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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:10:19 +0000

 



How to Know If Your Cat Is Sad: Signs to Look For

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn how to tell if your cat is sad, the reasons for sadness, what causes cats' depression, and more.



How Old Is Your Cat in Human Years?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

How to determine your cat's age in human years, including an attached conversion chart.



7 Types of Human Food Cats Should Never, Ever Eat

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Many human foods are toxic to cats. Avoid feeding cats table scraps. Instead, feed a nutritious cat food created for their specific nutritional needs.



Cats Home Alone? Try These 9 Great Toys

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Working cat parents often worry about their cats being bored when left home all day. Toys such as catnip cigars will keep cats happy and out of trouble.



Significant Additions to the Cat-to-Human Age...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Thanks to the International Cat Care organization, some great new revisions have been made to the comparative ages of cats to humans. Welcome to Juniors, Prime cats and Mature cats.



Allergic to Cats? How to Live with Them in Peace

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Here is a step-by-step process to help control your allergy symptoms while enjoying the lifelong companionship of a cat. Yes, you can adopt a cat, despite your allergies.



What are the Personality Types of the 12 Most...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

If you are new to cat breeds, but like the look of a particular breed, you'll want to learn more about its personality characteristics to see if this breed of cat would fit into your home.



14 Weird Ways Cats Show Love

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cats show their love in many ways, from their body language to their behavior when around their humans. Learn 14 ways cats love their owners to help your understanding of the ways cats show love.



Share these facts and myths About Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

The Internet abounds with myths and misconceptions about cats; stories such as 'cats need to be outdoors to be healthy' and 'it is better to let a female cat have a litter before spaying.' These are only two of the myths about cats that are debunked here in my own list of 12 Myths and Misconceptions About Cats.



Cat Cloning and Genetically Engineered Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

The birth of the first cloned kitten gave hope to those who dreaded the loss of a beloved cat, while animal activists protested. Four years later, a commercial cat cloning company opened its doors, with prices of up to $50,000 for cats cloned from saved tissue. Today, there is no company offering cat cloning services, although two commercial ventures provide gene banking. Follow the timeline of commercial cat cloning, a concept with a life span shorter than most cats.



The Real Reason Why Cats Eat Grass

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn why cats eat grass in this cat behavior article about cats eating grass. This article explains that some cats like eating grass, and why cats eat grass.



Love 'Em or Hate 'Em? Read These 7 Facts About...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Black cats are rarely just ignored. They are usually loved beyond measure or feared beyond reason. Learn more with these 7 Facts About Black Cats



Love Your Cat? Avoid These 7 Things He Hates

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

If you really want to PO your cat, make him think you are ignoring him. Cats thrive on attention, especially from their favorite people, so pamper him with attention or live to regret it.



What Is the Average Lifespan of a Cat?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Thinking about giving a cat a forever home? Learn how long the common household feline lives in this article.



A Cats' Normal Life Span and Age in Human Years

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

The fact that cats develop and age so rapidly in a short time is both fascinating and sad to the people who love them. Learn more about cats' aging with these resources.



Cat Peed on Your Clothes? Here's How to Remove...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Uh oh! Your cat decided to urinate on your clothes and/or linens. Here's how to thoroughly launder these items so they no longer smell.



How to Tell if Your Kitty is Happy

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cats tell us that they are happy by vocalizing their pleasure, showing their moods by their body language, and plainly acting happy, and more.



Teaching Cats Legal Scratching Behavior

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Amy Shojai's article explains cats' need to scratch, why it is important to provide legal scratching surfaces, and how to discourage illegal scratching.



Is Marijuana Harmful to Cats?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

A reader asks if marijuana is toxic to cats, whether by eating the leaves of the plant, or inhaling second-hand smoke. See the reply of the Cats Expert.



10 Things You Need to Know About Cats Mating

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cats' mating is an amazing, complicated process, and can extend for many years, unless the cats are eventually spayed or neutered. Learn more about mating and conception in cats, for better knowledge of your own cat.



Think Cats Always Purr Because They're Happy?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

One of the top items of curiosity about cats is 'why do they purr?' Although there is no definitive answer why cats purr, it is a remarkable ability shared by no other animal, except certain big cats and the raccoon.



Get to Know These Gentle Giants: Maine Coon Cat...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet. Enjoy this picture gallery of exquisite Maine Coon cats.



Check Out These Top 10 Things Cats Like

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

This list of the top 10 things cats like. We look into cats' minds, then observe their daily activities to determine the things they like most.



How To Kittenproof Your Home

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

How to kitten-proof your home to make it safer for your furry pals.



Your Guide to Mating and Conception in Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

What happens when cats mate? Is it true a litter of kittens can be fathered by different cats? Can my cat become pregnant while still nursing her kittens? Learn the answers to all these questions on mating and conception in cats, and much more.



Amazing Facts About Tuxedo Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Did you know that tuxedo cats are 200% smarter than other cats? That the first cat in the new world was a Tuxedo cat named Asgerd aboard a Viking ship, or that the largest inheritance given a cat was to a tuxedo? Learn more amazing bits of fact and/or fiction about tuxedo cats, as researched by Dr. Magrathea Wallace, aka Maggie.



Why a Kitten's First Year Is the Most Important

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Your kitten's first year is the most important one, in terms of his physical development as well as the human-feline bonding you will develop, which will help mold his personality. These are months to cherish, as they pass by all too quickly. Here's what to expect in your kitten's development from three to six months and beyond. Page 2.



Cat Talk: Understanding Your Cat's Purrs

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn about cat sounds and get a better understanding of variations on cats' purring. Cats use purring to communicate, and even have special purrs.



Why Do Cats Show Their Butts?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn why cats show their butts -- aka butt presentation -- to humans and what cat butt communication, or tail-sniffing, means.



10 Tips for Stopping Aggression Between Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

If you have more than one cat, you might be familiar with cat fights or inter-cat aggression Learn how to stop cat-to-cat aggression in your home.



The Truth About Tabby Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Did you know the Tabby cat is not a breed, but a color pattern? Many cat breeds include the tabby pattern, and yours may be among them!



How to Get Out the Stink and Stains of Cat...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Help for cat lovers in cleaning up the messes cats sometimes leave, such as pee, barf, and poop. An essential guide to keeping a happy kitty and a clean house.



What Do Your Cat's Meows Mean?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Though cats vocalize with one another, they seem to reserve meows for their humans. If you understand cats' meows, you may empathize with an older, deaf, or sick cat, but practice tough kitty-love with other cats.



How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Female cats that are not spayed will eventually come into heat, and the signs are not entirely ambiguous. Here are some behavioral symptoms to look for if you suspect your diva is in heat.



Help! Why Won't My Cat Poop in the Litter Box?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn why cats poop outside the litter box and how to solve it. Learn about cat pooping behavior problems.



Are Essential Oils Dangerous for Cats?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Despite their popular use among people, many essential oils used in aromatherapy are toxic to cats. Learn which essential oils are dangerous.



Why is My Cat Acting This Way?!

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Read this article about 12 weird cat behaviors as cat communication, and what they mean. Learn why cats perform these weird cat behaviors.



10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Are cats better than dogs? It's an age-old dispute among pet lovers, and one that may be settled, but here are ten reasons why cats are better, to help you state your case.



Help for Cat Pooping on Antique Moroccan Rug

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

A reader asks Amy Shojai for help with her young cat, Cooper, who has suddenly taken to pooping on an antique Moraccan rug instead of in his litter boxes. Learn more from Amy's considered reply.



Count the Ways to Stop Fights Between Your...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Aggression between cats sharing a household can come in several forms, including play aggression, redirected aggression, and territorial aggression. Understand the kind of aggression before attempting to intervene.



Everything You Need to Know About Tuxedo Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Tuxedo cats are only one of many color patterns of bi-color cats, but in my opinion, the most beautiful. Tuxies have sweet, loving dispositions, but have a streak of mischief which can be challenging to their humans.



How Do Kittens Develop in Their First Six Weeks...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Part 2 of a series on tracking the development of a kitten from birth to one year: what to expect. This part discusses the important first six weeks.



Where is Declawing Illegal?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn where declawing is illegal and what the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes when it comes to declawing cats.



How to Keep Your Cat from Over-Grooming

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Over-grooming behavior in cats can be caused by stress and anxiety. Amy Shojai, former Contributing Writer on Cat Behavior for About.com advises how to relieve stress that causes over-grooming behavior problems in cats.



Pictures of the 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

While ranking among cat breeds often varies, most of the same breeds appear every year in the CFA list of the 10 most popular cat breeds. I added another type of cat to this list, as more homes include these cats than any recognized breed.



Use Caution With Using These Substances with Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

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Do all Cats Want to Socialize in the Bathroom?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Amy Shojai, cat behavior expert explains why cats solicit attention in bathrooms and how cats behave when their human companions are in the bathroom.



The Top Healthy Canned Cat Foods

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Next to a raw food diet for cats, experts agree that canned food should be the staple. Here are some top personal picks of premium canned cat foods.



What are My Cat's Eyes Telling Me?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Refer to this cat talk article to understand cat eyes. Understand how cats talk with their eyes, from arousal and trust to dominance and aggression.



How Soon Can a Cat Go Into Heat After Having...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

How long after giving birth will a mother cat have her next heat period? It's much sooner than many cat owners think, and makes the case for neutering cats early.



Important Questions You Should Answer Before...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

So you think you might want to get a cat, and don't know where to start. Here are the answers to some of the questions likely running through your mind.



Kitty Rubbing His Face All Over You? He's...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn how cats use cat smell to communicate. Understand how cats talk with scent. This article explains cats' scent language of scratching, urine and bunting cat behavior.



How to Stop Your Cat's Wake Up Calls

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn how to silence cat wake up calls. Night time cat wake up calls can be stopped with these easy tips from Amy Shojai, CABC.



Savvy Owners Use Catnip, a Feline Hallucinogen,...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

This article by Amy Shojai, CABC about catnip teaches how to use catnip to train cats. Catnip can also help build cat confidence, as explained here.



How Often Should You Feed a Cat?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Our Cats Expert answers a reader's question on how often and how much a cat should be fed, giving details for both kittens and adult cats.



Cat Talk: The Language of Your Cat Explained

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Translate cat talk and understand cat language with this illustrated cat language dictionary. Learn how to understand cat purrs, meows and body language with this how-to article.



Carpet Stink of Cat Pee? Fix it Fast With One...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cat pee, poop and vomit stains and odor can cause major headaches. Use one of these odor- and stain-removal products on your carpet.



How Can I Stop My Cat from Pooping Outside the...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Refer to this Ask Amy article to solve cat pooping outside the litter box. Understand why cats poop outside the litter box, and how to solve it.



Surprising Reasons Your Cat May Be Peeing...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Is your cat peeing outside of his litter box? Don't get rid of the cat! Instead, find out why -- and what to do about the problem.



Everything You Need to Know About Raising Your...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Whether you are thinking about getting a cat, or have just adopted your first one, this tutorial has been designed to make your relationship with this special cat a lasting one.



From A to Z: Cat Breeds

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cat have been domesticated for thousands of years, and dozens of breeds exist. This article covers the different breeds and their characteristics



What You Need to Consider Before Feeding Your...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Bacterial contaminants in processed meats can be problematical. However, raw food diets can be successful by taking certain precautions. Page 2.



All About the Heat Cycles in Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Female cats can start heat cycles at a very early age, and, until spayed or they become pregnant, the cycles will occur with frequent regularity. Learn more about heat cycles, also called oestrus, or estrus cycles in cats.



Will mating end my cat's heat cycle?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

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Why Did This Cat Suddenly Start Pooping Outside...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

A reader asks why his 16 year old cat started pooping outside the box six months ago. My response discusses the various causes for defecating outside the box, and outlines a plan of action.



Why is my Neutered Cat Still "Getting Busy"?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Amy Shojai explains understanding sexual behavior of neutered cats, and why cat neutering may not stop the mounting behavior of female cats.



Try These Grain-Free Cat Foods

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Grain-free cat foods address the concerns of cat owners about the effect cat foods containing excessive carbohydrates such as corn and wheat have on cat health.



What Should You Do with Your Cat's Remains...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

After a pet has died at home, dealing with the remains can be an emotionally draining process. There are options that will make the process easier.



The Best Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Dry food is the staple in many cats' diets -- here are some top picks. Alternate with premium canned food for a well-balanced diet for your cat.



Help Me Stop Cat From Pottying in the Tub and...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Amy Shojai, the cat expert, explains in this article why cats potty in sinks and bathtubs, and how to correct this behavior.



What's My Cat's Tail Telling Me?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Understand cat language and what cat tails mean. Learn how to translate cat tail positions, and why dogs may misinterpret various cat tail talk.



The H.I.S.S. Test: Figure Out Why Your Cat Is...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Identify and solve cat behavior problems using the H.I.S.S. (Health, Instinct, Stress, Smyptoms) Test, as described by Amy Shojai, CABC.



Why Won't My Adult Cat Play?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn how cats play, and how to encourage cat play. This article explains some favorite cat toys and cat games. How to encourage your cat to play with this article from Amy Shojai, noted cat behaviorist.



Why Your Cat Needs 16 Hours of Sleep

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Read this cat sleep article for understanding your sleepy cat. Learn about sleep cycles of cats, how cats sleep, do cats dream, and why they sleep so much in this cat sleep article by Amy Shojai, CABC.



Help! How to Help My Anxious Kitty?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn how to reduce anxiety in your cat. Refer to this checklist for ways to help your cat overcome anxiety and stressful situations.



Top Reasons NOT to Declaw a Cat

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

If you are thinking of declawing a cat, or a veterinarian suggests declawing at the same time as neutering, before you make a decision for non-reversible surgery, please consider these reasons NOT to declaw.



Where to Put the Cat Litter Box

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Where should I put the litter box? Read about the best location to place the cat's litter box, and other factors you should consider.



Help Me With my Bully Cat

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn about aggressive cat behavior and how to introduce a new cat to your household. This article explains cat social dynamics and how to resolve aggressive cat behavior.



Play with Your Cat to Maximize Your Bond and...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

One of the most rewarding aspects of living with a cat is watching him play. Gary Loewenthal, former forum host, wrote an article on how to join in with the fun, to maximize your bond while giving kitty a good exercise workout.



What to Expect in the First 6 Weeks of Your...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

The all-important first six weeks in a kitten's life will do much in determining his personality, health and character for the rest of his life.



Help! The Stray I'm Feeding is Freezing in the...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Extremely cold weather can be a killer for managed feral cat colonies or strays. A reader is concerned over a young stray she's caring for but can't bring indoors because of her allergies.



How to Help Your Cat Live a Longer Healthier...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

We who love cats want our cats to live as long as possible, since they are members of our family. Although genetics may affect longevity, there are many things we can do to maximize our cats life potential.



How to Discourage Your Cat's Bad Behavior

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Simple, effective ways to discourage your cat's bad behaviors. Get advice on cat training and stopping inappropriate cat behavior.



Should I get an adult cat or kitten for my...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

A reader is interested in getting her first cat and asks whether an adult cat or kitten is the best choice. Read my reply to this cat FAQ.



Breed Profile: The Joyful Javanese

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Snapshot information about the Javanese cat breed, its standards, profile, history, and personality traits. You are invited to share your stories and photos about Life With a Javanese Cat on this site.



Aggressive Treatment for FIV in a Senior Cat

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

A positive test for FIV is not a mandatory death sentence for your cats. With proper diet, elimination of secondary health threats, and a program of constant veterinary management, cats with FIV can survive many years.



Cat Bring You Hunting Gifts? Effusive Praise is...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn why gift giving cats bring owners hunting gifts. You will also learn to give whole-hearted thanks to your personal hunter-cat.



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About White...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Because of their snow-white coats, we have celebrated white cats in February for years. Unfortunately, sometimes along with that glistening coat come some serious genetic conditions.



While Enjoying the Easter Holiday Keep Your Cat...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

The Easter holiday represents a time of joyous celebration. However, no one wants to interrupt it with a trip to a veterinary E/R. Here are some of the most common potentially harmful things for cats, specific to Easter.



Considerations and Options if Your Cat Gets...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

So your cat turned up pregnant or a pregnant stray adopted you. Where do you go from here? Here is help in deciding whether to let the pregnancy continue or to opt for spaying and abortion.



How much canned food does an adult cat need per...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

How many cans of food would I have to feed to meet an adult cat's daily nutritional requirements? Cat Food FAQ and answer from About.com.



See How Your Cats Change in Their Main Stages...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Cats go through 3 main stages: kittenhood, maintenance years, and senior years. Nutrition needs, activity levels, and veterinary care vary with each stage.



Top 10 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

We must have a bond with our cats if our relationship is going to work. You can develop this bond by learning how to love your cat in 10 different ways.



Thinking of Getting a New Cat? Avoid These Top...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Getting a new cat, especially if it is your first cat, is a huge step, and not to be taken carelessly. This article will help prepare you against making the 10 most common mistakes made by new cat owners.



Cat Talk: Understanding Cat Body Language

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Learn more about cats' unique use of body language to communicate and develop an intricate system of cat hierarchy, using cat body posture and language.



Why Do My Cats Drool When I Pet Them?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Amy Shojai responds to a readers question about her cat's drooling when being petted. She tells why cats drool when happy being petted.



How Can I Stop Cat Hair Loss?

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Refer to this advice column to stop cat hair loss. Learn more about cat hair loss and over grooming problems in cats with this Ask Amy article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for About.com.



Is Your Cat Pregnant? Here Are Some Major Signs

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

Spaying your cat before she goes into heat can save a lot of potential problems if she becomes pregnant. Learn to recognize the physical and behavioral signs a cat is pregnant.



True Tale of the Gift a Cat Gave to an Austic Boy

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

This week marks World Autism Awareness Week. This amazing true story will open your eyes to the possibilities of cats' usefulness as therapy for autistic children.



The Top 10 Ways to Avoid Cat-Related Sleep...

2016-12-09T11:10:19Z

There is no need to suffer from cat-related sleep deprivation when she wants to play or be fed. Try one or more of these suggestions to get a full night's sleep, and still give your cat the attention she needs.