How To: Stop A Cat From Peeing On Everything

There’s nothing like the smell of cat pee to make you drop everything to search for an answer. A cat that is peeing outside the litter box can do damage to both your house and your relationship with them. Finding a solution to get them back in the box, and quickly, is important.  Peeing outside … Read more

Stuck in a Chain: When the Behavior Just Keeps Happening

Does your cat continue to do the same unwanted behavior, even with repeated attempts to train them to do something different? Feel stuck in a loop you can’t seem to change? You might be experiencing a behavior chain! Your Cat is Training You! A behavior chain is a sequence of behaviors that leads to reinforcement … Read more

Unstacking Triggers: Reducing Stress to Resolve Behavior Issues

Behavior issues in cats are often rooted in stress. What does this mean? Something, or more likely things, are causing the cat to feel unsafe, frustrated, uncomfortable, painful, annoyed, or bored. Stress reduction may be necessary to resolve behavior problems. It may also be recommended by your veterinarian for health reasons. Why can tackling stress … Read more

Four Peeing Cats: A Case Study

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

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

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