Month: October 2012

The Image of Cats at Halloween

Halloween is getting close and I always have such mixed emotions about the day. I love dressing up in costumes with my kids and spending the evening trick-or-treating. The part of Halloween that deeply disturbs me though has to do with the way cats are portrayed on decorations, pumpkins and other things related to this …

Why Does my Cat Drink From the Toilet?

Ok, this is definitely not a fun subject to discuss but if you have a cat who drinks out of the toilet, it’s something you want dealt with quickly and effectively. So why do some cats actually prefer drinking from the toilet instead of their own water bowls? For some cats, the cooler temperature of …

Keep Halloween Candy Away From Your Cat

In general, a cat doesn’t have a sweet tooth but that doesn’t mean she won’t try to swipe a piece of Halloween candy. Some cats have developed a taste for sugary foods from having been offered them by their cat parents. Additionally, some cats may initially be attracted to the wrapper and then will attempt …

Hairballs… Yucky and Dangerous

Hairballs are the yucky, tubular evidence that your cat has been grooming. When you first see a hairball on the carpet or floor, you may easily mistake it for feces because of its color and shape. Your nose will quickly tell you though that this yucky thing came out of the other end of the …

Cat Myth: Cats are Aloof and Independent

I began doing cat behavior consulting in 1982. Back then, it was very common to hear people referring to one myth or the other about cats. Many people were resigned to living with a cat who had behavior problems. Many didn’t feel it was worth putting much time and effort into it because everyone knew …

Do Cats Deliberately Misbehave?

My office receives a large number of requests concerning cat behavior problems and it’s alarming to me whenever I hear people refer to their cats as spiteful or they’re sure a beloved cat’s motivation behind a particular behavior is anger or revenge. Really? Do you really believe your cat is capable of plotting a behavior …

Do You Have Too Many Cats?

A question I am often asked is “when will I know if I have too many cats?” People are usually looking for me to give a definite number such as 5, 10, 15 or 20. The truth is, for some people, two cats are too many based on things very specific to their particular living …