Cat Behavior

Top Stories in Cat Behavior

  • How to Handle a Cat

    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 you out. Pet her lightly on the back, …

  • How to Talk to Your Cat

    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 her a better pet, while words like “Treats!” and “Dinner!” will help …

  • Cat Body Language

    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 for sounds, they’re not just for hearing. A cat’s ears and tail (as we’ll …

  • How Much Does it Cost to Own a Cat?

    Compared to the cost of other pets, cat ownership can be relatively low-priced. They are generally less expensive than dogs and considerably less expensive than owning a horse. (Like a Lear jet, if you have to ask how much it costs to own a horse, you probably can’t afford one.) Please note that as of …

  • Is Cat Fostering Right for Me?

    Becoming a foster provider to homeless cats or kittens can be rewarding and fulfilling, and may offer an ideal situation for families who are unwilling or unable to make a long-term commitment to a pet cat. Many cat rescue groups see finding cat foster homes is a vital part of their work. Sometimes these groups, …

  • Should I Get a Short-Haired Cat or Long-Haired Cat?

    If you are in the process of selecting a new cat for the household, one of the first items on your checklist should be whether to get a short-haired or a long-haired feline. Personal preference generally drives this decision. If your dream has always been to own a cat that looks like a living stuffed …

  • How Can I Get My Two Cats To Stop Fighting?

    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 Fighting? Have you just introduced a new cat into the home? Do …

  • Do Cat Families Have a Hierarchical Structure?

    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. You may find pairs of your cats choosing to relax …

  • Why Is My Cat So Active At Night?

    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 behavior by feeding the cat or giving her attention …

  • Clicker Training for Cats: The Basics

    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 training for cats. So what is cat clicker training? Cat clicker training is an …