Kitty Chat Issue #003
September 30th, 2008

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Contents

1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Cat Carriers. Which are the Best?
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs


1. What's New?

I haven't been able to do so much to the website this month as I'd have liked. I went on holiday for 10 days and had to do some traveling with my "day job," so I've had less than 2 weeks in total to add new stuff.

However I have managed to get some new pages done:

I've written a section all about catnip. I hit on the idea when I spotted some in a pet store and realised I hadn't bought any for my cat Priscilla for ages. I bought it and then took a video of her rolling round in it (yes I'm mean I know!) Click this link to watch her and other cats on catnip video clips.

Some of the other pages in the catnip section include:

Effects of catnip on cats. How does it work? Is it safe? Is it addictive? This page answers all these questions and more.

Catnip uses. Catnip has a lot of other uses besides giving kitty hours ofg fun, some of which may surprise you...

How to grow catnip. Growing catnip is easy and can give you a year-round free supply.

I found another great kitten video that I added to the funny kitten videos page. This naughty little kitten steals a whole cooked chicken from a table top and starts to devour it. It reminded me of one of my previous cats, Rodney. When he was about 12 weeks old he managed to get the fridge door open, steal a big steak and drag it under a bed. He growled ferociously when we tried to get it off him!


2. Priscilla's Column

Hello! If you're new to this newsletter, let me introduce myself. I'm Priscilla, the real brains behind the Cat Behavior Explained website. My mummy writes it, but she'd never manage it without my help. If you've read my column before, hello again! As you can see I'm still as gorgeous as ever. I'm not allowed on the kitchen worktops, but I don't let silly rules like that stop me doing what I want...

I've had a much more exciting month than I did last month. Mummy selfishly went off traveling with her job, THEN went on holiday straight after! So I went to stay with Mummy's sister, Auntie Linda.

I like going to Auntie Linda's. She's got 4 big dogs and I love to boss them around. If any of them gets too close to me or trys to steal my food I just give them a swift smack across the face. It always works.

Anyway, since I've got back home I've got a problem. Mummy completely cleaned the inside of the washing machine, so it's all silver and shiny now, and the glass is much clearer.

Well, you'll never guess what, there's a cat living inside it! And even worse, she looks just like me! Actually she's not quite as pretty as me, but she looks very similar.

I mean the cheek of it! Every time I walk up to the washing machine and look through the door, she's there staring straight back at me! I keep hitting the glass with my paws to try and frighten her, and guess what she does? She tries to hit me back! She's much harder to control than Auntie Linda's dogs!

Mummy keeps telling me it's me I'm seeing. She can't fool me that easily. I know it's not me, I'm not in the washing machine!

Well, I'm off to have another look to see if she's still there. My food is next to the washing machine, and I'm worried she'll steal it.

See you next month!


3. Cat Carriers - How to Choose a Good One

To read this article, click here.


4. Why Do Cats..?

Why do cats always seem to make a beeline for the one person in the room that doesn't like cats?

Cats don't like to be stared at, especially by people they don't know well or trust. Before two cats fight, part of the body language is to stare at eachother as they move in for the fight. If one cat stares, hisses and yowls enough, he may just frighten the other one off before the fight actually starts.

So - there's a room full of people and Kitty saunters in, looking gorgeous. What do all the cat lovers in the room do? Stare at him and try to get him to go to them. But unless he knows them, he'll be intimidated by this and won't want to go near them.

He looks round for someone to go to. There's one person sitting in the corner, not looking at him or talking to him. She's scared of cats and is hoping that by not talking to Kitty or looking at him, he'll stay away from her...

Not a chance! Kitty sees this person as the only one who's displaying inviting, rather than threatening behavior towards him. So who does he go to? You've guessed it!




5. Just For Laughs

I was sent this in an email. It was very timely, as it was at the time Priscilla was staying with my sister and her 4 dogs. I don't believe that cats are anything like as devious as this makes out, but it is very funny...

The Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat's Diary

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return! The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...


<>, I really hope you've enjoyed this edition of Kitty Chat. I'd love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions for future content, so please feel free to click on this link and contact me using the form.

Meow until next month!

Take care,

Liz.



 

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