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Siamese at Three Years

Chocolate Point Siamese cat in the office.

Lily the Office Helper

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Siamese When They Are No Longer Kittens

Hard to believe Lucy turned 3 on September 17, 2023. Got her on January 17, 2021 at 4 months old. Tiny little kid. I had brought the big cat carrier to transfer her into for the ride home. She seemed so lost in the small carrier. It made sense to keep her in a cozy bed and closed in space. For the 3 hours to home she was snug in the carrier we had used to pack one cat in for a short trip to the vet. She was just a small handful. I had forgotten how small kittens were at 4 months of age. It had been 1997 since I picked up my last pint size kitten at 5 months.

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Why Does My Cat Pee on My Bed?

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Lucy waiting for cat cookiesReason your cat urinates outside the box

Cats don’t set out to be bad or have a revenge plot in mind. I know it can be frustrating and there can be many reasons for what seems to be a revolt. Trust me, they are not capable of a manipulative behavior. Yes, cats are smart but would never do a no-no to teach you a lesson.

I have had my share of cats peeing and pooping outside of the box. It is frustrating. Most incidents there was a reason and for the ones that were a puzzle I found a solution.

 

It is just like they say in real estate, location, location, location.

That is probably the first issue to look at. If a cat feels like it has no privacy where the litter box resides they will find somewhere else to do their business. But what if that was fine months ago for them, but why is it a problem now? The answer to that question is what has changed. Do you have a new pet? Is there someone new in the house? Is there more activity in the area of the litter box? Was there something that fell in the area that frightened your cat? Are there new smells in the area?

Are you using a new litter box or a different cat litter? Is the litter box being changed often enough? Do you have enough litter boxes? Are the litter boxes placed in a convenient place for them to use when needed? Are the litter boxes sharing space with people in the house?

Not sure why my cat Freckles, decided to use a suitcase. Had left it on the floor after a short vacation and she used it to pee on, totally out of character for her. Tried to cut the odor, but it never really did go away. For her reason, I doubt that it was because we had gone away. More likely the luggage smelled maybe of a room that had a dog in it or the litter box she wanted to use was occupied at the time and this was an easy substitute. But not a pay back for leaving. All the cats had been left before so this wasn’t a reason.

If nothing in the environment has changed time to investigate another reason.

 

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Colors My Cats See

chocolate point Siamese in the living room on a mat in the morning sun

Lily on one of the blue mats.

What Colors Cats See

And we all thought our feline friends could see that red mouse you so happily picked out for Christmas. UGH… They were not impressed with all the green and red toys. We were so naive about that cute stocking full of cat toys. Surely our cats would be impressed with such a vibrant selection. But apparently not.

They may have appeared impressed with the new selection and smells of those new additions to their toy box, but alas, not the colors. Just crazy shades of gray to them. You didn’t know that it was packaged for you to whip it up off the shelf and put in your basket to impress your cat at Christmas.

I had been told they don’t see colors like we do, but I didn’t want to believe it. After all they attack my new artificial flower arrangements, so surely they must notice the colors when I change them and some seem to attract them more than others. Apparently even I was fooled. In fact their color range is much smaller than I first believed. Continue reading

Where Do Happy Cats Sleep?

Napping anywhere for cats that like to sleep

Where cats sleep says a lot.

A stressed out cat will hide and stay out of high traffic areas. Avoiding noise and disturbances from the two-legged or even four-legged members of the family.

 

In the above photo Lily fell asleep in the warm sun. Not sure why she picked the messy coffee table, but I guess the warmth was inviting.

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Cats need a tremendous amount of down time. They sleep a lot and when not sleeping they are resting. Yet it seems, with “one ear to the ground” so they don’t miss meal call or anything else that might just need their immediate attention. And you can’t blame them for being alert to everything in their environment, especially if their whole life is spent indoors. This is their world.

 

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Cat Behavior and Can They Be Taught?

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Chocolate Point Siamese cat on pedestal

Lily obeying the command to sit and stay.

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Normal Cat Behavior

 

    • Is your cat super smart?

    • Can you train your cat?

    • Or are they even trainable?

 

Cats Can Learn

 

But I wonder if they learn by motivation or manipulation.

 

Over the years, I’ve concluded they are in charge of their own destiny. If it pleases them to do little tricks and the rewards are significant enough today, they will play along with the scheme. Tomorrow could be an entirely different story. Never count on trying to impress friends with your intelligent performing cat. They might do a great job of humiliating your bragging. Continue reading

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