Cat Behavior & Training

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  • Cat Behavior & Training How to Handle a Cat

    How to Handle a Cat

    May 6, 2010 — Before you adopt a cat, it's important to learn how to handle a cat properly, and teach your children proper handling as well. Don't immediately walk up to an unfamiliar cat and pick her up. First, get to know her and let her smell you and check...

  • Cat Behavior & Training How to Socialize Your Cat

    How to Socialize Your Cat

    May 5, 2010 — What is Cat Socialization? Cat socialization is the process of developing trust in your cat and acclimating her to people and other animals in the home environment. A cat who is not socialized can be timid, distrustful, scared or aggressive. A...

  • Cat Behavior & Training How Cats Display Affection

    How Cats Display Affection

    May 5, 2010 — Whether or not your cat is affectionate depends on her personality, her breeding, and her upbringing. Some cats are aloof; some can't wait to shower affection upon you. When a cat chooses to express affection, she's more likely to show you than tell...

  • Cat Behavior & Training How to Talk to Your Cat

    How to Talk to Your Cat

    May 1, 2010 — Communicating with your 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...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Cat Body Language

    Cat Body Language

    Feb 11, 2010 — Cat Body Language: Decoding the Ears It might be hard to believe, but cat ears contain over two dozen muscles, enabling them to do an Exorcist-like 180-degree swivel forward, backward, up and down. Although they pan around like radar dishes scanning...

  • Cat Behavior & Training How Can I Get My Two Cats To Stop Fighting?

    How Can I Get My Two Cats To Stop Fighting?

    Dec 2, 2009 — Cat fighting is a natural behavior, and the key to getting cats to stop is to understand why they're fighting. Cat behavior is complex, so be patient. You may need to try several solutions before finding one that works. Why Are Your Cats...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Why Is My Cat So Active At Night?

    Why Is My Cat So Active At Night?

    Dec 2, 2009 — Feline nocturnal activity is the bane of many a cat owner's existence. Just as you're slipping into deep REM sleep, a 10 lb. tabby jumps on your chest, attacks your feet, or yowls insistently to be fed. If you're like most cat owners, you reward this...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Litter Training Kittens and Cats

    Litter Training Kittens and Cats

    Dec 2, 2009 — Using the litter box is second nature to most cats. Training kittens to use a litter box is usually as easy as showing them where it is and dropping them in. When you're introducing your new cat to your home, the litter box should be one of your...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Do Cat Families Have a Hierarchical Structure?

    Do Cat Families Have a Hierarchical Structure?

    Dec 2, 2009 — If you have more than one or two cats and are an astute observer of feline behavior, you've noticed that cats do seem to adhere to established feline social structures. One of your cats may have "Alpha Cat" status, with other cats deferring to him...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Clicker Training for Cats: The Basics

    Clicker Training for Cats: The Basics

    Dec 2, 2009 — Cat training has often been considered an elusive goal by pet owners who've been conditioned to view cats as "untrainable." Yet many cat owners have found an enjoyable way to train and interact with their pets through the process of clicker...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Cat Crate Training

    Cat Crate Training

    Dec 2, 2009 — If you've ever taken a cat to the vet, you've probably had an experience that goes something like this: You get the cat carrier out of the closet and suddenly your cat is nowhere to be seen. After locating the missing feline and hauling him out...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Why Do Cats Knead?

    Why Do Cats Knead?

    Dec 2, 2009 — Why do cats knead? Cats are interesting creatures, with many traits and behaviors that are easily recognized as being uniquely feline-the way they curl up tightly to take a nap, for example, or their characteristic grooming rituals after enjoying a...

  • Cat Behavior & Training Why Do Cats Purr?

    Why Do Cats Purr?

    Dec 2, 2009 — A meow may massage the heart, but a purr absolutely soothes the soul. The cat is the only animal that makes a musical humming sound when it is happy.