Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friends We're Not | Why Cats Go To People Who Don't Like Them

Cats are usually frightened when people they don't know approach them.
Dear Thomasina...
  No insult, but I don't like cats. So why do they come to me instead of people who love them?
-- Annoyed

Hi Annoyed!
I'm not insulted at all. I know some people don't like cats, and some cats don't like people, so I guess it all evens out in the end. I like almost everybody!

Instinct tell us to be very cautious around people we don't know. So when cat lovers tromp right up to us and start petting away, we're beyond alarmed and leave as fast as we can. No insult to them, but we appreciate having some time to get acquainted before a total stranger starts smothering us in affection.

Why Cats Like You Although You Don't Like Them

Friday, February 9, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” 
― Rachel HartmanSeraphina

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Oh, Poo! Why Doesn't My Cat Bury That Stuff?

For cats, poo is a powerful communications tool.
Dear Thomasina... 
Sorry to be so direct, but why doesn't my cat bury his poo?
-- Grossed Out Cat Mom

Hi Cat Mom!
Sorry you’re grossed out. To use your word, poo can be a very big deal to us, but not for the reasons you may think. For us, it’s a powerful communications tool.  So your cat might not be burying his “stuff” because he wants other animals to know your house is his territory.

Not So Fastidious Cats

Monday, December 11, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Monday, November 13, 2017

Defensive Sleeping | Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

Cats sleep curled up in a ball to keep warm and protect themselves.
Dear Thomasina...
Why do cats sleep curled up in a ball? Isn't that uncomfortable?
Concerned Cat Mom

Hi Concerned!
Don't worry. Your cat's fine sleeping curled up in a ball. And when she starts to feel uncomfortable, she can always stretch out!

I lived outside for a long time before I moved in here, so I guess I'm a defensive sleeper. I feel warm and safe sleeping curled up in a ball with my very fluffy tail covering my eyes. Believe it or not, my favorite place to sleep is a round sink. It's just the right shape and size.

Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“For, though the room was silent, the silence of half a hundred cats is a peculiar thing, like fifty individual silences all piled one on top of another.”
― Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Monday, October 30, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween.
-- Unknown

Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's Halloween! Are You Scared Of Black Cats?

Black cat face
Dear Thomasina...
Why are people scared of black cats?
Nervous Nellie

Hey, Nellie!
Good question! I've often wondered why people are scared of black cats, too. I'm mostly black (well, not really), and I'm not scary at all. Unless I'm angry about something. Then I'm really scary. Ask Belle about that.

Black Cats, Superstitions And Bad Luck

My human typist researched this because she's always wondered why people are afraid of black cats, too. Turns out that all the superstitions about black cats began with an evil fairy named Cat Sith. Celtic mythology (not sure what that is, but anyway...) has it that he did some very nasty things, like stealing dead people's souls before the gods could claim them. Eeeuuu... Too bad he made himself look like a huge black cat when he did that.

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.” 
― Rudyard KiplingThe Cat That Walked By Himself

Friday, September 8, 2017

Your Cat's Name Says It All | How To Name A Cat

How to choose a cat name that will make your cat happy
Dear Thomasina...
Is it okay to change a cat's name. I recently adopted a cat named Stinky. She must hate that name! 
-- Hopeful

Hi Hopeful!

Oh, yes... Please change your cat's name! No wonder she looks so sad in her picture. Who would want to be called Stinky for 18 or 20 years?

To be honest, I've never heard that word, and I don't know what it means. But I could tell by the way my human typist said it when she read your email to me that it's not good.

What's In A (Cat's) Name?