Kitty Chat Issue #008,
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.
February 28th 2009
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1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Old Cats - How to Care for Your Elderly Pet
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs
1. What's New?
I'm rather embarrassed to say I haven't managed to add anything new to the website this month. I do have a fairly good excuse though (honest!) - I'm starting a new job shortly so I've been working long hours trying to wrap everything up in my current job before I leave. Also I've had problems on and off with my Internet connection at home all month, so I haven't been able to use the computer as much as I'd have liked.
I'll make a promise to you and to myself now - during March I will add 10 new pages to the site!
One of the Kitty Chat readers has a website that he's asked me to tell you about. It's a one stop pet supplies site with all sorts of things for your cat and other pets. I haven't used it myself, but as a favor to my reader (who has a lot of cats himself) here's the link:
Pet Lovers Palace
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!
Here's a picture of me sleeping on Mummy's clean washing next to a pretend cat. I think it's a good disguise. Can you tell which cat is real and which is pretend? I'll give you a clue - I'm the gorgeous grey one. I love sleeping on top of clean washing - it smells nice and fresh. It's thoughtful of Mummy to leave it in a nice soft pile just for me to lie on.
We've had a lot of snow this month. I don't like the snow, it makes my paws cold. On the first day of the snow, I was whining and whining to go out. Mummy said I wouldn't like it but I wanted to go out anyway. I stepped out into a pile of snow and sunk into it up to my tummy. As soon as that happened I turned round and shot back inside like a bolt of lightening. On reflection I think it was very inconsiderate of Mummy to let me out - she should have just put up with my incessant howling.
My little brother Terry is getting big now - he's only 6 months old and he weighs 3.7kg. I weigh 4.3kg, so he's nearly as big as me already. Mummy says she's taking him to the vet to get nuttered and microchipped next week. I don't know what this means - I'm guessing he's having some sort of operation that involves implanting a microchip into his brain. Maybe it's to make him behave better. I'm glad it's not me - I wouldn't fancy that at all!
See you next month!
3. Old Cats - How to Care for Your Elderly Pet
To read this article, click here.
4. Why do Cats..?
Why do some cats keep putting their toys into their food and / or water bowls?
Cats see their feeding area as part of their territory. This particular area of their territory doesn't change very much on a day to day basis, so Kitty will often leave his toys there because he perceives it as a safe place to "store" them.
You'll usually find Kitty does this more often with his favorite toys, as he's got more of a vested interest in keeping them "safe." I can vouch for this - my kitten Terry's favorite toy is a little woolly sock. If it's not in his mouth or beside him when he's asleep, it's floating in the water bowl...
Some cats will consistently put their toys away when they've finished playing with them. If yours does, try putting an open box in an area of his territory that doesn't change very much (e.g. beside his bed.) With a bit of luck he'll start putting his toys away in the box instead of in his food and water bowls (unfortunately I haven't managed to get Terry to do this yet!)
5. Just for Laughs
One of my readers sent me this email (thank you very much, by the way!) I thought it was really cute so wanted to share it with you.
Bad Times Have Hit... VERY SAD!!!
I live on a farm and times are pretty hard as the area I live in is considered economically depressed.
It's so bad, that I've heard some of our neighbors were having a hard time making ends meet.
This morning, I woke up to hear a knock at the door. When I went to answer the door -- this is the sad sight that I saw. It just about broke my heart...!!
Please scroll down, to see for yourself...! !
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Meow until next month!