Do you have a spray bottle on the counter, ready to stop counter-surfing? Or maybe on the coffee table to prevent furniture scratching? It’s a common tool in many cat homes. I’ll admit, I once kept a squirt bottle close at hand to try to stop a pet behavior problem. But, today, I want to … Read more Is Your Spray Bottle Working?
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 Four Peeing Cats: A Case Study
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
“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?
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?
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 more The 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 more Jealous 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 more Get 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 more The 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 more Do You Have an Alpha Cat?