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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was gitting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn't ever going to grow dim or doubtful.” 
― Mark TwainTom Sawyer Abroad

Ha! I dare you to carry me by my tail. I just dare you! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”
 ― Jules Verne

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...
I recently adopted a cat named Stinky. Would it be okay to change her name?
-- Hopeful

Hi Hopeful!
Oh, yes... Please change her 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) Name?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.” 

― Neil GaimanCoraline

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Power Of The Purr

Dear Thomasina...
Just wondering... why do cats purr?
-- Curious

Hey,  Curious...
Good question! People think we purr because we're happy. That's true, of course. But there are other reasons why cats purr, too. And our purrs don't all sound the same. You have to really listen to understand what your cat's purr is telling you.

It's Not Always About 'Purrfection'

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

10 Things Humans Do That Annoy Cats

So many things humans do annoy cats.
Dear Thomasina...
The other night, I gave my cat a big hug and got scratched! Why would he do that? I thought he loved me!
-- Hurt

Hey, Hurt!

I'm so sorry about the scratch. Hate to say it, but if you gave me a hug, I'd scratch, too. We're not big on huge human arms squishing us until our ribs ache.

I'm sure your cat loves you a lot. But there are some things humans do that annoy us so much. Picking us up is one of them. We feel safer when our feet are planted firmly on the ground, not suspended in midair. Hugging can actually hurt and makes getting picked up even worse.

Ten Things That Really Annoy Cats

Monday, June 12, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” 
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn

What?? We give straight answers all the time. It's just that humans don't understand them.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Chirps, Chatters & Other Sounds Cats Make

Meowing is just one of the sounds cats make to communicate with us.
Dear Thomasina...

My cat often chirps at me when I get home. Why does he do that? What's he saying?
-- Curious

Hi Curious!
Oh, how nice! Your cat's saying "welcome home!" Not all of us do that (I don't), and you should feel very honored!

When we talk to each other, we usually use body language. We talk with our eyes, ears and tails. But since humans don't seem to understand our native language, we make sounds to communicate with you.

Eight Sounds Cats Make

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” 
― Mark Twain

I like this quote, but I hope it doesn't hurt our human's feelings.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Why Do Cats Pull Food Out Of Their Bowls?

Cats appreciate dishes, like this one, that are wide enough for their whiskers to not touch the sides.
Dear Thomasina...
One of my cats pulls his food out of his bowl and eats it off the floor. Why does he do that? He makes such a mess!
-- Frustrated

Hi, Frustrated!
Yikes!! I'm sorry about the mess. Although I don't do it, cats pulling food out of their bowls is actually pretty normal.

Why Some Cats Prefer The Floor To Their Food Bowls