Introduction

Introduction

The regal art of being a Princess becomes much simpler when you realise that many of the skills involved are similar to the natural lifestyle of the cat. Admittedly, felines spend very little time writing thank-you notes, throwing sophisticated dinner parties or calculating a budget for shoes. However, they do have to deal with annoying …

Cats Know What They Want

Cats Know What They Want

If you’ve ever tried to physically restrain a cat from advancing upon a plateful of something which smells delicious, you’ll know they can be surprisingly strong when they’re feeling determined. They’re single-minded creatures, and there’s no persuading them off a course once they’ve set their minds toit. Whether it’s fitting into a box which is …

Cats Make You Earn Their Love

Cats Make You Earn Their Love

Occasionally our four-legged friends will enter a room, look disdainfully at the eager, outstretched hands and make a beeline for the one person who’s hoping to avoid any contact. It would be easy to misinterpret this behaviour and use it to justify chasing after boys who aren’t interested, but a cat is more complex than …

Cats Mark Their Territory

Cats Mark Their Territory

Although we like to think kitty’s face-rubbing is sweetly affectionate, it’s also her way of leaving her personal perfume on stuff she owns (including you). Lions scent-mark their own particular corner of the African plains to let other would-be hunters know that the antelopes there are spoken for, and by charmingly smooshing her face against …

Cats Are Autonomous

Cats Are Autonomous

Being mistress of your own fate can sometimes make one indecisive – if you think choosing a subject for your degree is hard, you should see a cat faced with a door and the options of “inside” or “outside”. If you try to help her make a decision (with a gentle nudge of the foot) …

Cats Trust Their Instincts

Cats Trust Their Instincts

So we’ve seen that even the most gentle, lovable cat can be volatile and highly strung, making split-second switches from being a sweet cuddlebuddy to a killing machine. But why? Is there some inherent evil behind the cute face and dainty demeanour? Perhaps Bootsie finds it hilarious to lure you into rubbing her tummy before …

If Only We Could All Be Cats

If Only We Could All Be Cats

So you see, a cat is a fine role model for any Princess. Felines give new meaning to the word “cool”. Despite their imperious ways, they’re good friends to have. What could be more comforting than someone who snuggles up and purrs beside you at every opportunity? And as the veterinarian and writerFernand Mery once …