I am actually working on a different post today, but for now, here’s what’s on my mind and what I’ve spent the last two and a half hours looking into. The following is an excerpt from a counselling website. I’m finding myself a little overwhelmed with the task at hand, which has taken me away from my more appropriate focus on research and writing, so, in order to cheer myself on a bit, I have replaced a few key nouns.

How Do I Know If We Need Help?

For the most part, all young cats are rebellious, self-focused, argumentative, critical, and moody. Often, they can become somewhat aggressive, talking loudly, showing off, and otherwise being obnoxious. As annoying as these behaviors may be, they are all part of the natural adolescent learning curve. As a companion however, you must also be able to recognize when these behaviors become self-destructive and dangerous to you or other family members and the community in general.

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When our kittens reach puberty our lives change dramatically. Our cute, cuddly kittens suddenly become moody, rebellious young cats and as their companions, we are often left feeling alone and helpless. For them, it is a time of great confusion, fear and doubt. Although discord during these times is inevitable, with counseling and support both you and your cat can work through these conflicts and enjoy a healthy, loving relationship, while still affording them a sense of self-worth and healthy independence that will carry them through into adulthood.

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