This is week one in a series about making vet visits easier for you and your cat. Here I’ll focus on the steps you can take before and during an appointment. Why is it important to make vet visits less scary? According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, more than 50% of cats in … Read more Make Cat Vet Visits Less Scary
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 more Pheromones – What They Are and What They Aren’t
You may have heard of the famous experiment where a scientist trained a group of dogs to drool when they heard a bell ring. But do you know what that experiment was really about? And do you know how this knowledge can change your cat’s behavior? A Brief History of Drooling Dogs Ivan Pavlov was … Read more Why You Should Care About Drooling Dogs
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 more Stop Your Cat’s Biting – First Steps
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 more When You’ve Tried Everything – Troubleshooting Behavior Problems
Few things are less welcome than discovering your cat is peeing outside their litter box. Luckily there are ways of dealing with this problem. After a vet visit to rule out medical issues, the first question you need to ask might surprise you: Is the pee on a vertical surface or a horizontal one? A … Read more Let’s Talk About Spraying
It’s pretty obvious when your cats are fighting and the fur is flying. But cat conflict can be subtle so how do you know when trouble is brewing? A Quick Reference Guide For Identifying Problems As with any individuals who aren’t ourselves, it can be very difficult to get inside the minds of your cats. … Read more Are Your Cats Really Getting Along?
When you think about training your cat to do tricks, what do you think? “You can’t train a cat!” “That would be cute to post on Facebook, I guess?” “My cat is [peeing on everything, hiding all the time, biting me], I can’t even think about stupid tricks!” Here’s a radical* suggestion: not only can … Read more The Surprising Power of Cat Tricks