Cat Care Center - Behavior

Katie Grzyb, DVM
Sep 21, 2021

Most of a cat’s day is spent sleeping, so naturally their eyes are completely closed during that time. But what about when they’re not napping? Do cats blink like we do? How can you tell if your cat is blinking or squinting, or if something is in their eye? When your cat… Read More

Alison Gerken, DVM (Clinical Behavior Resident)
Aug 31, 2021

When I adopted Bambu, my adorable orange kitty with arguably the world’s poofiest tail, I was immediately taken aback by the extent of her licking. I left all of our snuggle sessions with my hands, arms, and face covered in kitty saliva. Like many other cat parents, I set… Read More

Ellen Malmanger, DVM
Jul 30, 2020

Do cats have moods? Of course they do! From excited and happy to stressed and upset, cats can display a range of moods. Maybe someday there will be a device that can easily translate cat behavioral cues so that we’ll know exactly what our cats are feeling. But until we have… Read More

Alison Gerken, DVM (Clinical Behavior Resident)
Jul 30, 2020

A familiar phrase claims that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but in cats, it’s their tail position that provides the greatest insight into what a cat is feeling. Cats use their tail movements, along with their eyes, ears, and body postures, to communicate.… Read More

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Mar 26, 2020

Cats can suffer from anxiety disorders just as people and dogs can. They can experience generalized anxiety disorders or more specific anxiety issues caused by things like thunder or separation distress when their pet parents are not at home. The first step to relieving… Read More

Sandra C. Mitchell, DVM, DABVP
Mar 03, 2020

Why do cats purr? Do they only purr when you pet them? Many people think of purring as the sign of a happy, contented cat. But did you know that cats also purr when they’re in pain or frightened? Here’s what we know about cat purring—how cats purr, why they do it, and how… Read More