Living with Teenagers: The Joys and Challenges of Adolescent Cats

It’s spring and that means prom season! But not all teenagers are donning dresses and taking pictures. If you have a feline teenager, they may be terrorizing your household instead. Cats have a much longer adolescent (or teenage) phase than most people realize and it can affect them, and those around them, in many ways. … Read moreLiving with Teenagers: The Joys and Challenges of Adolescent Cats

The Two Faces of Fear

Fight or flight – you’re probably familiar with the different ways that we react to fear. Do you stand your ground or take off running? Or perhaps you just freeze up, unable to react at all? Our cats have the same reactions when faced with a scary situation. This story of two brother cats reacting … Read moreThe Two Faces of Fear

Bad Internet Advice: Cat-Cat Introductions

Introducing cats can be a tricky situation. Different people will find different steps to be the “key” to harmony. But floating around the internet are a few suggestions that I really dislike. Many well-meaning cat lovers and owners are eager to share their stories and advice. Unfortunately these people may not fully understand the behavior … Read moreBad Internet Advice: Cat-Cat Introductions

It Can Be Done: Transitioning an Indoor/Outdoor Cat to Indoor Only

More and more, cat owners are recognizing the need to keep their cats indoors for their safety and the safety of wildlife in the community. Outdoor cats can easily be injured, exposed to disease, or threatened by the people and animals they meet outside. The good news is that cats can be perfectly happy indoors … Read moreIt Can Be Done: Transitioning an Indoor/Outdoor Cat to Indoor Only

Play Today: Encouraging a Reluctant Cat

“Gina Was Playing!” Those were the first words out of the volunteer’s mouth as they approached my desk. Their excitement was obvious and I had to agree! Gina was a senior cat who had been surrendered to the shelter several months earlier. When she first came in she was hissing and defensive in her kennel, … Read morePlay Today: Encouraging a Reluctant Cat

New Friends: The Art of Introducing Cats

Although generally thought of as solitary animals, cats can certainly enjoy the company of other cats.  The key is having appropriate expectations and creating the right first impression. Considerations for New Roommates You may not a have a choice about the cats you are trying to introduce.  If you are blending families or trying to … Read moreNew Friends: The Art of Introducing Cats

Starting on the Right Paw: First Days with a New Cat

You got a new cat! Congratulations! Start off on the right paw by making the most of your cat’s first days in your home. Whether you’ve welcomed home a kitten or an adult, a shy friend or a confident companion, a few steps will make the transition smoother and protect against future behavior problems. This … Read moreStarting on the Right Paw: First Days with a New Cat

Why Does My Cat Bite Me When I Pet Him?

It’s so common it’s almost a joke – the cat that you can pet exactly 3 times before “chomp”! Petting Aggression When cats go quickly from enjoying petting to swatting or biting, we call it “petting aggression” or “overstimulation”. This behavior is distinct to cats that have this love/hate relationship with petting. A cat that … Read moreWhy Does My Cat Bite Me When I Pet Him?

Resolutions Worth Keeping: Improve Your Cat’s Life in 2019

It’s that time of year again – New Year’s resolution season. Love them or hate them, resolutions let us identify the things we value and the ways we can bring more peace and happiness into our lives. Don’t worry though, I’d never suggest you should eat fewer brownies or go for a jog! This year, … Read moreResolutions Worth Keeping: Improve Your Cat’s Life in 2019