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 Gaiman, Coraline

Why Do Cats Climb Christmas Trees?

When cats climb Christmas trees, they're not trying to be annoying. It's just so much fun!
Why do cats climb Christmas trees, Thomasina? My kittens have knocked ours over three times!
-- Annoyed Cat Mom

Hey, Cat Mom!
Sorry your little guys keep knocking over the Christmas tree. I can see where that would be annoying. Personally, I don't understand why cats climb Christmas trees. They're so prickly, and needles get stuck in our fur. Talk about annoying!

To explain why cats climb Christmas trees, we don't really look at things as "yours" and "ours." We think anything that isn't being used at the moment is ours until we get bored with it or someone else comes along and wants it. So if your kittens see that you're not using the Christmas tree, they thinks it's theirs to nap under and climb.


How To Keep Cats Out Of Christmas Trees

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“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Get A Kitten For Your Adult Cat


Should you get a kitten as a playmate for your adult cat?
Kittens can be annoying and even frightening to adult cats.
Should I get a kitten as a playmate for my adult cat Thomasina? He's eight years old and is becoming so lazy. Do you think he'd like having a kitten to play with?
Mike's Mom

Hi Mike's Mom...
Yikes!! No, please don't get a kitten as a playmate for your adult cat. Most of us hate kittens! 

Take it from me. Kittens can be very annoying and even frightening to adult cats.

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Get A Kitten For Your Adult Cat

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“When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch my cats." 
Charles Bukowski

'Purrfect' Cat Christmas Gifts For 2018

Cat With Gifts Under A Christmas Tree
Tony Campbell - Fotolia.com
Dear Thomasina...
I have no idea what to get my cats for Christmas. Do you have any suggestions?
-- Anxious Shopper

Hi Anxious...

I'm so glad you asked! I love to help humans with their Christmas shopping for cats!

Here's our list for this year. I hope it gives you some ideas.

Oh, and happy holidays to you and your cats!



Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats tell me without effort all that there is to know.”
-- Charles Bukowski, On Cats

Five Reasons Why Your Cat Doesn't Purr

Even if your cat doesn't purr, she shows affection in other ways.
My cat doesn't purr, Thomasina. Does that mean she doesn't like me?
-- Feeling Hurt

Hey, Feeling Hurt...
To be honest, I don't purr either. Maybe your cat doesn't purr, but I'll bet she lets you know she loves you in other ways. Some of us just show affection differently. 

Our human can tell I love her by the look in my eyes and by the way I press my head into her hand when she touches me. Your cat might also show how much she loves you by rubbing against your hands, your face or your legs or kneading. 


Five Reasons Why Your Cat Doesn't Purr

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“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside


Declawing A Cat?
Nine Reasons Why All Paws Need Claws

Declawing a cat is cruel and unnecessary. There are better ways to save your couch from the cat.
Dear Thomasina...
Is declawing a cat okay? I just got a new kitten, and I'm considering getting him declawed.
-- New Cat Mom


Hey, New Cat Mom...
Oh, no! You're not really going to declaw your kitten are you? Please don't do that! Declawing a cat affects our health and almost every way we live our lives.


Here are nine reasons why cats need claws. Destroying the furniture isn't one of them! 

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“I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance. "
― James Thurber

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

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“It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see.”
― Eleanor Farjeon

How The Weather Affects Cat Behavior

Aside from wanting a muffler, the weather affects cat behavior in many ways.
© Viorel Sima - Fotolia.com
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

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When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween.
-- Unknown

It's Halloween! Are You Scared Of Black Cats?

Black cat face
Dear Thomasina...
Why are people scared of black cats?
Nervous Nellie

Hey, Nellie!

Good question! I've often wondered why people are scared of black cats, too. I'm mostly black (well, not really), and I'm not scary at all. Unless I'm angry about something. Then I'm really scary. Ask Belle about that.


Black Cats, Superstitions And Bad Luck


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“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

Nine Ways To Use Cat Treats To Motivate Your Cat


Cats can have treats as rewards or bribes.
 Crazy nook - Fotolia.com
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

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


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.

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


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 


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




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“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

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 

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

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

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

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“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
Th
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

How Do Cats Know When People Are Sick

Cats know when people are sick, and some want to nurse their humans back to health.
Some cats love taking care of
their humans when they're sick.
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

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


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

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“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

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?

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“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
These 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



Do Cats Know When It's Going To Rain?

This poor, wet guy must not have been paying attention, because cats know when it's going to rain.
Cats know when it's going to rain, but they
still get caught in a storm sometimes.
Do cats know when it's going to rain, Thomasina? My cat always asks to come in just before a storm comes.
-- Just Curious

Hi Just Curious,

Yes, we know when it's going to rain! When the cats in my family feel those changes in the air, we all head for home as fast as we can.

It's not just that we hate being wet. The real problem with a heavy rainstorm is that it changes all the familiar scents that keep us from getting lost.

It makes it hard for us to see, too, so we can easily miss all the claw marks we've so carefully made in tree trunks and fence posts to help us find our way home. And rain acts as what you humans call white noise, so we can't hear as well as we'd like to when we're outside.


How Cats Know When It's Going To Rain

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“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
― Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

Friends We're Not | Why Cats Go To People Who Don't Like Them

Curiosity is one reason why cats go to people who don't like them.
Dear Thomasina...
 Can you tell me why cats go to people who don't like them? No insult, but I don't like cats. So why do they come to me instead of people who love them?
-- Annoyed

Hi Annoyed!
I'm not insulted at all. There's actually a good reason why some cats go to people who don't like them. And I realize there are people don't like cats, and some cats don't like people, so I guess it all evens out in the end.

I like almost everybody!

To answer your question about why cats go to people who don't like them, instinct tells us to be very cautious around people we don't know. So when cat lovers tromp right up to us and start petting away, we're beyond alarmed and leave as fast as we can. No insult to them, but we appreciate having some time to get acquainted before a total stranger starts smothering us in affection.

Why Cats Like You Although You Don't Like Them

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“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” 
― Rachel HartmanSeraphina