Articles about cat behavior - why your cat does what he does
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- Birding Behavior in Cats
Birding refers to the soft, rat-a-tat, chirping, machine-gun noise a cat makes when it is intensely watching a bird or similar "prey" object that it cannot get to. Learn more about this unusual and comical feline vocalization...
- * Building A Kitten's Confidence
Learn how you can help raise a kitten that is confident and well-socialized . . .
- * The Catnap
Cats are so good at sleeping that the term "catnap" has become part of our language that refers to any time a person or animal enjoys a quick snooze. Explore why cats are so good at sleeping . . .
- * Catnip Response
Some cats are eager when catnip is offered and seem to revel in its effects. Other cats may appear to avoid it, despite prior displays of catnip sensitivity. Why?.
- Cats & Dogs: Getting Along in the Spirit of the Yuletide
There are 5 things a cat and a dog need in order to build a happy relationship.
- * Cats and Babies
Despite the old wives tales, cats and babies are not and should not be mutually exclusive to one another...
- Cats Can Learn To Talk Dog
According to a study, if a kitten under 6 months of age is adopted first, then introduced to a puppy under a year old, there is a high probability that the two will get along beautifully...
- * Causes Of Stress In Your Cattery
Whatever triggers a stress reaction in a cat can actually cause physical changes that affects the cat's overall health. Keeping stress at a minimum in your cattery will benefit both your cats and your breeding program.
- * Chew Toys For Cats
You may think only puppies and dogs need to have a chew toy — but you would be wrong. Some cats like to chew too, but you want to be careful what type of chew toys you give yo your kitty with an oral fixation . . .
- * Clipnosis
Clipnosis is a handy tool for the safe and effective handling of a cat — whether to make grooming procedures easier or performing minor veterinary procedures. Learn more about this technique . . .
- * Cuddle Curl
Ever good female cat who has kittens will exhibit the Cuddle Curl. This behavior is essential to the well-being of her kittens.
- Expecting Guests?
It is always nice when you have friends over for a visit. What is proper feline behavior when you have company?
- * Falling From High Places
Cats seem to have an uncanny ability to survive falls from high places.
- Feline I.Q.
A Korat breeder lists just a few of the behaviors that demonstrate her cats` clear intellectual superiority.
- Grieving Cat
Like people, cats can grieve the loss of a companion too.
- * Huffing
One of the most curious behaviors exhibited by a cat is called `huffing`.
- * I Don`t Do Windows (Mom-Cat Won't Lick Her Kittens' Bottoms)
Occasionally, the new mother cat will not lick her kittens' bottoms — a behavior needed to stimulate her kittens to urinate and defecate, and a necessary duty to keep the birthing box clean. Learn how you can teach the new mother to perform this "chore" for her babies . . .
- * Instinct Chain of Motherhood
Are you interfering with the natural mothering instincts of your queen? Emma Hjälmås of CyberCats Persians shares her thoughts about how much or how little you should be helping your queen when she is delivering her kittens.
- * Introducing The Cat To The Dog
& Vice Versa
Whether you already have a dog and are considering getting a kitten or have a cat and are adding a puppy to the family, the first step in creating a harmonious "blended family" is properly introducing feline and canine. Learn the steps to take to help your cat and dog get along well together . . .
- * Kitty Alzheimer`s
As with humans, the life expectancy of cats is increasing and with this longer life runs a greater chance of developing dementia.
- * Kneading
Kneading is one of most distinctively feline behaviors. Have you ever wondered why cats knead?
- * Laser Light Toy
Oh that bouncing little red dot — cats and humans love it. But do you know that there is a right and wrong way to play with your cat using a laser light? Learn the correct technique to provide your cat with both mental exercise and an enjoyable workout when playing with a laser light. . .
- * Meowing Manipulators
Evidence suggests that cats have a vocabulary of meows meant to manipulate their human family :-).
- * Pheromone Calming Collars
Will a collar that constantly releases calming feline pheromones help your cat with behavioral issues? Perhaps . . .
- * Queens Sharing Kittens
Have you ever had two female cats want to try to steal the other's kittens? Or decide they are going to share their kittens? Learn what you should do when this happens...
- * Self-Righting Reflex
The cat`s ability to always land on its feet when falling from a height is legendary. Learn how it accomplishes this feat...
- Study Reveals Cats Manipulate Women
A new study reveals that cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it's not just for the sake of obtaining food...
- * Temperament Testing Your Kittens
Using a modified version of the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test, cat breeders can now temperament test their kittens too. Learn how a series of simple tests can help you better predict the adult cat's temperament of today's adorable kitten . . .
- * Temperament: Nature vs Nurture
Good temperament is one of the most important characteristics to have in any cat, pet or show. The question the cat breeder must answer is “how much” of a cat's temperament and behavior is due to heredity and “how much” is due to its environment and life experiences?
- What Cats Do All Day
Have you wondered what your indoor cat does alone at home while you are away? An interesting study reveals what some cats do all day...
- What's Your Cat's Personality?
Answer 20 simple questions to determine which of five descriptions best fit your cat's personality ...