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
Want to know why your cat behaves a certain way? We’ll help you understand your cat’s natural behaviour and how to manage common cat behavioural issues like scratching the furniture, jumping on the kitchen counter or not using the litter box.
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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?
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the cat’s whiskers’ used to describe something that’s extraordinarily good, and when you realise everything your cat’s whiskers do, you'll understand why! Cats’ whiskers are twice as thick as their normal hairs, three times as deep and connected directly to their nerve endings, which makes them extremely sensitive. It’s not only the … [Read more...] about Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
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 tract … [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
We’ve all been there, it’s the middle of the night and you’re happily dreaming in the ‘land of nod’, only to be woken up by a crazy cat running laps around your duvet, meowing like mad, and only pausing to bat your nose with his paw. Although cats are nocturnal by nature, today’s domestic cat can adapt to our daily patterns; here are some ways that you can avoid the night-time … [Read more...] about Is Your Cat Keeping You Awake at Night?
If your cat likes to drink from the toilet, you’re probably wondering WHY? Why would a cat choose to drink toilet water when there’s a fresh bowl of water available to him? There are actually a number of reasons why your cat might prefer drinking from the toilet, so let’s discuss them, and look at what you can do to curb this behaviour. 1. Water Temperature Let’s look at … [Read more...] about Help! Why Does my Cat Drink from the Toilet?