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  • Unbreeds: The Stealth Siamese Cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday March 30th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    We have three long-haired, big-boned Beta cats, and one long-limbed, short-haired Alpha cat. Thats because we didnt choose Tristan. He was a foster we fell in love with.

    I adore Alphas, but they are tricky in our small space with a person who has a chronic illness. We are fortunate that he wasnt too much Alpha, as an earlier kitten turned out to be. So I am right to be cautious about picking an Alpha on purpose.

    And Im deeply grateful we wound up with one who is Just Right.

    Tristan displays the...

  • Staying sharp about vaccinations

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday March 27th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    I formed my views on vaccinations from a combination of low cash, high volume, and mutual respect with my animal medical personnel.

    These views have turned out to be on the cutting edge even now. Its not simple to figure out the best path to our cats vaccinations. But it is an accepted fact that we do need to balance a number of factors.

    There is no one size fits all when it comes to cat vaccinations.

    Back when, it was accepted practice to get yearly vaccinations for our pets, at the time of...

  • Why cats hate that thing we bought them

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    So we buy the cat a brand new scratching post, cat tree, bed, or cat condo. And they dont like it.

    What does the cat want? To please them, we have to think the way the cat does. Then we will buy them things which fit their instincts, and arrange them in ways which are inviting.

    Location

    This is the classic mistake people make with cat beds. They put them on the floor, in places where cats dont want to sleep.

    Imagine if we got our dream bed and its in the basement. Next to the furnace. And...

  • When their time is short

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday March 23rd, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    I recently emailed condolences to the writer of this comment:

    The day before yesterday we had to put our little Baxter baby down. We got him at a pet adoption center a little over 4 months ago. He was only a year and some weeks old at the time. Perfect little kitty-we called him the Butler because of his perfect manners. The past 2 weeks saw him just drop weight like crazy-after numerous tests the vet treated him for pancreatitis, but we couldnt get him to eat, even with an appetite stimulant...

  • Building a strong kitten

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday March 18th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    A loving kitten is a happy kitten is a confident kitten is a secure kitten.

    Mithrandir (one year old) in his tunnel

    People often get kittens because they want to build their cat from scratch.

    It is certainly a chance to build a relationship from an early stage. But that same earliness means our kitten will be dealing with the tiny kitten attention span and the reduced ability to control their impulses.

    In addition, we cannot move the kitten in a direction their personality is not supporting. We...

  • Podcast #18: Manage the Cat’s Stress

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday March 16th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    In my latest podcast, Manage the Cats Stress, I outline this most important cat caretaking skill.

    Cat trees offer stress-busting via scratching, exercise, and respose

    Cat routines which incorporate stress-reducing activities at regular intervals serve as an instinct-matching way to reduce our cats stress.

    Cats accumulate stress the way certain fabrics seem to seek out cat hair. Its a logical extension of their super-senses, and their charge/discharge energy cycle. In nature, they would have...

  • The emotional life of cats

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday March 11th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    The most destructive cat myth of all is that they do not care about us or our feelings. In fact, cats have a reactive and deeply felt system of emotions, combined with a subtle, nonverbal, system of communication.

    If human observers do not understand what they are seeing, they can have a tendency to interpret the situation completely backwards. If these same kind of human observers do not understand a cats responses, they will assume the worst about them.

    And its all based on misconceptions...

  • Happy Birthday, Mithrandir!

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday March 9th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    We got him last May, and according to shelter calculations when he was a baby, his birthday is in early March. So our little Mithy is one year old!

    Of course, he left little in the dust months ago. As seen above when hes compared with our seven year old Reverend Jim (the darker cat,) hes almost matched him for length, and at 13 pounds, hes approaching him in girth, too. So, is our Mithrandir all grown up?

    Not hardly. In every way except size, Mithy is still very much a kitten. Heres all the...

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