Kitty Chat Issue #015,
April 6th 2010

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1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Cat Heat Behavior
4. And Finally...

1. What's New?

Hello again, hope all is well with you and your cats.

Sorry this ezine is a bit late, I went away for a short holiday over Easter so I'm just catching up now. Our neighbor looked after the cats - she has a cat that I look after when she goes away, so it works great - the ideal cat sitting arrangement! And all it costs us both of us is a bottle or two of wine!

I've put quite a few pages up on the website this month:

Your Cats

Recently I started a page on the website where people could ask questions about their cats, if they had any behavior problems etc. It's proved really popular - the link below will take you to the questions people have asked:

Visitors Cat Problems - Questions and Answers

This page has proved so popular, I've started another page with cat behavior questions. Here are the questions I've answered so far:

Visitors Cat Behavior Questions

If you want to send me a question about your cat, or a photo, or a story (or all three!) it's easy (and free) to do. You can comment on submissions from other visitors too. Just click here to get started.

I've added the following pages too:

Cat Behavior Facts - Weird, Wonderful and Wacky Feline Behavior Explained!

Why do Cats Knead?

Why do Cats Eat Grass?

Why do Cats Hiss?

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!

Here's a picture of me that Mummy's friend took on his phone. Mummy says I look like I'm sucking on a lemon, which I think is just downright rude and insulting...

My brother Terry has learned how to open the fridge. Mummy needs to make sure the kitchen door is shut now, or he just opens the fridge door and helps himself. I'm not complaining of course, I get a share of what he pulls out but I don't get in trouble for it - an ideal situation in my humble opinion...

Terry doesn't just pinch the obvious stuff out of the fridge like the meat. He likes pinching small things and batting them around. Mummy had some raspberries in the fridge and came home to find them all over the house, with red trails everywhere. He'd batted them all over the place, including under the sofa, behind the wardrobe and into some clean washing. Mummy stood on one on the light colored carpet. She got really annoyed. I think she needs some catnip to calm her down, I mean it only took her about an hour to find them all, clean the carpet and re-wash the laundry... Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill!

See you next month!

3. Article - Cat Heat Behavior

To read this article, click here.

4. And finally...

I got this in an email - hope you like it as much as I did!

Helping Your Human when they're Working

If one of your humans is working and another is idle, always stay with the busy one. This is called helping, but is known to unsophisticated humans as hampering.

Here are the rules for helping (hampering):

  • When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You can't be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on, picked up and consoled.
  • For book readers, get in close under the chin, between the human's eyes and the book, unless you can lie across the book itself. If it is a newspaper, claw at it until shredded, Your human will appreciate the home-made toy!
  • For knitting projects, curl up quietly onto the lap of the knitter and pretend to doze. Occasionally reach out and slap the knitting needles or grab the yarn in your mouth. The knitting human may try to distract you with a scrap ball of yarn, but don't be fooled by this manoeuvre. Remember, the aim is to help (hamper) work.
  • For people paying bills (monthly activity) or working on income taxes or Christmas cards (annual activity), keep in mind the aim - to help (hamper!) First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged, watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity proceeds nicely again, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed for the second time, push pens, pencils, and erasers off the table, one at a time.

<>, 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,




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