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    A Change in Behavior: 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

    Why You Should Provide Environmental Enrichment for Your Cat


    Many pet owners don’t realize that cats need socialization and stimulation.

    Cats are characterized as “independent” or “self-reliant” and some people actually choose to bring them into their home because they are considered less “high-maintenance” than dogs.

    The truth is that cats do have these needs and providing an environment that addresses these needs is important. Cats still have all the characteristics that allow them to live a feral, undomesticated lifestyle, but think about the difference their “natural” environment looks like versus a home environment.

    You have to address socialization and stimulation in the home in order for the cat to live a full, happy life.

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    Topics: Signs of a Happy Cat, Playing with Your Cat, Happy Cat, Play & Environment, Environmental Enrichment, Cat Socialization, happy cat behavior, environmental enrichment for cats, how to make your cat happy, how to play with your cat, socializing a cat, is my cat happy, Cat Toys

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