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Cat Care Center - Behavior

How to Socialize a Kitten With New People

Filed Under Behavior, Kitten

By Cheryl Lock If you just brought a new kitten into your home, one of the first things you probablywant to do is introduce him to all your friends. Here’s where you’ll need to take a second. Of course there’s...

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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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Why is My Cat So Itchy?

Filed Under FullyVetted

The most commonly diagnosed include: Flea-bite hypersensitivity Other skin parasites (e.g., mites) Food allergies Environmental allergies The easiest problem to diagnose is flea-bite hypersensitivity, even though finding...

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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

By Yahaira Cespedes 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...

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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

[video] 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...

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Top Three Dog-Like Cat Breeds

Filed Under Care

Cats acting like dogs? It happens, and it most certainly does not mean the end is near. Oh, and by acting like dogs we do not mean barking (that would just be plain silly), but some breeds do have dog-like qualities. Here are three of our most favorite dog-like cat breeds.

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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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Cats and Catnip: Does it Really Get Them 'High' and Why

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Adult Cat

[video] Does your cat like catnip? I just found out that one of mine does and one doesn’t. Typical, according to the statistics. My daughter and I were recently running some errands, and she decided to buy the cats presents....

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Seizures and Convulsions in Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Adult Cat

It can be very upsetting to see your cat have a seizure. Fortunately a single seizure is usually of short duration, and your cat is unconscious while convulsing. Seizures happen when abnormal electrochemical activity occurs in the brain....

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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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Ear Mites in Cats

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic

Otodectes cynotis Mites in Cats Otodectes cynotis mites, most commonly called ear mites, are a common and relatively mild external parasite infection. Complications may arise when an animal has an immune hypersensitivity reaction...

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Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Filed Under Reproductive

Ovarian Remnant Syndrome in Cats An ovariohysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which the uterus and ovaries are removed from a female cat. Such a removal results in the cessation of subsequent estrus (heat) symptoms in the female....

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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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Rabies in Cats

Filed Under Neurological, Adult Cat

Rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the cat's brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from...

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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 clear answer. However, many experts agree...

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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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Abyssinian

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The Abyssinian belongs to the ticked or agouti breed, both terms used for the cat's type of fur. Its distinctive feature is its silky, multicolored coat, which is a combination...

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