..and some kitty advice. Since it seemed like everyone liked the idea of WereBear guest posting, I asked her for another installment. Because we could really use some cute kitties. Amirite?
Welcome, Juicer Cat Appreciators, and all the lurkers at sea.
I am WereBear, but my secret identity is the cat advice enterprise which is Way of Cats. Last time I revealed we were struggling with intermittent internet. The culprits were multi-modal: a bad modem combined with kittens.
Yes, Mr WayofCats and I recently adopted two kittens. Though we already had cats, these two were a package deal: they were pair-bonded. Many shared their own stories of the joys of adopting two cats who were already buddies.
Lou Costello chillin’
This reluctance to adopt in Cat Social Units is baffling when one of the reasons to get a cat is the affection. Here are two cats demonstrating this very skill! What holds people back is often the stigma of multiple cats.
Which keeps them from experiencing the depth that comes with two, and then three, cats who cooperate, communicate, and enjoy their people. It is the joys of Cat Civilization, where we have a motley crew of cats who help us both fill and lighten our hearts.
Bud Abbott getting some scritches
My last three rescue cats came from a feral colony. This is good news in my literal neck of the woods. Colonies are being humanely shrunk, and the kittens relocated. My two little nutbars came from a project that has been operating for at least a decade that I can remember. They are taming up as sweetly and swiftly as anyone could wish.
I recently had a consultation with an accomplished cat foster parent who needed to take a break just as they fell in love with one of the kittens. We both agreed society has a mental block in people’s heads about Third Cat.
This is when we cross the threshold of “grudgingly allowed.” Three cats sounds like one of them might be deliberate. We all know where that slides us: into deranged hoarder territory, even if our cats are happy and cared for and so are we.
As we discussed this block between my advice about ways to integrate the new arrival, this realization helped them realize what they wanted. Which, not surprisingly, turned out to be Third Cat. Because isn’t this a Love & Companionship model working as it should?
People become Cat Appreciators because the better we know cats, the more we love them. So we want more. In addition to keeping us on the couch so we can’t get up, they also have creative utility. I discovered cat writer’s block can be cured by… more cats! It is my favorite saying, after all:
The solution to your cat problem is more cats.
Because so often, it’s true.
Way of Cats site and blog click over for more cat adventures and advice
I am working on a second book about a favorite topic, Cat Civilization.
What’s that I hear? How is famous foster Tristan and now-grown Mutant Sheep Mithrandir taking this turn of events? Has Reverend Jim done Master Po with two Grasshoppers? Does Olwyn disapprove? (Of course.)
Stay tuned. And ask questions.
You heard the lady, ask some cat questions! Or share your pet escapades, I can’t be the only one with crazy critters. LOL