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

The Eyes Have It: How Cats See In The Dark

Do cats see in the dark? It depends on how dark it is.
Do cats see in the dark? It depends on how dark it is.
Can cats see in the dark, Thomasina? I want to move my cat's litter box to the basement. Will he be able to find it?
-- Just Wondering

Hi Just Wondering...
Oh, no! Please don't move your cat's litter box to the basement. He'll hate that! 

Can cats see in the dark? That depends on how dark it is. While we see better than you do in dim light, we can't see in total darkness.

If you move your cat's litter box to the basement, he'll probably be able to find it. But it could be so difficult, he might decide it's just not worth the effort.


How Cats See In The Dark


Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“When Rome burned, the emperor's cats still expected to be fed on time.” 
-- Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

Respect Your Cat Day? It's March 28 -- And Every Day

Respect Your Cat Day is March 28.
Will you celebrate Respect Your Cat Day?
Did you know March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day, Thomasina? Will your family be doing anything special? 
-- Curious

Hey, Curious!
Wait a minute! Respect Your Cat Day is March 28??? I thought every day was Respect Your Cat Day! It should be!

I don't think we'll be doing anything
special here. Our human can be bossy sometimes, and she's a bit overprotective. But no one's perfect, and we know how much she respects us. She says she admires us, too, and we really like that!

So if you're curious, these are some ways our human makes every day Respect Your Cat Day at our house. She's learned a lot from us and other cats she knows!


We Make Every Day Respect Your Cat Day