A beautiful velvet-soft cat sits blinking, sleepy-eyed on the sofa. Her coat is so invitingly sateen and her look so relaxed that you can’t help but reach out and stroke her. But ten seconds later, out of the blue, she undergoes a personality change and lashes out, badly scratching your hand. At some point in our […]
However many years your cat has successfully been using his litter box for, there may come a time when he starts to experience problems. Inappropriate elimination and litter box problems are common in cats, but luckily it’s usually easy to pinpoint the cause and deal with it accordingly. Litter Box Problems – Health Issues If […]
The bond between cat and pet parent is a wonderful thing, but what happens if it goes a step too far? Like dogs, cats can suffer from separation anxiety if they become over-attached to a human family member or even another companion animal. So, what should you do if your cat has separation anxiety? When […]
When it comes to pets chewing things they shouldn’t, it’s usually dogs that come to mind, but cats are just as likely to demonstrate destructive chewing behaviour. There are a number of reasons why cats chew things they shouldn’t, and not only is it destructive it can be extremely harmful. So what causes destructive chewing […]
Cats are fastidiously clean by nature, and most are fussy about their toilets – it’s therefore important to understand the litter tray essentials to help you train your cat to toilet in the right place and avoid problems. We discuss litter tray basics, litter training for kittens and how to litter train your older cat.
One minute you’re stroking a contented, purring cat alongside you, and the next minute your cat’s teeth are in your arm. We’ve all experienced this puzzling phenomenon at some point, so what exactly does it mean? The good news is that it doesn’t mean your kitty is a psycho-cat; it’s actually perfectly natural behaviour. As long as you learn what triggers your cat to bite and how to change his behaviour, your relationship can happily continue without you having to wear gauntlets around the house.
If your cat seems to constantly want your attention, and does crazy things to make sure he gets it, you may think that it’s simply a cute sign of his affection for you. A cat that displays some attention-seeking behaviour isn’t necessarily a problem, but it can soon move from cute, to annoying, to a serious problem, and may even indicate a medical issue. It’s essential to work out why your cat is behaving in this way, and make sure that you have ground rules in place, so that your cat knows what is and isn’t acceptable.
Urine spraying is a common behavioural problem, which isn’t limited to un-neutered male cats. It’s a natural feline behaviour in both male and female cats, and can be caused by a variety of factors. If you’re having problems with your cat spraying indoors it’s important to understand the cause of the problem, so that you can take steps to put a stop to it.
You probably already know whether or not your cat goes crazy for catnip, but if you haven’t yet experienced the joy of watching your cat get high on catnip, then now could be the time to experiment. Although many people refer to it as a ‘drug’ for cats, you can be rest assured that it’s neither addictive nor harmful. If you’re still not sure, here’s the lowdown on catnip, its uses and effects.
Cats are naturally curious and jumping on kitchen counters (or counter-surfing) is a common behavioural problem. So, why do they do it? What are the alternatives? And, what measures can you take to make your kitchen counter less appealing to your cat?