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  • Read our cats like books

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    How do I know what my cats are thinking? I look at what they are, or are not, doing.

    Learning our cats body language is the closest we can come to learning their language.

    Heres some tips on figuring out our cats thoughts:

    Commitment to the task at hand.

    As I explained in Mithrandir, the thoughtful kitten, a happy cat tends to keep the pedal to the metal in whatever they are doing even sleep.

    It can look like RJ is only looking out the window, but normally he is intent and focused on this task....

  • Dear Pammy, I am a big cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday July 28th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    A reader writes:

    Your blog/advice have really been helpful. I have a siamese mix named Teddy that we brought home from the Humane Society when he was about 2.5 years old, and hes lived with us about a year. He is the most awesome cat. Hes beautiful, smart, and clearly a deep-thinker. I expend a lot of effort trying to understand him, both what hes thinking now as well as how his past has impacted him. Thanks to you I am succeeding. Teddy and I have developed a strong bond. (I think he thinks...

  • DIY Scratching Post

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday July 25th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    This guest post comes from Olivia from DIY Mother. I think her scratching post turned out great!

    Hi, fellow cat lovers! Im a mom to two little girls and a cat mom to a little boy named Boo Radley.

    Ive bought a few scratching posts in my (almost 30) years, and while they usually last for a while, I can never justify spending more than 10 dollars for one. Its just a pole with some carpet and twine on it! So last weekend, I decided to make my own for my sweet boy; I was inspired by this one.

    I...

  • Dear Pammy, Can I ever touch this cat?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    A reader writes:

    Bubba started out as a kitten behind the [grocery] store. J, a male clerk, fed and handled him, even moving with him to the new store when he was transferred, because other employees were mean to Bubba after he left. Fast forward 7 years, J went on sick leave, and I got the job. About 3 days in I notice Bubba was limping badly. I trapped him and took him to the vet. He is now on my back porch and thinks I am the devil incarnate.

    He just lays on the pillows I fixed up for him....

  • Understanding Cat Focus

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Cats have the ability to focus like a laser on something which interests them.

    So the challenge isnt getting them to focus. Its getting them to understand what wed like them to focus on.

    This is why, when they want some affection, they might not notice we are concentrating on welding something tiny on the computer or in a rush to fold batter into egg whites before they collapse. Our cat is focused on fun times with us. We can teach them cue recognition so they dont interrupt us when we are...

  • Mithrandir goes from small kitten to big kitten

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Mithrandir got bigger, yet retained all his cuteness. No wonder we named him after a wizard.

    Click on any picture for full size.

    When it comes to hunting he is an absolute killah predator. We have never had so many neatly eviscerated fake mousies. When he crouches so the dancing wand toy wont see him, he achieves an amazing flatness.

    Like Tristan, he is beloved by the other cats. Unlike Tristan, he learned very quickly how not to be annoying.

    But Tristan is older and wiser now. He has now taken...

  • We meant to do that

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday July 16th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Its a true saying about cats when they bobble a landing or dont put the brakes on quickly enough, their attitude is I meant to do that.

    This is part of how cats can actually fake an attitude in order to project confidence. They do not want to look weak and vulnerable, to anyone. We might not realize this conceptual construction also applies to how our cats think about human behavior.

    Cats think we meant to do that about every action we, ourselves, take.

    When cats regard us as a larger, more...

  • Cats instead of men

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday July 14th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Its not my idea.

    Cats instead of men is the choice offered by so much of our society, that element which seems determined to thrust oppressive social norms upon those who transgress. This element assumes its men as in a fulfilling relationship, or cats as in crazed spinsterhood.

    I keep trying to tell them Ive happily gotten both, but they dont want to listen.

    Its not just women who are slandered by multiple cat aspersions. Its also men with cats, rescuers who help cats, or, by extension, any...