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  • Do cats expect to be adored?

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    Friday December 19th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Its pretty simple. Cats want to be adored.

    Who doesnt?

    Its a misconception to assume a cats low maintenance reputation applies to their emotional needs. Cats want to be loved; truly, madly, deeply.

    The wonderful effects of adoring our cats pays off for us in so many ways.

    Behavior

    If the only way to get a cat to stop misbehavior is to ask them to do us a favor, (and it is,) then the benefits of a close relationship starts here.

    We cannot train a cat who does not like us. They will not care about...

  • How we confuse cats

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    Wednesday December 17th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    I was just teasing Mithy. He was resting on top of his favorite cat tree, now in the bedroom, and I walked over, very slowly, until I was quite close, and then I pointed at him and said his name in a funny way.

    He looked at my finger for a while, then looked up at me and gave me a Cat Kiss. He was asking if I was playing with him, and I immediately spoke sweetly to him and gave him a cat kiss back.

    Then, he was happy, and pleased I cared enough to play games with him. He extended his front paws...

  • Choosing kittens for their cat qualities

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    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    When we encounter a young kitten, how much do we know about what they will be like as an adult cat?

    That depends on how much information we have about them, and how good we are at picking up the clues they give. When we met Mithy at ten weeks, he was in the middle of a large adoption event. He was not putting his best paw forward: frightened by the new surroundings, stressed by being transported with barking dogs, people-shy, and no larger than any other kitten at that shelter event.

    Now hes a...

  • Match the toy to the purpose

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Toys are tools.

    They have more uses than we might realize.

    Draining energy

    This is a very important purpose for toys, of course. Letting out cats practice their hunting skills, and letting them discharge their energy, keeps them healthy and happy.

    But theres another function for getting to the end of a play session. When our cat is relaxed, they will be better able to welcome our affectionate overtures. Without getting overstimulated or turning it into rowdy play.

    Mental stimulation

    Tristan,...

  • How alike cats are still different

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    We have three cats who are all long-haired, Northern breed, Beta cats. I chose them for these very qualities because I needed kittens who would be mellow about fitting in with other cats, and not overly demanding in the energy department.

    They do fit in well, and they arent too difficult to wear out. But in other ways, they are all different.

    Mithrandir, 8 months, 11 pounds

    Mithrandir and Reverend Jim share a likely genetic background in that they are both boys, and Maine Coon mixes. Though,...
  • Cats who smell good to their human

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday December 8th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    Since he was a skin & bones neglected kitten, up to his becoming a magnificent almost-twenty-pound beast, and even now Reverend Jim has always smelled of cinnamon.

    Some cats are like that.

    I have come to believe that, often, when we have a connection with a cat they smell good to us. People have shared such stories with me; of cats who smell like spices, flowers, or newly-mown clover.

    In a famous series of experiments at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, biologist Claus Wedekind...

  • The limits of our imagination

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Thursday December 4th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

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    How much can our cat love us? I do believe it is only limited by how much we love our cat.

    This has implications far beyond we and our cat enjoying each others company. It has a lot to do with our perception of our cats behavior. How we interpret what our cat does is entirely dependent on what we think is the cats motivation.

    And we might be wrong about that.

    the cat is being stubborn

    Ive learned to interpret cat stubbornness as their instincts in action. Whatever it is, they must have it or a...

  • Podcast #15: Taming the feral

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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    Tristan says, Moar podcasts!

    Ive missed doing podcasts. Tristan has missed doing podcasts. I hope my listeners missed me doing podcasts.

    And were back!

    This photo is only one of many where Tristan politely asked me to record a podcast. He enjoys them so much.

    My latest podcast, Little Lion Taming, is all about the taming process.

    Whether our cat is feral, or just shy, routines and gestures which help our cat understand we are their friend are always handy skills to have.

    Mithy at ten weeks old

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