Monday, October 22, 2018

How The Weather Affects Cat Behavior

Aside from wanting a muffler, the weather affects cat behavior in many ways.
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I heard that the weather affects cat behavior, Thomasina. Is that true?
-- Curious

Hi Curious...
Good question! The weather definitely affects cat behavior. It certainly affects mine. Now that the days are getting shorter, I feel like I want to eat nonstop! 

One way cold weather affects cat behavior is that we have to eat more because we need extra energy to keep warm. That's as true of cats who stay inside all the time as it is of cats who go out or live outside. 

How The Weather Affects Cats' Appetites

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom


“I have found it is surprisingly difficult to remain sad when a cat is doing its level best to sandpaper one's cheeks.”
― R.L. LaFevers, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Nine Ways To Use Cat Treats To Motivate Your Cat


Cats can have treats as rewards or bribes.
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Can I use cat treats to train my cat, Thomasina? I'd like to teach him to do tricks!
-- Tricky Cat Mom

Hi Tricky Cat Mom...
I'd do almost anything for my fav Temptations treats, but jumping through hoops isn't one of them! But if your cat's more willing to cooperate than I am, teaching him tricks is one of the ways to use cat treats. I understand clicker training works really well, too. 


Nine Ways To Use Cat Treats

Monday, October 8, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom


“Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” 
― William S. BurroughsThe Cat Inside


Monday, October 1, 2018

Love That Loo
Why Cats Follow People Into The Bathroom

Lying in the sink might be one reason why cats follow people into the bathroom.
Why do cats follow people into the bathroom, Thomasina? I respect my cat's privacy. Why can't he respect mine? 
-- Annoyed

Hey Annoyed! 
Good question about why cats follow people into the bathroom. I love 

one of our bathrooms and sleep in the sink all the time. Speaking of annoying... It's really annoying when our human comes in and turns on the light. She always wakes me up! 

While it might seem odd to you that cats follow people into the bathroom, it makes perfect sense to the cats. Here are a few reasons why cats follow people into the bathroom.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom


“Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” 
― Terry PratchettMen at Arms


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Do Cats Know Their Names?

Most cats know their names, but they still might choose to ignore you when you call them.
Do cats know their names, Thomasina? My cat often comes to me when I call him. But when my cat sitter calls him, he never appears.
-- Puzzled

Hey, Puzzled!
We ignore our cat sitter, too! And it took us a while to recognize our names when she called us.

Everyone says things differently. So if your cat is used to hearing you say "Tig-gurr," and your cat sitter says "Tiii-ger," he's not going to be sure she's talking to him.
Of course, we recognize voices, too. When your cat hears your voice, he probably assumes you're about to offer him food. But who know what that cat sitter wants.

Study Shows Cats Know Their Names 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom


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




Friday, May 4, 2018

Whisker Fatigue
Are Your Cats' Whiskers Feeling Overworked?

Prevent whisker fatigue by giving your cat a wide, shallow food bowl.
Do cats really get whisker fatigue, Thomasina? What the heck is it???
-- Puzzled Cat Mom

Hey, Puzzled Cat Mom!
I'm so glad you asked, because whisker fatigue, or whisker stress, is so common and so few humans are even aware of it. They put their cats' food in deep, dark bowls, and then they wonder why the cats don't eat. They don't eat because the bowls make their whiskers work overtime and hurt!

How Whiskers Work

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