Fearful Behavior

Do Cats Hate Water?

My dog, Griffin, views being sprayed by the backyard hose as the greatest game of all. I can’t water my flowers without spending at least 10 minutes allowing Griffin to run back and forth through the water spray. Try that with a cat? I don’t think so! Cats are known for their dislike of getting …

Is Your Cat Stressed Out?

Listen to the audio version of this article When I talk to some people about how stress affects their cats, I sometimes get very strange looks. Back in 1982 when I first started my cat behavior consulting business, the idea of stress in cats was pretty much unheard of. I even remember being laughed at …

Why Cats Hiss

It’s a sound everyone has heard at some point. Even if your cat is the sweetest little cat on the planet, if she has ever felt threatened or needed to send a warning to someone (feline, canine or human), she has probably hissed at some point. Hissing may seem like a comical sound for a …

How to Use Cat Tunnels

Cats usually love to play by hiding in things. Whether it’s an open paper bag or a box, your playful cat will find a way to make a game out of jumping in it or will use it as an opportunity for an extra napping place. It’s an important part of environmental enrichment to be …

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 …