Best of Cat Behavior and Training

Best of Cat Behavior and Training

  • 6 Tips for Cats Scared of Dogs

    In a perfect world, all puppies and kittens would have plenty of positive playtime with each other from a very young age, like my former foster kittens and puppy in the photo above. The reality is, many pets don’t have the opportunity to be multi-species socialized. This article is about a very specific scenario for [...]

  • How to transition an outdoor cat to indoors

    Sometimes, transitioning a cat from outdoors to indoors as easy as closing the door. Sometimes, you and they need a little more help! Cats are remarkable creatures, amazingly adaptable, independent and resilient yet dependent and sensitive too. They’re also each incredibly unique personalities made up of their biological and environmental backgrounds. When you adopt a [...]

  • Do cat-proof curtains exist?

    Curtains and blinds make great cat toys… said no cat owner, ever! Plenty of cats and kittens do find the swaying curtain pulls, shimmering sheers, and horizontal mini-blinds not only irresistible for hiding, pouncing, and batting, but they also are clearly thinking, “Why does my human keep putting them in the way of my view [...]

  • Stop cat meowing at night

    Cats meow to communicate. Most often domestic cats are meowing to try to tell their humans something. Usually humans appreciate these vocal requests, being such vocally communicative creatures ourselves. But when a cat is meowing at night when we (and our neighbors) are trying to sleep, that’s not usually appreciated! Cats are naturally nocturnal beings. [...]

  • How to make an indoor grass pet potty

    Sometimes dogs or cats need an indoor place to go potty. You might be house training a baby kitten or puppy, getting an outdoor cat used to being and going potty indoors, or perhaps you have an elderly very-housebroken pet who won’t use pee pads and isn’t making it quickly enough to the outside. There [...]

  • Why and how to… train your cat to come when called

    One of the first things I start doing the first day I have a new foster cat is to teach him or her to come when called. This isn’t just a party trick! Just like for dogs, teaching your cat “recall” or to come to you when you make a particular sound or say a [...]

  • 3 ways to stop your cat from chewing

    Cats like to chew and bite! It’s part of their nature, stemming from their wild predatory heritage. Even tiny baby kittens will pounce and bite on their litter mates or mom cat’s tail, as the instinct is strong from that early on. Since we’ve domesticated cats as house pets, part of our job is to [...]

  • Understanding your Cat’s Body Language

    Cat’s haven’t figured out to talk human (yet!) but through vocalizations, body language, and demeanor your cat is a skilled communicator. Ears are one of the easiest indicators to read, especially if you’re not that familiar with cats. If a cat has tensely flattened his ears back or down and to the side, take those [...]

  • What can you do if your cat bites you?

    Cat bites are not fun! This article is to help you with knowledge and tips for avoiding future cat bites from your pet cat. If you are reading this because you just got bitten by a cat, please know this is not an article about the medical care you may need. Instead, please go immediately [...]

  • Cat communication: purring

    Cats communicate with each other and with humans in many ways. Body language and meowing are an important part of their vocabulary, but so is purring! Purring is that wonderful low smooth rumble that cats can emit without opening their mouth or moving anything we can see, like a fancy sports car idling. Humans can’t [...]

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