Todays' Purrl Of Wisdom

“I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.” 
― Eckhart TolleThe Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

How Do Cats Know What Time It Is?

Somehow cats know what time it is, and they don't need to look at a clock.
Dear Thomasina...
How do cats know what time it is? My indoor/outdoor cat comes in every night promptly at 10 pm. If I open the door a bit early, he's not there. But if I'm a few minutes late, he's annoyed because he had to wait. Does he really know what time it is?
-- Just Wondering 

Hi Wondering...
Cats know what time it is, although we don't think of it the way you do. You look at time in minutes and hours. We see it in intervals.

Our sense of time is based on circadian rhythms (On what??? My human typist stuck that in there) that pretty much control our internal clocks. Those clocks tell us when one interval (being outside) should end and another (going in for a nap) should begin.

It sounds like your cat's clock is set to tell him to go inside at 10 pm your time. Of course, he might decide to reset the clock, depending on the weather. So don't be surprised if his schedule changes with the seasons.

The Sun Helps Cats Know What Time It Is

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” 
― Hippolyte Taine

Do Cats Shed In The Fall?

Cats shed in the fall, and strictly indoor cats shed all year long.
Dear Thomasina...
Do cats shed in the fall? It's September, and my cat is shedding nonstop. I thought cats shed in the summer. Do I have an abnormal cat?
-- Puzzled

Hey, Puzzled!
Yes, cats shed in the fall! In fact, cats who live strictly indoors shed all year. So your cat's perfectly normal, at least as far as shedding goes.

Why Cats Shed In The Fall

Why Do Cats Lick Their Feet After They Eat?

Cats lick their feet after they eat so they can wash their faces.
Dear Thomasina...
Why do cats lick their feet after they eat? Mine always licks a front foot. Just wondering why he does that.

Hi Curious!
Cats lick their feet after they eat because we like to wash our faces after we've had a meal or even just a snack. One of the great things about being a cat is that we come equipped with a built-in napkin and washcloth. That's one of the things our front feet are for!

When your cat licks his front foot and leg, he's getting them damp so he can rub them against his face and get all the crumbs off. You know how neat we are, and we'd hate walking around with little bits of tuna stuck in our whiskers. Ugh...

Watch your cat sometime. You'll see that we have a whole routine for eating. It goes like this.
1. Find food (either in a bowl or in the woods).
2. Eat.
3, Wash our faces and maybe take a whole bath.
4. Curl up somewhere cozy and take a nap.

I love to hunt, but I actually prefer my food in the little heart-shaped bowl I have. Eating's a lot neater that way.

Kitty WIpes
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Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” 
― Mark Twain

Why Cats Hate Lion Cuts & The Purpose Of Cat Fur

Cats hate lion cuts, and not because they're embarrassing.
Dear Thomasina...
Do cats hate lion cuts? I recently got my cat shaved down into a lion cut so he'd be cool this summer. Now, he won't come out from under my bed. Is he embarrassed?
-- Meant Well

Hi Meant Well...
Most cats hate lion cuts, but not because they make us look so silly. After all, most of us have bad hair days. Cats with lion cuts really don't care if they have an entire month or two of bad hair days. Appearances aren't all that important to us.

So I don't think you're cat's embarrassed by the lion cut. But he could be scared.

Why Cats Hate Lion Cuts

Today's Purrl of Wisdom

“Cats, as you know, cats are quite impervious to threats.” 
― Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog

Five Ways To Get Cats To Play With Their Toys

How do you get cats to play with their toys? The first step is to think like a cat!
Dear Thomasina...
How do you get cats to play with their toys? My cats have a gazillion toys, and they won't play with any of them. 
-- Frustrated

Hi Frustrated...
Sometimes you have to think like a cat to get

cats to play with their toys.

To us, play is a lot like hunting, and the fun is in the thrill of the hunt. We love to watch, chase and pounce. Our prey, even if it's just a toy, is supposed to scoot through the grass (or across the rug), not just lie there on the floor looking at us. That's so boring.

So if you're ready to think like a cat, here are five ways to get cats to play with their toys and enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

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

The Importance Of The Cat Nap | Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Why do cats sleep so much? There's a very good reason!
Dear Thomasina... 
Why do cats sleep so much? Mine sleeps all day and keeps me awake all night. He's driving me crazy! 
-- Sleep Deprived 

Hey, Sleep Deprived...
There's a good reason why cats sleep so much, and I'll try to tell you quickly. I've been very busy outside for the last hour or so, and I need a nap. I'm feeling sleep deprived myself!

Just Because Cats Sleep So Much Doesn't Mean We're Lazy

Today's Purrl of Wisdom

“To err is human, to purr is feline.”
― Robert Byrne, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

Why Are Cats Afraid Of Vacuum Cleaners? Here's How To Help

Wondering why cats are afraid of vacuum cleaners? One of the answers might surprise you.
Are cats afraid of vacuum cleaners or do
they hide because they hate the sound?
Are cats afraid of  vacuum cleaners, Thomasina? My cats are terrified of ours.
-- Concerned 

Hey, Concerned!
I don't think all cats are afraid of vacuum cleaners. I'm not afraid of much of anything, and I think it's great fun to swat at ours and stare it down. Of course, it's not scared of me and just keeps coming, which is really annoying.

To understand why many cats are afraid of vacuum cleaners, look at yours through your cat's eyes.

They're just a couple of feet tall, and this huge, noisy machine that's much bigger than they are is heading in their direction. Of course they're scared!

What To Do When Cats Are Afraid Of Vacuum Cleaners

Cat Body Language Translated

Yawning is cat body language for saying, "I'm relaxed."
Yawning says "I'm relaxed"
in cat body language.
Dear Thomasina, 
When I have friends over, my cat yawns at them. Why is he so rude? They think he's bored with them! 
-- Embarrassed 

Hey, Embarrassed...
I don't think your cat's bored. Most of us love watching humans. Some of the things you do are just so funny and cute. If we had cell phones, we'd be snapping pictures and posting them on Facebook and Instagram all day!

While humans communicate with words, we communicate most with body language. Cat body language isn't that hard to understand when you know what you're looking for. 

Cats yawn when they're relaxed. Yawning sends a reassuring, non-threatening message. It's one of the ways we say we're comfortable with you and don't want to fight. So your friends should be happy when your cat yawns at them. Would they yawn back? He'd be surprised and pleased that they speak his language. 

More Cat Body Language Translated

Are Cats Afraid Of The Wind?

Is this gray cat with green eyes afraid of the wind?
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Are cats afraid of the wind, Thomasina? It was very windy yesterday, and my outside cat spent the entire day in his shelter.
-- Concerned

Hi Concerned...
Ugh... I hate windy days. Cats aren't afraid of the wind, but it's really annoying. The howling wind sounds much louder to us than it does to you, and it can actually make our ears hurt. And it drowns out everything, so we can't hear as well as we like to when we're outside.

I don't think your boy was scared. He was just staying curled up in his shelter where it was quiet and little pebbles and bits of dirt weren't blowing in his face.

Do Cats Hate Being Petted

Do cats hate being petted? Maybe some do, but not this one!
Dear Thomasina... 
I just read about a study that says cats hate being petted. Is that true? I love petting my cats!
-- Feeling Sad

Hi Feeling Sad!
I guess some cats hate being petted. But most of us love it. And my human typist just looked at the study that says cats hate being petted and found out nearly everyone who reported on it misunderstood. Phew... That's a relief. I didn't think that sounded right.

Every cat is different, and some like being touched more than others. I love being scratched under my chin, but don't touch my back! Here are some things I'd suggest when petting your cats.

Make Your Cat Love Being Petted

How Come The Cats Won't Drink From Their Bowl Instead Of My Glass?

The question: "Why do the cats drink my water?" The answer might surprise you.
Thomasina, can you tell me why the cats won't drink from their bowl instead of my glass? They drink out of the glass I put beside my bed, when they have their own water right next to their food in the kitchen! Why do they insist on taking mine?
-- Annoyed

Hi Annoyed...
Believe it or not, there are some good reasons why your cats won't drink from their bowl, and one is because your water tastes better. That's important to us because we don't guzzle water the way humans do. We take tiny laps and can taste every one. If there are crumbs of food in the water, it doesn't taste right, and we don't want to drink it.

Why Cats Won't Drink From Their Bowl

Do Cats See Red?

Do cats see red and other colors?
© Ermolaev Alexandr
Dear Thomasina...
I was wearing red socks the other day, and my cat went crazy and attacked my foot. Do cats see red?
-- Bruised

Hey Bruised!
Ouch! I'm sorry your cat attacked your foot. He must have been very confused about something. But I don't think he literally saw red and freaked out.

In answer to your question, cats don't really see red. Our world is lovely pastel shades -- we see colors in the
purple, blue, green and yellow ranges. But we lack the cones in our eyes to see red, orange and brown. To us, they appear in shades of gray, although we can sometimes tell the 
difference between red and green, red and blue, red and gray, green and blue, green and gray, blue and gray, yellow and blue and yellow and gray.

Why Cats Don't See Red

Really, seeing colors isn't all that useful to us. A mouse is a mouse, no matter what color it is. And since we're most active after dark, almost everything appears in shades of gray.

We do enjoy looking at a variety of colors, though. And we appreciate dishes, toys and cat beds in pretty colors we can see. I love my bright green bed and purple catnip mouse!

Our human wrote an article about how cats see the world. Read it if you have time. It's interesting.

It's possible that you startled your cat when you were walking by, and he got scared and attacked when he saw a big foot coming in his direction. You can avoid this by saying his name as you're approaching so he knows for sure those feet belong to you.

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” 
― Pam Brown

Hello World!

Long haired calico cat
© John Kroetch
OMG! I'm so excited! My own blog! I even have a pen name. My real name's Jessie. Or that's what our human calls me. Cats don't call each other human names.

Our human put a lot of thought into my name. She knows cats like the sound of "s" in a name and respond to names that end in "eee." And here's something else you should know if you're naming a cat. We don't only hear our names, we pick up on your 
thoughts when you're saying them. So if you call a cat Stinky (ugh... I hope you won't!), he'll see himself as smelly and disgusting every time you say his name.

Here's one more thing to know: Always try to say your cat's name the same way. If our human called me Jessie sometimes and Jesss-eee other times, I wouldn't know who the heck she was talking to.

Oh. Oops! Our human just said if I want to use a pen name, I shouldn't tell you my real name. Okay. So just think of me as Thomasina. I really like that name, even though it doesn't end in "eee."

Todays Purrl of Wisdom

“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.” 
― Neil GaimanCoraline

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”
― Neil GaimanCoraline

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” 
― Robertson Davies

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

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I thought maybe she'd whisk us off by magic, or at least hail a taxi. Instead, Bast borrowed a silver Lexus convertible.
"Oh, yes," she purred. "I like this one! Come along, children."
"But this isn't yours," I pointed out.
"My dear, I'm a cat. Everything I see is mine." She touched the ignition and the keyhole sparked. The engine began to purr. [No, Sadie. Not like a cat, like an engine.]” 
― Rick RiordanThe Red Pyramid

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

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.” 
― Bobbie Ann MasonShiloh and Other Stories

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I've found that the way a person feels about cats-and the way they feel about him or her in return-is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person's character” 
― P.C. CastMarked

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"Cat hair and coffee. Never leave home without them."