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Adding a Pet? It Takes Time

Cats have strong opinions that can become apparent when you add a new pet. To avoid hissing, spitting, and scratched noses, “Be patient, do...

Cat Colors and Personalities

Ask any veterinary or shelter staff person and they will tell you, “Orange cats are sweet,” and “Calicos and tortoiseshell cats are tough.” These...

Should You Report Hoarding?

We have all seen the news accounts: Way too many cats being removed from unsanitary conditions, unhealthy, malnourished, and matted. Reports of overpowering odors,...

Gabapentin for Veterinary Visit Anxiety

Most of us are on the lookout for ways to make veterinary visits easier on fearful and fractious cats. A recent study, conducted in...

The Usefulness of the Gaze Alternation Factor

One of the basic ways pets communicate with people is “gaze alternation,” which is when the cat looks at her person and then pointedly...

How Your Cat Knows Where You Are in the House

In a study from Japan, researchers looked at whether cats can track the location of their owners via sounds and a mental map of...
Scratching is normal and natural for a cat. It’s important to work with them, not against them, in directing the desire to scratch.

How to Get Scratch Relief

Scratching things is normal. Some cats scratch during a wake-up stretch. Others scratch before heading off into a playful set of zoomies. Scratching is...
With a little time, patience, and gentle interaction, your new kitty will leave her favorite hiding spot and soon be everywhere you are!

All My New Cat Does is Hide!

Cats can be elusive, especially when they are nervous and don’t want to be found. We understand that if your new cat spends most...
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Some Cats Prefer Not to Work for Dinner

A recent study from the University of California at Davis published in Animal Cognition demonstrated what most cat lovers intuitively know: Cats prefer to...
If your cat seems depressed, she may well be. Humans are not the only ones who mourn loss of a loved one.

The Cat-Human Bond

Science is slowly approaching proof of what many cat lovers already know: Cats form close bonds with their owners or other chosen special people. By...
Cats that are buddies may be curled up together with tails intertwined or draped over each other. That is a trusting friendship.

Learn to Read Your Cat’s Tail

Cats are sometimes considered mysterious, inscrutable creatures. But, if you carefully observe body language, cats are quite open with their behavior, especially through the...
Torn ears are a frequent result of a cat fight.

Has My Cat Been in a Fight?

Yowling, and crashing into things. But, unless you were present, cats can be secretive about any altercations they have. They’re also stoic and try not...