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  • 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...

  • The roles cats take

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday July 11th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Just as humans have different roles in society, so do our cats.

    Depending on their numbers, their personalities, and the demands of the household, cats can take on responsibilities, or fill positions, we might not expect.

    While an only cat can certainly be our Supervisor, our Boss Cat, or even our Baby, having multiple cats creates more opportunities for our cats to show off the different facets of their personality.

    Seeing what roles they choose for themselves is one of the most enjoyable parts...

  • Dear Pammy, It looks like a hierarchy

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday July 9th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    A reader writes (in a recent comment):

    I have brother and sister Snowshoe cats (Merlin and Calypso). They do curl up to sleep and also play chase together but Merlin gets jealous when Im affectionate to his sister and also turfs her off sunny or comfortable spots when he wants to claim them. I would guess he is Alpha and she is Beta. Theyve always been together since birth so theyre definitely a bonded pair. Theres no hissing or growling. Calypso tends to spend more time with my husband and...

  • New food: healthy revamp 2.0

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday July 7th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    We tried. We tried so hard. Our last attempt to transition our cats to healthier food met with mixed success. Our oldest (James Bond) and youngest (Sir Tristan) happily continued to eat the new, more nutritious, food.

    Our other two cats, Reverend Jim and Olwyn, slowly backslid into their previous diet.

    Why? Its because Reverend Jim and Olwyn nearly died from food-related issues. And thats gonna leave a mark.

    Cats recovering from starvation problems are a constant in rescue. Such adaptations can...

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