Behavior

Ever wondered: Why do cats knead? Why does your cat stomp on her favorite bed or blanket (or your leg or chest) with her front paws, as though making dough for biscuits? Ever wondered why cat kneading seems to make her high, intoxicated with sweet memories of springtime and youth? Here are five cool things about cat
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Learning how to speak cat is not simply a parlor trick you can perform to amuse your dinner guests. It’s an important part of training your cat and reinforcing your bond with her. Teaching your cat simple commands like “DOWN” and “NO!” will make her a better pet, while words like “Treats!” and “Dinner!” will
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About a week into our kitten Norton’s life at our house, we noticed that he was suckling himself, using one of his own nipples. He’d go at it in a really focused way, and knead his paws at the same time, purring loudly. Having no experience with this, we took him to the vet, who
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Millet is a type of hardy, nutritious grass seed that has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. It is highly adaptable, with a wealth of functions, providing food and sustenance for both livestock and humans. We say “it,” but actually millet is an umbrella term for at least 50 different varieties of this staple grain.
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Cats don’t need high-tech devices to communicate. In addition to body language, vocalizing, scratching objects and rubbing, they use urine to broadcast their intentions and emotions. Cat spraying, which is one form of urine marking, is not hugely popular with people, especially when done indoors. It can be difficult to tell the difference between cat peeing
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It’s a common occurrence in my household: I’m watching TV late at night when one of my cats decides to curl up beside me. Then the nighttime ritual of kitty baths begins. Before I know it, there’s another cat sitting on my lap, and the two begin grooming one another. Soon, I feel a sandpaper
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My husband and I display a decorative tile in our home that reads, “Meow is like Aloha; it has many meanings.” We were missing our kitties in Hawaii when we bought it and laughed before we realized how true it was. Cats’ signature onomatopoeic “meow” officially entered the English language in 1582 according to the
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Humans usually associate the action of “tail wagging” with dogs. Canines are fairly straightforward with their tail communication. Cats, however, are way more subtle in their body language and cat tail wagging is very nuanced. Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author, says, “Although tails are expressive, eyes, ears and body positions combined with
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You’ve probably noticed that cats spend a lot of time and energy communicating with other cats in their lives, but that very little of that communication is in the form of cats meowing. If they talked as much as they gestured (case in point: when cats rub against you), the odds are good that you’d wish
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Sometimes a cat shows up in your neighborhood or on your doorstep, and it’s obvious that the cat is feral. There’s no way you’re going to lure the cat inside or touch her, and the best you can do is feed her, and hopefully, implement some TNR. The large gray area with free-roaming cats, however,
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With better cat care, medical advances that enhance a cat’s life and foods formulated to meet a cat’s special dietary needs, more and more of our feline friends are living to age 10 and beyond, entering what are known as the senior years for cats. And just like with humans, senior cats need adjustments in
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We often think of cats as contented little furballs, spending the lion’s share of their days quietly snoozing in warm slivers of sunshine in between treats, meals and the occasional ear scratch. What in their seemingly pampered lives could possibly cause them anxiety? The truth is that many psychological, physical and environmental factors can cause feline
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Many cats naturally aspire to great heights, which means they sometimes land on counters, a common no-no in households. Those who wish to change this counter-cruising habit often wonder if there’s a tried-and-true solution. There are a few solutions, and the first step is determining the reason why the cat gravitates to the elevated counter
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Ah, the wisdom that comes with age. Your 5-year-old cat is now a full-fledged adult, and she has likely settled into a routine and life that suits her personality, her preferences and her place in your home. She has learned the ins and outs of family life, and she has probably trained you — and
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My 19 cats and I recently moved from a large apartment into a home that has twice the living space. Yes, that’s right: 19 cats — I also do rescue work. Aside from how hard it is to move in general, moving with cats adds a whole new layer of complexity, for both human and
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Scratching is a natural and necessary behavior for cats — but sometimes a feline’s innate need to scratch her claws doesn’t fit neatly with our own ideas about home decor. This can be especially so if you live in a place with carpeted floors or rugs, which can prove alluring to a cat’s claws. But
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