Behaviour

Clicker training for cats is much the same as clicker training for dogs, with one exception. The treat had better be worth the effort! Find what motivates your cat—is it a special treat or food? Time to play with that favorite toy? Maybe he just wants to sit and cuddle while you tell him how
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Over the years, we’ve seen practically every possible behavioral issue in the Cat Behavior forum. Some of these behaviors can stem from stress, others from environmental aspects or a misunderstanding on the owner’s part of the nature of felines. Still, in many cases, the root of the problem is physical problems that have behavioral manifestations.
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Cats have “besties,” BFFs and buddies. They have family and roommates. Just like humans, they grieve when a friend passes away. What can you do to help them through it? Keep in mind, a cat may not grieve every death. There will be cats Kitty views only as a roommate but not a close friend
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There are several possible causes for feline aggression. While an attack can seem unprovoked, there is almost always a reason for it. We just need to try and figure out what it is. Our article about cat aggression towards people covers possible reasons, including redirected aggression. Let’s try and explore redirected aggression in cats, how
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The only one you marked me wrong on was “rub my tummy”. But trust me – I know many cats expose their tummies as a sign of trust, not inviting touching, but MY cat really DOES mean “please rub my tummy”, and I do it often. You have to learn the language of your own
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Occasionally, a member posts in the cat behavior forum asking for advice on what is clearly a stress-related behavioral issue. It soon becomes evident that the member is stressed too, often not due to the cat’s issue but to other life circumstances. It can be a vicious cycle: a stressed owner projects anxiety making the
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Expecting a new baby? Congratulations! If you’re a first-time parent and a cat owner you probably have a few questions about cats and babies and how to make sure yours get along. The good news is that in almost all cases, cats and babies mix very well, with the felines being wonderful “older siblings”. Still,
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Introducing two adult cats to one another is never easy. If you researched the topic in advance, you’ll know it’s a long and challenging process. But what if you haven’t researched things and have gone about it the wrong way? What if you rushed the process, or worse, just put the two cats in a
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What Is My Cat Trying To Tell Me? In doing the research for this article, I was amazed to learn that there really is not a lot of information out there about this fascinating but mysterious behavior in cats known as The Silent Meow. If we have been observant, we may have been fortunate enough
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Why You Should Never Punish Your Cat The words discipline and cats should never be used in the same sentence. A cat does not respond to discipline in a positive learning fashion. Rubbing a cat’s nose in a recent urine stain on your carpet is liable to get you either bit or scratched or start
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Cats have a whole range of vocal sounds that most owners learn to appreciate. Cat chat can be very meaningful, even though cats also use a variety of other communications media, other than sounds, such as body posture and scent marking. Getting To Know The Feline Repertoire Almost all cats use some form of vocal
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It must be a serious question, because it comes up in our forums often enough. Cat owners misunderstanding cat behavior, wanting to know if something is wrong with their cats will declare that they are plagued with “stupid cats!” If you think about it, your cat was smart enough to land in your home, where
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“Can someone please help me? My cat is driving me crazy! She won’t let me sleep!” This type of message appears frequently in our behavior forum as cat owners nerves quickly unravel as their cat/kitten draws them nightly into sleep deprivation. You can just feel their frustration as they discuss the options they are using;
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Stress is a part of life, and pretty much everything and anything can stress some cats. Events, situations and ongoing conditions can all create some amount of stress. The reaction to stress varies greatly from one cat to another, with some felines being far more sensitive than others. However, extended exposure to significant stressors can
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Owners of new kittens can be easily identified all too often – all you have to do is look at their hands. Kittens are notorious for attacking hands during playtime, and those tiny teeth and claws can and do leave marks on delicate human skin. Some owners take pleasure in this form of play, at
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Too often we have people joining the forums begging for help with feline behaviors which disrupt their lives. “Help! I’m about to lose my mind because my cat won’t let me sleep at night!” “Why can’t I have any nice things? Kitty keeps breaking everything that I place on the shelf…” “My hands are covered
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Do you have your heart set on being the proud owner of both a cat and a dog? Cats and dogs can and do happily share their lives together in the same household, but establishing a safe environment for both can be a challenge. There is something inherently appealing about interspecies friendship. The thought of
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Having “invisible cat” problems? Is your cat nowhere to be seen? Wondering if and how to get your cat to come out of hiding? There are many possible reasons for your cat to be out of sight. Let’s go over different situations where a cat may be hiding and see what – if anything at
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Everyone knows dogs will chew on pretty much anything. Shoes, stuffed toys, your eyeglasses, everything is fair game to an untrained pup. But what about cats? With most kittens inappropriate chewing can indeed be a problem. In some cases, chewing turns into a stress-relieving habit and carries on into adulthood. Cats have smaller mouths compared
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