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  • When to alter the cat

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    Monday September 29th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    I never say if about altering the cat. I say WHEN.

    Thats because Im a long-time animal rescue person. Were the ones who see, over and over and over again, the bad consequences of not performing this simple health procedure.

    Honestly, the cat doesnt mind.

    Some people get too anthropomorphic about it. Id hate that to happen to me! Yes, in a human, it would be varying levels of tragedy. But no one is throwing you out of your comfortable home because you are whizzing on the couch or screaming at the...

  • Mithrandir has a heart of gold

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday September 26th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    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, hes also a sweetheart with very tender feelings.

    Click on any picture for larger.

    He seems to adore the cat tree Tristan gave him, and (see above) sleeps happily in the curved top, the only time ever he is not wrapped around someone during sleep.

    We are all total pushovers for our Mithy. When he bounces into the room...

  • When Toys Aren’t Fun Anymore

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday September 24th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    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 cats level of need:

    their age

    Kittens are able to become engrossed in a wad of paper tossed on the floor. As they grow in mental power, they need more complicated games. When Tristan was a few months old, he was easily fooled into chasing the laser pointer. Now, for it to be...

  • Cat Affection Move: Tell me about your day

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    One of Tristans favorite games is Tell me about your day. He says it to me, but thats just being polite. What makes him really happy is when I ask him.

    Unlike RJ and Mithrandir, who usually wait for me in the hallway when I come home from work, Tristan likes to saunter by and get hailed. I am always excited to see him. If nothing much happened in his day, he will mill around my feet and I will scoop him up for a hug. But if he sets off into another room or launches an activity, I will know he...

  • Tristan teaches Mithrandir

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    The first day we brought Mithy home, I promised Tristan they would have a lot of fun together. While Tristan demanded that this start happening right away, there was an important pause while Mithy grew confidence and Tristan figured out what a kitten was.

    But once Tristan started enjoying his kitten, the system has achieved maximum speed.

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    Tristans teaching style is to demonstrate The Fun Thing, then sit close by while Mithy explores it himself. This is...

  • Where cats fit in the pet kingdom

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Cats are a particular kind of pet.

    I dont mean that they are particular about things (though they are.) I mean that they are pets who are very good at certain purposes, and not at all good for other needs and uses.

    A lot of the disparagement of cats as pets comes from people complaining that cats cant do things that we should never sensibly expect them to do in the first place. Do we complain that a screwdriver doesnt hammer nails very well?

    While the things cats can do they do very well indeed....

  • What kind of exercise do cats need?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday September 15th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Cats and exercise can be a misleading term when we think of it as a human does. What cats need are activities.

    Most people dont give their dogs enough exercise, and they need it. When we realize dogs, in the wild, tend to trot around a great deal and break into a run many times in the course of their routines, we know why a labrador retriever can amuse themselves with a tennis ball launcher all day. As athletes go, dogs are marathon runners.

    But cats are all fast-twitch muscles. They are...

  • Giving the kitten a kitten

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday September 12th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    When I can choose a cat, (sometimes they arrive unannounced,) I always look for social skills because our new cat will be living with cat friends. And they all need to be cat friends.

    I also tell our youngest that the new kitten was gotten for them.

    He or she is, and will always be, their kitten.

    Olwyn (l) was the Nanny Cat for Tristan (r,) and now Tristan has become a Best Buddy for our Mithrandir. This cements relationships which will last even if, as with Olwyn and Tristan, they are cats who...

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