Not Random: “Redirected” Aggression

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

Get Over It!

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

Do You Have an Alpha Cat?

“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

Bad Internet Advice: Cat-Cat Introductions

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 more

New Friends: The Art of Introducing Cats

Although generally thought of as solitary animals, cats can certainly enjoy the company of other cats.  The key is having appropriate expectations and creating the right first impression. Considerations for New Roommates You may not a have a choice about the cats you are trying to introduce.  If you are blending families or trying to … Read more

When You’ve Tried Everything – Troubleshooting Behavior Problems

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

Are Your Cats Really Getting Along?

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