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Your Cat’s Personal Space: Why it Matters

Your cat's personal space: why it matters

When it comes to our own personal space, we tend to feel most comfortable when the ability to choose how much we need is in our own control. It’s much more comfortable, for example, when we enter a waiting room that isn’t crowded so we can choose where to sit and how far away we want to be from other people. Isn’t it nice to get on a subway or elevator that isn’t crowded? Having to squeeze into a crowded place can create discomfort, and for many people, anxiety as ...

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Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

are my cats playing or fighting?

Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.   If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good relationship and spend time playing together. If your cats are kittens, that playtime is also used as a tool for them to learn how gently to bite in order ...

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8 Tips for Easing Tension Between Cats

8 tips for easing tension between cats

Living in a multicat household has many advantages. Cats learn from each other, play together, form bonds that can become incredibly close and they fill our hearts with so much love and joy. Living in a multicat household is not without challenges though.  Introducing a new cat requires patience and lots of finesse. Some cats take a long time to accept each other and some cats never seem to be able to create peaceful co-existence. There are things you can do to help your cats work out their differences or ...

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How to Feed Different Diets in a Multiple Cat Household: Eight Quick Tips

how to feed different diets in a multiple cat household: 8 quick tips

  Living in a multiple cat household has so many wonderful rewards and benefits but it also comes with a few challenges. One of those challenges many cat parents face on a daily basis is how to manage feeding time. It can become a struggle to keep one cat out of another cat’s food bowl. A cat parent begins to feel more like a kindergarten playground monitor or even a traffic cop whenever mealtime comes around. The mealtime routine can get even more complicated when one or more cats must ...

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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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How Cats Create a Group Scent

cat face with green eyes

Scent plays a huge role in a cat’s life. To highlight that point, here’s some interesting information. Cats have about 200 million scent receptors in their nostrils and humans have about 5 million. Think about all the scents our noses are missing. Your cat’s scent-marking and scent-detection capabilities are always working. An environment surrounded with familiar scents is very comforting to a cat and is an important means of identification. Scent is also used by cats to identify one another. When cats are unfamiliar with each other, their scent-detection ability ...

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Cat Fights: What to do When Your Cats Turn on Each Other

cat fights: what to do when your cats turn on each other

It can be very confusing and frustrating when companion cats who have previously lived together in harmony, suddenly decide to engage in a turf war. In some cases, the cats have lived under one roof with an ongoing degree of tension that has now turned to outright hostility and aggression. Cat parents become understandably upset when watching their feline family turn the living room into a battlefield. Intercat Aggression I’ve found in my consultations that many cat parents don’t always recognize the fact that their cats aren’t getting along with ...

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Reintroduction Method

two cats sleeping on red couch

When you have two cats (or more) who aren’t getting along and all your attempts at behavior modification have been unsuccessful, it may be time to do a reintroduction. If the aggression between your cats is severe or if they can’t even be within sight of each other without an immediate brawl taking place, then a reintroduction is your best bet. What is a Cat Reintroduction? With a reintroduction you’re basically going to be separating the cats and introducing them in the same way you would if they had never ...

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Why Your Cats May Not be Getting Along

Hissing cat

Listen to the audio version of this article Have you ever wondered why your two cats don’t get along and yet your neighbor’s four cats all live in harmony? Many cat parents live in households with more than one cat and there are no issues, but for others, tension is ongoing. What causes some cats to simply not get along? And, could you be missing some subtle signs that indicate all is not peaceful between your cats? There’s a very long list of reasons why the cats in your home ...

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Resource Guarding Behavior in Cats

two cats in a standoff

In some multicat homes resource guarding behavior is very obvious. In other homes it can be very hard to detect due to how subtle one or more of the cats are in the behavior display. The cats may look as if they get along, and in most aspects of their lives together they may not have any issues.  There might be one or more situations though that do cause one cat to become protective over something. Resource Guarding at the Cat’s Feeding Station Probably the most common resource guarding behavior ...

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