Kitty Chat Issue #002
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August 31st, 2008
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1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Cat Whiskers. What are They For?
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs
1. What's New?
The UK summer has been unbelievablly bad. Even by British standards. It's rained nearly every day and been cold and windy. The good news is, because of this, I've managed to get quite a lot added to the website!
Last month I'd just started on the kittens section of the website. I've just about finished it now. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it - it's really made me want to get another kitten - watch this space...
Some of the pages in the kittens section include advice on:
Kitten fleas - important advice
How to kitten-proof your home
There are lots more pages too, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them!
I've also written a page on health insurance for your cat. I've shared some of my experiences in the hope that they may help other people. This was a hard page to write because I talked about some of my previous cats who have now sadly passed.
I found another Simon's Cat cartoon that I added to the videos of cats page. In this one Simon's trying to have a lie in, but his cat isn't having any of it. It really made me laugh, I hope you enjoy it too.
2. Priscilla's Column
Hello! I'm Priscilla, the inspiration and brains behind the Cat Behavior Explained website. My mummy writes the website, with a lot of help from me of course. Behind every successful woman is a highly intelligent cat, in my opinion...
Here's a picture of me being helpful as ever, helping Mummy with the website. She'd never manage it without me (sigh).
I haven't had a great month. The weather's been so bad I haven't been able to go out much, so I've been bored. I keep telling Mummy to do something about the weather but she's just not listening! And just to make things even worse I got a urinary tract infection. I tried weeing in the bath and the bathroom sink to cure it, but it didn't work, so we had to go to the vet - yeeeeeuck!!!
The vet gave Mummy some tablets for me. I started to get better, then I had some fun. The Olympics were on at the time and Mummy and me watched quite a bit of them. I got to thinking how unfair it was that cats aren't allowed to participate in the Olympics. I think it's because we'd win everything and humans wouldn't like that. So, I decided to start my own Olympic sport - Tablet Spitting.
Mummy used to pride herself on being able to give any cat a tablet. Ha! That was before she adopted me. She manages in the end, but I like to see how many times I can spit it out before I swallow it. My record now is 6 times. Aren't I clever?
See you next month!
3. Cat Whiskers. What Are They For?
To read this article, click here.
4. Why Do Cats..?
Why does my cat sit on my lap and repeatedly press one paw, then the other into my legs, purr and stare into space?
This behavior is known as kneading or trampling. Kitty is drifting back to his kittenhood - specifically his days with his mummy - when he does this. Kneading is reminiscent of Kitty feeding off his mother - if you've ever watched kittens feeding you'll see them pressing on either side of the mother's nipple to get the milk.
Cats usually exhibit this behavior when they're content. They're happily thinking back to nice times spent with Mummy. They may also do it to reassure themselves if they're feeling anxious. Purring is also sometimes used as an act of reassurance too - it's the same principle.
Kitty kneading on your lap is a positive thing. He's saying he likes you and trusts you.
5. Just For Laughs
I was sent this in an email recently. It really made me laugh, especially as I was going through a major hoopla at the time trying to get Priscilla to take her tablets...
How to Give a Dog a Tablet
Throw it in the air.
How to Give a Cat a Tablet
Pick the cat up and cradle in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into it, allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind the sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call partner in from garden. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get partner to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from the foil wrap. Make note to buy a new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered 'Dolton' figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later. Wrap cat in large towel and get partner to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
Check label to make sure pills not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply plaster to partners forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. Retrieve cat from neighbours shed and get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon and flick pill down throat with elastic band.
Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road and apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid the cat. Take last pill from foil wrap. Tie cats front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed and pry cat's mouth open with a small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour a pint of water down throat to wash down pill.
Get partner to drive you to the Emergency Room and sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table.
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Meow until next month!