Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“If a cat spoke, it would say things like 'Hey, I don’t see the problem here.”
― Roy Blount Jr.

Tall Tails - Your Cat's Tail Can Tell You A Lot About His Mood

Cat tails tell all. What is your cat's tail telling you?
Dear Thomasina...
Every time my cat sees me, he puts his tail up. Why does he do that? Is he saying hello?
-- Just Wondering

Hi Just Wondering...
Yes, he's saying hello! Putting our tails up is one way we let our humans and other cats know we're happy to see them. If you pay attention, your cat's tail can tell you all kinds of things about his mood.

Here are some more things your cat's tail can tell you.

When your cat's tail is up but curved at the end like a question mark, he's really interested in something. It can be a greeting, too, when the cat is a bit unsure. I do that a lot when I see other cats, because I can't decide if I want to hang out with them or just be by myself.

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"There are no ordinary cats."
-- Colette

Do Cats Really Need To Drink Water?

Cats really need to drink water. They should have between five-10 ounces a day.
Thomasina, do cats really need to drink water? My cat recently switched to an all-wet-food diet, and now I never see him drinking his water. How much water does a cat need? Should I be concerned?
-- Worried

Hey, Worried!
Yes, cats really need to drink water. We should have between five-10 ounces a day, but all of it doesn't necessarily have to come from a bowl!

Wherever It Comes From, Cats Really Need To Drink Water

Does Yelling At Your Kids Scare Your Cat?

Yelling at your kids can scare your cat.
Dear Thomasina...
Does yelling scare cats? I yelled at my kids the other day, and now my cat is terrified of me. Why??? I wasn't yelling at him! I love my cat! I would never yell at him.
-- Sad and Confused

Hi Sad and Confused...
I'm sorry your cat's so upset. Yes, yelling at your kids scares your cat! But he won't be scared forever.

I was about to say we're not mind readers. But really, sometimes we are. We pick up on our humans' thoughts and emotions. And sometimes we know what you're thinking almost before you do.

But yelling at kids scares cats because it's a bit different. Your cat could tell you were angry with somebody, and for all he knew that somebody was him. So he figured it was best to just lay low and stay out of the way until you calmed down. He was probably so confused.

The other reason yelling at kids scares cats is that we're very sensitive to loud noises, and booming voices really hurt our ears.

Believe me, I know how annoying human kids can be! But maybe you could not yell at them when your cat is around. Or if you do, take him some treats and sit with him for a few minutes after the kids have scattered.

Apologize for upsetting him and tell him how much you love him. He'll appreciate your kindness. And spending a few minutes with him will make you forget those misbehaving kids and feel like all is right with the world again.

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Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat."
-- Tay Hohoff