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

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?

Pheromones – What They Are and What They Aren’t

Pheromone products are becoming widespread and well known in the pet world. Whether in sprays, collars, or diffusers, they promise big effects. With claims to stop unwanted behaviors like hiding, scratching, fighting, and spraying, you might think pheromones are a miracle solution. Here I’ll explore what pheromones are, what they aren’t, and what they can … Read morePheromones – What They Are and What They Aren’t

Stop Your Cat’s Biting – First Steps

Recently I saw a short question posted on Facebook: How do I stop my cat from biting? I know that this person was hoping for a quick answer but unfortunately it’s not that simple. Changing any behavior in any living creature is rarely fast or simple. And there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution. … Read moreStop Your Cat’s Biting – First Steps

When You’ve Tried Everything – Troubleshooting Behavior Problems

The internet is an amazing place (seriously, I’m not being sarcastic!). We have huge amounts of amazing information at our fingertips. And while not all of it is high quality (or even correct), the resourceful pet guardian can find a lot of answers. But what happens when you’ve reached the bottom of Google’s results and … Read moreWhen You’ve Tried Everything – Troubleshooting Behavior Problems