Cat Behavior

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  • The 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

    Most animal lovers know that the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for a long time. He is followed closely by the German Shepherd, the Yorkie, and the Golden Retriever. But how many of us know which cat breeds are the most popular? Just as the top dog breeds …

  • Litter Box Training Tips

    More people surrender their cats to animal shelters because of litter box issues than for just about any other reason. The sad truth is that the vast majority of these people would not have felt they needed to give up their kitties if they had simply followed a few basic guidelines. Real estate agents are …

  • The Different Types of Cat Aggression

    In the human world, aggression is considered a completely inappropriate response to most circumstances. But it’s different for cats. For them, aggression is a natural, healthy behavior. Consider the fact that cats are very small creatures and if they didn’t use aggression they probably wouldn’t have survived to become the sweet companions we love today. …

  • 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, …

  • 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 …