Apr 8, 2013:
Clawing is a natural behavior that cats should be encouraged to do. Not only do cats claw to remove old claw sheaths, but also to mark territory, exercise, and relieve pent-up stress. That being said, there is no reason to tolerate the clawing of an undesirable object such as the couch.
Apr 3, 2013:
Many cat owners think they are doing their cats a favor by devoting a single area of the home, such as the basement, to all of their cats' resources and needs. I have found spaces like this (especially in multi-cat households) to be the root of many behavioral problems.
Mar 8, 2013:
Cats are known for their superior nocturnal vision, a feature that likely developed to help their wildcat ancestors hunt at night. The muscles in your cat's eyes allow her pupils to narrow into a vertical slit in bright light and to expand to let maximum light in when her surroundings are on the dark side.
Mar 1, 2013:
There is nothing quite like waking up to the jarring sound of your cat’s steady meows. In the corresponding groggy frustration, it’s important to remember that she’s not purposely torturing you. Cats use vocalized cues, such as hissing, yowling, and growling, to communicate.
Feb 22, 2013:
In a multi-cat household, cats who are friendly with one another share a group scent. Behaviors such as rubbing up against one another help create a group scent and increase bonding. Multi-cat homes without an established group scent are breeding grounds for turmoil.
Feb 5, 2013:
Encouraging your cats to play together with one toy may seem like a good idea. Surely this type of mutual play time would help foster a close and friendly relationship between your fluffy felines, right?
Feb 1, 2013:
Chances are good that you already know about food puzzles for dogs, but did you know that they can also be a very important part of your cat’s daily repertoire?
Jan 31, 2013:
Chances are good that you know about the importance of play time for your cats. Many cat owners, however, stop initiating play if their cats aren’t responsive. What do you do when your cat doesn’t play with the faux fur mice toys the way he used to?
Jan 30, 2013:
Like his ancestor, the African Wildcat, your cat has survival instincts to help keep him safe from predators and competitor cats. As appealing as a covered litter box seems to you, using one goes against your cat’s natural survival instincts.
Jan 15, 2013:
Spraying (urine marking) is a frustrating and seemingly hopeless issue for many cat owners. Many believe that once a cat begins to spray he will always do it - a belief that couldn't be further from the truth.
Jan 2, 2013:
Do you ever wonder why your cat insists on pawing water out of your glass or lapping up the trickle from the kitchen sink instead of drinking from his own perfectly clean and full bowl? The answer may be in it's location.
Jan 1, 2013:
Each year, millions of cats end up in shelters due to litter box issues. When your cat urinates outside of her box it can be frustrating, not to mention destructive. Rest assured, cats are not spiteful creatures.
Jan 1, 2013:
Mieshelle Nagelschneider, ACCBC, is a cat behaviorist and author of the science-based cat behavior book, The Cat Whisperer (Random House Publishing). Her passion and curiosity about cats along with her study in animal behavior, has enabled her to help thousands of cat owners solve their cats' behavior issues for over two decades.