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Cat Care Center - Behavior

5 Cat Cognition Facts

Filed Under Behavior

By Helen Anne Travis When it comes to understanding how our pets think, much more research has been done on the minds of dogs than cats. But that doesn’t mean we’re completely clueless about cat cognition. Here...

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Why Do Cats Like Heights?

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By Monica Weymouth To us humans, a refrigerator is simply a kitchen appliance—no more, no less. But to some cats the top of the refrigerator is the Promised Land, a must-visit destination to be reached at all costs. What’s...

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How to Stop Fighting Between Cats

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By Helen Anne Travis It’s not always easy to keep the peace in a multi-cat household. Hissing, biting, and scratching can be as hard on pet parents as it is on the cats. Fortunately, there are ways to stop cat fights before...

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10 Helpful Ways to Calm Your Cat

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Once you notice your cat is stressed or afraid, where do you go from there? Calming down a cat is a delicate process, so we’ve provided some tips for getting kitty back to his happy, mischievous self.

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8 Common Cat Fears and Anxieties

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If you suspect your feline companion is suffering from fear, anxiety, or stress, you’ll want to get to the bottom of it ASAP. To help, we’ve compiled a list of common cat fears and anxieties.

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Causes of Sudden Aggression in Cats

Filed Under Behavior

By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM You’re on the couch, petting your purring cat just like you have on many previous quiet evenings. She turns on her side as you rub her belly, and she kneads her paws in contentment. Then, before you...

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4 Facts About Your Cat’s Brain

Filed Under Behavior, Adult Cat

by Matt Soniak If you’ve ever watched your cat lying around and wondered what’s going on in that fuzzy little head of theirs, you’re not alone. Scientists who study animal cognition also want to know more about the minds...

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Kitten Care 101: How to Socialize Kittens

Filed Under Training, Kitten

by Geoff Williams You wouldn't think that there would be much of a method, or even a reason, for socializing kittens. They're adorable. Everybody loves them. What more do you need to know? Quite a bit, actually. In fact,...

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Do Female Cats Spray?

Filed Under Behavior

by Carol McCarthy Most cat lovers are aware that un-neutered male cats will spray urine on walls, furniture, and elsewhere in a hormone-fueled effort to mark their territory. But many pet parents are surprised when males that are “fixed”...

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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, Adult Cat

Skin diseases in cats can be frustrating for both owners and veterinarians, not to mention the cat! The signs most often noticed by owners are itching (pruritis), excessive grooming, hair loss, and scabs. There are many causes for skin problems...

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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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How Different Animals Experience the World

Filed Under FullyVetted, Adult Cat

I’ve always been fascinated by the ways in which different species of animals experience the world. I would love to be able to “borrow” my dog’s sense of smell for a while, feel with my cat’s whiskers, or echolocate...

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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Filed Under Behavior, Senior Cat

[video] by Yahaira Cespedes 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...

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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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Does Catnip Really Get Your Cat High? Facts About Your Cat's Favorite Plant

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

[video] 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...

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Why Does My Cat Meow So Much?

Filed Under Behavioral, Senior Cat

Disruptive Crying and Meowing in Cats Your cat's uncontrollable, excessive meowing or crying at inappropriate times of the night or day is known as excessive vocalization. Such vocalization can be due to pain, illness, cognitive dysfunction...

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Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Filed Under Reproductive, Kitten

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 at...

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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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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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