Some cat owners have made peace with the never-ending strands of cat hair floating into every pot on the stove, creeping into every closed drawer, and strewn about the car they have never been in without a carrier. Others have decided to be more productive with this nuisance of an accessory, by giving it a purpose and turning it into a craft.
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.Read More
If you’ve already read through 101 Essential Tips for Kittens and New Cats: Health & Safety, then you’ll know I’m not a fan of toilet training cats. Don’t confuse this with litter box (a.k.a. potty) training, which is where I am a huge fan. What I'm saying is that training your cat to use an actual toilet is typically not a good idea.
Sure, there are a few toilet training kits for cats out there, and no shortage of cute and/or funny videos of cats using a toilet. So it might be tempting, or seem “natural” to teach your cat how to “go” in the toilet. Especially if you don’t want to clean a litter box, you live in a tiny apartment, or just because the thought of a cat perched above the bowl seems oddly entertaining to you.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to toilet train your cat though, there are quite a few important reasons NOT to toilet train your cat that you really should consider first.Read More
It doesn’t take long after living with a cat to develop a slight nervous tick at the sound of scratching.
Because there’s no way to stop a cat from scratching — nor should you — and when cats are left to their own devices, they tend to make tatters of the things we love the most.Read More
Like with any holiday, you can be sure of two things when it comes to your cat and Halloween:
#1. Your cat does not appreciate your noisy, candy-fueled celebrations
#2. Refer back to #1
Besides further confirming your cat’s belief that holidays are annoying and not focused enough on their needs, Halloween can be a real problem if you’re not careful. Here are the Top 10 Halloween dangers for cats you need to watch out for.Read More
Nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises, according to the ASPCA. Considering 4th of July fireworks and the uptick in summer thunderstorms, it’s no wonder that summer is the time of year we all start to notice more lost cat posters adorning neighborhood poles and street signs.
Add in the fact that cats tend to spend more time outside in the summer months along with the increased likelihood that something will spook them, and it all equates to an unfortunate flight risk.
What You Need To Know About Panting In Cats
A few people recently asked whether it was normal for a cat to pant. We figured that if there's a few people asking about panting, then there’s likely a whole lot more that have wondered, too. So here’s the “skinny” on panting in cats…Read More
Cat Poop Freqency
Earlier this year when we asked for topics that you all wanted advice and insight on, quite a few people asked us (some variation of) this question… How often should my cat “go?”
It’s an important question, and one that — of course — has a not-so-straightforward answer.
As with many things about cats, there are several factors that will influence the answer. These factors include, amongst other things…Read More
Putting "Love" In This Love-Hate-Relationship
Does your cat hate getting in their carrier to go to the vet? Unfortunately lots do. But if you think about it, it’s not surprising. For many (most?) cats the only time they see, let alone get into, their carrier is 2 minutes before they’re whisked out the door to head off to the veterinarian.
And since many cats aren’t brought for routine wellness care (like annual check-ups), and just brought to the vet when they’re “off” or sick...Read More
Hard Pill to Swallow?
Pills and capsules tend to be the mainstays of medicating cats and dogs. But what if your pooch or kitty is difficult to “pill?”
Lots of dogs and many … most? … cats can be quite “unaccepting” of such forms of medications. So much so that a joke about the trials and tribulations of giving a cat a pill became a bit of a viral sensation. So what are you to do when Fluffy or Fido need meds?Read More