Showing posts from May, 2023

Diva ginger tabby strikes a saucy pose on the sofa

He's holding that saucy position for a long time which is a little unusual. I say 'he' as most ginger tabbies are male. And he looks like a purebred cat to me because he oozes class but he probably isn't. He actually looks somewhat like a traditional Persian. I suspect that he has been grooming his tummy and just stopped while his caregiver videos him. This resulted in him 'freezing' with his right hindleg cocked in the air. You can see his tail gently flicking around. Clearly, he is engaging with what is happening around him. The tail movement indicates an interest in the video making.

British news media obsessed with keeping cats out of people's gardens.

Almost every day that I do research on writing an article for this and other websites I bump into British news media discussing how to keep domestic cats out of gardens. They consistently recite the same old mantra about using smells and tea leaves and any other old wives tales to keep those pesky domestic cats from ruining your carefully-tended garden. How many backyards are beautifully created and maintained!? And frankly it's all baloney. If a neighbour's domestic cat comes into your garden, they don't always pee defecate in the flower bed. They might sometimes but I would not say that it is commonplace. And how many neighbours' cats come into your garden in the first place? Wandering neighbourhood cat. Image: Battersea. Secondly, probably the best and simplest way to deter a cat from coming into your garden - if it really does bother - you is to wave your arms around and make a noise. A domestic cat exploring your garden will be a little bit nervous in the first pla

Put an ice cube on your cat and see what they do

What can one say about this silly TikTok video. The video maker has dreamt up a way to try and provoke a response from a very laid-back blue British Shorthair cat by placing an ice cube on them while they are minding their own business on a cat tree. And guess what? Nothing happens. Screenshot. Despite that disappointing result the video has garnered 45.3 million views!! Something has gone bananas on the internet. The video is worth about 45 hits.  Anyway, is it a good idea to place an ice cube on your cat. It is obviously very cold and that's why the person put it on their cat. They'd hoped that its coldness would upset their cat sufficiently to stimulate and exciting response. No. And it is not a good idea. It could only be uncomfortable if she/he felt it. Why deliberately make your cat uncomfortable?   Oh, I forgot: to make a silly video. British Shorthairs are pretty unflappable anyway. You'll find the breed recommended for apartment living because of their character.