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Best of Cat Behavior and Training

Best of Cat Behavior and Training

  • Clicker Training 101

    Clicker training is an effective and fun training technique used to shape a desired behavior without the need to force, intimidate, or punish dogs while they learn. Small, easy to carry clickers are used to mark and identify a desired behavior from your pet, and the “click” is often followed by a treat or praise. [...]

  • How to Solve Your Cat Litterbox Problems

    One of the most frustrating behaviors for a cat owner is litterbox issues. If only cats could talk to tell us why they weren’t using their litterbox! There are so many reasons cats completely stop or won’t use their litterbox all the time. It can take some detective work to figure out the reason or [...]

  • The Midnight Kitten Zoomies

    If you’ve ever lived with a kitten, the expression “Midnight Kitten Zoomies” probably needs no explanation! Our feline friends are by nature nocturnal, and since kittens have boundless bucketfuls of youthful energy, nighttime is playtime for our kitten friends. For the humans sharing the household – and sleeping spaces – with one or more party-all-night-long [...]

  • Why do cats like cuddly caves?

    Why do cats and kittens love hiding, sleeping and playing in cuddly caves? We asked all our foster cats and kittens, and they asked us right back (we think), “For many of the same reasons your young humans like hiding out and playing in tents and forts – they’re fun!” Fun factor aside, cats do [...]

  • What is Whisker Stress?

    Do you have or have you seen a cat that doesn’t want to eat their kibble in their bowl, preferring to pull it out one piece at a time with their paw, then eating it off the counter or floor? Or maybe a cat that only seems to like to eat the top layer of [...]

  • How to keep a door-dashing cat safe

    If you have ever witnessed a door-dashing cat or kitten, you know the challenges of stopping one! I owned a door-dashing cat. I adopted him him as an 8-week old kitten from a rescue who said he’d been living in a Chinatown alley. This little guy had some serious street smarts! When  I first adopted [...]

  • Does coat color determine a cat’s personality?

    I am currently owned by a foster kitten, Miss Sophia Meowen, my first ever tortoisehell-colored cat, and I am in awe of her Tortitude. You can see a glimpse of it in the photo of her, to the left. Does the color of a cat’s coat determine their temperament? “Legend has it that tortoiseshell cats [...]

  • Train your cat to walk on a leash!

    Have you tried to train your cat to walk on a leash or harness and failed? You’re not alone! I recently tried with one of my foster kittens, and my well-intentioned but uneducated efforts, while comical (see his meowing protest in the photo), did not seem to be moving in the direction of a walkable [...]

  • You Can Teach Your Cat to Sit In 10 minutes!

    Think cats can’t be trained? Most cats love being trained, they get to be the center of your attention and eat yummy treats! You can teach almost any cat to sit in less than 10 minutes. The trick is having a bribe (treat) that your cat really really wants. Experiment a bit, there are lots [...]

  • How to tell if your cat is upset

    Can you tell if your cat is upset? We don’t mean angry, that is usually an easier emotion to read – but upset, as in unhappy, disappointed, or worried – or as Webster defines it, “emotionally disturbed or agitated.” Cats have many ways of telling their human caretakers that they are upset, but if you [...]

 
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