Have you ever glanced up from reading a book or making dinner and found your cat staring at you from across the room? It might look like your cat is staring you down and planning your demise. Or, as if your cat had just asked you a question and is waiting for an answer, expectant and focused. There may be other times when you've observed your cat staring at a wall or with their … [Read more...] about Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?
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Understanding Cats | Basic Training | Cat Behaviour Problems
Steps to Solving Cat Behavioural Issues
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
Reasons Why Cats Lick You
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
Helping your Timid Cat Survive House Guests
How does your timid cat feel about house guests? Cats are creatures of habit; after all it takes dedication to squeeze all those cat naps into the day. Even a confident, sociable cat may be less than thrilled by the arrival of guests coming to stay. But if that cat is timid or anxious, the inconvenience of visitors is akin to having their world turned upside down. Think … [Read more...] about Helping your Timid Cat Survive House Guests
Is Your Cat Bored? 10 Ways to Prevent Boredom
How can you tell if your cat is bored? After all, she sleeps all day. . . Actually, it’s not as difficult as you might think to tell if a cat is bored. There are lots of clues when you know what to look for. In cats, boredom usually manifests itself as ‘trouble’, either to you, other cats, or the individual themselves. What do we mean by that? Here are seven … [Read more...] about Is Your Cat Bored? 10 Ways to Prevent Boredom
How Smart is Your Cat?
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?
Why do Cats Eat Grass?
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?
Should You Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet?
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?
How to Deal with Redirected Aggression in Cats
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
How to Stop Door Darting Behaviour 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