Cat Behavior

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June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

It seems like my cat deliberately “loses” his toys in hard-to-reach places. Why make life so difficult?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: When your cat hides his toys, your cat is practicing pronating. We’re reminded of the old cartoon: The cat waits patiently outside the little hole in the baseboard — then reaches in and scoops out the mouse with a deft flick of the wrist. That d… more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

How should I perform introductions — new cat to resident dog?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: Introductions between a new cat and a resident dog should be performed with consideration for each pet’s feelings — with care and without impatience. Put yourself in the new cat’s place: “I agreed to go home with this nice human. No one ment… more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

All the kittens in the litter are adorable, but how can I choose one that won’t be trouble?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: A simple kitten temperament prediction test can be helpful, but nothing in life is certain. Did you turn out exactly the way your parents expected? The kitten temperament prediction test should be performed by the people (you, children, mother-in-l… more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

I have fallen in love with a cat at the animal shelter — a wonderful (I hope) but terribly fearful cat. If I adopt, how can I help her recover?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: Learn as much as possible about the adoptee’s history — and about the help the shelter can offer with this “special needs” cat. What ever traumatized this fear-ridden cat in its previous life must not be repeated with you, No cat deserves to… more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 2

How can I keep my formerly outdoor cat from going stir crazy indoors?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: To make a former outdoor cat a happy indoor cat, provide plenty of opportunities for exploration, and a safe taste of the outdoor world he missed. One of the joys of outdoor life is exploration. “What’s behind that garbage can? Who’s in that h… more ›

October 27, 2008 | By Allison M. | 2

My male cat really picks on my female cat - they are brother and sister (both spayed and nuetered) and have been together in my house since they were two days old. Today I noticed they both have eye injuries (hers is worse than his). That's how bad t… more ›

Allison M.
Crttrs
crttrs

October 27, 2008

A: You don't mention how old the cats are now. Also, did something change or happen to spark this (another cat outside, did you move, something new in the home or has changed). This sounds serious if they are injuring each other. You mentioned that you … more ›

January 14, 2009 | By Hollie H. | 4

Henry is about 3 to 5 years old, we think. He was found abandoned on a military base so he may have lived outdoors for a long time without any claws (he was declawed and fixed when PAWS rescued him). Though he is a very mellow and sweet cat, he has t… more ›

shannon r.
sruck82

January 15, 2009

A: My cat did this actually but was attacking her back. it was actually her back was twitching and she would attack that happened so bad she ran into the wall. I work at a vet and the vet there said she had Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome also called twit… more ›

July 28, 2009 | By Kayla L. | 6

My cat, Tommy is shameless. The water bottle does not work. Loud, sudden noises do not work. A foot in the way and tossing in away from the door does no deterrence. This guy is making me nuts but I love him. I don't know many other ideas that would … more ›

Kayla L.
Sheltervt
sheltervt

July 28, 2009

A: for my most stubborn cat, it took extra effort to keep him from door darting, but here is what worked for me: An air horn. Yup, the little canister of compressed air with the bright red horn on top. I had a friend crouch outside the door while… more ›

October 11, 2008 | By Andy K. | 7

One of our cats hates it when I sneeze... I think. Many times when I sneeze she makes a sort of weird noise and comes running to me. If I sniffle too loud she'll do something similar. I figure the noise disturbs her or she's saying bless you in he… more ›

Andy K.
Ourstaff
ourstaff

October 11, 2008

A: I read once that you are one of 6 things to a cat: food, toy, play mate,threat, mother or kitten. It sounds like your cat is trying to take care of you. I guess that makes you her kitten

March 12, 2009 | By Lori B. | 24

Does anyone else have a cat who likes to dunk her toys in water?

Lori B.
Ali
Babah

March 13, 2009

A: Yes, my cat Boo-Boo loves to put his milk rings in water! It doesn't matter if its his water dish or the sink or when he gets in the bath with me. I always figured he was weird for wanting to get into the bath with me to begin with so i never wondere… more ›

April 19, 2009 | By B M. | 9

Need advice on how to handle this for my sister. She has 2 cats, and one of them has laid claim to the litter box. It will actually guard it and not let the other cat use it. She has tried using 2 litter boxes, but he laid claim to both of them!!! Wh… more ›

B M.
Becky P.
BeckyBleu

April 20, 2009

A: I would get another litter box and spread them apart from each other as much as possible. Hopefully the other cat can't guard all three.

News

January 11, 2009 | By Piranhapetter | 993

Honey the dog is just as sweet as her name implies, yet she has remained shelter-bound for nearly seven years. She's only one of millions whose minor quirks -- whether behavioral or medical -- keep them waiting endlessly for someone to take them hom… more ›

Seven Years Bad Luck Keeps Dog at Shelter

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October 21, 2008 | By Sandra R. | 3

My 15 year old cat has always been a litter box user, never really having any accidents outside the box for all these years. I have had him since he was found at about 1 year old. Several months ago he decided to stop using his litter box and start… more ›

November 20, 2008 | By jennifer r. | 0

Your cat, who you thought to be well trained in using her litter box, suddenly decides to start going on the carpet, in the laundry basket, on your new rug, or even your bed! It is unlikely that your pet has unexpectedly decided to hav… more ›

November 19, 2008 | By jennifer r. | 0

Let's face it, if you share your home with a cat sooner or later you are going to encounter a cat behavior problem. No matter how nice, or how much of a "good kitty" your cat is, there will be something, and possibly lots of things, that your … more ›

May 8, 2008 | By Jill R. | 0

According to a nationwide study, almost 30 percent of cats were surrendered to animal control because of behavioral problems. This means that learning to curb your cat’s behavioral issues may keep her out of the shelter. From inappropriate urinati… more ›

November 23, 2009 | By Gavin C. | 2

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