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    The Best Litter Boxes for Cats


     A litter box is probably the first thing you consider buying when you adopt a cat. And for good reason! You don’t have the luxury of taking your cat on a walk (at least not yet), and chances are you’ve abandoned newspapers long ago.

    But, despite the litter box being at the top of the shopping list for cats, very few people, including myself, ever put much thought into what type to buy. However, for me that recently changed, leading me to the find the best litter boxes for any cat or situation. Read on to find out what makes these litter boxes "heads and tails" above the rest, the best way to limit cat litter from being tracked all over the house, and the best way to dispose of your cat's deposits!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Stop cat spraying, Litterbox

    Why Do Cats Knead?


    My cat kneads me like he's preparing to try out for the next season of the Great British Baking Show. He does this every morning when he's had enough cuddle time. And again, every night just before J.B. Fletcher reveals the killer on Murder She Wrote, my cat Mazel is up on my belly gently pressing into my skin rolls with his little toe beans. 

    But it's not just me who gets the patty cake treatment! Mazel will knead our pillows, blankets, and (when they haven't been paying attention) he has even found a way to knead our dogs.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cats

    Why Does My Cat "Bunny Kick" Me?


    My cat, Mazel, is just about the sweetest little smushed-faced angel. We spend much of our time snuggling, holding paws, and sometimes he even licks me.

    That being said, even during the most tender moments, there are times when it seems as though a switch has been flipped. In the middle of giving me kisses, he'll suddenly wrap his body around my hand and use his back legs to try to turn my wrist into skin confetti.

    Mazel's kicking behavior doesn't appear to be coming from a place of fear. What exactly is happening to make my little fuzzy pants go from tender to the Terminator in the blink of an eye?

    I turned to Dr. Susan Krebsbach, a veterinarian with behavioral expertise, to get some answers and sent her the following footage of Mazel's kicking behavior.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cats

    Common Household Plants Toxic to Cats


    Hopefully, you've already read our article Top 10 Household Plants Safe for Your Cat. But, it's just as important to know what plants in your home or in your yard are toxic to cats. That's why we have put together this list of popular and common houseplants found in many homes.

    If you have any of these plants, don't be hard on yourself — you're not alone. You can easily replace your toxic plant with something much safer and still fits with your decor.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants


    Cats are curious by nature, so it's no wonder that anything moving inside your home becomes potential prey. Putting plants around your place can sometimes feel like a sacrificial ceremony (for the plant). But don't worry — there are ways to teach your cats to leave the inside plants alone! Whether they're eating the leaves, digging up the dirt, or using your planter as a litter box, your cat can be trained or redirected towards something more enticing. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Top 10 Indoor Plants Safe for Cats


    If you're like most feline folks, you've sacrificed having any plants inside your home for the health and safety of your cat (and for the sake of the plant).

    Great news, though — many beautiful plants are non-toxic to your cat and will add some greenery to your home. And in some cases a little additional color as well!

    That's why we have put together a list of plants that will not only enhance your living space but also keep you from making an unexpected trip to the vet's office. Remember, even "pet-safe" plants can still cause an upset stomach or an obstruction depending on how much is eaten. Check out our article on Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Why Are My Cats Fighting Suddenly? How to Get Your Cats to Like Each Other Again


    Cats may be more like humans than we realize

    Even the best of friends can be annoying on occasion, forcing us to just ignore their calls. Some of us may even have family that drive us crazy. So, cats that are familiar can also find a reason to hate one another. That being said, I had never personally watched my own cats getting in – well – a “cat fight." Until recently.

    We adopted siblings as kittens from a shelter and for the past three years, despite having polar-opposite personalities, they have been very affectionate and at times inseparable. In fact, originally the two were adopted along with a third sibling, but due to a freak accident, we had to put him down shortly after the adoption. A horrible situation and I only mention, because that loss brought the other two cats closer. Again, until recently.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Aggression, Sudden Aggression in Cats, Redirected Aggresion in Cats, Aggession in Cats, happy cat behavior, environmental enrichment for cats, Cat behavior problems

    How to Stop Your Cat From Waking You Up in the Morning

     
    If your cat insists on waking you up at 4 a.m. every day it’s probably because they tricked you at some point in the past and then kept tricking you because you were so easily tricked. 

    Congratulations, you have been outsmarted by an animal that comes up to your shins and poops in a box in the corner.

    The good news is that you’re not alone. Cats are wily creatures who are excellent at training their people to do what they want; e.g., annoying them in the morning for food and attention. The better news is that you can recondition your cat to stop waking you up before the sun rises or raising hell at night while you’re trying to sleep.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Tips, Cat Toys

    What Cats Do When They’re Out at Night

     
    Cats are a mystery (that’s part of what we love about them). This cat mystery is even more intriguing at night, when they wander neighborhoods and our homes doing… whatever it is they do.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Bite, Cats outdoors at night, Cat Predators, Cat bite abcess

    How to Make Your Outdoor Cat More Visible at Night

     
    Outdoor dangers abound for cats, and especially at night. One of the most dangerous threats to your cat if they’re out at night is also one of the most common objects they’re likely to encounter: a car. 

    While it’s impossible to accurately track the actual number of cats killed by cars each year, estimates are well into the millions. And it stands to reason that when a driver’s ability to see decreases — like between dusk and dawn — accidents are more likely to happen. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cars, Cats outdoors at night, Outdoor cats, Cat Collars

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