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Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:15:42 +0000

 



How to Identify and Correct Real Behavioral...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Cats are highly intelligent creatures who need little training or discipline to 'behave' the way their humans think they should behave. Learn how to separate undesirable behavior from communication of a cat's dissatisfaction, and how to correctly discipline a cat if indeed, a behavior problem exists.



Love Your Cat? Avoid These 7 Things He Hates

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



14 Weird Ways Cats Show Love

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



What Do Your Cat's Meows Mean?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



What Is the Average Lifespan of a Cat?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



10 Ways to Find Your Lost Cat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Your cat turns up missing. Is he a runaway cat, a catnapped cat, or has he been injured? Here are some useful tips for searching for your lost cat.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Is Marijuana Harmful to Cats?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



A Cats' Normal Life Span and Age in Human Years

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Cats Home Alone? Try These 9 Great Toys

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Why Do Cats Show Their Butts?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



10 Things You Need to Know About Cats Mating

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How to Tell if Your Kitty is Happy

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Think Cats Always Purr Because They're Happy?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Learn about the remarkable purring ability cats have that is shared by no other animal, except certain big cats and the raccoon.



Amazing Facts About Tuxedo Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How to Stop Your Cat's Wake Up Calls

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



10 Ways to Reduce Your Allergies to Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Cat Allergies. Top Ten Steps for Reducing Allergies to Cats by guest writer Mercia Tapping.



Your Guide to Mating and Conception in Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Teaching Cats Legal Scratching Behavior

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Cat Talk: Understanding Your Cat's Purrs

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



The Truth About Tabby Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



10 Tips for Stopping Aggression Between Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.






How Old Is Your Cat in Human Years?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Count the Ways to Stop Fights Between Your...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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 Keep Your Cat from Over-Grooming

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Help for Cat Pooping on Antique Moroccan Rug

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Why is My Cat Acting This Way?!

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Everything You Need to Know About Tuxedo Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Cat Talk: The Language of Your Cat Explained

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



The Savannah Cat Has The Look of the Wild

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Breed information about the Savannah cat breed. Read about this hybrid cat breed's standards, profile, history, and personality traits.



Do all Cats Want to Socialize in the Bathroom?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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 are My Cat's Eyes Telling Me?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Important Questions You Should Answer Before...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



7 Types of Human Food Cats Should Never, Ever Eat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How Often Should You Feed a Cat?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Are Essential Oils Dangerous for Cats?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Where is Declawing Illegal?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



The Top Healthy Canned Cat Foods

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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 to Do if Your Cat Hates Visitors

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Learn about cat stranger danger and why cats fear strangers. Learn how you can make visits from strangers something to look forward to rather than to fear.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Use Caution With Using These Substances with Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



What's My Cat's Tail Telling Me?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Cat Talk: Understanding Cat Body Language

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How to Bathe a Cat Without a Hassle

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Step by step instructions on how to bathe a cat with a minimum of fuss and bother, from your About.com Cats Expert.



How to Properly Scruff Your Cat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Scruffing is one of the best ways of discouraging undesirable behavior in cats, as it is one of the ways mother cats discipline their kittens.



Surprising Reasons Your Cat May Be Peeing...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



What You Need to Consider Before Feeding Your...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



The Best Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



All About the Heat Cycles in Cats

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



7 Tips for Solving Litter Box Problems

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Litter box issues can develop as your cat ages. While many older felines never have problems, it's a good idea to know about toilet challenges.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Will mating end my cat's heat cycle?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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Why is my Neutered Cat Still "Getting Busy"?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Aggressive Treatment for FIV in a Senior Cat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How to Discourage Your Cat's Bad Behavior

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Everything You Need to Know About Raising Your...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



The 25 Cutest Cats to Follow on Social Media

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

If you've never heard of these famous felines, you're going to want to follow all of them for the cutest and silliest cat photos on the internet.



Try These Grain-Free Cat Foods

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Should You Adopt a Cat at College?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z




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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Ask Amy: How to Stop Your Cat's Constant Meowing

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Learn why cats sometimes use excessive meows and cat vocalization to wake up owners, and how to stop their meowing, from this Ask Amy Column.



How to Fix Cat Sex Behavior Problems

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

This article explains cat sex, including cats in heat and reproduction behavior. Learn why spayed and neutered cats also react to cat sex.



Help Me With my Bully Cat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Top Reasons NOT to Declaw a Cat

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Why Won't My Adult Cat Play?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



How can I support a friend whose cat is dying?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

A reader asks how best he can support a friend whose cat is terminally ill, or whose cat has recently died. I told him in part that there isn't a huge amount of difference from comforting a friend over the loss of a cat than for the loss of a human family member. As you are aware, I'm sure, most of us consider our cats as family members, and you wouldn't have asked unless you felt the same way. Read the rest of my reply with specific suggestions.



Why Your Cat Needs 16 Hours of Sleep

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.



Why Do My Cats Drool When I Pet Them?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



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

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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



Why Does Your Cat Roll on the Ground?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Read this article by behavior contributor Amy Shojai to learn why cats roll. This article explains cat attention seeking behavior with rolling.



The Symptoms and Possible Causes of Rippling...

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Why is my cat acting crazy? Learn about rippling skin disorder, its symptoms, possible causes, and treatment.



Why is My Cat Rubbing Her Head on Everything?

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

Learn about cat bunting, allorubbing behavior, and cat rubbing body language in this cat talk article.



Top 10 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

2017-02-19T11:15:42Z

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.