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  • When we try a shortcut

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    I regard cats as low-maintenance pets. Once they have some non-negotiable needs met. Cats cant take care of themselves if we dont give them the tools they need.

    We can train all we want, but if we place our most expensive vase in the most scenic windowsill, well have conflicts with our cats.

    So many times I am asked for help in a persons quest to train the cat to do something they will never, ever, do. Some people are pleased to discover that using better methods will create a better pet...

  • Why cats love the known

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday August 18th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    We buy the cat a New Thing, and they would rather sit in the box it came in.

    Happens all the time. But why?

    Because most cats have the middle name of Caution. The box is reliably fun, and a great outpost from which to observe the New Thing.

    Cats are natural observers. They will study and think and watch others interact with whatever it is. It reminds me of the incident when I first showed James Bond and Smokepuff the Litter Robot. They stared at it for a while, then James gave Puffy a poke in...

  • Mithrandir is a delightful person

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday August 15th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Our kitten Mithy is five months old. Everybody is enjoying having him around.

    Even James Bond.

    Click on any thumbnail for full size.

    Mithy loves to hide, even though his favorite chair pad doesnt cover nearly as much as it did when he was younger. He also likes to run to the very top of the cat tree and wait for us to exclaim over his growing super-powers.

    We humans love his repertoire of trills, chirps, squeaks, and even, occasionally, a meow. If one of us closes the bathroom door, he will sit...

  • Why science gets cats wrong

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    A reader sent me this interesting article which explains how myths about cats get started, and perpetuated.

    What Are Cats Thinking?: Inside the mind of the worlds most uncooperative research subject is the name of the article and the essence of the issue. Scientists set up an experiment without considering how cats work, cats dont cooperate the way they are expected to, and then wrong conclusions get drawn.

    Its certainly not the cats fault when scientists cannot craft a proper experiment. Just...

  • Dear Pammy, How can he achieve cat closeness?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday August 11th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    A reader writes:

    We have 2 cats 1 adult, 1 kitten about 10 weeks of age both rescued.

    Husband has strange relationship with adult cat. When cat was younger (I found him when he was about 1 years old) they had a loving, playful relationship. But now adult cat constantly bats at him when he walks by or is constantly looking at his limbs as if he wants to bite them/attack them (we have never encouraged or played with him with our hands or feet). If husband tells him or approaches him to get off...

  • Mayhem storage

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday August 8th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Our summers have short spells of warm weather, followed by longer stretches of cool. This perfectly illustrates a cats storage battery system.

    They charge up, with naps and stillness, then need to discharge it all at once with headlong play.

    Their battery needs to cycle, regularly.

    What hot weather does is impose an artificial stillness on our cats, while they accumulate more of a charge than they normally might. Then, when a cool spell sets them free, they need a lot of activity, all at once.

    If...

  • The Ambush

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday August 6th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Does our new kitten attack our ankles? Does our cat attack our toes at night? Are we afraid to go around that particular corner or wear shoes with laces in the house?

    If so, we might be part of the problem.

    Cats, no matter how small, inherit well-developed attack instincts. We need to let them know what they can attack. If we dont, we have massively underestimated how attractively-like-prey some of our body parts turn out to be.

    Where we go wrong

    Often, this starts because its so cute when a...

  • Mithrandir has supernatural cuteness

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday August 4th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Then again, Tristan also had supernatural cuteness as did Olywn before him. Even RJ, pathetically skinny and perpetually confused: I found him beautiful, too.

    I think everyones new kitten is the cutest ever, no matter what their actual looks.

    Its love.

    Mithy is now an older kitten

    Our Mithy is at a delightful stage where hes learned a lot of what he needs to know, yet retains all his kitten qualities.

    This age, between four and six months, is not a popular one for kitten choosing, and that doesn...