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Best of Cat Behavior and Training

Best of Cat Behavior and Training

  • 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 [...]

  • Train your cat to scratch where you want

    Cats have a natural need to scratch. The safest place for your cat to live is inside your home – so you need to give them several of desirable surfaces to scratch on, or they are very likely to choose their own – and your couch! You also need to train them to scratch only [...]

  • Help! My new cat is hiding and won’t come out!

    There she is, under the bed, in the farthest darkest corner. Her eyes are round and big like twin yellow glowing moons, and she cowers away when you reach towards her.  What happened to the outgoing, confident, super affectionate cat you adopted at the shelter yesterday? Don’t worry! Hiding behavior in cats is a TOTALLY [...]

 
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