An opinionated feline in Edmonton, Canada who lived with a retired cat behaviourist, Greyce provided behavioral advice to cats in need until her death in July 2014. Because her entries are useful even today, the blog remains posted.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cat Tree Alternative for Cat Wanting to Look Out the Window

Dear Greyce, 

I live in a small, comfortable home with a decent purrson. We have a lovely dining room with a large window that gets lots of sunlight. I love the warmth and really enjoy looking into the yard because there are large trees and visiting birds. The best viewing spot is on the dining table and here is where the trouble begins.

Herself does not want me on the table. Every time I attempt to jump there she shoos me away. So I have to wait until she is out of the house before I can rest in my favourite spot. Needless to say, this greatly upsets my routine.

Having read your column, I know what solution you will propose: a cat tree near that window. While that would be ideal, Herself thinks such furniture is ugly and refuses to have one in the house. 

So what’s a cat to do? 

Puzzled in Ponoka

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Inter-species Feeding Station: Cats and Dog

Dear Readers,

Discerning cats have suffered long enough. You know what I'm talking about: living in quarters that were designed for humans with nary a thought for us! Thank goodness that is over.

And just to show it, the New York Times posted an article, Raising the Bar on Pet Decor. Put your paw on the mouse and click.

I apologize in advance for items related to growlers. But do have a look at the slide show as well a read the text - most especially check out the pet feeding station designed by one caregiver who has both dogs and cats. It's a great idea.

Here's to happier inter-species meals,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hampered by a Four-Paw Declaw

Dear Greyce, We are two adorable shelter graduates who get along well together and have recently consented to join a new home. Our new purrson, however, was surprised to find that all four of our paws (for each of us that is – yep, eight paws in all) have been declawed. We’d love a cat tree but she is afraid to get us one for fear that we won’t be able to climb it. What do you think? Could you please advise on appropriate cat toys as well? We are biters and need a little something on which to work our frustration. Just let us know what to do and we will ensure to aim her credit card in the right direction! Your Feline Fans in Michigan

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Moby's News

Dear Readers, You might remember Moby, the cat who was having difficulty with his companion, Mick and was also a champion indoor sprayer (blog entry, The Pungent Scents of Comfort. Urine Marking #4 - January 26, 2010). Here is his latest news.

Dear Greyce, I just wanted to update you on my progress.  I have been off my meds for two months and I have been using a new litter which is scented - for two weeks. And these last two weeks, I have been urinating INSIDE the box!

Mick and I still have our moments. Also I hang out with a couple of neighbor cats but we don't fight. I don't wander very much anymore because I prefurr to hang with my human family and Mick.

Best wishes, Moby

Moby My Man! Congratulations!! You are making excellent progress. I will keep my paws crossed that your prefurrence for your new litter becomes permanent and that you continue using the box. You've come a long way. I'm so proud of you I'm going to roll in some catnip! Greyce