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 moreThe Trick to Using Treats
“My cat only pees on my boyfriend’s clothes!” “Our cat is hissing at the new baby!” “Since I got a new puppy, the cat refuses to use her litter box!” “MY CAT IS JEALOUS!” Sound familiar? Some cats seem perfectly happy with just their person and no one else, thank you very much! A new … Read moreJealous Cat?
Does your cat run from the vacuum, hiss at the new kitten, try to bite when you trim their nails, or have some other overreaction to a harmless thing? What’s up with that? You know that the vacuum isn’t a monster, that the kitten is just trying to play, and that nail trims are not … Read moreGet Over It!
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 moreThe Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior
“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 moreDo You Have an Alpha Cat?
It’s a question every cat owner has asked at some point: why does my cat do [that thing]? Sometimes it’s with a laugh when the cat is doing something funny or weird (and there are so many cat behaviors that fall into this category!) but sometimes it’s a serious question. Why does my cat pee … Read moreWhy Does My Cat…?
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
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
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
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?