“My vet recommended [name of anti-anxiety medication] but I really want to try all of my other options first.” Maybe your veterinarian has previously brought up anti-anxiety medication for your cat but you weren’t sure if it was necessary or right to try. Or maybe you already think medication might help your cat but you’re … Read more Anti-Anxiety Medications: Valuable Tool or Last Resort?
Do you have a scaredy cat? You’ve probably heard the advice to give them treats to help them overcome their fear. It’s great advice (unlike some of what’s out there…) but there are a few important tricks to using those treats effectively! Why Treats? Fear can’t be controlled in the same ways other behavior can … Read more The Trick to Using Treats
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!
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
You are so excited to bring home your new cat. You’ve been looking for just the right companion for a while and today is the day! But your new cat immediately hides under the sofa and won’t come out. What gives? Did you just make a huge mistake? Who Are Your Calling Feral? Working at … Read more Is This Normal? Expectations for a New Cat
This is week two in a series about coping with vet visits. In the first post I shared steps you can take before and during an appointment. Here I’ll talk about coming home. When Coming Home is Hard to Do You’ve managed to get your cat in their carrier, survived the vet visit with minimal … Read more Coming Home: The Aftermath of a Vet Visit
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
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