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  • Way of Cats Fall 2014 Fundraiser

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    Its that time of year again. I need you, my readers, to help me out.

    I so appreciate the interaction in the comments, the questions in my email, and the sharing of articles with other Cat Appreciator friends.

    People help by getting some of our herbal cat products. They buy and review my work on Amazon. They buy my book as an eBook. They rate my podcast on iTunes.

    All of this helps tremendously. Its helped make the blog more popular. But the more people visit the more it costs to keep it running....

  • Adopting Shelter Buddies

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    Should we adopt two cats who get along in the shelter?

    Of course we should!

    If we want two cats, we often adopt two littermates at a young age. This can be a fine strategy, since we have the advantage of them being used to each other from the beginning.

    However, without some attention to kitten personality clues and Cat Type indicators, it can backfire. Since a litter of kittens can have different fathers, the littermates can grow up to be very different personalities. Its rare for them to...

  • Dear Pammy, I say declawing is an opinion

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday October 6th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    I got a recent comment that started out asking about their current cat meshing with a new kitten. Even as I was mentally composing my best advice and thinking of which articles would be most helpful, I stumbled over a concrete block of a sentence.

    New kitten went in for a declaw this morning and I am wondering if we should start things over when he comes home.

    I was forced to explain that I really couldnt help.

    Oh how horrible that you declawed the kitten. The operation creates permanent...

  • Cat training move: Show and Tell

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Saturday October 4th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    Now that we have a new kitten in the house, everyone gets a refresher course in What Not To Do.

    Of course, the old hands know all this. But I involve them because they really enjoy knowing more than the kitten.

    Kittens are brand new to everything. Even the very concept that theres things they shouldnt do. It can be challenging to convey a negative to them, and important to balance our warnings with praise.

    Ive found the best way to tell them something is to show the proper emotions.



  • Dear Pammy, Is this trauma?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    Readers often write me with questions like this:

    My kitten acts so frightened sometimes. Theyve been slow to cuddle and sit in my lap. Did something terrible happen?

    Dear Readers,

    Its natural to worry that someone mistreated our cat before they found safe haven with us. All too often, someone did.

    But its actually, equally, likely that no one abused our cat. Theres a broad range of factors which affect our cats interaction with their environment. It can be premature to jump to the conclusion...

  • When to alter the cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday September 29th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    I never say if about altering the cat. I say WHEN.

    Thats because Im a long-time animal rescue person. Were the ones who see, over and over and over again, the bad consequences of not performing this simple health procedure.

    Honestly, the cat doesnt mind.

    Some people get too anthropomorphic about it. Id hate that to happen to me! Yes, in a human, it would be varying levels of tragedy. But no one is throwing you out of your comfortable home because you are whizzing on the couch or screaming at the...

  • Mithrandir has a heart of gold

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday September 26th, 2014 at 03:37 AM

    Our kitten, Mithrandir, is now almost seven months old. While he can be insistent on wanting breakfast, and bossy about getting play from most of the sentient beings he encounters, hes also a sweetheart with very tender feelings.

    Click on any picture for larger.

    He seems to adore the cat tree Tristan gave him, and (see above) sleeps happily in the curved top, the only time ever he is not wrapped around someone during sleep.

    We are all total pushovers for our Mithy. When he bounces into the room...

  • When Toys Aren’t Fun Anymore

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday September 24th, 2014 at 03:37 AM


    While any cat can develop boredom, they will vary in how quickly that state is triggered.

    The more input a cat needs, the faster they will burn through amusements. There are a few shifting factors that also influence our cats level of need:

    their age

    Kittens are able to become engrossed in a wad of paper tossed on the floor. As they grow in mental power, they need more complicated games. When Tristan was a few months old, he was easily fooled into chasing the laser pointer. Now, for it to be...