Wednesday March 12, 2014
Bored cats can sometimes become mischievous cats while trying to entertain themselves. Fortunately, there are several toys that can help keep them occupied when they are home alone, and stimulate and challenge their curiosity and intelligence.
Be sure to alternate toys to stimulate interest, and don't forget the "freebies!"The photo at right depicts Billy and Joey playing with their Peek-a-Prize Toy Box.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy
Tuesday March 11, 2014
"Oh brother!" I hear muttered from the corner of the room. "As if I need lessons on how to play with my cats. It comes with the territory, right?"
Perhaps it does. But if your idea of play is down-on-your-knees, rough-and tumble play, such as you'd engage in with your labrador, perhaps you'd better read on a bit. You see, cats are not small dogs, and they play for entirely different reasons. Cats' play is part of their learning and honing the art of the hunt for prey, and they take it very seriously. That is not to say that we human can't get plenty of fun on the other end of the feather wand. Please read on to learn more about how and why cats play.
photo © Franny Syufy
Sunday March 9, 2014
Amy Shojai, former Contributing Writer on Cat Behavior, fielded Ask Amy questions regularly. Brittany was troubled by her 5 month old Harley who constantly splashed all the water out of the bowl, which she shared with Ripley. Since water play is normal at Harley's age, Amy suggested redirecting to an approved activity. She wrote:
"Rather than trying to stop the behavior, it's most effective to redirect it to a legal outlet. Your note about allow for spilling actually is close to the mark, because if Harley has a way to get the water play out of her system she'll be more likely to leave Ripley's water bowls alone. Read the rest of Amy's very creative solution to a very common problem. Also browse more Ask Amy articles.
Friday March 7, 2014
It's a pleasure to introduce our first Cat of the Week for March, Sebastian.
photo © Sue
Sebastian was one of those "accidental" adoption cases which seem to happen with cats and kittens who see one of those "Suckers for Cats" signs hung over doors, which are invisible to the human eye. Having found a forever home complete with loving humans and other feline playmates, Sebastian is as intelligent as that look in his eyes indicates, and now at seven years old, is still playful as a kitten.
In a strange quirk of fate, Sue had emailed me because I had some problem with her photos of two other tabby cats submitted to the Life With a Tabby Cat Show & Tell. During the course of our email discussions, I mentioned to her that coincidentally, another Sue had submitted Sebastian, the Cat Picture of the Week, and that her description mentioned her husband Mike. Late last night I received her reply. "That's our Sebastian!" She then told me that there is a photo of Mike with a younger Sebastian in the Cat Men Picture Gallery. This job continually amazes and delights me. To quote Disney songwriters Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, It's a Small World After All.
You are invited to read more of Sebastian's story, and if you are blessed with a tabby cat, find out how to submit a story and photos.