“But, my cat isn’t food motivated!” I frequently encourage cat owners to use food rewards when modifying unwanted behavior. And, almost as frequently, I hear this argument. Food is a powerful tool for changing behavior. Pairing something a cat doesn’t like with a tasty treat can change their feelings. Rewarding a behavior with a lick … Read more My Cat Isn’t Food Motivated!
Do you have a spray bottle on the counter, ready to stop counter-surfing? Or maybe on the coffee table to prevent furniture scratching? It’s a common tool in many cat homes. I’ll admit, I once kept a squirt bottle close at hand to try to stop a pet behavior problem. But, today, I want to … Read more Is Your Spray Bottle Working?
Often I meet families who are overwhelmed with their cat’s behavior problems. They feel they have tried everything and wonder if there is hope for their situation. One of the main things I bring, as a professional, is an ability to see the details and understand how these big problems can develop. This is a … Read more Four Peeing Cats: A Case Study
The meme of the randomness of cats is so popular you may not often look for a deeper explanation. But when your cat appears to “randomly” attack another pet or human family member, you need to understand what’s going on and what to do next. Not Random, Redirected “Redirected aggression” is aggression directed toward something … Read more Not Random: “Redirected” Aggression
“My vet recommended [name of anti-anxiety medication] but I really want to try all of my other options first.” Maybe your veterinarian has previously brought up anti-anxiety medication for your cat but you weren’t sure if it was necessary or right to try. Or maybe you already think medication might help your cat but you’re … Read more Anti-Anxiety Medications: Valuable Tool or Last Resort?
Curling up with a cat for a cuddle is a wonderful part of any day. You probably think you know how your cat likes to be pet and cuddled but would you listen if they tried to tell you something different? How often do you ask them what they want? Listening to and respecting your … Read more Kitty Cuddles: What Does Your Cat Like?
Happy New Year! Was “work out more” on your resolution list? Might I suggest adding “help the cat” in front of that? “Help the cat work out more” – much better! Just as in people, exercise has lots of benefits for cats. Stretching and working muscles relieves tension and builds strength, physical activity helps maintain … Read more Resolve to Work Out More: Cat Edition
Helping two (or more) cats live peacefully together can be a big challenge. While most cats can live with others, many of these relationships take time and work. When there’s trouble in your home, you may have been told that the cats just need to work things out for themselves. In this installment of bad … Read more Will Your Cats Just Work Things Out?
Does it matter if your cat really likes their box, as long as they are using it? With all of the litter box products and marketing out there, how can you tell what’s right for your cat? How about letting your cat tell you what they prefer? The right litter box setup can prevent and … Read more The “Perfect” Litter Box
Do you have a scaredy cat? You’ve probably heard the advice to give them treats to help them overcome their fear. It’s great advice (unlike some of what’s out there…) but there are a few important tricks to using those treats effectively! Why Treats? Fear can’t be controlled in the same ways other behavior can … Read more The Trick to Using Treats