Christopher Bays

Christopher Bays is a writer and editor with a soft spot for cats of all shapes and sizes. He enjoys researching and caring for Olga, an adopted Russian Blue mix who is always by his side while working. In his free time, Christopher enjoys gardening, writing short stories, listening to music, and hiking.

Do you see the Do Not Disturb sign?

Do You Have a Guard Cat? How Olga Guards Her Territory

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. Aggressive cats sometimes guard their resources when they live in multi-pet homes, and they can prevent other felines from using the litter box or eating their meals. Although resource guarding and other undesirable behaviors can be addressed with training […]

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This is as hard as life gets for me. Are you jealous, Christopher?

How Seasonal Changes Affect Your Cat’s Behavior: Olga’s Routine Modifications

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. When the temperature and humidity increase in the late spring, I notice that Olga’s routine and habits change. Her increased shedding is a biological change that prepares her for the summer, but she also acts differently than she does

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I've adopted this chair under your desk as my own.

Why Cats Hide in Tiny Spaces: Olga Looks for Cover

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. Domestic cats are talented climbers, leapers, and hunters, and although most love to view their environments from elevated positions, they also enjoy hiding in cramped spaces. Squeezing their bodies into small spaces is a skill most dogs probably envy,

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I love to get up in the morning and take a nap.

When Cats Enjoy the Good Life: Olga’s Indoor Existence

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. Although some of them were mummified and buried with their owners, cats in ancient Egypt generally led privileged lives. The pharaohs’ felines had servants to care for them, and some Egyptian deities, like Bastet, were cats. You probably don’t

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Olga with a silver vine chew stick

How Silver Vine Affects Cats: Olga’s Experience With Hallucinogens

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. Indoor cats don’t live very exciting lives when their owners aren’t around to entertain them. They can play with toys and interactive games, tear up the furniture, and nibble on houseplants, but they prefer interacting with their owners to

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That Mockingbird would go great with a nice chianti.

How Similar Housecats Are to Their Wild Ancestors: Olga’s Wild Streak

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. The African Wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) is the ancestor of domestic cats. Although they aren’t endangered, they’ve suffered from interbreeding with housecats. They can catch the same diseases as pet felines, and the healthiest populations live in arid, mountainous

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Man, I love lazy Saturdays.

The Remarkable Russian Blue: Comparing Olga to the Breed Standard

Hi, I’m Christopher! Read my introduction to learn more about me and my silly Russian Blue cat, Olga. I didn’t know much about Russian Blues until I adopted one, but after watching Olga transform from a psychotic kitten to a friendly, mischievous, middle-aged lady, I’ve learned a lot. Her physical characteristics, like her blue coat, light green

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