10 Tips for Families with Cats


Keep Cameras Handy

Keep that camera close by -- you're bound to catch your kitty doing something adorable.
Keep that camera close by -- you're bound to catch your kitty doing something adorable.
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Kitty's a predator. She isn't really that domesticated -- she just condescends to live with people because Kitty finds people useful.

Those instincts and characteristics that make cats so different from dogs also get cats into all sorts of poses and adventures. Playful kittens have all sorts of antics. Older cats may be less active, but their curiosity can get them into lots of amusing situations. And Kitty's haughty self-assurance, her certainty that she is the queen of the household, can provide telling poses.

Make sure everybody in the family keeps a camera handy, even if it’s just a cell phone version, to capture Kitty’s special moments. Videos are good, too. Share your kitty’s adventures or moments of supreme leisure on Facebook, YouTube and cat-friendly sites like I Can Has Cheezburger? and Cute Overload. You’ll find you have a lot in common with other families with cats. Enjoy!

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