Month: January 2012

Hairballs in Cats

Cats have backward-facing barbs on their tongues. That’s the scratchy feeling you experience whenever your cat licks your skin. The barbs serve a very important purpose in a cat’s life. In an outdoor environment where a cat may hunt, the barbs help rasp the meat from the bones of the prey. The barbs also help …

Some Cats Prefer Horizontal Scratching

Cats are Individuals Some cats prefer not to scratch on vertical objects. These are the cats who scratch on welcome mats, carpets, throw rugs, even sofa cushions. You may have a cat who exclusively scratches horizontally or maybe she enjoys the option of being able to engage in both horizontal and vertical scratching. If you …

Helping a Fearful Cat

Many things can cause a cat to become fearful, such as: Lack of socialization as a kitten Being the target of aggression by other animals Pain and illness Being the target of abuse Stressful living conditions (too many cats, dirty conditions, tense family environment, etc.) A move to an unfamiliar environment (new home, being relinquished …

Urinary Problems in Cats

  Urinary problems in cats — it’s something many cat parents are familiar with. Whether it involves UTIs, urethral obstructions, environmental issues, stress, etc., if you live with cats long enough, you probably have had to deal with it in some form or another. For some cats, a urinary problem is a one-time thing, but …

Litter Box Aversion: Is it Medical or Behavioral?

  When a cat eliminates outside of the litter box it’s probably the most frustrating behavior a cat parent ever has to cope with. All of a sudden, the cat who never caused any problems has suddenly started viewing the dining room carpet or living room sofa as makeshift litter boxes. Plastic coverings start making their …