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  • Music and cats — I told you so!

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    Monday March 2nd, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    I feel, once again, vindicated by science.

    Music that incorporates everything from purrs to meow-like sounds is gaining feline fans, according to a new study that suggests cats enjoy tunes that are crafted for them.

    Moggy music purrfect for cat ears

    The link to the story quoted above has some audio clips of the music made with cat-alerting sounds. And they certainly got my crews attention.

    Ive found that many cats can develop a fondness for music. Many Cat Appreciators have learned the power of...

  • Dear Pammy, Should I clip my cat’s claws?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday February 27th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    A reader writes:

    I have a quick question. In one of your posts you mentioned a kitty named Update who got really upset about having his claws clipped. How did you maintain his claws then? From what Ive experienced, at best the kitty gets stuck in things like carpeting and blankets. Ive heard they could eventually start growing into their paw pads, though I was able to intervene before that happened. Im asking because my kitten I who is generally easygoing seems to get very upset when I clip...

  • How to hug a cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday February 25th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    We love hugging our cats! But, do they like the way we do it?

    Most cats will enjoy hugs, if we do it in a way they find enjoyable.

    Here are some of the Hug Types we should be aware of. So all our cats get the right kind of hugging!

    Stuffed animal squeeze

    If this is the only kind of hug in our toolbox, we arent going to be getting or giving very many cat hugs. This kind of overwhelming physical contact triggers claustrophobic reactions in most cats. And their reaction triggers dismay and false...

  • Cat imagination: the realization

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Monday February 23rd, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    In the beginning, there isnt much thought. Kittens automatically chase things that move, just as babies automatically put things in their mouths. Its how they experience the world.

    Assembling concepts will come later.

    In both humans and cats, adolescence triggers the development of executive functions into full flower. We learn to manage our memory, reasoning, task assignment, and problem solving skills, the ones that are so essential to adult life. In both humans and cats.

    While one of the...

  • When cats explain themselves

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday February 20th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

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    What is the cat thinking? What do they want? Why wont they stop doing that? Why wont they do that thing I want them to do?

    The answers to all of these questions are contained in our cat.

    The answer to most cat questions is What is the cat doing?

    It can be simple, as when they are scratching the wrong things. The answer is that the things they are scratching work better for them than the things we have provided. The place these things occupy is a place that they like better. The materials they...

  • Please get me over the top?

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Thursday February 19th, 2015 at 04:48 AM

    Im sorry if Ive neglected anyone. Ive been wrestling with health issues including the nefarious flu this year which is hard to kick and then I got walking pneumonia. I request your patience as I work to catch up.

    And theres more communications than ever coming my way, because the hosting transfer was incredibly successful I think the old hosting company was holding us back! The Way of Cats has become more popular than ever before.

    If you have any change to spare, I would so appreciate it. The...

  • The difference between dogs and cats

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    In the great dog/cat debate, I can be neutral. Because I love them both, and Ive had them both.

    It really shouldnt be a debate at all. Cats and dogs are different kinds of pets, for different purposes. We can figure out our favorite activities, and decide if we want our pet to join us in it.

    I see dogs and cats as having different jobs.

    The happiest dogs I know are the ones where their interests align with their people when it comes to hiking, running, and mountain climbing. They get enough...

  • Podcast #17: Speaking in Cat

    from The Way of Cats Blog

    Friday February 13th, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    My latest podcast is all about talking to our cats. Podcast #17: Speaking in Cat explains a lot of what I call Catspeak.

    When our cats talk to each other, its body language

    The more we communicate with our cats, the more we convey our mutual regard and cooperation.

    Since cats thrive in an egalitarian relationship, we need two-way communication more than we do with other kinds of pets. We not only have to tell our cats things, we need to listen to what our cats have to say to us.

    Its a real joy...

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