Oh, No! Your Cat Has Separation Anxiety? How You Can Help

When a cat has separation anxiety, it might be because she's bored.
If your cat has separation anxiety, it might be because 
she's bored.
I think my cat has separation anxiety, Thomasina. What can I do? She gets so anxious and depressed when I leave the house.
-- Feeling Guilty

Hey, Feeling Guilty!
If your cat has separation anxiety, there are ways to help, so don't feel guilty. After all, sometimes you really do have to leave the house!

This is just a theory on my part. But I think when a cat has separation anxiety it's often because she's bored. Being home all alone isn't very interesting.

Signs That Your Cat Has Separation Anxiety

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.”
― Pam Brown

Why Do Cats Get Stuck In Trees? Not Because They're Klutzes

When cats get stuck in trees, it's not because they're klutzes. Thomasina shares her purrls of wisdom on why cats get stuck in trees, what to do when your cat's stuck in a tree and who to call when a cat's really stuck.

When cats get stuck in trees, it's not because they're klutzes.
Is this cat stuck in the tree or just enjoying the view?
Why do cats get stuck in trees, Thomasina? It seems if they can get up, they could get down.
-- Curious About Cats

Hi, Curious!
Cats are good at going up, but we're not so great at coming down. Unfortunately, I know this from personal experience. For a cat, I'm sort of a klutz. But 

that's not the reason why cats get stuck in trees.

Our bodies are designed to go forward, not backward. And while we like to climb up, we prefer to jump when it's time to come down.

Why Cats Get Stuck In Trees

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"I realized that cats make a perfect audience, they don't laugh at you, they never contradict you, there's no need to impress them, and they won't divulge your secrets.”
--Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

How To Make Friends With A New Cat | Manners Matter

There's a right way and a wrong way to make friends with a new cat.
Could you make friends
with this cat?
How can I make friends with a new cat, Thomasina? I'd love to  become buddies with an indoor/outdoor cat in my neighborhood.
-- Hopeful

Hi Hopeful...
I'm so glad you asked! So many humans have such bad manners when they try to make friends with a new cat. 

Like people, we really don't like it when someone invades our personal space. And tromping up to a cat on the sidewalk and trying to put your hands all over him is a major invasion of his personal space. It's also a good way to get scratched!

Manners Matter When You Want To Make Friends With A New Cat

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.”
--Ilona Andrews, Magic Strikes

Why Cats Stare Into Space | It's Not Because They're Weird

When cats stare into space, they're usually looking for something too small for humans to see.
Cats don't stare into space because they're 
weird. They're actually seeing something.
Do all cats stare into space, Thomasina? Or is my cat just being weird when he sits perfectly still staring at nothing?
-- Creeped Out Cat Mom

Hey, Creeped Out Cat Mom!
I guess it would be sort of creepy to a human to see a cat staring at what appears to be nothing. But when cats stare into space, we're usually watching something that's too tiny for a human to see. Or maybe your cat's listening to something you can't hear.

Remember, our vision is much better than yours is in low light. And, no offense, but our hearing is much better than yours is, too. 

Why Cats Stare Into Space

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see.
-- Eleanor Farjeon

Why Do Cats Knock Things Over? Not Just Because It's Fun!

Sometimes cats knock things over because they're in the way.
Sometimes cats knock 
things over out of curiosity
Why do cats knock things over, Thomasina? My cat is constantly swatting pictures and trinkets onto the floor.
-- Annoyed

Hey, Annoyed!
I can see where constantly picking things up would get really tiresome. But your cat doesn't mean to annoy you or be disrespectful. We just see things differently than you do, and sometimes cats knock things over because they're in the way.

Your cat doesn't realize your pictures and trinkets are arranged on a table because they look nice. If she wants to nap on the table, and they're in her way, she'll just push them aside. It doesn't seem like a problem to her if they all land on the floor. 

Why Cats Knock Things Over

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.”
― Jean Burden, Celebration Of Cats