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Cat Care Center - Behavior

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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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 Have Whiskers?

Filed Under Behavior, Adult Cat

[video] 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...

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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...

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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 a viral disease that specifically affects a cat's central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks,...

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Cat Pregnancy Facts: How to Tell if Your Cat is Pregnant and More

Filed Under Care, Adult Cat

Pregnant cat on your hands? Don’t panic. Cats have been having kittens since, well, forever. There is a lot of information out there to sort through, so we've made it easy for you with our list of important things you need...

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FIV or Feline AIDS in Cats

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic, Adult Cat

By: Aly Semigran Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV) in Cats The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection is a complex retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats. Immunodeficiency is...

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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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Anxiety and Compulsive Disorders in Cats

Filed Under Behavioral, Adult Cat

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Cats This is a behavioral disorder where a cat will engage in repetitive, exaggerated behaviors that are seemingly without purpose. For example, grooming to the extent that fur is rubbed off; compulsive...

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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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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Filed Under Urinary, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Feline Idiopathic Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (IFLUTD) is a general term for disorders characterized by blood in the urine, difficult or painful urination, abnormal, frequent passage...

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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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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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