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Cat Care Center - Behavior

5 Weird Cat Habits

Filed Under Care, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

The more time you spend with your cat, the more you’ll probably start to notice—she’s got some weird habits, doesn’t she? We decided to look at 5 of the most common odd cat behaviors and get to the root of why they do them.

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Does My Senior Cat Hate Me?

Filed Under Behavior, Senior Cat

By Jessica Remitz As your cat gets older, you may notice your once snuggly, loving friend becoming a bit more reclusive. While behaviors like these are a normal part of aging, it can be challenging to find ways to reinforce your bond...

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Is My Kitten too Hyper?

Filed Under Behavior, Kitten

By Jessica Remitz With little button noses, tiny whiskers and itty-bitty teeth, it’s nearly impossible not to love a kitten. However, as new cat parents can attest, these adorable balls of fluff can wreak havoc by sprinting around...

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The Nocturnal Habits of Cats

Filed Under Behavior, Kitten

By Cheryl Lock Since Penny was my first cat I can easily say – I had absolutely no idea how crazy cats can be at night. Given the fact that most of what I heard from people who owned cats in the past was about how much they...

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How Your Cat's Behavior May Change with Age

Filed Under Training, Senior Cat

Few people want to admit that their beloved “kitten” is approaching her twilight years. While it is possible for cats to live into their 30s, a more likely estimate of your feline’s life span is about 16 years. Here are some changes to expect as your cat enters her golden years.

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The Agony of Arthritis – Is Your Cat Hurting?

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Senior Cat

When I started practicing veterinary medicine over 20 years ago, we (the veterinary profession) believed that dogs frequently suffered from arthritis but cats rarely did. However, in the past 10-15 years, we’ve come to realize that...

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Top Five Calm Cats for Kids

Filed Under Care, Kitten

Five cat breeds that are known to thrive best in homes with older or quieter children who are less likely to need an active playmate.

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Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Filed Under Behavior, Adult Cat

Cats possess many physiological attributes that give them their astounding athletic abilities; one of the most prominent features all cats share that enables this are whiskers. But why exactly do cats have whiskers? The Anatomy...

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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Filed Under Behavior, Senior Cat

Cats sleep an average of fifteen hours a day, and some can sleep up to twenty hours in a twenty-four hour period. Which raises the question: Why do cats sleep so much? The 'Catnap' The first thing you should...

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Why Do Cats Knead?

Filed Under Behavior, Adult Cat

Kneading is the motion cats make by rhythmically alternating their paws, pushing in and out against a pliable, soft object (such as a lap). Not all cats knead in the same way; some never push out their claws at all, and some even...

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Top Ten Ways to Help Your Cat Stop Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Filed Under Training, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

When your cat starts shunning their litter box in favor of other places throughout your home, it is definitely not something you want to become a habit. Address the issue quickly with these simple ways to help your cat stop peeing outside of the litter box.

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Peeing Outside the Box

Filed Under FullyVetted, Adult Cat

When faced with a cat that is peeing outside of the litter box, the first thing many owners think is "bad cat." Stop right there! Pets don’t choose where to urinate maliciously; they pick what will work best for them at any given...

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Excessive Vocalization in Cats

Filed Under Behavioral, Senior Cat

Disruptive Crying and Meowing in Cats Excessive vocalization refers to uncontrollable, excessive meowing or crying, often occurring at inappropriate times of the night or day. Such vocalization can be due to pain, illness, cognitive dysfunction...

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Destructive Behavior in Cats

Filed Under Behavioral, Kitten, Adult Cat

It is normal for cats to scratch things. They do this to sharpen their claws and exercise their feet. It is also normal for cats to spend a lot of time licking themselves, since this is how they clean themselves. When cats scratch or lick...

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Cat Interfering With Your Sleep?

Filed Under Training, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

How to Deal With Your Cat Waking You at Night Owning a cat is a fantastic and rewarding experience. And in the end, they become more like our children than mere pets. Unfortunately, just like young children, they can keep us awake...

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Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Filed Under Wellness, Adult Cat

Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, one thing is for certain: your feline friend has probably nibbled on grass on more than one occasion. While it might seem like strange behavior -- especially when your cat throws up afterwards...

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Pediatric Behavior Problems in Cats

Filed Under Behavioral, Kitten

Behavioral Problems in Cats (or Kittens) Pediatric behavior problems refer to undesirable behaviors exhibited by kittens between birth and puberty. It is important to address this as early as possible, because behaviors acquired during...

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Aggression in Cats (Overview)

Filed Under Behavioral, Adult Cat

Cats are small, and often become the target of other animals, making them vulnerable to all kinds of dangers. Anyone who owns a cat understands that it needs protection, especially from dangers that can be encountered outside of the house....

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Cat Care Questions
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Q. Why do kittens meow?

A. The truth of the matter is there isn't one answer, but many experts agree that they...

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Q. Why do kittens purr?

A. A kitten's purr is another complex emotional signal that is designed to communicate...

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Q. Should I speak to my kitten?

A. Yes, by all means, please do. The happiest kittens are those that feel like part...

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