Tag - multi-cat household

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7 Tips to turn your bully cat into a team player.
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How to facilitate harmony between rival cats with this easy tip
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Wordless Wednesday – Battle of the Tunnels
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So it’s Pi day – a cat weighs in

7 Tips to turn your bully cat into a team player.

When your cat goes around giving everyone in his path a powder puff for no reason, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s aggressive. There’s one in every multicat household and through no fault of his own, he’s labeled the “bully cat.” When we add more cats to an already established group, it causes a shift in the cat hierarchy. The shift may be as obvious as a stare down and a brawl with fur flying or it may be very subtle, such as blocking the pathway to a litter box. The resident high ranking cat may or may not relinquish his title as top cat … at first, or maybe never.

Mr. Jack, watch your back!

But that doesn’t stop the cat with ambitions to keep trying by asserting his dominance to the rest of the clan through undesirable behaviors. This could include anything from relentlessly ambushing and chasing a timid, docile cat, guarding litter boxes, taking ownership of toys, games, sun puddles and refusing to time share.

multicat households

Someday, Mr. Jack, I shall usurp the throne. Watch your back!

Right now in your multi-cat home, there is most likely a daily episode of Game of Thrones at play.

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How to facilitate harmony between rival cats with this easy tip

Cats grooming each other

Let me groom you, my friend.

In every multi-cat household, there is that one cat that unwittingly performs a very important task – sharing and maintaining the communal scent of the whole group through grooming. In our household of ten cats, this cat is none other than Mr. Jack, the groomer of all cats. Cat behaviorists call this the ‘social facilitator’ cat. One could compare this cat to that nice kid in high school who reaches out to the less popular kid and befriends him. He’s confident enough not to care about reputation but believes that everyone counts. For Mr Jack, it doesn’t matter if you’re not in his circle, he doesn’t discriminate and will happily go around grooming the others, mixing all the scents so that everyone smells the same. This is a vital ingredient in the success of maintaining harmony in a multi-cat household. Scent is everything for a cat. Whether Mr. Jack knows this or not, when there is a grooming session in motion, the tension between the cats automatically decreases.

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Wordless Wednesday – Battle of the Tunnels

We’re finally joining the Wordless Wednesday BlogPaws hop for some hump day fun. Today features Sly Pie at his ‘pretend’ ticket booth at the entrance to the ground tunnel and he takes his job quite seriously. Anyone who tries to pass without paying the fee gets a powder puff.

Catio tunnel entrance

“If you’d like to pass, tunnel toll is five bags of catnip please.”

 

Kitty walk

“Okay, let’s see who is trying to sneak in from the south entrance. All looks clear”

But the tables are turned on the bridge tunnel. Will Sly be allowed to pass?

Kitty walk tunel

George is on the other side, I wonder if he will let me in.”

 

Two cats meet at the tunnel

Sly: “Please Sir George, can I pass through?” George: “Condo”s taken kiddo, move along now son”

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So it’s Pi day – a cat weighs in

Pi Day - cat weighs in
March 14 is celebrated annually as Pi day and the tradition of eating pie is welcomed and encouraged by Math geeks and non-geeks alike. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and this number, regardless of the size of the circle, is always the same: 3.14159….an infinite decimal. It’s a great excuse to get away from your desk and join your colleagues and indulge in a slice, or two. But I’m a cat and I don’t work so I’m hoping I will be handsomely compensated when the humans get home from work.

I have discovered I have a lot in common with Pi or π (the symbol). Like Pi, the ratio of my circumference to my diameter was also a mathematical constant, and like Pi, eventually I lost approximately 3.14 lbs. But before you go ahead and stuff your face, please read my story…

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