Top 10 Common Cat Behavior Myths
Cats are the most popular pet in the United States; they are intelligent, affectionate, and mysterious creatures. Despite this popularity — and perhaps because of their air of mystery — there are many misconceptions about cats.
Does Your Cat Really Need Prozac?
Is your cat suddenly attacking visitors or licking himself uncontrollably? Your kitty may be suffering from anxiety or depression. Some treat this behavior with medication but does your cat really need Prozac?
Cat Behavior: Scratching
Scratching is an intrinsic, natural feline behavior. Just like his brothers and sisters in the wild, a domestic cat needs to scratch. Generally, scratching is done to accomplish the following:
Dear Tabby: Cat Won’t Stop Clawing Furniture!
My wife and I just got a cat for our family and everyone loves her. The only problem is that Furball is clawing our dining room chairs into ribbons.
Why It Is NEVER Okay To Declaw A Cat
Declawing doesn't just remove a cat's nails, it involves bone amputation and leads to all sorts of health problems. Here are some safe alternatives.
10 Safe Ways For Your Cat To Play
Many cat toys may actually be dangerous for your cat. Here are some things to look out for and how to help keep your cat interested in playing activities over time.
Why Does A Cat Need To Scratch?
The more obvious function of a cat’s claws is for defense. Your cat’s four paws contain the necessary weapons she needs to protect herself when attacked.
Keep pet cats from destroying your apartment
You've found the perfect apartment, paid your deposit, and moved in — one problem: Your cat has her own ideas about what's off limits and what isn't.
Why do people opt to declaw their cats?
Declawing is a cosmetic procedure usually performed in order to prevent a cat from scratching. In rare cases, removal of the claw is performed because of an injury or tumor, and if the veterinarian sees it as a necessary procedure. But declawing is primarily performed for the human’s benefit. What’s a common target for a […]
Make your cat go “POST-al”
The first and perhaps most important item in your anti-furniture-scratching arsenal is a proper cat scratching post. Cat posts come in all shapes and sizes; whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, cat posts are available to suit your needs. The post you choose should be stable and large enough for […]
Trimming your cat’s nails
Cats scratch. Sharpening their nails is an instinctive behavior for them. Discouraging your cat from doing so is not advisable, though it is perfectly acceptable to redirect your cat’s scratching activities away from your valuable carpeting and furniture to a more appropriate scratching post, cat tree, or other scratching device. The more your cat scratches, […]
The great cat declawing debate
Years ago no one blinked when someone had a cat declawed, but these days declawing is passionately debated. Still, some individuals are not aware of the seriousness and potential ramifications of declawing and make the decision without being fully informed. Unfortunately, declawing cannot be undone if the human later regrets the decision, so continued efforts […]
Cat furniture and scratchers
With their natural ability to climb trees and survey their territory from a high vantage point, cats have a need to rise above the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Climbing and scratching are two of their natural requirements that, when met with cat furniture, can keep your cat happy — and your own furniture […]