home together, they all start on the same level. This is no ones territory, yet. They get to figure...

  • Cat Communication Move: Twenty Questions

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday November 19th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    If there was a faster method, I would use it. But since cats speak body language, and we humans speak verbal language, theres no other choice.

    We have to play Twenty Questions.

    When I ask my cat to Show Me and then follow them, this is only the start of the translation process. If they show us the bowl and the bowl is empty, filling it seems like an obvious next step. But what if we fill the bowl, and they are still asking?

    We got the wrong message, thats all.

    Yes, the bowl was empty, but the cat...

  • Cats training themselves

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday November 17th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    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 respect of our cat is also the easy path to a well-behaved cat.

    After the last couple of years with grown and trained cats, Mithrandir, our eight-month-old kitten, is a great reminder of how this process works. Our first, and somewhat formidable, task was to completely tame him. He...

  • Cats who exclude

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday November 14th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    We have a lopsided cat arrangement at the moment. With the loss of James Bond, who was Olwyns closest cat friend, she now has a gap in her circle of friendship that she is having trouble filling.

    I predicted this would be the case because Olwyn would spend considerable time each day lying on the bed with James. Even though they didnt touch or cuddle, I knew they were doing some silent Supervisor Communing together. Now, theres no other cat who shares her interests the same way.

    RJ, Tristan, and...

  • Cat Communication Move: Hot and Cold

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    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 be interested in. Just like when we were kids, I call this game Hot and Cold.

    Pick up the signal

    When our cats seek our attention, engage them with eye contact. Begin the dialog with our verbal language, but remember that this game needs us to be constantly aware of our cats body language.

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  • How Cats Mourn

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday November 10th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Just days after we had to say goodbye to James Bond, we took Mithy for his altering. Wed made the appointment weeks before. It was just an accident of timing.

    Because it was the wrong time to have another cat go missing.

    Reverend Jim sleeps a lot.

    After we dropped Mithy off at a safe place for him to not have food or water before his operation, we returned to three very sad faces.

    The older three had been sad enough at James Bonds passing, and now their new friend was gone, too! We did our best...

  • Cat Translation Techniques

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday November 7th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Can humans learn to speak Cat?

    Yes, we can! Often, with a heavy accent. Sometimes, well need a translator.

    Learning our cat communication techniques is invaluable to our relationship. How can we be friends if we cannot speak and let each other know how we feel?

    Since both of us are intelligent beings, we have a number of things to try:

    Direct Transmission

    Some phrases in cat language are things humans do as well as cats can. The slow blink of Cat Kisses expresses friendship whether done by...

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