Month: April 2012

Pica in Cats

Pica is the term used for the behavior of eating non-food material. The most common material associated with pica is usually wool such as blankets, socks, jackets, etc., but some cats will nibble on just about anything such as paper, plastic grocery bags, litter or shoelaces. What Causes Pica in Cats? Pica is considered an …

Moving to a New Home With Your Cat

Cats don’t like change. They’re also territorial so imagine how they must feel when they suddenly find themselves in a totally unfamiliar location. Heck, moving is stressful for humans so you can certainly understand how unhappy the whole thing makes the family cat. Even though a certain amount of stress will undoubtedly be involved with …

Are Litter Box Liners a Good Idea?

  In theory, litter box liners may seem like a convenient way to keep the litter box cleaner and make changing the litter a breeze. Unfortunately though, liners can create problems for the cats who use the litter box as well as the humans who try to clean it. A Less Than Perfect Fit for …

Why Do Cats Bury Food?

Not all cats do this, but if yours does, the behavior may have been puzzling to you. It’s a relatively common behavior and not one you need to worry about. The behavior typically looks the same as if the cat is trying to bury waste. You may notice him scraping his front paw on the …

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails

If your cat becomes Houdini and magically vanishes whenever you even think about trimming her nails, part of the problem might be she has learned to associate the procedure with restraint, discomfort, fear or even pain. Even if you do manage to accomplish the nail trimming procedure, if you’ve had to wrap your cat in …

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Cat

The decision to spay or neuter your cat will be one of the biggest decisions you make regarding your cat’s health and welfare as well as the welfare of other cats. The pet overpopulation problem is devastatingly serious and animals are being put to death every day because shelters simply don’t have the room. Healthy …

Hyperesthesia Syndrome in Cats

This is also referred to as rolling skin disease, and in fact, the skin does ripple and twitch. It’s a condition that typically affects younger cats. The cause of hyperesthesia syndrome is unknown but some experts describe it as a neurotransmitter malfunction in the brain during periods of anxiety. It’s also believed by some to …