Imagine it’s the school holidays, but you have to work. You leave the kids home alone. . . but the TV’s broken, they’re too young to read, and you’ve locked most of their toys away. When you come home would you expect them to be perched like little angels on the sofa, hands folded in their laps, without a hair out of place? No! Of course not. You’d be lucky if the … [Read more...] about Steps to Solving Cat Behavioural Issues
Does your cat lick you? Being licked by your cat is a bitter-sweet experience. On the one paw, it’s nice to think the cat loves you, but on the other it’s uncomfortable. . . to say the least! Indeed, there’s a deal of difference between the sandpaper roughness of a cat’s tongue and the velvet smoothness of her coat. Ironic then that it’s her tongue that keeps the coat silky, … [Read more...] about Reasons Why Cats Lick You
Stupid question! All cats are smarter than we are. . . otherwise we’d be the ones at home all day on the sofa. OK, seriously, let’s start again. How smart is your cat? How Smart is Smart? When trying to work out how clever cats are, straight away we hit a problem. Whilst our canine cousins are eager to please and will problem solve to earn a reward, cats are cannier … [Read more...] about How Smart is Your Cat?
Cats are carnivores, right, so why do they eat grass? We all know cats like to be contrary, but do they just eat grass to confound us, or is there a reason for their compulsion to chow down on greens? No-one truly knows the answer, but that doesn’t stop us having an educated guess at why grass can look greener than cat biscuits. Here are six pawsible reasons cats gorge on … [Read more...] about Why do Cats Eat Grass?
Cats are notoriously fussy eaters so what does it mean when they develop a taste for something really odd, like wool or rubber bands? This is so ‘not normal’ that it has a name: Pica PICA: A craving or abnormal appetite for non-food substances Indeed pica in cats is an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but before labelling the problem as purely down to odd behaviour, … [Read more...] about Unusual Things Cat Eat – Understanding Pica
Wouldn’t it be ‘convenient’ if your cat used the toilet? Imagine a world where indoor cats no longer need litter boxes and cat litter tracking through the house was a thing of the past. Instead, they squat over the toilet bowl meaning a quick flush is all it takes for you to get rid of their offering. Unfortunately this golden age may not be all that it’s cracked up to … [Read more...] about Should You Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet?
What do you do when two cats that were firm pals, start to fight? Consider the following scenario: You hear yowling and screeching coming from the sun room. You rush in to find two best buddies with claws drawn going for each other’s throat. In fact, blood is shed and only with difficulty do you break up the fight. This deeply shocking experience upsets both cats and … [Read more...] about How to Deal with Redirected Aggression in Cats
Do you have a door darting cat that makes a dash for the open door at every opportunity? This dangerous behaviour can have an unhappy ending if kitty dashes out the door into the path of a car. Or alternatively the cat may slip out, lose her bearings, and get hopelessly lost. Both options are a cat guardian’s worst nightmare, and that’s without the increased risk of the cat … [Read more...] about How to Stop Door Darting Behaviour in Cats
If you thought training was only for dogs, then think again, because cats are trainable too. The Secret to Training Cats The secret to training cats isn’t really a secret at all, but about thinking like a cat. We love our feline friends for their independent spirit and how they do what they want. And there we have the key right there: You have to motivate your cat so that she … [Read more...] about 5 Things You Can Train Your Cat to Do
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 lives we’ve all met a cat like this. It might be our own cat … [Read more...] about How to Stop Your Cat Biting and Scratching During Play