Kitty Chat Issue #005,
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.
November 30th 2008
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1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Cat Safety. How to Keep Kitty Safe at Christmas
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs
1. What's New?
Terry, my new kitten who's now about 12 weeks old is doing great. He's growing so fast - I think he's going to be a big cat. He's into absolutely everything, including tormenting Priscilla, my Persian cat, but she's coping with it well. She'll tell you more about what he's been up to in her column below.
Unfortunately I've not been able to do very much to the website this month. I've been traveling with my "day job" and extremely busy for various reasons whilst I've been at home. I'm hoping to be able to add a good few pages when I'm off work over Christmas.
I've added a couple more cat breeds to the Domestic Cat Breeds
section of the website. I've added the Abyssinian cat and Scottish Fold cat.
With Christmas approaching, a lot of people may be getting new kittens. If you are, or if you know anyone that is, you might like to take a look at the Kitten Care section of the website. There's loads of useful information, including suggestions for male kitten names, female kitten names and advice on how to choose a kitten.
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!
Well, my little brother has been causing havoc this month! He's growing now and able to jump much higher. But he's all gangly and clumsy, so sometimes things are going a bit wrong. I think he's trying to drive Mummy crazy. I don't mind though - it's great entertainment! Here are some of the things he's been getting up to:
- Jumping into the fridge as soon as Mummy opens the door, pulling our fresh meat treats out and running off with them
- Getting bits of meat and knocking them all round the apartment before he eats them, but bits are breaking off everywhere which he's leaving for Mummy to pick up
- Spending hours smacking his own reflection in the mirror
- Pulling all mummy's socks off the clothes airer, running off with them and dropping them all over the apartment
- Kicking the cat litter as high as he can into the air so it's going everywhere
I can't wait for Mummy to put the Christmas tree up...
He's trying to torment me too, but I don't really mind - Mummy's made a bed for me on a cupboard he can't reach so I can get away from him when I want to. But I don't usually want to get away from him - if he does step out of line a good smack around the head usually sorts him out.
Have a very happy Christmas and don't forget to buy your cats lots of lovely presents!
3. Cat Safety. How to Keep Kitty Safe at Christmas
To read this article, please click here.
4. Why Do Cats..?
Why do some cats pull food out of their bowl and eat it off the floor, and why do they keep tipping their water dish over?
There are two reasons why cats pull food out of their bowl and eat it off the floor. Some cats will do this in a multi-cat household - by removing the food from the communal food bowl and taking it elsewhere, it reduces the likelyhood of one of the other cats getting it. In other words, when the cat removes the food, he's saying "this is mine now!"
The second reason is usually to do with the shape of the bowl. Cats don't like to feel the sides of a bowl with their whiskers while they're eating.
If Kitty's bowl is narrow and his whiskers are touching the sides, swapping the bowl for a wider one should, in a lot of cases, solve the food all over the floor problem! The same is true for water dishes - if your cat is a frequent water tipper, try swapping his water bowl for a wider one.
5. Just For Laughs
Last month I showed you an extract from an email I got about punishing your human being. This month, here's the other half of the email - rewarding your human being. Hope you like it!
The Cat Survival Manual - Rewarding Your Human Being. Should Your Gift Still Be Alive?
The cat world is divided over the etiquette of presenting humans with the thoughtful gift of a recently disemboweled animal. Some believe that humans prefer these gifts already dead, while others maintain that humans enjoy a slowly expiring cricket or rodent just as much as we do, given their jumpy and playful movements in picking the creatures up after they've been presented.
After much consideration of the human psyche, we recommend that cold-blooded animals (large insects, frogs, lizards, garden snakes and the occasional earthworm) should be presented dead, while warm-blooded animals (e.g. birds, rodents) are better still living.
When you see the expression on your human's face, you'll know it's worth it.
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Meow until next month!