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How to Stop Play Aggression in Cats

how to stop play aggression in cats

What is Play Aggression? This is when playful bites, scratches and ambushes become more serious and can actually cause injury. It’s something cat parents tend to notice more when the aggression is directed toward them, usually in the form of ankle attacks, ambushes or biting and scratching that break the skin. This type of aggression is usually seen in kittens and young cats. As most everyone knows, cats are hunters and that instinct kicks in at a very young age as kittens play by stalking, chasing and pouncing each other. ...

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Choosing the Right Toys for Your Cat: My 12 Tips

choosing the right toys for your cat

It can be extremely confusing when you stand in the cat toy aisle at your favorite pet supply store or browse the internet in search of a toy your cat will like. Advertising on packages claim their toys are irresistible to felines but how do you decide? Perhaps you’re enticed by the picture of a playful cat on the label, or maybe the sound and look of the toy itself makes you smile as you imagine how much fun your own cat might have. Based on how many forgotten toys ...

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Why Cats Do the Bunny Kick

why cats do the bunny kick

This is a behavior that can be seen during play and also during an aggressive encounter. The cat rolls onto her back or side and kicks with her hind legs. The motive behind the often-called “bunny kick” depends on the immediate circumstances. The Playtime Bunny Kick by Your Cat You may be playing with your cat when she rolls over, grasps your hand or wrist with her front paws and then rakes her back legs down your arm. This is seen more often when cat parents use their hands to ...

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Your Cat Love You More

9 things you can do to help your cat love you more

When you bring your new cat home I’m sure you have a picture of what life will be like with that furry family member. For most people that dream includes companionship, affection, playtime and fun. All-too-often though, some people expect the cat to be the one to do all the work. It comes from the misconception that cats are low maintenance and that they come pre-trained. Many cats end up in shelters because people misunderstand the motivation behind behaviors or they never really understood what cats need in the first ...

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Should You Walk Your Cat Outdoors on a Leash?

should you walk your cat outdoors on a leash?

First, let me start by saying not every cat is a candidate for leash training. As with any type of training, there’s a learning curve but if your cat is easily stressed or you think she’ll never be comfortable, then don’t do it. You know your cat. Use that knowledge to make a sound decision that will benefit her and not stress or endanger her. Age is also a factor here. It’s much easier to train a kitten to accept leash-walking.   Leash Walking Your Cat Indoors is Vastly Different ...

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Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Double!

adopting a kitten? make it a double

If you’re thinking about bringing a kitten into your life, there are many reasons why you should actually consider doubling that and bringing home a pair. Yes, think two instead of one.  starting off with two may actually be much easier and more beneficial… for the kittens and for you. I’ve done countless consultations over the years with people who had adopted a kitten and then a couple of years later realized they wanted a second cat. Since adult cats are territorial, the introduction process often requires some finesse and ...

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Reduce Your Cat’s Stress During Veterinary Exams

cat in carrier

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to quickly figure out that going to the veterinary clinic is not high on a cat’s list of favorite places to visit. If you look at it from your cat’s perspective, it certainly makes sense. Without any warning, the cat is shoved into a carrier, put in a car and whisked off to a place that smells, looks and sounds scary. Then, once in the exam room, the cat is pulled from the carrier, placed on a cold exam table and then poked and ...

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Never Force the Issue

outdoor cat in sun

Over the past few months I’ve had a number of new clients contact me for intercat aggression problems due to having followed some very bad advice. They had received advice stating that the way to help a new cat bond with the current resident cats is to brush all the cats with the same brush. Some people were even rubbing the cats with one towel. In other words, they were forcing the cats to have to endure the new cat’s scent. To help everyone better understand how group scent works ...

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The “Must-Have” Checklist for Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problem

ginger, longhaired cat

Listen to the audio version of this article Nobody adopts, rescues or purchases a cat with the hope the new pet will develop behavior problems. The dream you have of life with your new cat involves one of companionship, good behavior and many long years together. Unfortunately though, things can go wrong for a variety of reasons and you may find yourself living with a cat who has now developed one or more unwanted behaviors. It’s frustrating, to say the least, for everyone concerned – most especially the cat. If ...

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