Kitty Chat Issue #006,
Hello and a very warm welcome to Kitty Chat, the monthly ezine from cat-behavior-explained.com. Welcome back, if you've read the previous editions. If this is the first time you've seen Kitty Chat, you'll find useful tips and advice on caring for your cat, articles, things to give you a laugh and questions and answers about the weird and wonderful behavior of our fabulous feline friends.
December 31st 2008
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1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Pros and Cons of Different Cat Identity Methods
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs
1. What's New?
My kitten, Terry, is now over 4 months old (I can't believe it!) He's finally starting to behave himself a bit better - he went through a really naughty phase where he just seemed to be doing one destructive and / or annoying thing after the other!
I took my cats Priscilla and Terry up to my dad's house for Christmas (he lives a 3 hour drive from me.) I was slightly concerned about how Terry would conduct himself, but on the whole he was pretty well behaved, bar a couple of minor indiscretions... (Priscilla will tell you more about it in her column below.)
I've added the Sphynx cat to the Domestic Cat Breeds section of the website. I'll continue to add more breeds over time. I may ask you for help with some pictures soon - it's really hard getting hold of pictures of certain breeds.
I've added a page to the Cat Language section of the website on cat body language. If you've ever wondered what Kitty's swishing tail, folded back ears or half-shut eyes mean, this page will tell you!
I've also just started another section on the website on cat care. I want to build it up to be a comprehensive resource for cat owners to be able to easily find information and advice on caring for their kitties. I've just added a page to this section which I think a lot of cat owners have problems with - how to give your cat medicine and tablets. I've included photos to help and there's a video too.
If there's anything you'd like me to write about on the website that I haven't done so far, please feel free to contact me via the form on the website - I'm keen on writing about things people actually want to know / read about, so any suggestions are very much appreciated.
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! I hope you like the picture of me here in my special cat hammock. It's tough being gorgeous but someone has to do it...
We went to visit Grandad over Christmas. We go every year, but of course this was Terry's first visit. He's been so naughty recently Mummy was worried about how he'd behave. I wasn't bothered, I just like to sit back and watch the entertainment...
Terry hasn't abseiled the curtains in our apartment yet, and Mummy thought it was one thing he wouldn't do. But for some reason he took a real liking to the curtains in Grandad's living room, and kept leaping at them then swinging off them like Tarzan. Grandad looked slightly horrified but was too polite to say anything...
Grandad left some fresh turkey slices on a plate on the kitchen table. Silly Grandad! Guess where they ended up? In mine and Terry's tummies after Terry had pulled them off the plate and dragged them all over the house.
It's great having a naughty little brother - I let him commit the villanous acts then I reap the rewards! And everyone thinks I'm a little angel (of course I didn't encourage Terry to steal the turkey...)
I think Grandad was sorry when we left, and didn't mean it when he said it would be great to have some peace and quiet again. I bet he hopes we'll visit again soon...
See you next month!
3. Pros and Cons of Different Cat Identity Methods
To read this article, click here.
4. Why Do Cats..?
Why do cats rub up against you, and rub against the furniture too?
Cats have scent glands on lots of areas on their bodies - both sides of their head, their lips, chins, base of their tails and round their front paws. As Kitty rubs up against things, the scent glands leave his unique, individual scent behind.
Kitty is effectively marking you - or a piece of furniture - as his property. When he rubs up against you, he's also picking up your scent. It's a sign of affection - he's showing you he likes you and saying that you belong to him!
5. Just For Laughs
I came across this picture on the internet, and it really tickled me. I've enclosed it here - I was a bit concerned about copyright issues but it's on lots of websites so I don't think one more reproduction will make a big difference.
Hats off to whoever too this photo!
<>, 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!