Have a burning question about cat behavior or relationships between cats in your household? Wondering why your feline friends always want to play when you’re about to go to bed? Or why they always seem to want to drink from the tap?
I have the answers for you! My name is Taystee and I am the clinic cat – scratch that – the real boss at Killarney Cat Hospital. Every day while napping/blending in to the couch in our waiting area I overhear all sorts of ponderings and wonderings over the apparently ‘strange’ things us cats do. But do you think anyone ever turns to me to ask my thoughts on the questions asked? Of course not! But who better to see inside the mind of a cat then a purrfect feline specimen like me?! One late night as I was left on spilled kibble clean-up duty I had a brilliant idea – why not start an advice column?! I can take any questions you may have from behavioral to medical, or even just about my life as a clinic cat.
Submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line ‘Dear Taystee’ and stay tuned to our blog for my responses! See below for my answers to the first two questions I received through our Facebook page!
Help! Toonces, I and Abby are all addicted to catnip.
– Yogi Bin Hissin
Pardon me for being frank Yogi, but I fail to see what the problem is. I myself will dabble in the nip on occasion, usually right out front on the rug in reception. Normally I come away covered in the stuff but it makes for a great excuse to have an extra-long grooming sesh afterwards. Most of the people I work with are catnip pushers anyway so I understand how it can be hard to stay away from. But to be totally serious and honest with you catnip is an amazing enrichment tool and should be enjoyed! No reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Catnip and chill, dudes.
What is it like to work with so many humans?
– Nicole V.
Thanks for inquiring about me on a personal level, Nicole. The humans are pretty great most of the time actually! I typically park myself right out in the front on the couch for pets (head only thanks!). Other times I play hard-to-get just to make them want me more. The humans are pretty easy to manipulate too. They leave all the toys up at the front and about once a week I just go up and take a new one for myself. I act super cute while I play with it and our receptionist Allison has been suckered into buying them for me on multiple occasions. As the real boss here at Killarney I will admit that some off the staff do need to be reminded about feeding time. It seems many of their watches are not dialed in to my tummy growls. But all in all, it’s a great place to live!
Written by Killarney Cat Hospital