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Most cats are attracted to the scent of a catnip plant.

Why Cats Are Crazed for Catnip

About 60 to 70% of cats react playfully to catnip. Some rub their face on it and go to sleep. Other cats toss it,...
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Facial Expressions

Researchers in the United Kingdom devised a study to look at the impacts of human selection and animal breeding on animals’ abilities to communicate...
A too busy “bathroom” will cause your cats to look for alternatives. You need a litterbox for each cat, plus one spare.

When Good Cats Go Bad

We love our cats, but when one of them pees or poops outside the litterbox, it is easy to get frustrated. Cats eliminate inappropriately...
Meow Talk

Want to Know What Your Cat Says?

Javier Sanchez, a program manager at the tech company Akvelon (Bellevue, Wash.,) who previously worked on Amazon’s Alexa voice service, developed an app called...
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Time to Practice Your Slow-Blink Technique

A recent study by animal behavior scientists at the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex shows that cats respond to eye narrowing, generally with a...

Can Your Cat Imitate You?

A new dog training technique is called “do as I do.” The trainer does an action, basically demonstrating it to the dog. Then the...

5 Unique Cat Behaviors

Burying urine and feces. Cats are believed to have evolved to bury their eliminations to keep their presence hidden from predators. Those that...

Feline Social Head Rubbing

It’s a feline thing: Rubbing against you leg or other objects. “Head rubbing is a normal social behavior,” says Leni Kaplan, DVM, MS, behavior...

When Kitty Won’t Scratch

Q. Thanks for the recent article on getting cats to stop scratching (June 2020). I have the opposite problem: I need to encourage a...

How Do I Know She Loves

While jokes abound about how cats just utilize humans as their slave caregivers, cats do care about and get attached to their owners. They...

Panting a Cause for Concern

When cats get hot, their preferred means of cooling down are lounging in cool or shady areas (such as your bathroom or kitchen floor)...

The Problem with Pica

Cats often use seemingly odd ways to cope with stress, such as sucking on fabric (wool is a kitty favorite) or eating bizarre items,...