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  • Cats and their love of drama

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    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    When we live with cats seen for who they truly are, our world becomes one of high feeling. Once we are able to understand cat language, and recognize their emotions, we could be amazed by how much passionate regard and epic reaction can dwell there.

    I had a recent example of this while fighting off the flu, which turned into pneumonia, which caused my own chronic illness to downgrade into Barely-Able-to-Function. I was working my day job from home, woozy from antibiotics and in the midst of a...

  • Playing Favorites

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday January 28th, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    When I mention that I have multiple cats, I often get asked, So, whos 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 one of something, while discarding the rest as also-rans. Im not the kind of person to have a favorite movie or book or kind of pie. Theres way too many marvelous entries in those categories to settle for just one.

    That goes for cats, too.

    Theres special cats, of...

  • Podcast #16: Cats in Winter

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday January 26th, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    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 our cats during this most challenging season.

    Their air gets dry and chilly, our cats get bored more easily, we create challenges from stamping our boots to coming inside bundled up like a Yeti.

    Tristan loves Mithy, at last

    Learn the cues that let us know our cat is chilly with Dear Pammy,...
  • The Odd Cat Out

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday January 23rd, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    We currently have an Odd Cat Out situation. Our three boys are happy buddies together. And then, theres Olwyn.

    Its not that Olwyn doesnt get along with the other cats. She enjoys play sessions (sometimes) and shares her eating space (with Tristan) and happily shares the bed (with everyone.) But she doesnt have a cat buddy herself.

    The reasons cat buddies happen are the reasons Olwyn doesnt have one:

    Shared interests

    No one else currently shares Olwyns enjoyment of monitoring schedules and...

  • Why cats study us

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 08:37 AM


    People often find it unnerving when cats stare at them. But its really a compliment.

    It means they find us interesting.

    The cat stare is communication

    Its also a sign of the equality a good cat relationship demonstrates. Cats look at each other with this same focused stare. If we imagine a line drawn between our eyes the way a string stretches from two tin cans in a primitive telephone, we will be visualizing the information going back and forth.

    Of course, cats focus intently on prey they hope...

  • When we are inexplicable

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    Every day, I do something that my cats cant 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 at a computer screen that might as well be blank for all the cat-recognizable objects that appear on it. For everything we understandably share, like bacon and wand toys, there are many more things our cats dont get, yet simply accept, about us.

    I think they deserve some credit for that.

    My cat...

  • The Power of the Spot

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday January 19th, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    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 unsettled. A cat who knows their environment, with crafted routines and carefully scouted spots, is a cat who is fully engaged.

    Cats never consider themselves in stasis. At any moment they might have to run and hide, update their internal encyclopedia of prey...

  • Clash of the Titans

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday January 16th, 2015 at 03:37 AM


    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 RJ) and growling (from Olwyn) than there was before. And we did hear an altercation one evening and found a tuft of fur in the area.

    For us, this is DEFCON 3. (For those who dont know their Defense Conditions, thats in the middle.) Worthy of taking action.


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