Not Random: “Redirected” Aggression

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

Anti-Anxiety Medications: Valuable Tool or Last Resort?

“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?

Will Your Cats Just Work Things Out?

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?

The Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior

Whether it’s advice about cats, dogs, or kids, one suggestion is common: ignore bad behavior. That can seem like a good plan and sometimes it works, but sometimes it backfires. Is “ignore bad behavior” actually bad internet advice? Or just one piece of the puzzle? Why Ignore Bad Behavior? Many behaviors are controlled by consequences, … Read more The Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior

Do You Have an Alpha Cat?

“How to Deal with an Alpha Cat” “Fixing Your Alpha Cat’s Behavior” “Taming your Alpha Cat” The internet is full of articles meant to help you deal with your “alpha” cat. Unfortunately, much of this advice misses an important point: actually identifying the root of the problem. What is an “alpha” cat and is there … Read more Do You Have an Alpha Cat?