Eating and Nutrition

Ten Tips for Tubby Tabbies

I am always amazed at the number of overweight cats I see during my in-home behavior consultations. What’s even more surprising is that many of the cat guardians are unaware that their cats are even considered to be overweight. Many people also don’t realize that many of the health risks associated with obesity in humans …

Understanding Pet Food Ingredients

The ingredients in pet food can be so confusing. AAFCO, which stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials establishes guidelines for production, package labeling and sale of pet foods. AAFCO has two standards and the pet food labels state which of the two standards they’ve met. One standard states that a particular pet …

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

If you have a cat who is allowed access to the outdoors, I’m sure that at some point you’ve probably seen her nibbling on a few blades of grass in your yard. I’m also sure that immediately afterward you’ve probably seen her throw that grass right back up. It might seem odd that kitty would …

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 …

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 …

Cats Need Water

Every life process relies on water. The body of the cat is made up of about 70% water. The natural prey that cats would catch also contain approximately that same amount of water.  Many people are under the false assumption that cats don’t need water or that they’re afraid of it. The cat’s ancestors came …