Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.”
― Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Eeeuuu... Scents That Cats Hate

The nose knows where cats are not welcome, and scents that cats hate can be an effective training tool.
Are there any scents that cats hate, Thomasina? I'm trying to keep the neighborhood cats away from my flowerbeds. 
-- Curious Gardner

Hi Curious...
Wow. I'm sorry the cats are using your flowerbeds. I'm sure you think that's not very nice! Yes, there are some scents cats hate, and although it makes me feel very guilty, I'll make a list for you in a minute.

But before we talk about scents that cats hate, I'd like to tell you how we see the world.

For Cats, It's All About Timesharing 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"I’m a cat. We aren't required to make sense.” 
― Seanan McGuireA Local Habitation

Friday, April 6, 2018

Counter Conflicts: Why Cats Get Up On Counters & How To Keep Them Off

There are reasons why cats get up on counters, and the cats think they're good reasons!
Thomasina, why do cats get up on counters? My cat is always on the kitchen counters, and he's driving me crazy!
-- Annoyed

Hi Annoyed!
Cats get up on counters for a few reasons, and we think they're very good reasons. But there are ways to keep him off if you really want to.

Let me tell you why cats get up on counters first. Maybe you'll change your mind.

Why Cats Get Up On Counters

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
ese intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran” 
― Lilian Jackson BraunThe Cat Who Saw Stars

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How Do Cats Know When People Are Sick

Cats know when people are sick, and some want to nurse their humans back to health.
Do cats know when people are sick, Thomasina? I had a terrible migraine last night, and my cat never left my side.
-- Curious

Hi Curious...
Sorry about that migraine! Ouch! Yes, cats know when people are sick. But what we do about it depends on the cat.

At our house, Katie is the nurse. When our human's back hurts, she curls up against her, and the warmth of her body and the vibrations of her purr, make our human feel so much better.

How Cats Know When People Are Sick

Friday, March 30, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.” 
― Dan Grerg

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Can Cats Read Humans' Minds? Be Careful About What You Think!

Cats read humans' minds and are often unhappy when their people are unhappy.
Thomasina, can cats read humans' minds? I've been worried about a lot of things lately, and my cat is beyond stressed.
-- Concerned

Hi Concerned...
I guess you could say cats read humans' minds. Although I never thought of us as mind-readers, we definitely do pick up on our humans' thoughts, moods and even their health.

When our humans are happy, we're happy. When they're depressed or stressed, we are, too.

What We See When Cats Read Humans' Minds

Friday, March 23, 2018

Today's Purrl of Wisdom

“A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.” 
― William S. BurroughsThe Cat Inside

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is An Alpha Cat Running Your Household?

Do you have an alpha cat? Sometimes it's hard to tell.
Could my calico be an alpha cat, Thomasina? She's so bossy and entitled!
-- Curious Cat Mom

Hi Curious!
I'm an alpha cat! Sometimes... I'm always bossy and entitled. But that doesn't mean I'm always in charge. In our family, the alpha cat changes, depending on the time of day and where we are.

Outside, Soda's the alpha cat and keeps cats we don't like away from our territory. He doesn't fight with them. He just makes it abundantly clear that they're not welcome.

Inside,  Honey is head cat, although it's sometimes hard to tell. She's the oldest and wisest, and she's very good at keeping our lives organized and peaceful.

Would You Know An Alpha Cat If You Saw One?