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Iam a big fan of The Simpsons. One of my favorite lines is delivered by Principal Skinner, when he tells Bart, “Scoot, young Simpson. There’s learning afoot!”
I love learning new things. Whether it’s just something interest-
ing or something that can help us in our careers or daily lives, we’re
always learning and discovering new things.
Our cats are always learning, too. I remember watching my cat,
Mathilda, as she figured out exactly which windows in each room she
should go to while she was watching a neighborhood stray stroll through
our backyard. I love watching my cats sniff out and investigate a new cat
tree or discover how a new toy works. And it’s always fun to watch foster
kittens explore their new environment and learn as they go, while teaching
each other. You can almost hear them saying, “Hey! If you jump on this
table, you can walk right onto the windowsill!” or “Wow! Did you know this
toy squeaks if you step on it?!” And they learn pretty quickly that the louder and more pathetically they cry, the faster I’ll bring them food.
These days, technology plays a big part in learning, for both us and our
cats. There are instructional apps that can help you be a better pet parent
as well as game apps specifically for cats. Check out our article about cool
tech for cat lovers. I tried out all of the apps and managed to get addicted to some of them. I’m already an obsessive fan of Neko Atsume: Kitty
Collector, but now I’ve discovered an app
that lets me add cats to any photo I take
with my cell phone and an app that gives
me my cats’ daily horoscopes. I might as
well just glue my phone to my hand!
Speaking of tech, my sister recently
started playing around with Snapchat —
mainly because of the fun (and weird)
photo filters. Then she got her cat into
the act. I’ve seen pictures of my furry
niece, Harper, that range from silly to
downright frightening. I, of course, had to
give it a try, too.
This issue has great tips to help you boost
your cat’s brainpower as well as products
both you and your cat will love.
As always, we love to hear from you, so send us
photos and share your kitty adventures with us!
Group Editor Melissa Kauffman
went to Iceland last month.
Look what she found!
The Catster.com team recently hooked up with Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB for a video shoot. Check it out at Catster.com.