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
Curling up with a cat for a cuddle is a wonderful part of any day. You probably think you know how your cat likes to be pet and cuddled but would you listen if they tried to tell you something different? How often do you ask them what they want? Listening to and respecting your … Read more Kitty Cuddles: What Does Your Cat Like?
“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?
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 more The Two Faces of Fear
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 more Why Does My Cat Bite Me When I Pet Him?
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
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