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About.com Cats: Most Popular Articles



These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:12:46 +0000

 



Tips for Getting Rid of Fleas on Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Our cats often serve as "meals on wheels" for fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites. Unchecked infestations



Why Do Cats Show Their Butts?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Read this cat talk article to learn why cats show their butts to humans and what cat butt communication means. This article explains cat talk and what cat tail sniffing and cat butt presentation means.



How Old Is Your Cat in Human Years?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Got Cat Love? Here Are 14 Ways Cats Give Love

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Why Your Cat Needs 16 Hours of Sleep

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



How to Tell if Your Kitty is Happy

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Cats tell us that they are happy by vocalizing their pleasure, showing their moods by their body language, and plainly acting happy, by enjoying their food, keeping themselves groomed, and using the litter box faithfully.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



How to Know if Your Kitty Is Sad

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Amy Shojai cat behavior expert describes the reasons for cats behaving sad, how to tell if a cat is sad, what causes cats' depression, and how you can help a sad or depressed cat feel better, quicker.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



What Do Your Cat's Meows Mean?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



What is the Average Lifespan of a Cat?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

How long is the common cat supposed to live? Questions and answers from the About Guide to Cats



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

How can I remove cat urine odor from laundry - Cats FAQ



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Understanding Your Cat's Eyes

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Refer to this cat talk article to understand cat eyes. Understand how cats talk with their eyes. Cat eyes and cat talk is explained in this article by Amy Shojai, CABC, about understanding cat eyes.



10 Things You Need to Know About Cats Mating

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



A Cats' Normal Life Span and Age in Human Years

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Important Questions You Should Answer Before...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

So you think you might want to get a cat, and don't know where to start. You no doubt have dozens of questions running through your mind:



Cats Home Alone? Try These 9 Great Toys

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Working cat parents often worry about their cats being bored when left home alone all day, then becoming mischievous and destructive. Toys like catnip cigars, a talking ball, or a Birdland DVD will keep cats happy and out of trouble.



Top 10 Things Cats Like

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

This list of the top 10 things cats like was assembled two ways. First, we looked into cats' minds, then observed their daily activities to determine the things they like most. Your cat's experience may vary widely.



Amazing Facts About Tuxedo Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Is Marijuana Harmful to Cats?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet, handily earning



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Your Guide to Mating and Conception in Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Why a Kitten's First Year Is the Most Important

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



All About Tabby Cats!

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Did you know the Tabby cat is not a breed, but a color pattern? Many cat breeds include the tabby pattern, as do out beloved Moggie cats. We extoll the virtues of the common but glorious tabby cat, along with some legends about the M on the forehead of the tabby.



Um, Why Won't My Cat Poop in the Litter Box?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Read this Ask Amy column to learn why cats poop outside the litter box and how to solve it. Learn about cat pooping behavior problems and how to solve cat pooping outside the litter box.



Cat Talk: Understanding Your Cat's Purrs

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Learn about cat sounds and get a better understanding of variations on cats' purring in this About.com article by Amy Shojai, CABC.



Help for Cat Pooping on Antique Moroccan Rug

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Think Cats Always Purr Because They're Happy?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Love Your Cat? Avoid These 7 Things He Hates

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



10 Tips for Stopping Cat-on-Cat Aggression

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Refer to this cat aggression article about cat fights to stop intercat aggression. Learn how to stop a cat fight and prevent intercat aggression in this how-to article about cat aggression.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Cat Talk: Cat Body Language

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Refer to this cat body language article to understand how cats talk using body language. Learn how cats communicate using cat body posture and body language. This article explains ways cats talk with other cats and people using body language.



How to Stop Your Cat's Wake Up Calls

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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, for About.com Cats.



The Top Healthy Canned Cat Foods

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Cat pee, poop, and vomit stains and odor can be caused by medical conditions. Have your cat checked by your veterinarian first, then use one of these odor and stain removal products on your carpet.



Your Cat's 12 Weirdest Behaviors Explained

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



10 Reasons You Should Adopt Two Kittens Instead...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

By adopting two kittens together, those kittens will grow up to be friends for life, and you will have the pleasure of watching them develop and mature. I have enjoyed every minute of my time with brothers Jaspurr and Joey, and at 13 they are still best buddies.



Cat Talk: The Language of Your Cat Explained

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Everything You Need to Know About Tuxedo Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Are Essential Oils Dangerous for Cats?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



How to Keep Your Cat from Over-Grooming

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Proper Post-Natal Care of a Cat and her Newborn...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

The first two to three weeks are the most crucial for your mother cat and her newborn kittens. The kittens are developing rapidly, and the queen will usually show symptoms of any post-partum problems by this time.



Count the Ways to Stop Fights Between Your...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Do all Cats Want to Socialize in the Bathroom?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



What You Need to Know About Scottish Fold Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Snapshot information about the Scottish Fold cat breed: its standards, profile, history, and personality traits.



Understanding What Your Cat's Tail is Telling You

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Understand cat language and what cat tails mean. Refer to this article to learn how to translate cat tail positions, and why dogs may misinterpret various cat tail talk. Learn more about how cats communicate with their tails with this article by Amy Shojai, CABC for About.com.



How Often Should You Feed a Cat?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Use Caution With Using These Substances with Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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 Ignores the Litter...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Cats urinating outside the litterbox is cited as one of the main reasons for surrendering cats to animal shelters. You can rid your house of cat urine odor and retrain your cat to the litterbox by using the tips in this article.



7 Types of Human Food Cats Should Never, Ever Eat

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Help! My Cat Won't Feed her Newborn Kittens

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

HELP! My cat had a litter of six kittens, unfortunately 2 died shortly after they were born. It seems that the mother no longer wants to feed the other 4 babies. Do you have any suggestions? Read the answer and other FAQS on pregnancy and mating of cats at About.com Cats.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Allergic to Cats? How to Live with Them in Peace

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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 You Need to Consider Before Feeding Your...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Everything You Need to Know About Raising Your...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Why is My Cat Rubbing Her Head on Everything?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Learn about cat bunting, allorubbing behavior, and cat rubbing body language in this cat talk article by Amy Shojai, CABC, behavior expert



Pictures of the 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



The Best Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Dry food is the staple in many cats' diets. Alternate with premium canned food for a well-balanced diet for your cat. Please keep in mind your own cats' age, medical condition, and nutritional needs.



Stray Cats Invading Your Territory? 10 Harmless...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Use these 10 cat repellent tips to keep stranger cats away from gardens, off cars, and to help prevent your own indoor cat behavior problems.



Step-by-Step Instructions for Bottle-Feeding a...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Step-by-step instructions for bottle-feeding a newborn kitten, including precautions to take, helpful tips, and the follow-through you'll need to provide as a surrogate cat mother.



Why Do My Cats Drool When I Pet Them?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Cat Reproduction 101: How to Care for Your...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Stray and feral cats often give their last ounces of energy to their developing kittens, because of the lack of proper food, care, and veterinary attention. You'll provide all the things your pregnant cat and her unborn kittens need.



How to Discourage Your Cat's Bad Behavior

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



All About the Heat Cycles in Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



11 Things You Need to Know About Cat Behavior

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Cat behavior problems,including attention-seeking behavior, biting, aggression, and painful or destructive scratching can be corrected by following the programs outlined in this article.



Review: Nature's Logic Duck and Salmon Canned...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

My revue of Nature's Logic Duck and Salmon canned cat food includes my own observations, including the contents of the food, as well as my cats' experience in eating it.



The Symptoms and Possible Causes of Rippling...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

I read about that rippling skin disorder, and I think my cat has it. He does a lot of crazy running around with the skin on his back rippling. Also he wanders around at night, meowing loudly. What is it, and how can I help him? Learn more about rippling skin disorder, its symptoms, possible causes, and treatment, through this FAQ.



Aggressive Treatment for FIV in a Senior Cat

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Why Won't My Adult Cat Play?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Roy Horn and the White Tiger Attack: What...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Learn about Siegfried and Roy's many years of working for the conservation of white tigers and white lions, and what happened during the 'attack'. Page 2.



Fading Kitten Syndrome - A Tragic Possibility...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Fading Kitten Syndrome is dreaded by people who rescue and foster pregnant cats and their kittens. Too often, these mother cats are malnourished and sickly, and even kittens who are not stillborn are prone to FKS.



Top 10 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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 ten different ways.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

While novices may want a specific breed of cat for its beauty, one of the main determining factors for enjoying that breed's company in a home setting is its personality. Learn more about the personalities of the 12 most popular cat breeds.



How to Determine Your Cat's Breed

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

One of the most common questions asked among cat lovers is "What breed is my cat?" The quick answer is



What Do Your Cat's Eye Blinks Really Mean?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

This cat behavior article teaches about cats' eyes and eye blinking cat kisses. Cats communicate with their humans and possibly with other cats with these eye blink kitty kisses.



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About White...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

AmyShojai, cats expert, explains in this article why cats potty in sinks and bathtubs, and how to correct this behavior.



How Kittens Develop From Newborns to One Week

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Kittens go through significant developmental milestones in their first year of life; this article covers their experience from birth to one week old



Grain-Free Dry Cat Foods

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Grain-free cat foods have been developed to address the concerns of cat owners about the effect cat foods containing excessive carbohydrates such as corn and wheat have on cat health. Check this short list of grain-free cat foods, and if you don't see your favorite brand listed, you may write your own review.



Will mating end my cat's heat cycle?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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Where Did Black Cat Superstitions Originate?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Depending on your location, black cats can mean either good or bad luck. Explore the mythology and lore about black cats, witches, and other superstitious beliefs that carry on in the 21st century, especially around Halloween.



Considerations and Options if Your Cat Gets...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



Are there any states in USA where declawing is...

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

A reader from the U.K. asks a number of questions about declawing in the USA. FAQ from About.com



The Mouse Your Cat Brings Home Could Be Deadly

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

It may be natural for cats to chase and kill mice, but eating them or bringing them into your home can be hazardous both for felines and their humans.



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

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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.



From A to Z: Cat Breeds

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

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



Top Bach Flower Remedies for Pets

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Learn how to choose the right Bach Flower Remedy to treat your cat's fear and anxiety problems. The top Bach Flower Remedies for pets can treat common cat behavior problems. Amy Shojai, CABC, writing for About.com, describes the appropriate applications for each of the Bach Flower Remedies.



Is Halloween a Dangerous Time for Black Cats?

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Halloween is fun, but it also brings out sadistic people who would love nothing better than to get their hands on your cat. Make Black Cat month safe for your cat, no matter what is its color.



Effective Flea Control Methods for Cats

2016-10-01T11:12:46Z

Flea season is upon us, but your cats do not have to suffer the miseries carried by these parasites. Here's helpful information on cat flea control.