About Ramona Marek

Ramona Marek has written about companion pets for 12 years. She’s the award-winning author of “Cats for the GENIUS” and has won numerous awards for articles about pet care, health and behavior, and cats in the arts. Ramona serves in felinity to Tsarevich Ivan, a joie de vivre silver tabby Siberian, and Natasha Fatale, a full-time diva dressed as an “anything but plain” brown tabby.

Face Talk: What Your Cat’s Whiskers Tell You About His Mood

Face Talk: What Your Cat’s Whiskers Tell You About His Mood

Training

Cats are superheroes complete with uniquely feline super powers. One of their super powers is nonverbal communication. Their body language is so subtle that it almost seems telepathic. The cat’s head is the command center, comprising the communication triad of the eyes, ears, and whiskers. Holy Cat Whiskers! Whiskers, or “vibrissae,” are so vital to […]

Ears To You: Listen To What Your Cat’s Ears Say

Ears To You: Listen To What Your Cat’s Ears Say

Training

Let’s face it, cat ears are cute. The fashion industry, clearly smitten, offers a wide array of cat ear headbands for our personal adornment. Cuteness aside, though, cat ears are fascinating for their form and function. Beyond providing cats with superior hearing and helping them maintain their storied balance, the ears are also part of […]

Telling Tails About Cat Emotions

Telling Tails About Cat Emotions

Training

From bobtail to slender “whippy” to magnificent plume, cats carry their tails proudly. Like a semaphore flag, the feline tail is a visual signal that communicates emotions up close and at a distance. Flexible, the tail moves up, down, high and low, back and forth. It may be straight, curved entirely, or curved only at […]

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Training

The feline nose is the cute-as-a-button spot we love to “boop” and is of course responsible for the sense of smell, but a cat’s nose is also an important part of feline communication. Besides sniffing out food or danger, one of the most important tasks it performs is to help cats feel comfortable with humans. […]

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

As soon as I sit down, my cat Natasha becomes my yoga partner. She helps me stay focused when she swishes her tail under my nose while I’m in Half Moon pose or swats my ponytail while in Downward Facing Dog. She’s a master at shavasana, the relaxation pose at the end of practice. Cat-loving […]

Cats and Kids: Can They Be Best Friends?

Cats and Kids: Can They Be Best Friends?

Kids & Family

Kids and cats go together like mac ’n’ cheese. Cats offer warm companionship for children and the life-long value of compassion for sentient, living beings. In children, cats have a built-in playmate and attention-giver. What can be a special relationship takes work to build, though, to ensure that cats and children enjoy a stress-free experience […]