Raising a healthy kitten takes more than just picking the right food, going to the vet for a check up, and keeping them safe from physical dangers. A kitten’s mental and emotional health must also be considered. Kittens that don’t have the right experiences when they are young can grow up to have a range … Read more Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Kitten
Have you taught your cat to touch their nose to a stick yet? Are you wondering why in the world you would do that? Called “target training,” you may have never considering training this simple skill. But professional trainers of all types of animals know that learning to target can be the beginning of many, … Read more Why You Should Teach Your Cat to Touch a Stick
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!
Want a super easy way to improve your cat’s life and behavior? Two words: Food Puzzles! Food puzzles are a great way to support your cat’s physical and behavioral health. They are one of the main recommendations provided by the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ in their recent consensus statement about how to feed cats. … Read more Making the Most of Feeding Your Cat: Food Puzzles
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
Cats and dogs don’t have to fight like… well, cats and dogs. They can live peacefully together and even develop close bonds. But first they need to be safely introduced. Before You Start Considerations for New Roommates While many cats and dogs can live happily together, not all are suited for it. Consider some of … Read more Introducing Cats and Dogs
Confession time: I can be kind of lazy! When I train cats (or any animals), I prefer to get the most out of my time in the easiest way. That’s one of the reasons I’m all about rewards-based training! Rewards-based training (teaching an animal by creating positive consequences for desirable behavior) has many major benefits. … Read more A Very Rewarding Training Method
“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?
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 more Why Does My Cat…?
It’s spring and that means prom season! But not all teenagers are donning dresses and taking pictures. If you have a feline teenager, they may be terrorizing your household instead. Cats have a much longer adolescent (or teenage) phase than most people realize and it can affect them, and those around them, in many ways. … Read more Living with Teenagers: The Joys and Challenges of Adolescent Cats