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  • When it’s quality, not quantity

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday April 21st, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    The simple quality, not quantity rule will work wonders for us when it comes to caring for our cat.

    Likewise, if we are having trouble with our cat, we should see if its a case of more noise than signal.

    Heres how to tell when too much is not enough.

    Food: If it seems like our cat is constantly eating, or constantly asking for food, we should consider a medical check. But if they come up okay, its possible they are not getting enough satisfaction and nutrition from their food.

    Our processed food...

  • When to get a Senior cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Saturday April 19th, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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    When we want mellowness, wry humor, and buckets of affection, we can get it. With the right Senior cat.

    Given the proper space for gradually melding territories, this is usually the easiest cat integration, all around. A Senior cat is unlikely to have the kind of assertive Presence which riles up our current cats, while the human side appreciates the amazing already-trained talent.

    I noticed that adding Senior cats to my Cat Circus became a smoother transition the more there were other cats...

  • Do cats know when we’ve been gone?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Thursday April 17th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    It might be the most amusing question I get asked. I often want to answer,

    What, they wont know were not there? How does that work?

    But all sarcasm aside, this is their way of asking if cats actually get attached to people, and thus, miss us. They ask, Do cats know when weve been gone? because they want to see a big display to greet the humans return.

    They dont see cats doing that.

    Its true that cats are not going to jump up and down and bark and wag their tails. (Theres a good reason they dont...

  • Dear Pammy, Are females just fussier?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Sunday April 13th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    I hear it quite a bit: girl cats are fussy and bossy, boy cats are laidback and easygoing.

    Is it true?

    Sometimes.

    Their cat type, the breed cues, and the way they interact with us will all mean much more than their sex. Still, there are some considerations where boy or girl? might have an impact on our choice.

    Attitude indicators. If their coat is calico or tortoiseshell, they will be a girl, and they will be rather firm in their opinions.

    If their coat is red, orange, or beige tabby, they will...

  • When to get an adult cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday April 11th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    The beauty of hiring an adult cat is that they can get to work right away. They come with all the skills.

    This is what worries potential adult cat adopters. They dont know who raised this cat. What if they learned all the wrong things?

    But we dont have to worry about that as much as we think. Heres some adult cat advantages:

    The beauty of adult cats is that we know what we are getting.

    We dont have to guess at what they will grow into, like kittens. We dont have to adjust our expectations to...

  • Cats and the Scenic Overlook

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    To understand how cats regard their spaces, we must consider how they use them.

    They like being up high. Its not that they look down on us. Its that they like looking down on everything.

    Our cats need to be above it all is keyed into the demands of their wild environment. Having a lookout spot satisfies their instincts for both offensive strategy and defensive security.

    Observation. Tristan has always parked himself in our hallway, because it provides an excellent vantage point to observe most...

  • James Bond baffles the veterinarians

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Sunday April 6th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    The good news is, two vets and a laboratory couldnt find anything wrong.

    The bad news is, two vets and a laboratory couldnt find anything wrong.

    Both these vets exclaimed over the great physical shape James is in. While his labs show the very beginning of kidney issues, they agreed its not even at a level they can medicate, and everything else was normal. They consider him to be in great shape for his age, 18 in May.

    But I know hes in trouble.

    It is essential that our cats still know enjoyment.

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  • When to get a teen kitten

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday April 4th, 2014 at 09:37 AM

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    Of course, the best reason to get an older kitten, or any cat, is because we have fallen in love!

    But there are other, good, reasons to be open to choosing an adolescent cat.

    Heres why adolescent cats are overlooked, and why they shouldnt be:

    They are more readily figured out. As they reach several months in age, their personality surfaces and strengthens. Physical tells like ear shape, body composition, and facial features, becomes clear and distinct.

    We can also pick up a lot about them from...