Have you heard the expression: “As hard as herding cats”? This sums up so much about what we love about our feline friends, such as knowing their own minds and refusing to run with the crowd. But doesn’t this imply cats are difficult to train? Well, yes and no. If you try to impose your will on a cat you’ll get nowhere fast. But if you work with your cat’s psyche … [Read more...] about Top 10 Training Tips for Kittens
You see a cat in the corner of the yard. She is hunched up, head lowered, whiskers flat against her muzzle, looking directly at you with dilated pupils. You want to pet her, but then you notice the tip of her tail is swishing from side to side. What should your next move be? Should you go ahead and pet her, or is it best to back off? If you read her body language right, … [Read more...] about How To Read Your Cat’s Body Language
According to the ‘Law of Cats’: The more cats you own, the more likely they are to fight. This might seem unduly pessimistic, but the truth is cats are generally solitary creatures with social tendencies. Most cats are happy as loners – they enjoy being the only-cat and demanding affection on their terms. Why Cats Don’t Fight The independent nature of cats can lead to … [Read more...] about How to Stop Cat Fights in Your Home
Are you struggling with a cat whose behavioural problems make you think you might need professional help? Whether they call themselves a cat therapist, a cat behaviourist or even a ‘cat whisperer’, there are people available who can help you to better understand your cat’s behavioural issues, and find a way to deal with them. Why Your Cat Might Need Help You may think you … [Read more...] about Does Your Cat Need a Therapist? Seeking Help From a Cat Behaviourist
As we know, all cats are different, and how much they meow varies from cat to cat – some don’t make much noise at all, while some just love to chat. Similarly, some pet parents love ‘chatty’ cats, while some prefer a quieter kitty. Excessive meowing can mean different things to different pet parents, so it’s important to know whether your cat is just naturally talkative or if … [Read more...] about Excessive Meowing and What it Means
I’m sure your cats are like mine - they like to sleep, a lot - so when we see them yawning it’s easy to assume that they’re tired, bored, lazy or all of the above. Cats’ amazing physiology means that they can open their mouths much wider than us mere mortals can, so when your cat yawns you’ll get a really good view of the inside of his mouth in all its glory. One thing that is … [Read more...] about Why Do Cat’s Yawn?
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 your cat has cystitis, or another urinary … [Read more...] about Why Won’t My Cat Use the Litter Box?
Last month, we discussed how to choose the right cat carrier for your cat, this month we talk about how to get your cat used to the cat carrier. Whether you’re taking your cat to the vet for a check-up or venturing on a longer trip, the thought of getting out the cat carrier probably makes your heart sink, and you may even have the scars that tell the tale of previous … [Read more...] about 7 Steps to Get Your Cat Used to the Cat Carrier
You’re probably familiar with dog agility competitions at dog shows like Westminster (USA) or Crufts (UK), but did you know that cats compete in agility too? The origins of cat agility seem to date back to 2003, with the first Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) agility competition held in 2005 featuring both pedigreed cats and household pets. Since then, cat agility has … [Read more...] about Cat Agility – If a Dog Can Run Agility, So Can a Cat!
‘But his voice has been heard on the roof When he was curled up by the fire. And he’s sometimes been heard by the fire When he was about on the roof’ T.S.Eliot, ‘M. Mistoffelees’, from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, 1939 You may have your very own Mr Mistoffelees, a cat who’s always finding new places to hide from you, but it can be … [Read more...] about Why Do Cats Hide? Dangerous Cat Hiding Places