Behaviour

It’s common to see cats roughhousing, but that often leaves cat owners wondering: Are my cats fighting or playing? After all, if they’re playing, you want to encourage them. But if they’re fighting, you may need to intervene! In short, when cats fight, they have their ears pinned all the way back, the whites of
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You have gotten so much satisfaction out of your one resident cat; you decide it’s time to introduce another feline into your home. So you go out and you bring home a cat either from a shelter, or you found a stray or visited a cattery. What is the first thing you need to do
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Felines are predators. In the wild, all felines hunt. The silent paws, sharp teeth, excellent night vision and incredible physical abilities are all perfectly suited for the cat’s natural role as a solitary nocturnal hunter. In fact, the cat’s domestication in ancient Egypt had a lot to do with its hunting skills. The Egyptians brought
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Cats? Kneading? Has TheCatSite become a baking site? Not to worry, we’re still here to talk about nothing but cats and cat behavior! And if you’re an experienced cat owner you probably know what we mean when we ask why cats “knead”. So why do they do that? No one knows for sure, but we
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Aria displays a different kind of anxiety, says vball91. “My husband says that when I’m gone, Aria is very clingy and needy and meows constantly.” Aria always wants to be on his lap but is much more insistent about it. “She could just be asking my husband where her personal slave is!” It’s a good
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Do you need to make the introductions between a cat and a dog? That’s not always easy and can even be risky. In addition to this article by Mary Anne Miller, we also suggest reading:How to Safely Introduce a Cat and a Dog Introducing Cats To Dogs Introducing a cat to a dog is not
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If your cat bit or scratched you – or perhaps someone else – your first goal is to figure out why that attack took place. Feline aggression is a problem that many cat owners have to deal with. Understanding the reason behind the attacks is the first step in solving the problem. There are several
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Bringing home a new cat? There’s always some stress involved with bringing home a new feline, even more so if you already have one or more cats living in your home. Making the introductions slowly and methodically is critical. But what happens when the newcomer is a kitten? Does that mean introductions will go more
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Is your kitten going round and round in circles, trying to catch its own tail? Wondering what’s going on? Is he or she physically ok? And how about mentally? Many cats can be observed chasing their own tails, leaving owners baffled about this strange behavior. After all, cats are supposed to be smarter than that,
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If you love cats, chances are that you love petting cats. But is the feeling mutual? Do cats enjoy being petted? Let’s review this question in depth to see which cats like to be petted and why. We’ll even address the more common ways in which cats like to be petted… And some of the
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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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