I'm an opinionated feline in Edmonton, Canada living with a retired cat behaviourist who serves as a resource on those few occasions when I cannot figure out why humans do the things they do. Hers is a supplementary role; I am the star simply because I am better looking, more intelligent, and a cat. As a member of a superior species, I have adapted human spelling to reflect my creativity; hence the tendency to enhance words that have 'fer' (furr) or 'per' (purr)in them.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Retirement Beckons

Dear Readers,

My posting, like my energy, has been lagging for some time. And thus I shall retire.

Since I started dispensing stellar advice, there have been numerous other good sites available. When I arise from one of my many naps I will post a list of resources for you. And then, over the year I will be reviewing my entries and figuring out if there is a way to consolidate some of my advice in a way that might remain useful on the Internet.

I am considering forming another cat blog with a different slant, curating the many resources on the Net to provide links and information on cat behaviour from only those sites or happenings that meet my standards. Do let me know if you think this would be a good idea, via my e-mail.

In the meantime, purrs of thanks to all of you whom I have had the pleasure of meeting electronically. I wish each of you a bucket of catnip, lots of interactive play, and the most understanding and accommodating of caregivers.

With purrs and whisker kisses,
Greyce

Sunday, February 9, 2014

High Energy Kitten Seen as Naughty: Auggie's Story

Dear Greyce,

I am a seven-month-old neutered male kitten who is quite endearing, as you can see in my photo. Since I was eight weeks old, I've lived with Herself and her parents. And I stay indoors.
Herself is away at school during the day, but the folks are around.

I have many toys, my favourite being a tin foil ball which I love to chase after and fetch. No matter how much she plays with me, I still want more! In an effort to curb my energy, they tried to get me a playmate but that didn't work out: the girl cat had a difficult time adapting and so now lives in a new home. Now the folks would rather that I remain an only cat.

They are getting annoyed with what they 'see' as my destructiveness. I scratch walls and doors. Sometimes I nip my purrsons.


Now Herself is thinking of confining me to her room when she is away during the day, in an effort to keep peace in the house.

What advice do you have for me?

Puzzled and curious,
Auggie

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Don't Touch Me" Cat Wants Advice on Handling Human

Dear Greyce,

Chaplin and Her Sister Skittles
My purrson is concerned about my don't-touch-me nature.

I am one-year-and-a-quarter years old and was adopted about three months ago along with my sister, Chaplin. We look a lot alike except she has long hair while mine is short.

We lived with a cat hoarder and were not used to people. After we were rescued, we stayed in a shelter and were then adopted. Now we live in a home with Himself, Herself and their baby. The latter two are home most of the time.

When we arrived in our new home, Chaplin was skittish and I was terrified so whenever anyone entered the room I was in, I ran and hid. Thankfully Themselves have been very patient and have respected our need for space. Chaplin is now an attention-getter but I still don't want to be touched. I will play with people as long as there is no contact.

I let Themselves come within inches of me and no closer. Once, Himself was able to pet me because I wasn't looking and thought Chaplin was touching me. She and I are inseparable. I sit wherever she is and I no longer hide as much. And I prefurr to be down low (nearer the floor) rather than higher up.

We free feed on dry food. Food doesn't really excite me although I will sometimes take treats.

My lack of desire for physical contact with purrsons bothers Himself very much. What can I do?

Hopefully,
Skittles