wendell: January 2009 Archives

This cat fights with a picture of a cat and shows who's boss in his domain. Check it out.

By the way, if you're having issues with multiple cats in your home, you might want to check out this great post written by Melanie about blending cats into a home.

First off I want to let you know that the kitten in this video is fine. Now that you know this, watch the video; it's extremely funny...

Easily the funniest cat video in this young year. Check this cat getting bounced around by a subwoofer! LOL!

For all of you Matrix fans that love cats, here's a great video for you. You'll get a kick out of it...

Saw this video on a viral chart today and to my surprise, someone really made a movie about a cat that comes from outer space. Not just anybody, heck Walt Disney put this thing together! The trailer is hilarious!

I'd love to hear from anyone that has actually seen this movie. I love cats but this movie as bad as it looks?

As all cat lovers know, cats can be distracting at times. That's part of what makes them fun in my opinion. How many times have you been performing an important task around the house only to find your cat in the way? It happens to me all the time with Maddy. I can be having a loud conversation and she becomes concerned to the point that the person on the other line can't hear me over her meowing!

This guy tries to film a yoga video with his cat pestering him for attention. He actually makes it through the session but the end of the video is the best.

maddy_scratch_post.jpgAnyone that says that cats aren't complicated or incredibly intelligent probably doesn't know what they are talking about. I learned a valuable lesson from my cat and I'm going to pass it on to you.

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My cat Maddy (pictured) loves to scratch her cardboard disk. For those of you who may not know what that is, I took a picture of Maddy sitting on her scratching disk. Some manufacturers call it a cardboard disk and others may call it a turbo scratching post. Either way, the premise is fairly simple. The toy consists of a replaceable cardboard disk and a ball that rotates around the perimeter of the toy. Some cats like playing with the ball more than they like scratching the post. Generally, Maddy doesn't play with the ball but she does scratch the cardboard several times a day.

About two weeks ago I scolded Maddy for scratching my great room chair. I really found this strange because Maddy rarely scratches the furniture. As a matter of fact, I have to really think hard to remember the last time she's done this. Anyhow, I didn't make to big of a deal of it. Unfortunately, it happened again within two days. At that point, I realized something wasn't right. I was even considering taking her to the vet. Then it hit me, I hadn't replaced the cardboard insert on her toy in months and it was worn out. You can tell it's worn out because the cardboard is all pushed down. The nice think about the circular cardboard disks is that they can be replaced and even flipped so that your cat can make use of both sides before you replace the insert. To me this is great value.

If your normally well behaved cat is scratching your furniture, he's probably doing it for a reason. More than likely, one of the choices that you have deemed acceptable for him to scratch are not working the way they used to. Remember that if you want to protect your furniture, you have to examine your cat's scratching choices frequently. I can't get mad at Maddy for scratching the furniture if I haven't provided the necessary scratching resources for her. While I have various scratching posts in the house, Maddy prefers the cardboard insert by far; I'm assuming it's because of the rough texture of the cardboard. I'll be keeping an eye on that cardboard insert a bit more carefully now.

So if your normally well mannered cat is scratching your favorite chair, examine his scratching post or other scratching choices and make sure they are still functioning for him. Generally, any scratching choice that is worn out won't provide the proper friction that your cat needs to maintain his claws. If your acceptable scratching choices are no longer working, your cat is naturally going to find choices that you may not like.

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cat_training.jpgI had a really tough time finding the bests posts for the second part of my best posts of 2008. There were so many that you guys loved that I couldn't include here. Whenever you have a chance, you should check out our archives, there's a lot more great posts to choose from.

Here are some more posts that were very popular (in terms of web traffic) in the second half of the year:

  • Slinky Cat with the slinky cat song!
  • Cat drives roomba, (automatic vacuum cleaner)
  • Neo caught a chimpumk!
  • Ninja Cat, one of the kewlest cats ever to grace our blog
  • Cat attacks printer and wins!
  • We want to wish you a happy new year and all the best in 2009!

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