Don’t Make Your Cat Ask: A Case For Routine Playtime

Play is an essential part of a cat’s life. It provides an outlet for energy, a way to build confidence and trust, and fills a natural need to hunt. Interactive play between you and your cat is typically the most valuable form of play you can provide.  However, there’s another layer to the story. Routine … Read more

Go Play on Your Own: Independent Play for Cats

The past few months have brought me many cat guardians looking for help with annoying or aggressive behaviors. There are many reasons for these behaviors, but typically one of my first recommendations is around increased play. Behavior problems in cats can often be tied to boredom or lack of outlets for necessary behaviors. The next … Read more

My Cat Isn’t Food Motivated!

“But, my cat isn’t food motivated!”  I frequently encourage cat owners to use food rewards when modifying unwanted behavior. And, almost as frequently, I hear this argument. Food is a powerful tool for changing behavior. Pairing something a cat doesn’t like with a tasty treat can change their feelings. Rewarding a behavior with a lick … Read more

Making the Most of Feeding Your Cat: Food Puzzles

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

It Can Be Done: Transitioning an Indoor/Outdoor Cat to Indoor Only

More and more, cat owners are recognizing the need to keep their cats indoors for their safety and the safety of wildlife in the community. Outdoor cats can easily be injured, exposed to disease, or threatened by the people and animals they meet outside. The good news is that cats can be perfectly happy indoors … Read more