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  • New phase of Cat Civilization

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    Friday April 17th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    Our Cat Civilization has been reconfiguring itself after the loss of James Bond and the arrival of Mithrandir, events that were mere months apart. Ive been looking for every opportunity to help encourage the friendly overtures, and defuse potential trouble. Olwyn: Lost and Lonely

    Olwyn, still a Boss

    Our poor little Punkin has been left the most bereft. James was her only cat friend. Shes super clingy with Mr WayofCats. She needed to make some new friends.

    I have various chats with her about...

  • Cat imagination: the practicalities

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday April 15th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    Cat imagination is at work when we amuse them with toys. We might not realize how well we can use this tool for other avenues of communication.

    Of course the cat knows the puffball is not a rodent, and the waving feathers are not really a bird. Just like we know that video game is not really letting us actually fly or swordfight. But, just like our cats, we enjoy pretending.

    But the same focus our cat brings to a fake mousie can be used to get their attention focused on what we are trying to...

  • The Cat Interpretation

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday April 13th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    Our cats live in our world. And I think they do a wonderful job of adapting.

    Cats are a contradictory bundle of instinctual imperatives and adaptive improvising.

    We, too, were once creatures who adapted from a completely natural world to one we made up. But at least we made it ourselves. Our cats must look at our human artifacts and puzzle out a purpose for themselves.

    Their instincts clamor to be satisfied.

    The wrong toys

    It is their prey instincts which drive them to play with things they get...

  • Create multi-dimensional portals

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday April 10th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    A recent tweet came from a reader who is adding two new cats to their two existing cats:

    @WayofCats these hall ones [cat trees] have been essential for defusing tense confrontations, where everyone was on equal ground trying to pass by

    This observation is so true I wanted to explain how and why this is an excellent move for cat harmony.

    As I explain in my popular post about the futility of thwarting their instincts, Dear Pammy, How do I keep my cats off the furniture?, cats think and move in...

  • Give a cat a shortcut

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    It can look that way, Ill admit. But cats do not plot and plan to upset or annoy us.

    Thats merely a side effect.

    I know how it can seem that cats demand attention at the least opportune times. But they have a good reason.

    Reverend Jim can roll with almost anything. So its surprising when one of his requests becomes sudden and urgent. While it seems that he always demands something on those mornings when Im running late and rushing around, it is precisely because Ive skipped or stinted a step.

    My...

  • When cat breeding gets extreme

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday April 6th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    A commenter asks:

    I have an extreme Persian. Kenzie is 5 months.She has trouble eating and drinking properly because of her flat face.She eats face down. I tryed all kinds of bowls and low plates.I dont know what to do.

    My response was:

    Im so sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, this is a common problem in the extreme forms of breeding, which I do not support. I would consult a veterinarian to see if there is anything that can be done, and discuss the situation with the breeder. Looks should...

  • Cat Civilization: then and now

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday April 3rd, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    Every Cat Civilization is different. Over the course of time, adding and subtracting the cats who are its citizens changes its form and forces.

    And yet, some things do not change.

    The three boys (l to r, James Bond, Tristan, Reverend Jim

    When The Boys were James, RJ, and young Tristan, they were a lively group who gathered to play with me on weekend mornings.

    The boys and I would wake up first and have our special time in the living room.

    With our girl Olwyn doing her best to be attached to a Mr...

  • Fooling our cats

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday April 1st, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    Yes, we can play April Fools tricks on our cats. They will even enjoy it!

    If we do it right.

    The right kind of trick does not startle or frighten our cat. The kind they enjoy puzzles them. Even a lot of puzzlement is fine with them, as long as they know its being extended in the spirit of good fellowship.

    Heres some of my favorite tricks to play on my cats anytime.

    Villain Hands

    Hold our hands about a foot apart, and use them to menace our cat. This was one of the first games RJ learned, and he...

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