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  • Degrees of brightness

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at 06:14 AM

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    We might not think our cats need much in the way of abstract thought. But if so, were mistaken. Cats need to visualize, imagine, and project future actions.

    Their brains need as much of a workout as their bodies.

    The other night, Tristan expressed his feeling of neglect as I got into bed. Hes right; Ive been very busy with work. While Mr WayofCats has always picked up the food/play/attention slack at such times, all the cats are capable of missing me specifically.

    So when I made eye contact with...

  • Patterns of Affection

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 27th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    How do cats bond with people?

    Im convinced its chemistry. Our personality meets their personality and forms patterns like ripples on a pond.

    Cats have no instinctive imperative to form bonds with us, so I can only conclude that they like to do so. A distant feral with hunting skills and a wild territory does not need us in the slightest, and so there is no opening to establish friendship. But if their social side is engaged, we can become a Giant Unusual Cat. Then we can all be friends.

    Just as...

  • Farewell, James Bond

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday October 24th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Its been tough for all of us, watching James Bond fading into physical, and mental, difficulties.

    But, of course, its been the toughest on James Bond.

    Click on any picture for full size.

    And thats the point. We have to think, first and foremost, about our cat.

    When we arrive at a situation where we ourselves not fate, not sudden accident, not peaceful sleep transition must determine the endpoint of our cats journey with us, we can freeze up. We might become a fearful, binary, thinker. That is...

  • Way of Cats Fall 2014 Fundraiser

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Its that time of year again. I need you, my readers, to help me out.

    I so appreciate the interaction in the comments, the questions in my email, and the sharing of articles with other Cat Appreciator friends.

    People help by getting some of our herbal cat products. They buy and review my work on Amazon. They buy my book as an eBook. They rate my podcast on iTunes.

    All of this helps tremendously. Its helped make the blog more popular. But the more people visit the more it costs to keep it running....

  • Adopting Shelter Buddies

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Should we adopt two cats who get along in the shelter?

    Of course we should!

    If we want two cats, we often adopt two littermates at a young age. This can be a fine strategy, since we have the advantage of them being used to each other from the beginning.

    However, without some attention to kitten personality clues and Cat Type indicators, it can backfire. Since a litter of kittens can have different fathers, the littermates can grow up to be very different personalities. Its rare for them to...

  • Dear Pammy, I say declawing is an opinion

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 6th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    I got a recent comment that started out asking about their current cat meshing with a new kitten. Even as I was mentally composing my best advice and thinking of which articles would be most helpful, I stumbled over a concrete block of a sentence.

    New kitten went in for a declaw this morning and I am wondering if we should start things over when he comes home.

    I was forced to explain that I really couldnt help.

    Oh how horrible that you declawed the kitten. The operation creates permanent...

  • Cat training move: Show and Tell

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Saturday October 4th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Now that we have a new kitten in the house, everyone gets a refresher course in What Not To Do.

    Of course, the old hands know all this. But I involve them because they really enjoy knowing more than the kitten.

    Kittens are brand new to everything. Even the very concept that theres things they shouldnt do. It can be challenging to convey a negative to them, and important to balance our warnings with praise.

    Ive found the best way to tell them something is to show the proper emotions.

    Shock

    If...

  • Dear Pammy, Is this trauma?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Readers often write me with questions like this:

    My kitten acts so frightened sometimes. Theyve been slow to cuddle and sit in my lap. Did something terrible happen?

    Dear Readers,

    Its natural to worry that someone mistreated our cat before they found safe haven with us. All too often, someone did.

    But its actually, equally, likely that no one abused our cat. Theres a broad range of factors which affect our cats interaction with their environment. It can be premature to jump to the conclusion...

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